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Archives: Testimonials

catherine & ray, november 2017
I could not have asked for a better experience! Everyone keeps telling me how incredible my pictures are. They are artistic and capture the tone of the wedding perfectly. Joe is an amazing photographer, hands down the best wedding photographer I have ever seen. If you are looking for beautiful wedding photos that are not the normal ...
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teresa & jed, october 2017
Our wedding was outdoor on a mountain and it was WET and WINDY! Joe found ways to make all the pics clear and beautiful! He scouted out locations for weather and took AMAZING pics! During the ceremony he climbed all over that mountain to create beautiful photos. He clearly understands light, color, and perspective. In his photos I ...
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jenna, september 2017
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 fe ...
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hallie & cullen, september 2017
Joe is such a wonderful photographer to work with. He exceeded our expectations in every way. He came out to our wedding venue a week early and scouted some amazing shooting locations that were definitely off the beaten path. The day of, he was respectful of every wish and need I had during our photo sessions. Joe captured some of ...
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lauralee & tyler, september 2017
We had the best experience with Joe! We are from MS (also where our wedding will be), but we recently moved to NC. Prior to moving, we had already hired a wedding photographer in MS and were looking for someone in the Raleigh area to do a standalone engagement shoot! We discovered Joe Payne Photography online and thought it was a g ...
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sara & ross, july 2017
I cannot say enough great things about Joe. From the moment my now-husband and I booked him for our wedding, and continuing on past the day, he has been so much fun to work with and SO helpful. Most importantly, his photographs are incredible. Joe is a true artist and catches the mood and emotions of your day. We just got our weddi ...
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margo & patrick, july 2017
I did a ton of research and spoke to multiple photographers before confirming Joe, and I was so happy with the decision! Joe is an amazing photographer and so easy to work with. I definitely recommend him to others!
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emma & chad, may 2017
We took our post-wedding photo session and we are very happy with the way the photos turned out. The photos Joe took were excellent. We could see the art and beauty in the photos. Joe have a great eye for capturing memorable photos. He is talented, patient, friendly and humorous. Undoubtedly Joe is very easy to work with. We ...
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natalie & elliot, may 2017
I loved Joe's ability to blend into the background and let moments unfold naturally--not too much posing (aside from what we requested), or otherwise contrived photos. Joe's documentary-style photography was just beautiful--now if I could only get around to picking my favorites to have printed! With so many emotions and endless dec ...
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alexandra & marcus, february 2017
Joe is an absolutely brilliant photographer. I was first drawn to his beautiful shots that captured the essence and moments of the most important day for couples. The photos were one of the most important things for me because while the memories may fade, your pictures will be forever. When we met Joe in person, his personality ...
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mali & udo
I am not sure how I came across Joe's website but when I did and saw his work I knew he was going to be the photographer for us. He was punctual and patient because I was a bit hungover from the night before. He was so accommodating of our delayed schedule and took it in stride. He was everything we hoped for and we are so very ple ...
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beth & matt, december 2016
Just say yes! Joe was incredible throughout the entire wedding planning process. He was wonderful to communicate with and always more than helpful. He jumped right in during a chaotic wedding day and was able to capture incredibly beautiful moments. His photos are truly lovely and I feel so lucky to have them to remember our weddin ...
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eleanna & michael, november 2016
When looking for a wedding photographer, we scrolled through several wedding sites until we came across Joe’s work. We contacted Joe after perusing his gallery and discovering that his work looked more like it needed to be up in a gallery rather than collecting dust in a photo-book on a forgotten shelf in the house. Flat-out, Joe’s ...
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lauren & adam, november 2016
Joe did an amazing job shooting our wedding. He was very easy to work with and the photos he produced for us are absolutely amazing. He is able to capture the moment in a creative, yet traditional way that gave us photos that will last a lifetime. He also did our engagement photos and was really easy to make you feel comfortable in ...
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yasmin & michael, october 2016
Joe is an amazing talent and made our engagement and wedding photos one of the most memorable parts of our wedding. His work is absolutely stunning, and truly captured the essence of our wedding. Above all, he is incredibly personable and all of our guests raved about how wonderful and friendly he was. He is worth every penny! ...
