About Johanna

A storyteller with a camera

I have to start with a story…

When I was around ten years old, I used to ask myself what I would do if the house suddenly went on fire. I had it all figured out: I would get up from my bed (for some reason, I was always in my bedroom in this scenario), take all the photo albums on my shelf, open the window, throw them as far as possible and climb down after them (I was on the first floor but could easily drop down without breaking a leg). If I had time I would also save all my journals and letters, but they would always come second.

Back then, I had already understood what was replaceable and what wasn’t. Money could be earned again. Books and toys could be purchased again. However, the photographs of my childhood weren’t. They were my more valuable belonging, and a fire was my most feared nightmare.

Thankfully, I never had to put my master plan into action and my photo albums are still sitting on that very same shelf in my parents’ house. A most reasonable plan would be to repatriate them to Ireland on our next ferry trip. To this day, they are still one of my most valuable belonging. Technology means that I have digital versions of those precious memories but I would much rather show the physical prints to my daughter.

My goal today is to keep our life documented for her to have very precious photo albums she’ll imagine saving from a fire.

{ Click on the images below to read the story behind them. }

I want your children to have photographs worth saving from a fire

We meet for a chat over coffee (or tea)

We’ll discuss your dream session and why this is important to you. We can meet in your home, in a coffee shop, in my office or at the playground.

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Random facts about me

After 9 years in Ireland, I acquired a strange accent in french. French people now think I am a foreigner.

I have a poor sense of fashion and it takes a good five years before I get on board with a new trend.

I was a web & graphic designer for 12 years.

I was 23 years old when I tried peanut butter for the first time.

I never tried frogs legs.

I eat pretty much everything and love trying new foods but I really can’t stand parsley.

I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in 23 months (and counting)!

While in college, I used to spend my summer as a summer camp supervisor.

I love to travel and discover new places.

My best scuba diving experience was in a Mexican cenote.

I unwind by reading funny thrillers & romantic fictions with happy endings.

My happy place to be is the beach where the smell always reminds me of my childhood holidays in France.

 

Johanna’s calm and gentle manner put us all at ease and she was particularly good with our boisterous two year old too.

Genevieve

What I loved most about our photo session, was that it wasn’t staged or forced. Johanna captured everyday life with me and my little baby. My daughter was so relaxed with her and she made me feel relaxed too. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m already looking forward to our next session.

Suvi

I usually hate having photos taken but I felt entirely at ease with Johanna. She was brilliant with my son, & has managed to capture a really precious time in our lives.

Eilis

Johanna photographed our wedding and we couldn’t recommend her more highly. She was friendly, discrete and put everybody at ease throughout the day.

Barry & Niamh

A wonderfully friendly and talented photographer who did a delightful engagement shoot for myself and Philip.

Emma & Philip

Johanna was wonderful from start to finish and made the day very relaxed and easy, it was like having a good friend beside you on your wedding day.

Antony & Lorraine

Johanna is a very gentle and easy photographer to work with, puts you at ease, and is wonderful with children.

Alison

I found Johanna to be excellent with the children. We have a very active 3 year old and she was extremely patient in trying to get good shots of him. He can be slow to warm up to new people but she managed to engage him and gain his trust. I found her very easy to relax around.

Melanie

She was incredibly friendly and professional. Was happy to take our lead with suggestions of locations for the pictures, but also gave some directions & suggestions.

Joanna

We only really posed for a group photo, most of the time Johanna worked around us just being us in our home and the result is that we have plenty of natural looking photos that have captured this precious time when Dylan was so young perfectly.

Nina

Johanna made us all feel relaxed the second she came in the door. She just worked around us which was great with an excited toddler wanting in on the action.

Brigid

Johanna has a great way with the children and we’ve always been delighted with her photos!

Stephen

 

More photos from my precious albums