My 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 have 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.
Did you know Teddy Roosevelt had a pet squirrel? Or that squirrels have perfectly focused vision, even in their peripheries? Or that their teeth grow 15 centimeters in a year? These are just a few of the facts that distinguish this humble rodent. Go for a hike and admire your bushy-tailed watchers from a respectful distance.
1… 2… 3… 4… trips to gnawing down a nearby branch, then dragging the branch into its house in Yellowstone National Park.
#TripTip: There are many rivers and streams in Yellowstone where beavers have built homes. Get out and take a hike near a stream and you may run across a beaver fixing his house or getting branches to eat or store food in its house.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
A photo taken of the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke those very words on Aug. 28, 1963.
#TripTip: To get this photo, arrive early morning at the Lincoln Memorial since the mall fills up quickly with tourists. Most likely, there will be others waiting in line ahead of you to take their photo.
Did you know… Red hair gene is recessive and requires two copies for it to present itself. Even then there is no guarantee it will. If both parents have the gene, there is a 1 in 4 chance they will have a redheaded child. Most natural born redheads have brown eyes, followed by green or hazel. Coming in at 1% of the world’s population, the blue eyed ginger is the rarest kind. So if you give one of these ginger’s a kiss, consider yourself lucky.
Find your favorite redhead and give them a peck on Kiss a Ginger Day.
Since I’m from a family of red-heads (having it myself), here’s a photo of my favorite animal red head!
“Minnesota Great” – the 10th Juried Show and Sale – is in full swing at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum from Jan. 11 to Apr. 8, 2018, outside the Restaurant Gallery in the Oswald Visitor Center.
The “Minnesota Great!” show and sale features 30 photos out of 100 plus submitted by members of the Arboretum Photographer’s Society (APS).
All framed images on display, as well as matted prints in the Gift Store, will be available for sale.
As usual, APS member volunteers will be hosting informal photography clinics each Saturday from 12:00 noon until 3:00pm during the Show in the upper loft near the Cafeteria. Patrons who would like to ask questions about their cameras, photography or special techniques are encouraged to stop by.
Wallner Photography has two photos in this year’s show:
Admission: Gate admission in January is buy one, get one free. Children age 15 and under receive free admission. Members bring a guest free. So stop on by if you are local!
Eagles have amazing eyesight and can detect prey up to two miles away. So, on this #SaveTheEaglesDay, it’s our turn to keep an eye out for them.
The Bald Eagle was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in June 2007, but there are still some species of eagles that remain on the endangered list.
To help protect these majestic birds, consider donating to a wildlife sanctuary or turning to government officials to strengthen environmental protection of waterways from poachers, pesticides and other dangers.
Enjoy this photo of a Golden Eagle having a coyote snack in Yellowstone National Park taken a week ago.