Hello I’m Jola. 
I'm a German Communication Designer and Photographer currently based in the UK (Belfast). Since completing my MA Photography last summer, I’ve been working as a freelance photographer, and designer specialising in creating bespoke design solutions through understanding and empathy. I’m a creative thinker and problem solver always curious to explore new paths and challenges. At the core of my work is a genuine interest in people, the passion to tell authentic stories and my strive for clear, engaging communication.

Design
I believe that human centred design can shape our interactions and experiences, leading to a more sustainable way of life.
BA Communication Design – HS Augsburg (2019)
Internship – Oliver Voss, Hamburg (2018)


Photography
My commercial work focuses on sport, film and lifestyle photography.  At the core of my work is a genuine interest in the people I work with and the passion to tell authentic stories.
I have worked with:
Tony Devlin / Jennifer Atcheson – WT: The Quarry (pre-production)
Terry Palmer / Damien Elliot – Lost Souls (pre-production)
Adidas Terrex – Transvulcania Ultramarathon on La Palma
Mountaineering Ireland – Bouldering Guidebook 
Action For Children NI – Portaledge (rope-access)
Gravity Climbing Wall Dublin – G-Forece Video 2019/2022
Boulderworld Belfast – Promotion / Comps
Crooked Mile Tattoo – Headshots / Promotion

Fine art
Jolane Schaffner is a German photographer based in Belfast where she completed her MFA Photography at the Belfast School of Art. 
The German language contains two words for home: Zuhause (the place where one lives - a place of comfort and peace) and Heimat (a familiar landscape, sound or smell evoked by memories and nostalgia). Jolane's work has always evolved around these twin notions of belonging; of absence and presence. She draws from personal experience as well as the experiences of others, often supporting her photographic work with oral histories to build a multi-vocal portrait of people and place.
Shortlisted – Belfast Photo Festival 2022
Published - AOP Awards Book 2021
Published – Photograd Zine 2021
Longlisted – Photoworks Photography Graduate Issue / Vice Photobookscafe  
Feature – Grain Project /  Northern narratives / RPS Womenphoto
Online publication - Source Graduates MA 2021