About JoAnne Schoepfer

Surround yourself with beautiful things, beautiful people, and beautiful things will come to you. This is the philosophy with which award-winning photographer JoAnne Schoepfer conducts her life. Her photos reflect her belief. “My love for photography began in high school, grew through college, and became my passion when I discovered the real joy of sharing my vision with others,” she explains. My approach to photography is simple yet passionate, resulting in beautiful, powerfully emotional images. Key sources of inspiration for me are: unique art (new or old), wonderful music, or great company. I hope to enjoy many years of joy and passion and I hope to gain energy from the beauty surrounding me.

An honors graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, JoAnne is Certified by the Professional Photographers of America, holds an MBA and a Master of Photography degree. She is a Six-time winner of the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award, Three-time winner of The NYS State Award of Excellence and Highest Wedding Print Score in NY State, Three- time winner of The Judges Choice Award, First Time ever winner of the Highest Print Score for a Certified Photographer from PPA, and has had a number of examples of her work accepted and published in the PPA Loan collection and Showcase Book.

She is best known for her elegant wedding photography. “I strive for a fresh, innovative approach to the wedding day, while still respecting tradition. I use black and white, as well as color and infrared. I hand-color touches of some of the photographs, and I blend classical posing with pictorial settings, and throw in a bit of photojournalism and candid photography." JoAnne describes her wedding photography as being comprehensive in nature. "Natural light is a much more beautiful artistic light than using electronic flash, and it enhances the subject properly. Each piece comes together in a finished album that is as individual, as the couples and families being photographed. This is the perfect chance to tell each couple’s story and I pull out all of the stops to do that,” she says. I believe in providing you with the finest service and highest quality while executing professionalism. I have been trained to handle technically difficult situations in order to achieve the finest photographic results. I am committed to continuing my education and enhancing my talents by studying with and teaching other experts in my field. I pride myself on the quality reputation that I have established over the years and plan to enjoy continued success by providing you superior service.

JoAnne has enjoyed living in New Fairfield, Connecticut for the last 15 years. “I love living so near to beautiful Candlewood Lake in such a charming little town.” In addition to her wedding photography, JoAnne Schoepfer is a PADI Certified underwater photographer and enjoys adventures in Aerial Photography. Additionally, she carries a line of note cards that make a statement without saying a word. She has traveled to France, The Southern Mediterranean, Canada, The Netherlands, and across the United States, to capture some fabulous images that are simply the perfect accompaniment to someone’s personal sentiments. These Fine Art black and white cards are press printed on luxurious paper with a blank interior. Also, a wide array of Black and White Fine Art Photographs are available for purchase.

JoAnne Schoepfer

Rochester Institute of Technology
BS 11’85 Major: Photography
Honors Program

Professional Photographers of America
5’99 - Certification
7’99 - Masters of Photography

Professional Memberships:
Since ’90 Professional Photographers of America
Since ’90 Professional Photographers of New York State

Features in Professional Publications Include:
World Class Wedding Magazine, Modern Bride Connecticut, The Bridal Book, Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection Books, Trend Magazine, The East Asiatic Corporation Calendar, Various Industrial Publications

Professional Awards:
'09 320 Pin, New York State Court of Honor in Wedding Category, Loan Collection
'08 PPA General Showcase book, Highest wedding score in NY State, 320 Pin, Fuji Masterpiece Award, Highest Print Score of all Certified Professional Photographers in NYS
'06 PPA Loan Collection, General Showcase Book, Fuji Masterpiece Award, NYS State Master's Award of Excellence, 2 Judges Choice Awards, Highest Wedding Print Score in NYState
'05 PPA Loan Collection, Fuji Masterpiece Award, Judges Choice Award
’99 Master of Photography; Certified Professional Photographer, Fuji Masterpiece;
’98 PPA Loan Collection Print, Fuji Masterpiece;
’97 PPA Loan Collection Print;
’96 Fuji Masterpiece, NYS Court of Honor, DRPP Best in Show
’95 DRPP Best in Show, DRPP 1st place;
’94 PPA Loan Collection Print, Epcot Center Exhibit.