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Joy Marie Smallwood is a celebrity & destination wedding photographer who splits her time between Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee. Turning life’s moments into works of art is second nature to Joy Marie. Whether it’s a bashful glance or a passionate embrace, a time of reverence or a heartfelt celebration, Joy Marie captures the beauty that is inherent in everything she photographs. Working with only twenty clients each year, Joy Marie maintains a boutique approach to her work, allowing her to build trusted, collaborative relationships with her clients. With a natural ability to blend fine art, photojournalism and fashion, Joy Marie is a distinct, award-winning photographer whose work has been published in People, US Weekly, Hello!, and several other bridal & lifestyle publications worldwide. When not shooting, Joy Marie enjoys traveling & spending time with her husband, David, and their three sons Elon, Jaden & Micah.

There’s something really romantic and enchanting about The Ojai Valley Inn. Every time I am there I am in awe  of it’s rustic, natural beauty in the mountains with breathtaking views.  It was the perfect backdrop for Leyla and Sean’s beautiful wedding. These two are beautiful, so laid back and incredibly artistic. Their day was […]

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I am so excited to share  Kelsey & Andy’s beautiful wedding at the Terranea Oceanfront Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. This was a day all about celebrating big with family and friends.  With over 400 guests and some of the best entertainment I’ve ever experienced at a wedding…it was one HUGE party! It was […]

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I had the complete and total honor of shooting Tanya and Arvin’s wedding at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California. With dramatic cliffs, beautiful ocean views complete with haze and fog that made the day dreamy, this ceremony was truly gorgeous. The bride and groom are so drop dead gorgeous, you might wonder if we just […]

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When I met Christina and James I knew instantly that they were going to be fun to photograph. Super smart (they met while interviewing for Neurosurgery residency programs at Georgetown!l) , but so witty, funny, and laid back — their “first look” photo says it all. They never took this whole wedding planning process too […]

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