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Well hello there! First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Joan Bateman-Cowan. I am the owner and premiere photographer of Gainsboro Studio. I am a huge fan of nooks and crannies! I enjoy seeking and finding the stuff that will spark creativity in all it's forms! Unique ways of seeing the world can ultimately excite my work and passions. We have decided to take this blog and kick it up a notch. We want to give our readers more than just a blog of the recent photographic wonders that Gainsboro has uncovered...we want to visualize that, and so much more! Join us as we illuminate an artistic perspective on life and local subjects. I am a photographer ..... And when I say that, I mean it is who I am, not just what I do. I am not a "niche" photographer; although I do own one of the largest portrait studios in my area.... But I thrive when using all possible opportunities to express what is unseen and make it seen. Whether that's uncovering the inner most feeling or the most hidden of landscapes. I love it all! I look forward to discovering the many layers of this life with you, and to shining the Gainsboro Spotlight on a multitude of topics! Please follow us and interact with us here, as well as on the Gainsboro Spot-light at

People often ask me how I got in to photography ... Posted by joan on 12 April 2012 - 12:00am.




People often ask me how I got in to photography in the first place...



I was a psychiatric nurse, so why would I branch out into this new profession? I had a love for art, fashion, and hair all along... I was a hairstylist and an aesthetician before I became a nurse. I always had a camera, and had taken to dark rooms and film as a teenager.