JOURNAL

Photographic Day #13008…

I have loved photography and photographs since I was a child.  I so admired my father – the family photographer – and would sit for hours going through family photographs with my mother; they are some of the best memories I have.

I’ve been photographing since I was 18 years old; that’s roughly 13,008 days of photography that I’ve enjoyed. Each photographic adventure on my personal and professional journey has been so memorable, so magical and enlightening and I wouldn’t trade a bad exposure for any of my experiences along the way.  I trust that, I am, as I always have been and will be, right where I need to be, doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing guided by the Universal Source.

For nearly 20 years now I have enjoyed tremendous success and accolades as a professional wedding photographer – if you Google me, there are pages of search results that will attest to my work.  I am filled to the brim with gratitude to my clients and with pride for the reputation I’ve built for myself.  It has not been easy – I started my professional photographic career when commercial photography was still a world filled with male photographers and had only a handful of well-known women photographers.  Starting out, I had a (male) mentor for a brief period of time, but for the most part there was no photographic community to turn to as there is today – finding my way was done all on my own initiative and with a lot of creative and business sweat equity.  I made some mistakes along the way, but learned more from the mistakes than from all the successes.  I’ve done my best, fell short on occasion, but superseded most of the expectations and goals that were set upon me.  I’ve made a lot of people happy through my photography and always kept my ego in check – it’s about the client, not the photographer, no matter who the photographer may be, or how important they think they are. I have LOVED the work I’ve done in the wedding photography world…simply loved it! But, here comes the but…

There has been a wave of changes within the wedding photography industry in the last few years that have been tremendously disturbing to me, enough so that I’ve felt a strong need to remove myself from an industry I once loved and was an influential leader in.  But, more importantly and at the same time, there have been significant changes within my own life that have propelled me more towards creating the happiness I truly desire in both my personal and professional life.  I would be willing to bet that both occurrences happened simultaneously, and for good reason…this was not coincidental.  So, I’ve consciously chosen to direct my professional expertise less on providing wedding photography services, and instead will be imparting more of my knowledge instructing others to learn (since I have been over the last 5 years anyway), and to fall in love with the many wonderful aspects of photography.  It’s an exciting new journey! One that I’m thrilled about, and actually have the education, experience and expertise to back up what I’ll be doing.  I am following my own voice and my own passions and I believe that my intentions will take myself and many others down a wonderful path where I hope to do more good for my creative industry, and for those who value learning and love photography as much as I do.

So, raise a glass of champagne, wine, water, beer or a soda, even! Let’s make the next 20 years even more wonderful than the last! Here’s to another 7000+ days filled with the wonders of photography for all of us!  Come join me…

BIG Love, Joanne Bartone Photographer

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