I seek connection, the relationships, the laughs, the real you & real me.
I am an Edmonton based wedding and lifestyle photographer! Although I am based in Edmonton....I am available for photography all over Alberta and beyond (take me to the mountains or the beach and I'll make beautiful images for you!). I completed my Bachelor of Education at the University of Victoria but fell in love with photography when I moved to Alberta almost 9 years ago. I grew up in Kelowna B.C so my heart will always belong to the Okanagan but I appreciate Alberta's unique beauty and I'm always scouting for new locations to use. I will often tell my Hubby to pull over while we are in the middle of driving somewhere because "I think I see a spot I could use!!" [insert his eyeroll and my kids whining]. I also LOVE a good sunset session...give me all of that golden light goodness!!
I am a Mommy of two wild kiddos, a dog mom and a wife. I enjoy world travelling, biking with my girls, going on hikes, finding new coffee spots and of course travelling back to BC to visit friends and family. If you are in BC and reading this, I'd LOVE to shoot there more!
My clients often describe my sessions as doing a fun photo session with a good friend! My goal is to always make my couples feel comfortable by having relaxed and easy going sessions to capture the nature of your relationship.
Why should you hire me?!
Because I am fun, loud, adventurous and always laughing (and if you are too then we will totally get along)! I love that my clients feel like friends from the moment we meet. I love that I'm able to capture their special memories all while making them laugh and feel comfortable during their session. I love what I do, I pour my heart into every session and wedding that I photograph, I truly believe the luxury of photographs provides memories for generations to come.
Fun facts about me!
* I love, love fall!! I had my own wedding planned around a fall theme!
* I was born in Italy but my entire family is Polish and I even speak it fluently!
* I also love rainy days!! Something about them makes it feel super cozy to me. It also reminds me of the West Coast when I lived there
* I have my Bachelors in Education
* I have lived in four different provinces since moving to Canada when I was a baby!
2020 SHOOT & SHARE FINALIST x1
2020 SHOOT & SHARE TOP 100 x1
2020 shoot & Share Top 10% x4
2020 SHOOT & SHARE TOP 20% X7
2020 SHOOT & SHARE TOP 30% x10
2019 SHOOT & SHARE TOP 30% X5
Work featured in the Rocky Mountain Bride - Canada Magazine. Fall/Winter Issue 2021
"We could not have been luckier to find Joanna to photograph our engagement and wedding. Being in front of the camera isn't always easy but Joanna made us laugh and feel comfortable the entire time. She worked so hard to capture the most amazing moments and went above and beyond on the big day. All of her pictures were stunning. We can't thank her enough, or recommend her enough. She is kind, professional and works incredibly hard! Thank you, Joanna, for giving us memories to last a lifetime! We can't wait to work with her again soon!"
"Joanna is more than what we could have asked for in a photographer! As a couple that had never taken part in a professional photoshoot, we were naturally quite nervous. We did not know what to expect but we had a good feeling about Joanna from the moment we met her, so we knew we were in good hands. Joanna does such an incredible job making sure that you are not only comfortable in front of the camera but also having fun. She has so many tips and tricks to keep you laughing the entire time. It honestly felt like we were doing a photoshoot with a good friend that has known us for years. She isn't afraid to get right in there to get the right poses and she goes the extra mile to get an incredible shot. Even if it means going into the bush in the pouring rain. We highly recommend Joanna for anyone looking for a photographer and we cannot wait for her to capture our wedding day!
~ cara & brad
"Working with Joanna was an amazing experience! She was easy to talk to, and walked me though every step! She knew how to keep up relaxed and laughing all through both of our photo shoots. I was absolutely blown away with how our wedding album turned out. There's not a single one that we don't love and she managed to capture such beautiful emotion in our loved ones faces! She was always so buddly, goofy and so much fun to work with, and she even managed to wrange up our large easily distracted bridal party! She honestly felt like a long time friend! Thank you for all your hard work Joanna. We can't wait to work with you again! "
~ julie & adrian
"Joanna did a family photo shoot for us in September and we absolutely loved both her and her work. Her approach of capturing candid moments was exactly what we were looking for. All the beautiful shots show our kids' own personalities and what it feels like to be around them at this age. <3 Joanna is super responsive, friendly, funny and so easy to work with. She entertained every question that I asked about make up and outfit, she went above and beyond and we truly appreciate that."
- amy & matt
~ bermejo family
"Our wedding was Aug 25th 2018 and we had booked Joanna a year and a half in advance. She is an absolute sweetheart and put up with my husband who isn't a fan of having photos taken. Always quick to respond to my many emails. She was fantastic with our bridal party and even got me to go out of my comfort zone to get an awesome shot in the middle of the road on the new Walterdale bridge! I would recommend her any day! We love our sneak peeks and can't wait to see our photos!"
~ jade & jeff
"Joanna is SO great to work with! It ended up storming the night we had our engagement photos scheduled and she was such a trooper. She didn’t let us down! We powered through and ended up with phenomenal photos! I can’t wait for her to capture our special day. 10/10 would recommend!!"
"If you want your special day to be even more special, look no further than Joanna! Joanna was so amazing to work with, understanding, and was able to document our wedding perfectly. I am forever grateful she was able to capture the day with my loved ones and made sure to take specific pictures we had requested. Her professionalism and punctuality made our wedding day stress-free as we were on a tight timeline being a traditional Asian wedding and she nailed all our timelines. We would 100% recommend Joanna to photograph your milestone events, you won’t be disappointed!"
~ samantha & brian
~ tammy & edmond