About Your Trainer

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Hi, I’m Joanie!

My varied professional experiences all create a unique qualification for teaching food photography in the hospitality industry.

In 2004, I started working in the field of higher education, responsible for student leader training and ongoing development on several college campuses. Over the course of seven years, from The Juilliard School to Arizona State University, I learned how to effectively teach in a group setting. I always say that since I was able to keep 500 college students engaged at 8am, any other group will be easy in comparison!

In 2011 I transitioned out of higher education to help out with the family business, a local restaurant point-of-sale distributor. I learned the ins and outs of not only POS but also the hospitality industry, working directly with restaurant operators in a customer service, sales and training capacity.

But, at my core, I’m a creative, and in my spare time I started a food blog. In the process, I fell in love with photography. Eventually, through the connections I had forged in the hospitality industry, local restaurants started to hire me to do their food photography and in 2015 I went full time as a self-employed, freelance food photographer.

In 2017, I brought back original passion for education by launching The Bite Shot, a food photography education channel on YouTube. 90,000 subscribers (and counting!) engage with me through weekly tutorials.

The path was far from straight, but it’s so gratifying to see how all of my varied professional pursuits now come together in a job for which I’m uniquely, and gratefully, qualified.