Hi, I'm Joe.

The guy behind the camera, this family & this website. If you're here, then you probably have just got engaged. If so, CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME! I appreciate you stopping by.

Rather than me telling you about how I was born with a camera in my hand like everyone else seems to, how about I tell you what my clients have told me about why they hired me instead?

They were looking for something different from the norm. Someone with a unique artistic style. Someone who prefers to avoid the cheesy, contrived & clichéd poses seen on many wedding websites & blogs.

They wanted someone with a candid, documentary style who could blend in with the background & capture real, authentic moments & emotions unobtrusively.

They were maybe a bit uncomfortable in front of the camera & wanted a photographer they could trust to help them to just relax & look their best for their portraits.

They wanted someone with experience who they could count on as a friendly, calming presence to be by their side and have their back on the most important day of their life.

If that person sounds a bit like you, then please get in touch. I'd love to be there for you on your wedding day too.

Cheers & good luck with all the planning!

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What our clients are saying...


Mary Catherine & Peter

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.
He truly is an excellent choice for your event!!!


Katherine & Michael

Choosing the right photographer was the most important decision for my wedding day! Joe not only took incredibly stunning, artistic photographs that captured our emotions and precious moments perfectly, but he also did a great job wrangling my large bridal party. We were married at Duke and had the reception in Chapel Hill and he knows both towns (& the best places to shoot photos) like the back of his hand, which made for fantastic scenery for the photos. He was with us every step of the way throughout the entire day and handled everything with kindness and professionalism. Thank you Joe!!!


Ashley & Devon

After reviewing several photographers portfolios, my wife and I decided to work with Joe. Joe is not the cheapest, but like most things in life, you get what you pay for. For documenting the biggest day of our lives, I was not going with a sub par photographer. Joe has tons of experience and is extremely professional. We were extremely happy with our wedding photos. I do not consider myself a photogenic person at all, but Joe was able to position us and talk us through everything to produce photos worthy of a magazine cover. We cannot say enough good things about Joe, and are thrilled with our wedding photos!


Brandy & Gabe

We absolutely loved our experience working with Joe! Joe is a true professional in every sense of the word. Most importantly, his work is amazing and we feel truly blessed to have had our day captured by him! Throughout our wedding planning journey, he was incredibly responsive, available to discuss our questions, communicated clearly with us, and did an awesome job of planning with us on the front end so that we went into the day with a thoughtful plan of the day’s photography. On the day of our wedding, Joe was absolutely amazing and captured so many incredible shots that we will keep for a lifetime. We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting Joe and working with him, and can’t wait to find any other occasion to work with him again! We would highly recommend him, without any reservation!



I hired Joe to photograph my bridal portraits and the session far exceeded my expectations. Not only were the photos unbelievable, (making it hard to choose just one for the portrait), but Joe was also a really awesome coach, which was something I really felt I needed. He’s very trustworthy, professional, and funny making anyone feel at ease with being in the spotlight. Not to mention Joe was extremely accommodating when it came to printing and delivering the portrait (we were on a tight timeline, and he went above and beyond to make sure my portrait was delivered by when I needed it). You won’t go wrong hiring Joe. My only regret is that I didn’t hire him for our wedding as well.


Sophia & Kevin

My wife and I hired Joe to shoot our wedding at Childress Vineyard in September and we’re BLOWN AWAY with the quality and attention to detail in every shot! Finding an excellent photographer was our number 1 priority when we started planning our wedding over two years ago, and from the moment we first met Joe over a couple of beers at a local brewery, we knew we had found the perfect person to capture our special day. In addition to getting beautiful pictures throughout the day, Joe was personable, funny and kind, helping minimize any potential stress the day brought! Sophia and I highly recommend Joe’s services to anybody who values quality photography for their wedding!


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I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Joe Payne | Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill NC Wedding & Portrait Photographer