TESTIMONIALS

Evan & Christy
  • Evan & Christy

  • Palmiet Valley Wedding

Jo Markland is the most amazing wedding photographer. She has the most beautiful understanding of light that results in photographs that are glass sharp where they should be, yet diffused with the most subtle and glorious colour. More importantly, Jo Markland has a magical talent: She can see you as a person and is able to take photographs of you the way that you actually are. Our greatest wedding photography fear was that we would end up looking at rather beautiful pictures of ‘other’ people. What she delivered was ‘us’ – our characters captured the way we understand and like to see ourselves. This was, we thought, a rather remarkable achievement.  READ MORE

So, with Jo you will get great pictures. There is, however, more to being a wedding photographer than this. You invite someone into your immediate circle for a very special day.

Jo was brilliant right from the very start. She has a very authentic honesty and will tell you precisely what she thinks. And fortunately, with her way, if the news is bad you tend to laugh. A person that can do this in the wedding circus is worth their weight in gold. She works many, many weddings and assiduously collects the names of the suppliers. As such she is able to provide really good advice on who to use when you are lost and looking for suppliers that match your style.

Jo takes the time out to really spend time with you and work out who you are. Every step along the way you are managed wittily (and yet firmly) on your homework for her – which she makes easy.  We didn’t have a single review point on our wedding photo books they were so beautifully laid out (you just chose those going in). She even took my Mum and Dad’s copy of the photo book to the UK on holiday to be posted. With Jo you can sit back and trust that she will manage the process and give you photos to last a lifetime. She is a delight.

Richard & Bailey
  • Richard & Bailey

  • Wedding couple from Ireland
Richard and I just want to say a hugeTHANK YOU! Trying to pick a photographer from the other side of the world was difficult as I had a very clear idea of what I wanted. I loved your blog,     so full of beautiful moments and right from our first few emails we knew that our photo’s memories were in good hands. On the day you made us feel at ease and we had so much fun getting our photos done, in fact some of my favourites were taken without us even realising it!
I have recommended you to everyone I know, I haven’t had to say much because your photos say it all! So thank you, for making this part of our wedding such a pleasure! We are already planning a trip over for another shoot when we expand our little family so see you soon!
Warren & Gail
  • Gail Adriaanse

  • Wedding couple - Dec 2012

Planning our wedding was easy, finding the right people to make the day possible was the difficult task. Well not until we met a great person & photographer Joanne Markland.
Finding our photographer to shoot our big and most memorable day was top of the list. It was also the first booking we made in our planning process. One day I saw photographs of a friends wedding which Jo did. I couldn’t stop looking through them, showed them to my fiancé (at the time) and he too was impressed.  READ MORE

There is something special about Joanne and the way she captures one’s picture (without enhancing like rookie photographers do today). There is emotion and warmth in Jo’s work. We can’t stop looking at our wedding photographs.

Mark & Anna Haupt
  • Anna Haupt

  • Wedding at Rickety Bridge

We chose Joanne because we had the opportunity to see some amazing shots of a wedding she had previously done at our wedding venue. Prior to the wedding Joanne could not have been more relaxed, and put our minds at rest when we met her for a consultation. On the actual day, she took every opportunity to capture the magic of the day, and the little touches which we would probably not have thought about. It was such a pleasure having Joanne at the wedding- she made all the guests feel relaxed and happy to be photographed…my only regret is that we did not ask her to stay longer! She knew the venue well  and had even thought about where and when to best catch the sunset- a real professional!  READ MORE

The result was a selection of photos that blew us away, and are proud to show off. I cannot praise Joanne enough, and would highly recommend her to anyone! Anna Haupt

Valerie Brasler
  • Valerie Brasler

  • Mother of the bride

We met Joanne 2 months before our daughter’s wedding. We had no idea about wedding photography but she gave us clear detail and showed us examples of the albums she makes for the couple and for parents! She was, and is, warm and bright and tolerant of questions and wishes of bride and bride’s mom! She did not slam any suggestions but explained what works and what is not good and it all made sense. READ MORE

 

Just before the wedding, Jo met the bride and groom and very caringly dealt with their pre-wedding nerves and soon had them both laughing while she did some beautiful happy pictures at Llandudno beach.

On the BIG DAY, Jo was amazingly patient, helpful and professional in her skill of organizing ALL the bridal party and families. Before the church service, while her bridesmaids were helping Wendy to put on her wedding dress, there was a problem with the back of her dress and Wendy was distraught . Jo took a close-up photo of the back to assure Wendy that it looked perfect! Only Jo could have done this as nothing any of us said convinced Wendy, until she “saw” on the camera that the dress was fine.

Joanne is punctual, efficient at getting everybody to stand where and how she wanted us – no mean achievement when so many different personalities and ages are talking and laughing and not listening! Jo was gentle but firm, creative as she positioned folk for the shots with wonderful results but also very practical. She kept her eye on the clock all through the time she was working and made up for our running late in places. She was everywhere and yet not obtrusive and, almost without our realizing, she “bossed” us so she could get great photos.

She kept in touch before and after the wedding and has gone the extra mile for us, even delivering the CD to Wendy and Neil in person — in LONDON!