Harvest Session: The Solis Family

i received an email earlier this year from a mother asking if she could fly me to her home in hawaii for a harvest session…

“Hi Joy,

I sought you out to capture this time for us because I know that this time may not last forever. This is perhaps the last year I will be able to stay at home full time with my girls. The most important thing to both my husband and I is to try and give our children our unconditional love and presence. We aren’t winning any awards on the financial front, but seeing the confidence that my girls have and how happy and sweet they are makes my heart burst. It makes all of the hard work feel so worth it, though sometimes it feels like we’re trying to bail a sinking ship. It’s such a precious time together and I’m so grateful for it. I see this session as an investment in remembering this incredible gift of having this time with my girls. I don’t need new clothes, but I do need to remember this. Plus, I have a crazy fear that if something should ever happen to me and I wasn’t able to raise my girls, that they perhaps wouldn’t know how much I loved them and how hard we worked to give them our best. We really don’t have many family photos and I almost don’t exist in any of them. The girls are still so young. They don’t know how many nights I’ve gone without sleep when they’re feverish or how my sole motivation for every single decision first revolves around them. They wouldn’t know this love either if I was gone tomorrow, because what tangible piece of evidence is there to show them in my home? So, it was my hope with this harvest session is that you would be able to capture a little piece of our enormous love in cinema and photograph. I truly think you’re the only person that could see the beauty in our humble struggle.



i went last month. and although we were in a tropical paradise, the only beauty i could see was the intense bond of this family. stormy may have been fearful that her love had a chance of not being remembered, but i know without an inkling of doubt that even one tiny seed of this kind of love could reap endless fields of assured unending harvest. there may have only been one plumeria tree in their yard but when i closed my eyes the aroma was as strong an as entire orchard.

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Austin, TX March 2016 Workshop!

March 4-6, 2016 – Wildflowers Workshop in AUSTIN, TEXAS – registration now open!



i want to be the open arms for women who are looking to breathe new life into their photographs. i want you to be reminded of the simple and soulful reason you first fell in love with photography. it is my hope that a safe, honest environment is created at my workshops for women to grow professionally, creatively, technically & spiritually while also leaving with fresh tools to run their businesses from the heart. the specifics of what is covered in some of the instruction portion of the workshop is available here. but for me, it goes far beyond just “logistical” instruction… it’s a soul getaway. in this industry it sometimes can feel as though we walk alone, a flame trying to stay lit within a storm, but together the fires of creation burn wild and free; it can be intoxicating! something happens when women gather that stirs the soul. i think oftentimes attendees arrive dry and simply just wanting more. out of life and the art of photo taking and quietly hoping for someone to perhaps give them the permission to do that one amazing thing that they never thought they’d be brave enough to do. i yearn to peel the layers off together, uncovering the deep well that can quench that longing thirst long after we part.

i’ve had the honor of seeing women release years of burdens piled upon their own shoulders, i’ve watched galleries be unveiled and passion projects emerge from the women that perhaps came with the most fear. because i teach, i feel so strongly about never becoming stagnant in in own personal art. for me to inspire others i must always be inching closer and closer towards my own truth to tell the story of my own family and those of my clients’ in the most heartfelt and focused way. i have been so open with my workshop attendees about the evolution in my own photography; that aching within me for true authenticity in imagery. i never want to stop digging. what a gift i have been given in facilitating an experience that fills my own cup, time and time again, while also giving these women a place to feel safe enough let their fires rise up and burn brightly from the ashes.

logistics: this workshop will be held at one of my favorite private venues in south austin, texas (20 minutes from downtown) and will begin at 6pm on friday, march 4th and conclude at 10am on sunday, march 6th. it is all inclusive experience once you arrive with two nights of lodging & all meals provided. this is an intimate workshop limited to 15 women.

cost: $1850.

to register: click HERE to pay the 50% deposit (the remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to workshop) & then please email joy@wildflowersphotos.com to complete registration. please know that it is common for these workshops to sell out within the first week.




