Reviews from
Past Clients

jessica, august 2022

Joe took photos of our daughter’s Quinceañera celebration, and they are absolutely stunning! We had such a good time capturing this moment that even the kids have fun (and parents everywhere know how difficult that can be). He really captured our individual personalities and made us shine. Thank you so much, Joe, for being so amazing at what you do… we will see you again in a few years for our other daughter!

If I could give Joe 10 stars, I would.

lauren & ashlee, june 2022

He’s creative, and engaging. They look like magazine photos! We really wish we would have been able to take him to Spain for our actual wedding. He is also very fun and incredibly knowledgeable. Thank you, Joe. We can’t wait to find an excuse to hire you again!

Joe did our bridal portraits and we LOVE them!

brooke & kyle, july 2022

We had Joe and his team for our wedding in Pinehurst NC in July 2022 and it was the easiest and best decision. We looked through a few different photographers and once we saw Joe’s work we did not even have to think. I loved how Joe really wanted to know what our wants and styles were but also very open about his style and making sure he was the right fit for us. On the day I really felt like he had my back with me being stressed (I’m the bride). He could tell I was stressed but kept reassuring me which was so helpful because everyone and everything moves so fast on the day. I know too that the stress would not turn out great in the pictures so again I appreciated him caring about his work but also the pictures we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Joe was the exact style we wanted and needed, his work captured the beauty, colors, and most importantly the emotions of the day. He and his assistant are great people and really improved the whole day and process. Such an amazing talent and person. Thank you Joe!

It was the easiest and best decision

kayla & dre, may 2022

Joe’s quality of work and attention to detail makes you feel like you are living in the moment all over again. He captures every emotion by bringing out each individual’s personality so perfectly! I could not ask for a better photographer on our special day. We will definitely seek him out again in the future!

I could not ask for a better photographer on our special day

bella & steven, may 2022

Enjoy every second of shooting our engagement photos with Joe! The BEST in the area!

The BEST in the area!

jennifer & stefan, may 2022

for our engagement, rehearsal dinner, wedding, and post-wedding photography. He did an incredible job capturing the moments, emotions, and beauty of each of these joyous occasions. As we look back on our photos, we are truly reliving the love and beauty that surrounded us on our wedding day and the events leading up to it. The mixture of classic, photojournalism, and artistic photography is absolutely what we hoped for, and he definitely delivered!! We also had a lot of fun with Joe at each and every portrait session, which just makes the photos come out all the more beautiful!

We are absolutely thrilled that we chose to work with Joe

annie & pat, december 2021

He has an amazing eye for beautiful angles and backdrops. Our wedding pictures could not have been more beautiful, and he was professional and efficient while still being flexible with day-of asks. I would HIGHLY recommend him!!!

Joe and his team were fantastic for our wedding.

sowmya & ashwin, november 2021

Joe Payne photographed our Nov 2021 wedding in Raleigh, NC and we would totally recommend him!
We first contacted Joe after seeing his work on Instagram. The quality of his work instantly caught our eyes! We were looking for a relaxed candid photography style that’s also classy and timeless! After a quick zoom meeting, we were convinced it was a great match. Joe and his team ensured that we felt totally comfortable in front of the camera. He captured every moment of our big Indian wedding and compiled it into a beautiful album. His light hearted jokes and funny comments made our reception photo shoot totally enjoyable. We will definitely treasure these photos forever!

The quality of his work instantly caught our eyes!

anie & jay, november 2021

Joe did my engagement and wedding photos and both experiences were amazing. My day ran so smoothly and perfectly. Joe and his assistant Richard were extremely professional, charming and made my wedding day a breeze. The photos were amazing and worth every penny.

My day ran so smoothly and perfectly.

shreena & kisan, october 2022

We found Joe’s photography online and absolutely fell in love it! We decided to book our engagement session at Duke Chapel and Gardens with him and we are honestly so happy we did. He was very communicative before and after the session, flexible, and an absolute delight to work with. He went above and beyond and made us feel extremely comfortable in front of the camera and we had so much fun during our session! I highly recommend booking him for your next photo session!

He went above and beyond

katherine & martin, september 2021

Joe’s work, along with his second shooters’ work (we were honored to have Richard on our day), is timeless, authentic, classy, and full of deep emotion. From the moment my husband and I saw Joe’s photographs, we knew we found the photographer for us. It was also so special that Joe is English and so is my husband.

Joe’s talent shines in almost any setting. Our first set of engagement photos was in the rain, but he made them look romantic, using the gothic setting of Duke chapel to draw out some lovely artistic shots. After our wedding postponement due to Covid, we opted for a second engagement session. The use of light during golden hour on UNC campus was beautiful!

