A little bit about me

2014-07-Cell pics0005My name is Joan Wallner and I’m a photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As long as I can remember, I have had a passion for capturing events — be it with the written word or through photography. While in college hitting the books for my journalism career, I took several photography classes in an attempt to give myself some balance. I fell absolutely in love with photography and capturing the world, people and events around me. Fortunately, I was able to refine my photography skills during my early newspaper days. I won several photography awards, inspiring my desire even more.

More of my time is now devoted to capturing images of life, wildlife and landscape photography. (That photo is of me photographing grizzly bears in Katmai National Park in Alaska!) My hope is that you enjoy the “shot shorts,” photos and travel experiences that I share.

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What I can do for you

When I’m not traveling to photograph wildlife and landscapes, I take family, individual and other portrait sessions.

If you need a family photo for your holiday card, senior picture for your son or daughter, or a photo announcing your engagement, I can help!

No matter what the event is, we will work together to capture your special moments.

I’m also available for freelance, contract or direct client projects, so drop me a message.

Photography awards

Photographs selected for Juried shows by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Photographers’ Society.

Other accolades.

  • “Curious Alaskan Red Squirrel” won the People’s Choice Award at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Art and Photography Exhibit Holiday Sale, December 2012.
  • “Lantana Landing” selected August 2012 for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Photographers’ Society greeting card program in which proceeds go to the arboretum.
  • “Spring Swallow” selected August 2012 for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Photographers’ Society greeting card program in which proceeds go to the arboretum.
  • “Curious Pronghorn” published May 2012 in the Grand Teton National Park Foundation’s eNewsletter. To view the newsletter Click here.
  • 1993, 3rd place in the Best Spot News Photography category, Missouri Press Association Read Blog.
  • 1991, 2nd place in the Best Photograph category, Southern Illinois Editorial Association Read Blog.
  • 1991, Honorable mention in the Sport Photography category, Illinois Press Association Read Blog.

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