Hi, I’m Joanne, a Wedding & Portraiture Photographer based in Dundrum, Co Down. I live with my husband David, our two children and our golden lab Bella. A typical day for us, when not working, is spent on the beach with the dog or walking in the Mournes and almost always followed by a trip to one of the many coffee shops!
I have always had a passion for photography but after spending a lot of years backpacking around the world, I wanted to capture it all.....the faces of the tribespeople, their culture, the beautiful scenery, the hardship, the poverty, the curiosity of some of the children. I got to meet so many interesting people from all walks of life and I really fell in love with documenting all of this through my camera. The pictures were never technically very good, as I wasn't a trained photographer but I still now sit and look back on those images which bring back so many amazing memories of a very carefree time in my life which was my deciding factor in becoming a professional photographer. So, I returned home to Ireland, settled down and trained as a photographer with the Irish News. I took the 'Newcomer of the Year' Award in 2003 at the Press & Broadcast Awards and have had the camera in my hand ever since.
I love to photograph families in the local area and am blessed, living in Dundrum, to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and I'm spoilt for choice for locations to photograph in. I also have a small studio which is perfect for my newborn sessions, which I love and smaller family studio shoots.
When I'm photographing a couple's Wedding, my aim is to document their unique story by capturing all of the moments that pass during the day......whether its the nervous and excited bride getting ready in the morning with everyone frantically making sure they haven't left anything before leaving the family home; bride's arrival for the service, probably the most nerve wrecking part of the day; the groom waiting in anticipation for his bride, kids making faces at eachother and chatting during the service; tears from the groom as he says his vows; proud parents as they look on with pride; the applause when its all over and the relief on the couples faces to get through that part of the day; a quiet moment between the couple and all the moments in between!!
We are all unique in our own way and have a story to tell.