On our wedding day (August 28, 2021), Joe captured the emotion of it all. He isn’t a cheesy or an overly staged photographer. He stays in the background to let the day unfold naturally. Of course when we did the more formal portraits, he was efficient and prepared. Our families adored his humor and kindness, as he makes everyone feel at ease in front of the camera. The worst part of hiring Joe was when the wedding was over, and the journey came to an end.

All you need is Love…and Joe Payne…on your wedding day!

sara - august 2021

and my photos are amazing! Joe is energetic, engaging, and a lot of fun, and he knows how to put you at ease to get natural headshots. Great lighting and artistic eye. Highly recommend!!

Great photographer to work with

daleena & milton, june 2021

Very professional, organized, and attentive. He was very encouraging and helped us feel super relaxed in front of the camera. I’m so happy with our wedding photos and would definitely recommend Joe Payne for anyone wanting breathtaking, high-quality photography.

Joe Payne was phenomenal!

julianne & john, june 2021

He is all around AMAZING to work with and very detailed oriented with his photos and lighting. My bridal session photos and wedding photos came out so beautiful and stunning that they made me tear up. He is very sweet and responds to emails/messages fairly quickly! I highly recommend going with Joe!!

First of all, I would love to give more than 5 stars to Joe.

giuseppina & aj, may 2021

Simply put, we valued our wedding photos as the most important piece of our whole wedding. We fell in love with Joe’s photos the instant we viewed his gallery on his page. Joe was very responsive and answered all of our questions. He talked with us and made sure he understood our vision. He is a phenomenal photographer and his work is so evident of this. His style is so unique because he captures details and moments you may be completely unaware of. His photos spell out a perfect story. He is so passionate about what he does and we loved having him. We highly highly recommend, you will have no regrets!

He is a phenomenal photographer and his work is so evident of this.

nikki & john, june 2021 & may 2022

From our bridal portraits to our plan B backyard wedding due to covid, to bridal portraits and our rescheduled wedding. Joe is responsive, flexible, and SO TALENTED. He makes you feel comfortable when taking pictures and gives direction and feedback that makes you feel confident and beautiful. Also, his British accent is wonderful to listen to. His eye is incredible for the perfect light or reflection in the mirror or shadowed backdrop. So do yourself a favor and hire Joe, you will thank me for it!!!

10 stars! Joe went above and beyond.

brittany & harrison, april 2021

Trust me!! Booking Joe as our weddIng photographer was literally the hands down BEST decision of my entire wedding! Word of advice – he books up fast as he is highly sought after and recommended by many brides and wedding vendors/venues as one of the best wedding photographers, so get him if you can!

Personally, I don’t like attention, I’m a very shy person and he broke me out of my shell! He lead me every step of the way. He was so professional, never felt intrusive and made me feel beautiful in every moment.

For me, my wedding photos where everything. I am the bride that cared less about the actual event and everything about capturing my day in order to re-live the lasting memories for years to come. Joe did exactly that and more!

I told Joe I didn’t want the typical wedding photos. I wanted something unique, something different. And this is where his creative mind takes off. He is true artist! I told Joe I wanted to venture into woods in search of some scenic photos. Literally those were my ONLY directions. Joe did all the leg work from there. Prior to our wedding he ventured into woods to scout ideal spots, sent me locations and suggested times of day to make the most of sunlight. For the record I never asked him to do this. The level of effort and work he put into prepping for the event showed in the end results and made our day seamless!

Booking Joe as our weddIng photographer was literally the hands down BEST decision of my entire wedding! 

arianna & casey, 2021

I am not sure where to begin! I can not say enough good things about Joe. Joe is very professional and extremely friendly. You can tell he has a passion for photography and has a great eye for pictures. He was able to capture all the little moments on our wedding day that I do not ever want to forget. His attention to detail is incredible and I am so in love with the pictures that he took for both my bridal shoot and our wedding. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to have their pictures done!

I can not say enough good things about Joe.

stephanie, 2021

I’ve wanted to shoot with Joe for years — he seemed to beautifully capture moments and somehow embody the personalities of those he shot.

During my session, what I loved was his ability to capture my vision so much more beautifully than I was able to articulate. I’m still over the moon with his consultative approach, thoughtfulness and of course the output. My headshots are classic, timeless…and a bit mysterious.