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toni & kevin, october 2016
I can sum up our experience with Joe in one word - Phenomenal! Joe came highly recommended and after seeing his work online and meeting with him in person, we knew he was the photographer for us. Meeting him and having him photograph our engagement, bridal and wedding portraits was the best decision ever. Joe is easy-going and make ...
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mary pat & jonathan, september 2016
My wife fell in love with the photography from one of Joe's other weddings at our venue and booked him right away -- it was literally the first thing she did. We didn't do engagement pictures, so we didn't actually meet him until about a month before the wedding, but he immediately assured us both that he knew what he was doing and ...
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angel & jeff, august 2016
As the previous reviews have already said, Joe has an incredible eye for taking amazing photos! He was able to capture the raw emotion throughout the entire wedding. In fact, he had captured sentimental moments I had forgotten even happened! For example, after we said our vows and were walking out of the chapel, we both looked down ...
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joyce & ross, august 2016
Incredible photographer, captured every moment we desired! We are so, so happy with our photos, and so many of our friends and family fell in love with the shots Joe captured. Joe is also incredibly easy going and made us feel super comfortable, I would highly recommend Joe for your big day!!
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jade & frank, july 2016
Everyone who sees pictures of the day of our wedding has a similar exclamation - "No one has wedding pictures like this! These are incredible!" We were so fortunate to stumble across Joe online. My fiancee and I were instantly smitten with his aesthetic. If there was one thing we knew we didn't want on our wedding day, it was chees ...
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tina & dan, april 2016
There are not enough positive words to describe Joe's talent. Finding an excellent photographer was my first priority after the excitement getting engaged settled down. I wanted someone that was flexible to work with what kind of photos/memories I wanted to have of my wedding after it was all over. He was the first photographer I t ...
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kate & luke, may 2016
  Joe made our wedding day perfect. I don't enjoy posing for pictures and wanted my wedding photos to capture the emotion and the love of the day. Joe did exactly that. He seemed to capture every meaningful glance - between us and between our guests. He covered all of the laughter and dancing, just the beauty of the day. Ev ...
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nicole & brendan, june 2016
  Joe was absolutely phenomenal. We trusted him to capture our special day, and he did so in spectacular fashion. He was aware, detailed, and very available. He met all of our requests eloquently and was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend him for any sort of photography needs. He has a very good eye, and is q ...
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kathryn & justin, june 2016
  We loved working with Joe both for our engagement photos and for our wedding. He helped to make our wedding run very smoothly so that we could spend our time just enjoying the day. The photos are beautiful and exceeded all our expectations.
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raine & chasity, march 2016
We had the experience of a lifetime with Joe! We had both our engagement and wedding photos shot by him and he made us look like models! The energy and flow of the entire process was so easy and seamless, nothing forced. He knew what he was working with and caught all the best angles, scenery, and OMG lighting, making us look like ...
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ashley & matt, october 2015
  My husband and I fell in love with Joe Payne's documentary style photographs on a photojournalist site. We were enamored with how he perfectly captured expressions and emotions in his pieces, as we were not fond of the "posed" photos that other wedding photographers so frequently exhibit. During our wedding day, Joe Pa ...
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alexandra & trent, april 2016
  Joe was able to come last minute to do me and my husband's wedding photos. Not only did we love the photographs but we had an awesome time taking them. I've been in weddings where photos were very structured and boring but Joe made it a lot of fun and we are very happy with the results. Thanks a bunch Joe!
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jackie & rob, february 2016
Joe was an absolute pleasure to work with! He made us feel comfortable and relaxed. Joe took the time to get to know us and captured so many wonderful moments from our engagement photos, to my bridal portraits, and of course on the day of the wedding. Joe's images stood out from every other photographer and his composition is 2nd t ...
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megan & adam, november 2014
Joe was absolutely wonderful as our wedding photographer. Having seen some of his photos, we knew he had a gift for capturing moments, not just the mechanics of the day. We have so many stunning photos--and his documentary style was just what we were hoping to have for our wedding. He has a keen eye for drama, contrast, and beautif ...
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perciliz & brendan, october 2015
Our experience working with Joe was excellent and we would highly recommend him to anybody who demands perfection. He has a fierce attention to detail and a unique ability to capture the beauty of a moment as it materializes. We were fortunate to have Joe take our engagement photos as well as our wedding day and for each session he ...
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