A Closer Look at Founding Member, Joy Marie Photography.

What Was.

Joy Marie has always loved the arts. She studied Fine Arts at UCLA with a focus on painting. "I just love the ability to freeze a moment in time and have that moment last forever," she notes. Although Joy loves to paint, it became too time consuming once she became a mother. "About 8 years ago, I was inspired to take the leap into photography. I was motivated by Jim Garner. He's just amazing!"

What's Now.

"Now I have my own wedding photography studio, Joy Marie Photography. I shoot primarily in Los Angeles and Seattle, and just built a second studio in Nashville," says Joy. She also shoots destination weddings and has traveled several times to Mexico, Canada, and Jamaica.

Joy describes her work as spontaneous and passionate. She works hard to capture the details of the day. "The biggest reward for my effort is when my clients cry tears of joy. That's when I know I gave them what they were looking for." She likes to limit the number of weddings she books each year, so that she can offer the highest level of service and care to each of her clients. "They deserve the best," she says.

"I spend a few hours before every wedding getting in the zone," says Joy. She uses this time to comb the internet, look at magazines, and browse through other sources of photography, art, and fashion. "Whatever it takes to get the creative juices flowing," Joy confesses. She gains inspiration from the work of Mike Colon and Jim Garner. "They're both rock stars of our industry – and incredible people as well," says Joy.

Joy's favorite piece of equipment is her 100mm macro lens. "But that'll probably change when I buy the Canon Mark III," she plans. As for her photographic resources, Joy uses Blu Domain, Graphi Studio, and Digilabs. "I love my Blu Domain website. It's so easy to update." Joy is also happy to be a Wedding Party Founding Member. "I am excited to see the site continue to grow!"

What's Next.

Joy has a number of projects in the works. "I am very excited about the second studio I just built in Nashville," says Joy. "I am looking forward to getting a few of my photography books published to display in my Nashville studio."

Joy is working on a couple of coffee table books that tackle social issues and give back to the community. She is volunteering her time with an organization called "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" which helps families grieve the loss of an infant by capturing beautiful images for the families to keep. "It is an honor to be part of such an incredible organization," reflects Joy.