He’s undoubtedly worth every penny.

gina & micah, july 2020

In the year of covid, our daughter’s wedding plans continued to change and morph from a Spring wedding of 300 to a small wedding of 11 in mid summer. It takes a special type of person to remain flexible through all of those permutations and an especially talented artist to capture the beauty of the wedding which included only a few wedding traditions. When we hired Joe we had no idea that we would have to ask so much of him.

He delivered not only in gorgeous photos but also as a supportive friend!

natalie & joseph, october 2020

I hired Joe Payne for my Oct 2020 wedding, and he was incredible. He captured so many special memories and his documentary-style approach allowed me to feel very present and in the moment! He is professional, cheerful, took charge and knew how to utilize the light to create stunning photos. Highly recommend!

He captured so many special memories

jackie, cesar & family, november 2020

I was so happy with how they turned out, how he was able to capture amazing images of my husband, myself and my daughters. Highly recommended!!

I had my fall family photos taken by Joe and he did an amazing job.

sophia & kevin, september 2020

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!

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness

jackie & dylan

Joe shot our engagement photos. He led you in the right direction while allowing you to create your own moment. 20 stars. I was so pleased with my photos.

He was amazing.

elizabeth & kyrus, august 2020

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.

Joe is a true ARTIST!

mary catherine & peter, june 2019

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.
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!!!

EVERYONE who saw my wedding photos raved about them!! 

alison & hunter, january 2020

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 the BEST of the BEST.

april & zach, december 2019

My fiance is on the shy side, and he was able to make us feel so comfortable and at ease. He’s detailed, professional, and absolutely delightful to work with. Highly recommend!

Joe was the absolute BEST to work with.

laura & joe, september 2019

When looking for a wedding photographer, we knew we wanted to work with a someone who would capture the day as it naturally happened, and not try to direct or pose every little moment. After speaking with Joe and looking at his portfolio, we knew instantly that his style and philosophy aligned with ours, and we hired him for our September 2019 wedding. We did not do engagement photos, so the first time I ever met Joe in person was on the wedding day! I knew his photos would be amazing, but he had never shot at our venue, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.

Well, let me just say that Joe is an absolute master of wedding photography. There is so much that to being a wedding photographer: you have to keep track of schedules, manage personalities, adapt to the weather, capture every moment in changing conditions, edit thousands of photos, and deliver them in a short time span, among so much else. Joe did all of this, and more, with a level of professionalism and talent that I can’t even comprehend.

First, I’ll talk about the photos. Good god. The sheer number of stunning photos we got back, all of them beautifully edited, is astonishing. Literally thousands of photographs, each of them more beautiful than the last. On our wedding day, we let Joe do his thing and tried not to interject too many specific photo requests. I am so glad we did it that way, because Joe skipped the overdone Pinterest-inspired photos I thought I wanted, and instead shot an array of artistic, unique, and beautifully stylized images that genuinely capture the emotion (and craziness!) of our day. Moreover, Joe individually reviews and edits each photo, which adds so much to the finished product and really sets him apart from other photographers.

Aside from the photos, here are some more things I loved about working with Joe:

• He is prompt and direct in his communication, without fail. He is so on top of his shit, and it makes your life easier as bride/groom.
• He goes with the flow, but is assertive when he needs to be in order to keep things on track.
• He is on time, and he works his butt off the entire day. At one point I was genuinely concerned about how intensely he was working in the heat! Our guests even commented on how he seemed to be everywhere at once!
• He is very experienced and great at problem solving when you need it most. Rain delayed our ceremony and completely ate into our photo time, but he did such a great job of managing the changes and keeping things on track.
• Fabulous British sense of humor.
• The way that he delivers the photos to you is awesome. You can download them all from an online portal, which is an A+ on the user friendliness.

All in all, I just want to thank Joe from the bottom of my heart for how much he contributed to not just our wedding day, but our lives and memories. Our wedding was pretty wild with activity, and he captured every moment from family portraits to fireworks. We will cherish the photos forever. If you are reading this and considering a wedding photographer, I can’t recommend Joe enough.

Joe is a true professional who delivers stunning, unique wedding photos!

julie & brian, october 2019

I can’t recommend him enough.

Of course, his photos are stunning! I was originally interested because his photos of Duke Chapel are so incredible. He is an artist with a long veil! Joe also captured some wonderful photos at the reception and on the dance floor that I never expected would turn out so well!

He has a laid-back personality which is a much-needed calming influence during some very stressful times. I can’t thank him enough for putting up with a stressed-out bride, mothers/fathers, and an “energetic” bridal party ?. You can relax knowing Joe will create great shots!

