J.Castaneda Photography

Chicago, IL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I'm an artist before I'm a photographer. I'm visually driven so my work appears to have a contemporary and journalistic approach. Capturing the special moments with emotion and edge are some of the things that make my work unique.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I feel privileged to be able to see another human being make another human being cry out of pure love, it's one of the more magical things I get to witness. A front row seat to some of the most vulnerable moments between two people who are madly in love. I love my job.


Chicago, IL 60622

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8 Reviews
  • Jillian M. Jan 4, 2016
    I was beyond impressed with the expertise JoAnna brought to the table. She shot my wedding in October and she was able to capture every aspect of my day from start to finish. We had a gloomy, cold day however JoAnna managed to capture the most gorgoues shots and the end results were outstanding. It was amazing how fast she was too, even the wedding party was impressed. She wasn't afraid to keep us moving to get the best possible angles and backgrounds. At one point we thought she was going to jump in the pond to get what she wanted! I wouldn't put it past her. I didn't have to worry about getting that perfect one as I knew she would handle everything. It was one less thing I had to worry about. My images came back to me so quickly it blew me away. I also received a few teezers the day after the wedding. I would highly recommend J. Castaneda Photography and I will definately use her again. Thank you JoAnna for making my day even more special than it already was. Thanks to you I have it all documented and will look back on it knowing it was perfect!
  • Jenna A. Dec 8, 2015
  • Seth G. Nov 22, 2015
    We worked with JoAnna for our son's 1 year photo shoot. The entire experience from start to finish was top notch. JoAnna was a pleasure to work with, had great patience while shooting and the finished product not only met, but exceeded our expectations. We will be sure to use JoAnna again for all our family portrait needs.
  • Darcee M. Nov 19, 2015
    Working with Joanna to capture my small family of (almost) four on camera was easy and comfortable. She has an eye for space, background, framing and style. Her easy demeanor and artistic talent ensure that the photos come out looking natural and elegant. Joanna also shot a wedding I was in and she really has a penchant for catching the love and essence of the day. She's fun to be around too, which is a genuine asset to any photo shoot!
  • Molly Rose S. Nov 19, 2015
    OUTSTANDING Experience and Photographer. My thought for my wedding was not only who can capture our special day perfectly but who do I want by my side for all of those important moments, after all your photographer is who you spend the majority of your wedding day with. Joanna was instrumental in making my wedding perfect and a day I will remember forever! I HIGHLY recommend her not only as a photographer but as a person. Contact J. Castaneda Photography, you won't be disappointed.
  • Maureen C. Nov 19, 2015
    JoAnna shot our engagement and wedding photos. They are absolutely beautiful. Working with Joanna was so easy and enjoyable. She is laid back and works in a way that you don't even notice she is taking your photo. On top of her ability to be discrete while shooting, she beautifully captures emotion and human connection in her images. I think wedding and engagement photos can feel contrived, but none of JoAnna's work would ever convey that. She is so talented at capturing real candid moments. I remember getting so many comments on our engagement and wedding photos, of course that they were absolutely beautiful, stunning, etc. but also people said things like "These photos feel like you guys! She really captured who you are!" JoAnna has a wonderful eye, the composition, the light, the editing -everything about her photos makes them so very special. I would recommend her to anyone who is searching for a wedding photographer.
  • Emily C. Jan 12, 2015
    My husband and I were blessed to have Joanna as our engagement and wedding photographer. She is an exceptional photographer that created beautiful memories for us to cherish for years to come. Throughout our interactions planning for both our engagement and wedding photos, Joanna was always professional, quick to answer my emails and always addressed any concerns I had. I would recommend Joanna to any friend or family member looking for a wedding or engagement photographer. Her work is truly art! =Pros: strong communication skills, always on time, organized, wore appropriate professional attire on wedding day, unique photos that captured the emotions of the moment, QUICK turnaround time (I received our edited engagement photos one week after the shoot and our edited wedding photos within two weeks) =Cons: honestly, there were no cons to working with Joanna =The actual email I sent to Joanna after receiving our engagement photos: "I am in tears! These are amazing! Seriously amazing. I am in awe of your talent and ability to capture the emotions between Brian and I. Thank you so very much for these photos. I will cherish them forever."
  • Nicole N. Jan 9, 2015
    I've worked with Joanna previously in her career as a graphic designer in the beauty & fashion industry , so I knew she would have an incredible eye and the discipline and reliability we were looking for. When it came time to choose a wedding photographer, there was no question. Joanna is an incredibly talented and an artistically unique photographer. Our engagement photos were awesome (we froze our butts off but it was absolutely worth it!) and our wedding photos were even better. Many friends and family couldn't even believe how incredible our photos turned out. The outcome made us look and feel like we had a celebrity wedding in Chicago. If you are looking for unique and creative photos that will last a lifetime, Joanna is your gal! Our photos were edited, we had a link to a slideshow and full files within a week, impressive! She is a true professional who is passionate about what she does and really takes the time to get to know you, make you feel comfortable and express your true personalities through her lens.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes. I speak with other photographers, go to workshops to learn about what others are doing, to challenge myself as well as working in a studio for commercial photography.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I saw so many photographers doing it and I knew I could do better and tell stories through my eyes. I wanted to be heard, to share my point of view. I couldn't wait to get started.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Weddings, Engagement Shoots, Family Shoots, Children's Photography
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I shot a wedding here in Chicago back in October of last year and the bride had booked us 4 hours on the trolley to go around the city and shoot photos. I am used to a quarter of that time to spend with just the bride and groom on their day so it seemed almost overboard but we really got to take our time and I really got to get creative and try some things so in the end I was so grateful and the photos turned out amazing!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Call me up, let's chat! Coffee talk? :)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I'm a wife and a mother. I know how special it is to have those people in your life and know how important it is to tell the story of that love.