Because each picture tells a tale I want you to know a bit of my story in coming to be an artisan lifestyle photographer. I was born and raised in Poland, where I lived until my early 30’s. Just before leaving my homeland I fell in love. In 2011 we moved to the US, got married, and started our life as a family when I gave birth to the most loved 'distractors’ in my life, my muses: seven year old Zuzia and three and a half year old Julia. My romance with photography began a few years ago but my passion for art and design have always been in my heart, even if only a whisper. My husband, fiancé at that time, bought me my first camera and supported us as I completed my art education and pursued my dream to become an artist behind a camera.My road to portrait 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. When I arrived in the United States I began studies in oil painting, graphic design and sketching at the Ducret School of Art in New Jersey. Finally, I was fortunate enough 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. Not only has my journey provided me with a unique perspective on the art of photography it has brought a depth to my work that I would otherwise have not known existed.
For the past 2 years I had been working as a newborn lifestyle photographer at Bella Baby Photography (https://www.bellababyphotography.com) at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Hospital in Princeton NJ (https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/penn-medicine-locations/princeton-health) . It is through the work there that I had been professionally trained by the company in handling newborns as well as seen the value in vaccinations and health tests to make certain the newborns I work with are in the safest hands.
My love of this art keeps me motivated to dig deeper into this artistic medium continuing my education by participating in photography workshops with Kelly Brown (http://littlepiecesphotography.com.au/), Paulina Duczman (https://paulinaduczman.com), Magdalena Binkiewicz (magdalenabinkiewicz.pl), Monika Serek (monikaserek.com) Adam Kasprzak (dreamphoto.pl), as well as other online photography courses. As a result of my hard work and continued efforts, I am thrilled to now offer my clients a beautiful studio experience where cleanliness, safety and attention to a calming, nurturing environment are top priority when you work with me.
And so, here I am, ready to capture your current life’s story; with all its depth and humanness, all it’s beauty and uniqueness. If my dedication to capturing the magic that you and your family embody resonates with you and what you are looking for in a photographer, than contact me. Allow me the opportunity tell in pictures your unique story which will be a series of precious images worth framing for a lifetime.
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"It was such a pleasure to work with Joanna! She was easy to communicate with through email and phone calls. I had very specific photos and poses I wanted to replicate and she was more than accommodating and was able to exceed my expectations! She has a passion for what she does and she works hard to get every little detail just right. We had such a great experience and LOVE the way all of our photos came out. We are looking forward to working with her again in the future!"
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"Joanna was absolutely wonderful to work with! She was both patient and helpful with her calming touch in getting my newborn to sleep for the photo shoot. She has a warm and comforting studio stocked with items to make us feel like we were right at home. Joanna's work is incredibly special, and we didn't have to wait long to see our final photos. I absolutely recommend her for capturing those special newborn memories!!"
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"Joanna is an amazing photographer and we have loved working with her! She photographed my son’s newborn shoot and recently his first birthday pictures. She is very patient and very friendly and very responsive! Her work is exactly what we have looked for in our photos and are so glad to have found her. We would absolutely recommend her for any photograph needs!"
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"Our experience with Joanna was incredible and she was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was wonderful with our newborn son and captured the most precious images. She even helped us capture some shots with our “first baby” - our yellow lab Oliver too! I would absolutely recommend Joanna to friends and family for their newborn photos."
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"Joanna is an outstanding photographer and the consummate professional. Always easy to contact and work with, she makes the whole process easy and produces the highest quality work. We love her and use her anytime we want to save a special moment in time. Thanks Joanna!"
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"Joanna was the best! She really took the time to make sure everything was perfect and consulted with us at every step along the way. It also took a while for our baby to fall asleep at the start of the shoot - Joanna was so patient, and even helped to personally soothe her to sleep (I put into practice her technique that very night!). We are so happy with the beautiful photos and really can't thank Joanna enough."
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"Joanna Malecka is an extraordinary photographer. She is very talented and always suggests the most incredible ideas to make our pictures wonderful. She has a great way with children and I highly recommend that you give her a try - I am promise you will not be disappointed."
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