Joe is really willing to make any photos you have in mind a reality. He made it very easy to have engagement photos where my husband and I met (small college in Massachusetts) and day-of photos at my parents’ house. I didn’t know that I wanted photos from the rehearsal until about one month beforehand – Joe was even flexible enough to shoot our rehearsal at the last minute! He will also send out a questionnaire before the big day to make sure you get the wedding photos that you want most.

I am still in awe of Joe and how beautiful our pictures turned out. Definitely book Joe for your wedding!!

Joe is the best wedding photographer!!

megan & danny, november 2019

Not only did I love the outcome of my bridal portraits and wedding photos, but so enjoyed spending time with this witty, warm, wonderful human being. Joe is professional, exceptional, and overwhelmingly talented – using Joe was (second to the groom) the best wedding decision I made hands-down. Love this man!

Joe is AMAZING!!

swathi & karthik, october 2019

Joe was an absolute delight to work with, and the quality and style of his photography is incredible. From our very first conversation I knew that Joe was the right photographer for my wedding – he has such a warm and positive energy. Leading up to the wedding he was very accessible and we were able to lay out plans for where we wanted to take pictures for each event. Indian weddings can be quite chaotic but Joe did a wonderful job capturing the day and keeping me calm through the process. My husband and I are so so happy with the photos from our wedding weekend. We highly highly recommend working with Joe!

He has such a warm and positive energy.

audra & chris, october 2019

My husband and I do not take good photos, but Joe set the tone to encourage us to be natural and have fun. The photos of our engagement and our wedding were absolutely beautiful. We got several photos of us that we love! I will note that Joe does take his time to deliver the photos after the event, but the wait was totally worth it! Book Joe if you want great photos for your wedding!

Joe was fantastic to work with.

laura & randall, october 2019

Working with Joe for our engagement photos, bridal portraits, and wedding photos was a dream! The end results are incredible. Joe captures emotion effortlessly in his work. He was also like a ninja on the wedding day. He was never intrusive on any moments but he captured so much!

Joe captures emotion effortlessly in his work.

dana & danny, september 2019

We hired Joe for our wedding at Duke Gardens in September 2019. His website won me over instantly and his style of photography. When we inquired more about him doing our wedding he was very down to earth, friendly, and had a great sense of humor over the phone. When it came to our wedding he made sure to get the traditional posed photos and family shots, but his true artistic ability was through the candid shots and how he masterfully took the beauty of the gardens and incorporated them into our photos. Hiring Joe was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Can’t wait to look at these photos for years to come.

Hiring Joe was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding.

jillian & nick, march 2019

My husband and I did not want a ton of photos of just the 2 of us after the wedding and he listened! He got some great shots in a short amount of time and we couldn’t be happier. He also did my bridal portraits which turned out great. All of our guests were impressed with the photos as well. Highly recommend!

We loved having Joe as our photographer back in March.

sandra & greg, april 2019

I cannot emphasize enough what an exceptional job Joe and his assistant Richard did as our wedding photographers. Joe was the first vendor I booked after we had our date and location, which was super lucky as he is in high demand. His expertise in documentary and portrait style photography is immediately evident in his online portfolio, and completely sets him apart from other wedding photographers. His use of lighting and composition is simply STUNNING. When I called to inquire about his availability, Joe’s warmth and easy-going nature came through even over the phone. He met in person with my (now) husband and I, and sent us a detailed questionnaire to get to know us better and make sure he understood exactly what was most important to us to capture that day. Our other vendors were also excited to learn we hired Joe, as they enjoyed working with him previously. On the wedding day Joe and Richard were right on time and both had a great sense of humor that put everyone at ease. We wanted a full hour for our first look since we don’t have a lot of great photos of us as a couple. Joe scoped out sites all around the venue earlier that week to take full advantage of the time. We took a few formal family photos, mostly before the ceremony, so we were able to make it to most of our cocktail hour. The majority of the event I didn’t even notice he was there and was able to just relax and enjoy the time with my guests. Both Joe and Richard worked SO hard. They were down on the floor, up on chairs, constantly moving around the room, whatever was needed to get the most unique shots. They really did the beauty of our venue justice (The Cotton Room), but it is the intense emotion they captured from so many of our friends and family that we will truly treasure forever. Joe did a fantastic job editing the close to 900 photos he shared with us. The turnaround was impressive (6 weeks), especially considering this was peak wedding season and included a holiday weekend. Bottom line, it is SO critical to hire a wedding photographer with a lot of experience in the particular style that draws you in. For us, we wanted a more artistic and authentic representation of our day and there was no question Joe was the best choice for this. We are giddy about the results and can’t wait to share the photos with everyone with love.

