About Me

JudyBandsmer_PaintbrushPhotography-2I am a prize-winning pho­tog­ra­pher who has the priv­i­lege of doing what I love — pho­tograph­ing the beauty of peo­ple. My images have appeared in both Canadian and International lifestyle, fashion, and art magazines, as well as other pub­li­ca­tions. Cur­rently, I live in Vic­to­ria, BC, Canada, an incredible place to bring together my love of the out­doors and “people” pho­tog­ra­phy.

I love the concept of change and transience: “It is precisely because it withers away that life shines so brightly.” Capturing moments of life as it is right now, and turning it into art, is something very meaningful to me. And I passionately believe that everyone and everything is beautiful – I love finding that beauty and bringing it out for everyone else to see too.

I have a spe­cial fond­ness for help­ing oth­ers see beauty in them­selves, espe­cially for women, many of whom strug­gle with see­ing them­selves as being beau­ti­ful. Here is what some sub­jects have said:

  • Thank you! I never ever ever ever feel good about how I look in pic­tures, let alone real life, so this is great for me!”
  • You have helped me over­come a pho­bia, and I’m really grate­ful. It’s also nice to have the memento for when I’m older, there are barely any other pic­tures of me anywhere!”
  • I love almost all of them… that’s pretty ironic because I am the least pho­to­genic per­son usually.”


I also love cap­tur­ing a subject’s per­son­al­ity. The hon­est expres­sion of self is a fun chal­lenge to cap­ture and por­tray. Here are some more things sub­jects or their friends/families have said:

  • That is so beau­ti­ful! I can hear her laugh! (And she looks like mamma!)”
  • These are just stun­ning, Judy. I’m not sure if I have a #1 favorite — so many of them cap­ture our beau­ti­ful [name]‘s per­son­al­ity perfectly.”
  • [Your pho­tos] express the model’s true self… Just gorgeous!”

Victoria Photographer Paintbrush Photography Judy Bandsmer I am also com­mit­ted to bring­ing you high qual­ity and artis­tic pho­tos. Excel­lence is impor­tant. I am con­stantly upgrad­ing my skills and equip­ment,  and I par­tic­i­pate in local, provin­cial and national pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops and com­pe­ti­tions. Cur­rently I spend between 4 and 30 hours a week doing  self-directed learn­ing in pho­tog­ra­phy, art, and edit­ing. This shows in my work:

  • Your work is beau­ti­ful, artis­tic, some­times quirky (in a good way) and I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way.”
  • This could be a painting.”
  • I look like an album cover!”

Time slips by all too quickly, and change is a constant. I love photography because it helps celebrate and commemorate the transience of life: capturing life as it is right now, and turning it into art. Celebrate someone special in your life today – get in touch with me using this form, or call me: 250–508-5617. I look forward to working with you to create that something special!

– Judy Bandsmer