My name is Johanna Matthews; I am the owner and primary photographer. I have been married to my husband Mike for 17 years and we have two children: our daughter Meika (age 12) and our son Mark (age 9). Seeing how quickly our young family is growing makes me realize what a treasure these years are with them.
I have always had a passion for photography. Even as a child, I was often seen with my camera, and started working at Carsand-Mosher Photographic (a photography store started by my grandparents Marianne and Carson Yorke) when I was 12.
I continued on with Carsand-Mosher after graduation and worked for 12 years as a digital artist (gotta love Photoshop!). I received various awards for photo retouching, photo restoration and image enhancement, including the Professional Photographers of Canada’s top award for photo editing (Specialist of the Year 2001, 2006, 2007).
In 2007, I decided to go solo as a photographer, and formed Portraits by Johanna. I soon realized that I needed help and hired my organized administrator, Kenley. Expect to hear her cheerful voice when you call our studio. She is a woman of many talents and is a major asset in the presentation of our finished product.
In 2012 Shannon joined our team as the imaginative production assistant and second shooter. Together we work diligently to serve the needs of our clients. They enable me to do what I do best: produce and deliver beautiful quality images.
Most recently, we are really excited to welcome Mary to our team as part of our Photoshop retouching team. Her artistic skill is an asset that makes her a perfect fit!
I truly love what I do and I feel very lucky to be able to enjoy my work so much. I enjoy people, the connection we make with each other, and feel honoured to capture special moments for my clients.
I invite you to visit our photo galleries. I have chosen a selection of images which best reflect my style, versatility and skill. I trust that they will spark your imagination and bring a smile to your face!
It is my experience that a beautiful portrait is more than an investment of finance; it is an investment of thought, feelings and time. Our images are always a result of collaboration of trust with our clients. Our goal is to meet and exceed your expectations.
I truly hope that after you have spent time visiting our site, you will choose us to create images for your family that suit your taste, your home and your budget. Thanks for your time in considering us, please don’t hesitate to call (or email) for more information.