My eyes and my camera are the instruments that align with my heart and mind so I can produce art that is distinctively my own. Trends are not appealing to me; my creative preferences range from contemplative abstractions to honest renderings. Like other art, my photography is an ever-evolving journey where my desire to connect with, document and create from my surroundings is validated, yet constantly in flux.

N ature, movement, colors, divergent displays and life are my muses. My photographic process typically involves the assessment of light, examining interests of shape and movement, how composition will assist me in expressing my vision, or whether my creative use of depth of field will yield an intimate or expansive image.  My decision making processes on aesthetics are like meditative observations; all are made on an intuitive level felt between myself, the moment and the subjects that present themselves.

T he busy-ness and repetition of day-to-day responsibilities oftentimes can distract us from our appreciation of the beautiful world around us. The depth of the color the afternoon light renders on a leaf, or how a sunrise illuminates the sky are details that continually present themselves to me.  As is true (I believe) with most art, through my photography I seek to make connections and provide pleasure by illuminating and enhancing the viewer’s ability to witness our surroundings, offering almost a “permission” to stop and enjoy nature and an opportunity to present an understanding of our connection with it and responsibility to it.  Through our connectivity and my art, I hope to bring the viewer a brief moment of peace, a healing of emotions or spirit, inspiration and enlightenment.


Defining myself separately from being a photographer, I am a creator who believes in encouraging others to create. Like an architect, my enjoyment lies in building people up by conveying my knowledge in an uplifting way. Empowering authentic creativity in individuals and promoting connections and contributions that will matter to each other, to our planet and within our own communities, is of tremendous importance to me.  I believe that flexibility, diversity, love and acceptance are the cornerstones to making a genuine difference in our world.  My strength allows me to live my life through compassionate kindness; that is the best part of who I am.

I am here to help you through insightful and inspirational instruction.  Please consider joining myself and Team Zen on one of our Photography Expeditions where you will enjoy a memorable, informative + adventurous photo-learning experience.                            

                               ~  Namaste, Joanne

Want to know more about my professional accomplishments?  View my Bio + Awards.“Joanne, you are truly amazing! You are the model from which all photographers should be made.” – Emma Rooney

Creating fine art to connect our hearts + souls and bring awareness to the beautiful natural world
Providing insightful photo-learning opportunities through my Zen Photography Photo Expeditions.
Building trust, encouraging + teaching all levels of photographers to successfully enjoy the craft of photography.

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Joanne’s passion lies in the process of creating fine art photography, both Open Editions + Limited Editions for corporate and private collections.

Formally educated in commercial photography, Joanne uses her professional award-winning experience to provide photographic instruction and coaching to photo-enthusiasts, beginners, new + seasoned photographers, and even to business owners who want to learn how to effectively use their DSLR cameras to take better photographs. Learn more about Photo Excursions and Joanne’s photography instruction at her Zen Photography website.

Joanne Bartone is an international award-winning photographer with nearly 20 years of professional photographic experience.  Joanne specializes in trust and satisfied clients. If you are embarking on your own Wedding Photography career, you now have the opportunity to learn from an experienced professional who is happy to answer all your questions in a honest and thorough manner.

Need a re-design on your website?  Joanne has over sixteen years of website design + development experience.  Exclusively using the WordPress platform, Joanne will advise and guide you through the process of installation, set-up and SEO for your WordPress-powered site.


,, Joanne is a great combination of creative, responsive and accessible. She has very high quality standards and is also adaptable. She took our ideas and did much more with them, exceeding our expectations with some fabulous family and small-group photos.
,, Joanne is just absolutely the best. Her work speaks for itself.
Koren & Adam B., - wedding