Presenting images with personality
Contact Joan (518) 346-4485

General FAQs

Do I use film or digital cameras

I photograph only in digital and have since 2004.

Will I get help planning my event?

Each and every one of my clients gets my 100% attention throughout the process. And if you need help even after the event, I am here. I want to make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish.

When will my photos be ready for viewing?

I provide you with instructions for viewing your images once they are fully edited and uploaded through my website. For an event or portrait session, it usually takes a day or so. For a wedding, expect two to three weeks.

Your subjects look so natural? Were you just lucky and caught the moment or was there more to it?

A truly talented photographer can get even the stiffest subjects to loosen up for the camera. If there ever was a time to pick an experienced photographer over a lesser one, this is it. When it comes to photography, experience and the ability to bring out the best in people is proportional to the quality of the relationship and the product. I spend a lot of time with you before your event and I become “your best friend.” I also spend a lot of time studying new techniques, knowing how to turn crises and meltdowns onto opportunities, and ways to engage my subjects to get that smile and spark everyone wants to see in his or her photos. This photographer has spent decades combining those talents and more to offer you outstanding images and great service. 

Have you had any formal training?

I have a master’s degree in counseling and have worked with people in my jobs for over 30 years. My hobby for decades was photography, and when I wanted a change in careers, I chose to follow my heart. I am a member of a number of professional associations such as PPSNYS (Professional Photography Society of New York State) and SFS (Schenectady Photographic Society) who offer extensive weekly, monthly and yearly training in the latest techniques taught by world renowned photographers; and I have been attending these trainings for 14 years

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Kind Words

Kind Words

I had the pleasure of meeting Joan Heffler for an event where I was volunteering. First thing is first- her pictures and variety she shared was unbelievable! Part of what makes Joan unique is her ability to capture that special moment and with her creativity, makes all of those pictures come to life. Not only that, but she has a wonderful personality and talking with her was an absolute pleasure. It is nice to know that behind the lens, is a real person looking to make your day special. She was professional, friendly and courteous throughout and I will reccommend her to everyone I know looking for photography services 🙂

Tim Sokol