Katie Daisy and her love, Eli.

if you are a lover of whimsy, there is a good chance you are familiar with the work of katie daisy.  over the years, i’ve had her lovely prints hanging in every room of our home, and now have the gift of showcasing her art all across the country on the outside (and inside) of our home on wheels.  one of her prints, “daydream list” actually, had hung on our fridge for the last few years, and was one i would read over and over to remind ourselves of what we were working towards for our simple life.  to slow down.  to breathe deeply.  it was a watercolor and she had written these words, “hello daydream: a clawfoot tub, a sunny yellow kitchen, a belly up kitty in the late sun, a painted wooden porch swing, slow dance in the backyard, a cheerful goldfinch song, fireflies in the grass, fireflies in the grass, banana bread and chamomile tea, a sleeping puppy, an old barn for a studio, the baby in a washtub, the prairie’s morning dew.”  that print along with her signature “all good things are wild and free” are so special to me.

i had admired her for so long and when we finally met in oregon a few months back, i just fell in love with her spirit and saw where all the beauty of her art originates.  i’m pretty sure that anyone that meets her feels the same way.  she is gentle and thoughtful and humble and childlike with a sense of wonder and wisdom all in one.  i had the gift of being able to photograph her and her love, eli.  she had asked that the shoot be whimsical and effortless and simple.  so we went to a river beside an aspen grove, splashed a while, danced barefoot in the green grass.  eli made her a crown of leaves and wildflowers.  he had brought his spyglass along and adored her from afar.  they rolled around in the dandelions, soaked in the sunshine, and i felt as though we had jumped right inside one of her paintings.  surely, this is one of my most favorite sessions.  so smitten to be your friend now, katie… the way you spill inspiration into the hearts of so many across the world is a real gift to behold.  love you, friend.

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On The Road Sessions… part one!

i have thousands of photographs to share from the last few months!  and i have been overwhelmed with the amount of things i want to show you all.  but not enough hands or time to do so.  i love so much being able to take the time to write out every client’s story and the beauty in the preparing of each session, however, instead of waiting until that dreamy day comes (when i get to spill out every word of my adventure journal, and that i am getting actual sleep and not trying to blog with four tiny little folks climbing all over me) i decided to just put some images out here already and show a few favorites from some sessions i’ve had the lovely honor of shooting along the way.  there are a lot more sessions than this, and a few super special to my heart that i am saving to showcase in a much longer format… hopefully coming soon.  :)  okay here we go…

the slater family at penngrove park in petaluma, california (and before our trailer got painted)01 02 03 04  06 07 08 the gossman family in bend, oregon.09 10 11 12 13 14 15 the manning family in salem, oregon.17 18.5 18 19 20 21 22 the rust family in portland, oregon.24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 the smith family in malibu, california.34 35 36 37 38 39 the robles family in santa cruz, california.40 42 43 44 45 46 the strang family in portland, oregon.48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 the evans family in southern oregon.57 58 59 60 61 62 the youngblood family in friday harbor, washington.64 65 66 67 68 70 71

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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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