His use of lighting and composition is simply STUNNING.

anh & david, may 2019

I am the kind of bride who puts a lot of time and effort into researching each and every vendor till I find a perfect match. I rank my wedding vendors in an excel spreadsheet and Joe was my number one choice in the photographer category. My husband and I planned our wedding on a moderate budget but we knew we had to prioritize photography and videography because years from now, photos and videos will be the only physical things we have left with to remember our wedding day by. One of my husband’s groomsmen who is a wedding photographer recommended Joe and said he was the best wedding photographer in the area. When we saw Joe’s photos on his website and instagram, we knew we had to book him fast! Joe was so accommodating when my husband and I wanted our first look to be at a different location. He reached out to the location to ask for permission to take pictures there. On our wedding day, Joe drove me while his assistant, Erin drove my husband to our first look location. It was a pretty warm summer day and I am sure they were exhausted taking pictures for hours in the sun but both of them stayed enthusiastic and excited throughout the night. Joe and Erin were very dedicated, professional and easy to get along with. We were able to see our first photo on Joe’s instagram and thought it looks stunning. We highly recommend Joe and Erin and we truly appreciate all of their help on our big day.

Joe and Erin were very dedicated, professional and easy to get along with.

kathleen & michael, december 2018

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!!!

Choosing the right photographer was the most important decision for my wedding day!

abby & chad, september 2018

We had the honor of having Joe as our photographer for both our wedding in Wisconsin and during our engagement session at Duke Gardens. The photos turned out amazing as expected. His style captures real life moments and great lighting. I would highly recommend Joe Payne Photography. Thank you so much Joe!

5 stars all the way!

tyler & blake, september 2018

He was very focused and organized the day of the wedding and took the time and effort to get to know about my husband and I before the wedding. The pictures are spectacular and we could not be even more excited about the life long memories he was able to capture. I would definitely recommend Joe for your wedding.

Working with Joe on my wedding was an amazing experience.

ashley & devon, october 2018

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!

Joe has tons of experience and is extremely professional.

melissa & matt, June 2018

We had a wonderful experience working with Joe – both for our engagement photos and our wedding photos. The composition and lighting in Joe’s photography is incredible. We could not be more pleased with the results. Thank you, Joe for capturing our special memories in such an artistic, tasteful way!

We could not be more pleased with the results.

katherine & andy, september 2018

Pretty much right after booking our venue, my husband and I went through their list of recommended photographers because we knew that having amazing photographs from our wedding was a high priority for us. As we reviewed all of the photographers’ websites, Joe emerged as the clear frontrunner because of how beautifully he leverages natural light in his work and how nicely he captures genuine emotions. Meeting him on a video call further reinforced that he was a great fit for us because he is down-to-earth and has a great sense of humor but also takes the quality of his work very seriously. Joe ended up doing both our engagement photographs and our day-of wedding photography. He has a very well-organized process for gathering information about couples’ styles and the types of photographs that they want leading up to the wedding through distributing periodic and detailed online forms, which made communicating everything to him super easy for us. Joe also set aside some time to grab a drink with us before our engagement photographs and get to know us, which was an excellent idea and helped further refine his understanding of relationship dynamic, which we feel really contributed to the quality of our photos. We don’t have formal photographs taken of us very often and knowing that that is the case with most people who get engaged and married, he was also awesome at making us feel comfortable and providing clear and helpful instructions to us about how we should stand, pose, and interact to get the best shots. On the day of our engagement pictures, his commitment to getting the lighting perfect and varying it for different settings was also seriously impressive– we moved around quite a bit and the variety of the resulting work product was lovely. On the day of our wedding, it was raining on and off and Joe was super flexible and patient with the way in which the circumstances threw our original schedule off. In the end, we got a bunch of stunning rain-free photos and also got a few bonus artsy ones that featured a bit of rain, which we loved. The wedding party echoed our opinion that Joe was wonderful to work with and made everyone feel so comfortable, which contributed to the overall positive vibe of the day. The pictures that Joe delivered from our wedding were the perfect balance of traditional group portraits, shots of the decor and details that we valued capturing after having spent so much time wedding planning, and a lot of great candids. He captured my desired aesthetic of a little bit of glamour, romance, and tradition and a lot of fun in the most gorgeous way. Long story short, hiring Joe was a no-brainer for us and a choice that we would make again and again if we could do things all over! :)

Hiring Joe was a no-brainer for us

anna & eddie, June 2018

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.

If we could rate Joe Payne higher than 5 stars, we would.