Joe is the BEST of the BEST. He did both our engagement and our wedding photography, and we could not have been more pleased with the results. His style is incredible, and we were amazed at how he was able to perfectly--and candidly!--capture our wedding day. He's oh so easy to work with; he's readily accessible; his website is easy to navigate; he's professional; he's fun. I'm convinced that he's a photography genius! We are so (so so) very happy that we chose Joe Payne Photography!
Joe is a true ARTIST! I was impressed when I saw his online collection of pictures, but working with him and watching how he plays with the lights, shadows, angles, poses, and him demonstrating his vision for creative aesthetics was something entirely different and unique. He did our engagement and wedding photos and we were incredibly impressed by his work. We would wholeheartedly recommend Joe to others.
EVERYONE who saw my wedding photos raved about them!! Joe's work is amazing - he really knows how to use light to create beautiful photographs that are like works of art! We received an astonishing number of photos: a good mix of color and b&w, and posed as well as many excellent candid shots. The payment process and the downloading of our images was easy and professional. Joe was a delight to work with - he was very communicative during the planning process and respectful of the wedding party's time during the actual event. Our venue was in Virginia, so a bit outside of his normal Raleigh area. Without me requesting it, he actually drove up to our venue a few weeks beforehand, to scope out the site! When I heard he did that, I knew we were in good hands. My only critique is (and I do not think it exclusive to Joe - I have seen it happen in every wedding I have been in), have a point person who can run the family group shots. Joe's pre-event questionnaire asked us to provide a list of family members for each group photo, however, he is focused on the photos and not calling names to get them in the photo. His assistant, Erin, also took amazing photos and I feel like you can trust Joe 100% to hire quality assistant photographers. My only regret is not booking him for our rehearsal dinner and pre-ordering a wedding album from him! He truly is an excellent choice for your event!!!
Joe was great to work with, he was professional and so fun! He was easily accessible leading up to all our shoots and after the wedding during our album process. He captured the day beautifully with a lot of great candid shots. His style is very much documentary and really captures moments throughout the day. You still get a few of the traditional staged shots, but I loved that his work was less traditional, as it made all the photos feel so real. His editing is beautiful and our album turned out great too! It rained for my bridal portraits and for our wedding, and he still captured great photos! -Carrie and Dathan
If we could rate Joe Payne higher than 5 stars, we would. Joe not only captured our wedding day with impeccable talent, his work actually tells our story as a couple. He made us feel comfortable from the very beginning and took the time upfront to get to know who we are as individuals and as a couple, as well as our expectations for our photos. He was patient when we didn't know where to put our hands and taught us how not to be super awkward. He even made it fun to be all dressed up and taking photos while sweating bullets on a typical North Carolina summer day. Watching Joe do his thing was actually something I got a few moments to sit back and watch on our wedding day. He works tirelessly to find just the right angle, backdrop, and light. His passion is evident in the service he provides to his clients and in the final products that he creates. We can't wait to work with Joe again in the future for other special moments in our lives.
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