a few lovely testimonials from recent attendees:

“I did a mentorship session with Joy, two years ago and this Summer, took in her New York Workshop. The location was, imaginary. The atmosphere, dreamlike. Yet built on the Rock of Truth, and steeped in honesty. Joy, unedited. But that wasn’t the magic. I learnt about myself. I had time to actually stop the spinning of my worlds and step out and look in. The gold I came away with, was the same reason I went 2 years ago. Joy isn’t trying to make me like her. She’s not trying to make mini Wildflowers, set you camera, use this preset, stand here, look there. Although, she shares all secrets, she teaches, “Alis volat propriis”…….she flies with her own wings. That’s why I love her. And you will too.” -Aubrey Balisky, Bloomville NY workshop


“Before the Wildflowers Workshop, I considered myself just a mom with a camera. I am not a business owner and did not feel the confidence to cross over professionally despite others’ encouragement. I was also nervous to attend the workshop for those same reasons. I would be wasting Joy’s time and the other attendees’ time as well with my lack of experience and talent. However, that is not what turned out to be. From the moment I arrived, I felt embraced, encouraged, supported. It was freeing to hear from all the women, including Joy, that I am not alone in my self-doubt. It freed me and led me to a place where I will no longer allow that fear to hold me back. Joy encouraged us to leave with a personal project in mind, something to ignite our passion for photography and for life. At the time, I had no idea what that would be for me and so I pushed it to the back of my mind and continued with life as usual. But, that idea was a seed, and once planted, it permeated my dreams, growing bigger, pushing its way to the surface and announcing itself: me. My personal project is me: to believe in myself, to allow myself to pursue my passion, to have the confidence to embrace my work as an artist and to push through the fear. And for all that I am thankful to Joy for planting that seed and for giving me the tools to move forward. I left that workshop with some crazy new skills, but I also left with a community of women behind me, one that I plan on leaning on as I grow as a photographer and begin my business!” – Beth Fox, Bloomville NY workshop


“While I was at Click Away (a photography conference) last year there was a keynote speaker, Joy Prouty, who gave a talk titled “Dream Big”. I didn’t realize that this would impact my life as much as it did, but I am so thankful that it did. During that heartfelt talk she asked “when was the last time you wanted to do a handstand in the setting sun for no other reason than your heart can’t stand still?” I wrote down those words, and I questioned, when was the last time I felt that way, and I can honestly say it has been WAY too long. I am a passionate human being, I feel things deeply and greatly, and I hadn’t been feeling complete joy with my photography in a long time; not because I didn’t want to, or because I was in a depression, but because things were getting in the way. I was worried about what people were doing on facebook, did they “like” my picture, did I lose a facebook “fan”, is that photographer better than me? We have grown into a society that relies on social media for more than just communication but it has seeped into our self importance and our esteem. I wish I could say that I changed that day but habits are hard to break, and I went home with a new outlook from Click Away and vowed I would change and become more authentic in my photography. I went home and made some small changes and thought I had it all figured out. Inside I continued to have this nagging feeling that something just wasn’t the way it was supposed to be with my photography. Maybe if I only had a new lens, or another camera body, or different photoshop actions I would feel better about it. I just knew something wasn’t right. I just felt like it was still missing something and I couldn’t figure out what it was and that was beyond frustrating. It was then I decided to sign up for Joy’s workshop. I came home different. Joy shared her knowledge of lighting and camera settings, and editing and that was great and valuable, but what I really needed and what she gave me was my soul. You see the thing that had been missing from my photography was ME. It was missing me being authentic and trusting myself enough to capture my clients as they are. It was missing me giving them my truth so they coud in turn let me view and capture theirs.  I am so looking forward to changing my art.” – Erica Burns, Bloomville NY workshop


click here to watch a little video amy at happily situation made at my dallas workshop last year.

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