Born and raised on Maui, Joanna watched her journalist mother snap photos for local newspapers. Taking photography classes at Baldwin High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Joanna learned the techniques of the art of photography. Utilizing top professional equipment, Joanna’s work has been influenced by the rich texturing of documentary photographers such as Joe Buissink. Careful not to intrude on the wedding ritual, Joanna becomes an almost invisible presence whose aperture opens to the heightened joy of the participants. Working as much as possible with natural light, and with a keen sense of composition, Joanna honors the mood of each moment, unafraid to capture movement and emotion. Her photojournalistic style allows her to create evocative storybooks and slideshows, in which a succession of spontaneous images tells the story of the wedding.