About

"To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.” 
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photo by Adam Kasprzak

Photo by Adam Kasprzak

Joanna Malecka

I'm a lifestyle photographer, psychologist, painter but most of all - a mom. I was born and raised in Poland, where I lived until my early 30's. I fell in love and moved to US in 2011, got married, and gave birth to the most loved 'distractors’ in my life, my muses: four-year-old Zuzia and 8-month-old Julia. 

My romance with photography started a few years ago. As a head of the marketing department I went through dozens of photographs from various photographers each week for different projects. Thinking about the interactions in the world in terms of image representations had actually triggered my passion. My love for photography started to bloom. My husband, fiancé at that time, bought me my first camera, helped to pursue an art education and strongly supported my dream of pursuing an art career over the years.

My road to photography was long and winding. I obtained an engineering degree from Gdansk University of Technology, then a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland. Upon coming to USA, I took classes in oil painting, graphic design and sketching at the Ducret School of Art in New Jersey. Finally, I was lucky to have studied oil painting at the Art Students League of New York, under the tutelage of Mary Beth McKenzie and Thomas Torak, famous American painters. I believe that my journey provides me with a unique perspective on the art of photography.

In the meantime, I had been taking photography workshops with my favorite photographers: Kelly Brown (http://littlepiecesphotography.com.au/), Magdalena Binkiewicz (magdalenabinkiewicz.pl), Monika Serek (monikaserek.com) Adam Kasprzak (dreamphoto.pl), and numerous online photography courses.

And so here I am, ready to portray your life with all its sweet moments that make up the beauty and uniqueness of life. If you are interested in something different, something real please contact me. I would privileged to be a part of your life for a while, and do my best to present you with the most honest story of yourself and the people you love.

I'm looking forward to telling your story in pictures,

Joanna