Joe CarlsonPhotographer                                                                                              Cindy ThandiPhoto Session Coordinator                            


Welcome to our website. We are glad you have taken the time to stop by.

 We are Joe and Cindy, together we are Through The Lens Photography.  I am the photographer and Cindy keeps us organized and speaks fluent Punjabi.   We know that finding the right photographer, one that meets your needs, can be a challenging process.  Our goal is to make the process a little less challenging.

Our commitment is to  you. We will ask for your input and ideas and create a  custom photo session  that is based on your needs. If it is a simple headshot for your business, an engagement ceremony, an awards event or a live concert, we will ensure that the images we capture reflect all the important  moments of your event.  We make every effort to make sure that our sessions are relaxed and fun… however, I have been told on several occasions by Cindy that I look a little too serious and that I need to relax,  it’s only because I want to do the best work I can. (if you look at the testimonials, you will see that I am easy to work with)

Cindy: I don't think I am as wordy as  Joe, however I will say, that Joe and I have been friends for what seems a lifetime. To put it simply, my role is to make sure that the photo sessions run smoothly, to keep Joe focused, but not too focused....I have attended many of the events he has photographed and have worked with Joe  editing  the photos. I found that I enjoyed the process and look forward to doing many more edits. The unique aspect that I add to the business is that I speak fluent Punjabi and I  am familiar with the traditions, customs, ceremonies, festivals and events within the South Asian community. It means that I will ensure that the  important and subtle moments of  these  wonderful ceremonies, including your wedding are captured for you.


Joe: I have had a camera in my hands most of my adult life. I have been lucky enough to be able to travel the world, the only continent I haven’t been on is Antarctica. I have seen the Taj Mahal, walked the alleys of Old Delhi, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed Mayan Temples in Honduras and Guatemala sand tobogganed in Australia and been in a four wheel in the desert outside of Dubai. I have walked villages in Cambodia and Myanmar , got lost in both Buenos Aries Ho Chi Minh  city and tried to play a unknown board game in Abidjan.

In 2012 I was lucky enough to go on a three week photo tour with photo-journalist Karl Grobl to Myanmar and Cambodia.  The time spent with Karl was the turning point in my photographic life. Through his passion and love of photographing people, I found that I had that same passion. I will always thank Karl for opening my eyes to seeing people. As a result of my time spent with Karl I have been lucky enough to be the primary photographer for the Vancouver Bhangra Festival (2014 and 2015). I have done work for the Indian Summer Festival and Spinal Cord Injury BC and have photographed poets,  authors, dancers and rock bands. 

I believe that I bring a unique perspective to taking photos because of my travel, exposure to other cultures and, I am a musician , currently studying Tabla with Mohamed Assani.