I have been a professional photographer for 12 years now. I am blessed and thankful for this journey that photography has taken me on. I have such a humble heart for all the clients that have supported me and my business all through the years.
A photographer, especially a Wedding Photographer, is not just a photographer. We become your family, your wedding planner, your day of wedding coordinator, your makeup artist for touch ups, your hair stylist for touch ups, your florist to pinning on your boutonnieres, to a friend who is willing to help you bustle your wedding dress, help you go to the bathroom with your bridesmaids and keep you calm when you start to get anxious; we have scissors on hand to cut away strings on gowns, we have emergency sew kits and cleaning kits for when you get grease on your dress from getting out of the limo, etc. We keep every one and all your vendors on time. We juggle all the stress, and nerves and craziness of a wedding just to make sure your day goes as planned as it can be, so in return your day is full of magic just like you always dreamt it would be. What you don't see is the 2 hour commute back and forth, the standing and always on your feet for 12 hours, but it's what we do, and I take a lot of pride in my work.
But I think it is important that you get to know me. Who is really behind the camera? Because let's face it. You will be around me a lot and I need you to know what makes me, me.
I have always had an interest in photography, that interest in photography first started in Freshman year of High School. After I finished College ( after thinking I wanted to be a teacher or even a nurse ) I realized that all along, my hobby of photography was the thing that really got me out of bed, photography consumed my life and I just didn't see it at that time, that it could take me where I wanted to go in life.
My Mother, Debbie, was my biggest fan. She always believed in me. She always supported my dream of being a professional photographer. From Day One, there wasn't a time my Mom wasn't there for me and my career. She was at every Bridal Expo, every trade show, she helped me get my first store front in Reading, she helped me shoot weddings, we were a daughter-mother duo. We were unstoppable together. Her dream became to help support and see my dream come through.
My world changed dramatically in October of 2016, when I received a phone call, telling me that my mother had passed away. She passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. I never thought this time would come, for at least another 20 years. After losing my Mom, I have realized so much about life. I have realized truly how precious life is. I appreciate pictures such much more than I ever could have, and I focus now so much on all the relationships that are around me, and also all the relationships that make up who my clients are. I want you to know that family will always come first. I want you to be able to have beautiful pictures that you can love for the rest of your life, because when they say a picture is worth a thousand words, let me tell you, they are not lying. I will do the best I can to keep the legacy of my Mom alive and always remember in my heart WHY I became a photographer and what my journey has taught me.
I am a Mother. I am a Mother first. I have two beautiful sons, Liam and Caiden. Liam is 6 years old and Caiden is 3. Liam is spontaneous, wild, free-spirited, intelligent, loving, sensitive, high strung, and very independent. Liam keeps me on my toes. Caiden is our soft spoken, gentle, easy-going, laid back, wants to be just like his big brother in every way, Mama's Boy. Those two are my everything.
I am a wife. I have been married for 7 years to my husband Sean. He is a firefighter/paramedic. It is crazy to me that I deal with clients on one of the best days of their lives, while my husband deals with people on the worst day of their lives.
I am born and raised from Mason, Ohio. I grew up in the same house my entire life. I never thought I would live and die in the same city/area, but it's funny how life works out. Sometimes you just can't escape HOME.
I am a lover. I am passionate. I am full of energy. I am sarcastic and I think I have really good jokes, but they secretly suck. I love my family and my friends. I love my friends who have become my family. I do not take life for granted anymore.
I believe in photography that is light, airy, bright, natural and organic. I believe in photography that makes you feel something. I believe in photography that makes you feel good, that makes you feel happy and reflects a moment in life when all is right in the world.
Images on Beach Copyright by Joy Lee Warren Photography 2019.