the denny family in california!

i’ve had the beautiful honor of photographing this family every year since their baby girl was born four years ago and while i have always loved taking their photos… this session was different.  it was a celebration!  of their happiest years.  of contentment.  it was also their ten year anniversary!  the mama, henny, planned everything out just perfectly, simple but special.  she even had a little flower crown for her girl, leila, which was a tradition that her mama had started with her (if you look down a few photos you will see the side by side of henny and her mama that she shared with me, and leila with henny during our session).  i just adore those tiny details that make it all so much more meaningful for the session.  and the evening of the shoot… well, the SUN!  so glorious!  this was shot in california just at the beginning of spring with the trees glistening with green and golden hour thick and lingering.  i was so happy to feel that warmth on my face standing beneath the giant oak trees… washington is sure dreamy but there will always be something about sunny california.1.5

1 2 3 4 5 6the photo henny shared with me of her mama putting her flower crown on her at her fourth birthday!  and then side by side of henny putting on leila’s.denny 77.6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21.5 21 22 23 24.5 24 25 26 27 28

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Feature in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine!

i am so, so incredibly honored to be selected as one of one pregnancy & newborn magazine’s five fascinating moms for their annual feature!  the other four moms i am featured alongside are incredible women and you can read their stories in the magazine which is on newsstands this month!  but i also just want to say… all mothers are incredible.  i am grateful have been picked but to all of the mamas out there that don’t get an article printed in a magazine or have an audience of a thousand on social media, you rock pretty hard yourselves.  it is the quiet hidden moments where true parenting takes place.  when the screaming has been going on for too long and the house seems extra tiny and it’s all you can do to not yell over the madness.  and instead you kneel down and hold a child’s face and take a deep breath to love on them.  that is something worth celebrating.  so, happy mother’s day.  i wish i could hug you real big.

(and here is the article…)

Layout 1 donny took this photo of me in our old backyard the day before i had mabel…Layout 1 Layout 1 Layout 1

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hello, i’m joy!  sunshine chaser, child of God, mama to four & wife to one good man.  we traveled all over looking for a place to call home and we found it.  we live a simple life out in the country with bare toes and happy hearts.

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