Behind the Lens
I'm a small-town Arizona photographer, mom, taxi, zoo keeper, and lover of light.
Hi! I'm JoAnn. (Jo)
When you hear the word artist, you might think of a painter, a museum, a fancy degree. When I hear the word artist, I think of the little kid with a flashlight dreaming of the stars - Peter McKinnon
a family, maternity, high school senior, and wedding photographer, specializing in natural light portraiture.
Originally from southern California, my family and I moved to Kingman, Arizona in 2007 to get away from the hustle and bustle and live an easier life. I can say without a doubt that move was the best thing to happen to my career.
I started my business in 2014 with a hand me down camera from a good friend, and fellow photographer - because like so many other moms, I wanted to document my children growing up. annnd then I fell in love with the art of photography. I never dreamed I would end up where I am today. Being a photographer has allowed me to stay home and raise my babies and be a part of so many people's lives. I wouldn't trade that for the world.
some tidbits about me:
Where words fail, music speaks -
Hans Christian Anderson
They call me...
Mother, Grandma, and Jo
That's right, I'm a mom first, and now a grandma. I have 7 children who call me all of the above and they are my world.
I am a lover of music. I have a song for everything! You might often see me using music lyric as quotes or titles when I post my photos.
Happiness is a road trip and a good playlist.
Travel - You won't regret it. I LOVE traveling. There is something so unexplainable about being on the road. Meeting new places and faces is one of my favorite things to do. The south is one of my favorite places to travel to.
If you ever see me out and about, you can bet I have a green tea in my hand. I go through stages, but Starbucks is my current fave. I never leave the house without my trusty water bottle either. then of course if I'm eating while out, I'll be choosing Mexican food. Burritos, rolled tacos, street tacos...all of it!
With over 9 years' experience as a licensed professional photographer, my main focus is to create heirloom quality portraits of your family to last generations. Sound good? Let's do this!