Hi there!

I am Joanne, but  most people call me Jo.


I am a Photographer for life with over 20 years experience  creating photos for my clients and have had a camera with me as long as I can remember.


I love the chaos of kids and their laughter is my favorite sound. I love the slobbery lick of a pup and feel like I have an immediate connection with kids and dogs as soon as I meet them.


I am the Solo Parent of a daughter that I raised as a Solo Parent since she was born and thankfully somehow she turned out to be an amazing human! She is kind and compassionate and that is what I am most proud of in my life. The fact that she is also an Olympic Athlete still amazes me!

I raised her on the North Shore of O`ahu and I go back there several times a year to make photos. Hawaii always will feel like home even though I live on the West Coast now of California and soon will be opening a studio in coastal Oregon. I guess it’s pretty clear that I really like being near the ocean!


Even with all of my years of experience, I still get excited and have lots of ideas for every new session that gets on my calendar.  


I guarantee that you will love your photos because if you are not happy then I am not happy.  

kind words from some of my clients:

Caring for my clients and knowing they are happy with the Session experience and that they love their photos is the ultimate goal for me. When they send me these kind words and refer me to their friends, that is the ultimate compliment.

Oh my gosh these are fantastic Joanne! I have looked over them so many times now and just love them. The colors and expressions and moments you captured are so beautiful. Thank you!

—Eliza A.

Thank you for the beautiful photos.
They are priceless and make me so happy when I look at them.

—Oahn H.

We are so thrilled with these and you are so laid back and easy to work with while still being very professional! The photos have brought us laughter and so many smiles, they are exactly what we hoped for. The bonus is that my kids were so comfortable with you and had so much fun!

—Bailey W.

I received my book and canvasses yesterday, and they are beautiful. I really like the brown edging on the canvasses. The quality of the photos and paper in the book is exceptional. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks for all your work on these projects. They are important family keepsakes!


—Kitty M.


Some of the businesses and organization that I have had the pleasure of working with



Clif Bar


Simplified Builders

Tara Nolan Transformations


ZHE Law Firm


Coach Logix

Solana Beach City Council

Curry & Steinger Engineering

Nakoa Fitness


UC San Diego

University of San Diego

Drill Team Hawaii

Rancho Bernardo Vista School

Central Union Preschool

WAVE Beach Volleyball

La Pietra School

La Jolla Elementary School



Hawaii Parent

North County Kids

Free Surf

About Town



Fish 101

San Diego House Coffee & Tea

Beach Girl Jewels

Ilene King Bags

Noelani Jewelry

my daughter @jordynbarratt