This is a little story about a girl that used to wear “sensible shoes…”
Joanne Vandal is one of the cutest, most sincere, like “I want to have her around at all times” people that we have ever met. She finds Eric and I hilarious, and I don’t want to shock anyone, but not everyone “gets” Eric’s sarcasm, she is an extremely hard worker and is completely dedicated to learning her craft. I can’t think of a single thing bad to say about Joanne, however, I should mention that a wedding guest last year did find a minor wardrobe flaw, and was compelled to call Joanne out on it.
“Well, aren’t those shoes you’re wearing sensible”.
I am sure I was shooting in something completely unsensible and kicking myself for it, while my poor JoJo is receiving sarcastic remarks for her comfortable shoes – as if! Obviously, we just laughed it off, but, to this day Joanne can bring me to snorting convulsions by telling me the story. I knew she would be thrilled when I found some research posted by Chenin Boutwell and her search for the perfect pants (plus cute & comfy shoes) – Joanne WIN!
What does this have to do with the Raw Photo front? Well…this has been in the works for a while and we are so excited to be growing, diversifying and building our business in such a positive way. Teaching workshops and belonging to the photography networking groups in CT allows us to interact with and meet some amazing people that all bring unique experiences and personalities to the group dynamic. Joanne is one of those sparks that has a magnetic personality, an obsession with learning and improving her photography skills, and shares our philosophy that this job should be fun – we shoot weddings, duh! Last year we worked with Joanne on many of our shoots and weddings and now we are excited to announce her as our very first Raw Photo Design Associate Photographer and she is going to be booking her own weddings for Raw Photo Design. Trust us, spend 5 minutes with her and you will love her – and we cannot wait to witness and help Joanne continue to grow. We are so excited for the endless possibilities in store for her!
Here is a little sampling of Joanne’s amazing work, and you can click here to filter the weddings that she shot with us last year.
“You know when there is a group of friends and they want to have a picture taken together, they always knew there was one person in that group that will always have a camera on them, yup, that was always me! Never, ever in the picture, always behind the camera to get a shot that people love. I have always loved photography. I know alot of people say that, but no, I really mean it! After taking photography in college, I was hooked! Im the one who will hike waist deep in the snow to get a different perspective of a shot, the one who will roll up my pants and head into ocean to get an awesome shot of the bride and groom from a different angle, the one who will be lying on the ground in to get the perfect portrait for my client. There is taking a photo and then there is taking a kick butt photo…why settle? It took me a few years, a lot of confidence and a ton of support to make the leap into making this my career. Go big or go home, right? I immersed myself into learning as much as I could from people I admire in the industry. Workshops, classes, lectures…I took them all. 5 years later, I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones that loves my job and cant wait to go to work! Its definitely a passion! I like long walks on the beach at night, the sounds of gently crashing waves and im a virgo, wont you be my friend! ;0)”