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renaissance raleigh Indian wedding photographer – swathi & karthik
renaissance raleigh indian wedding photographer – swathi & karthik
It was pretty much love at first sight for Swathi & Karthik. Swathi tells me she was convinced she'd met her future husband as early as their second date. And their love and comfort in each other's company was easy to appreciate all the way through their wedding day. Any nerves that were giving them butterflies totally went away as soon as they saw each other at their first look. The rest of the day was so much fun and it was a pleasure for me and Richard to be there to share in the celebrations. As always, it was a privilege for me to be given the honour of documenting Swathi & Karthik's wedding. It was a long day, with so many lo ...
brown mountain beach resort wedding – laura & joe
brown mountain beach resort wedding – laura & joe
How do I even start to describe this unbelievably beautiful day? They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'd rather just let the wedding photos tell the story for me. Laura & Joe, thank you SO MUCH for giving me the honour of being with you to document your wedding day. I think we squeezed pretty much every last drop out of it and then some. Thank you for rolling with the punches the weather threw at us, thank you for clambering over rocks and getting dirty with me and thank you for one of the best days I have ever had the fortune to spend with great people in a beautiful location. Congratulations to the happy couple and ch ...


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

Hi, my name’s Joe and I’m a British-born Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill NC wedding photographer documenting weddings in and around Raleigh and across North Carolina. My speciality is modern wedding photography based on a fusion of documentary photojournalism and fine art portraiture.

My approach to wedding photography is very much based on a photojournalistic or documentary style. Every wedding is different and that should be reflected in your photos. So on your wedding day, rather than directing, I aim to be as unobtrusive as possible in order to capture the authentic moments and true character of your wedding day. I complement this with relaxed, yet artistic, portraiture that captures the personality and relationship of each couple. The end result is a timeless visual documentation of your wedding day as it really was.

If you’re interested in learning more, please take a look around the galleries, check out the latest weddings on the blog and feel free to reach out and get in contact. I would love to chat with you and go over your plans for your wedding day.

All the best with the wedding planning!



Wedding Photojournalism

Joe’s distinctive style draws on his unique background growing up in England and studying Fine Art in Spain. You can read more about his documentary-style approach to wedding photography here.


Artistic Portraiture

Along with documenting the unique moments of the day, Joe works with his couples to set aside time for a relaxed & natural portrait session. No awkward posing or cheesy setups, just you being you. There’s a story behind this if you want to…


Personalized Service

Joe’s services are in high demand, but he limits the amount of weddings he shoots in order to personally hand-finish every single image that leaves the studio, design albums and provide a high level of customer service to his select clientèle.



My work is known for its combination of creative use of available light, composition and emotion to create authentic and soulful photographs for you to look back on with your family in the years to come. Check out my galleries here and feel free to browse through some of the sample weddings here.

Get In Touch!

Don’t be shy! I love hearing from new couples looking to plan their wedding photography.

Just click on the link, give me a ring or drop me an email…


Reviews & Awards

Since opening my studio in 2009, my focus has been on delivering stunning wedding photography backed by top-notch customer service. This has led me to receive consistently rave reviews from my clients and I was awarded “Best of  Weddings” by The Knot and “Bride’s Choice Awards” by Wedding Wire in my first year as a wedding photographer in Raleigh. I was also awarded “Photographer of the Year” by the Wedding & Portrait Society for 2012 and “Best Photography 2013”  and “Best Photography 2014” by the Triangle chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events. As a result, I have quickly become one of the most highly sought-after wedding photographers in North Carolina.