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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.

Brianna & Tony are ROCK STARS!! I just adore these two, and had so much fun shooting their wedding.  They chose to tie the knot at the beautiful Clifton Inn, an amazing location for a Virginia wedding. Incredible chemistry, elegant style and complete trust in their crazy photographer = one of my all-time favorite weddings of 2009! Congratulations Brianna & Tony!! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of such a special day!

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a spontaneous swim to end en incredible day!

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Brianna = Gorgeous

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i just loved her Jim Hjelm dress

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a sweet moment with Brianna & her dad just before the ceremony

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Brianna with her sisters right after the ceremony

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busted!

 

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While in Oklahoma City, we stopped at White Water Bay Park, and then hit the road for the long stretch to Albuquerque, with some interesting stops along the way. It’s amazing what you can discover alongside the freeway in the middle of nowhere:

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keepin' it real...texas style!

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Lessons learned today:

1. They DO actually make a cocktail for kids. It’s called grape juice and Nyquil: The sniffling, coughing, sneezing, stuffy head, make-your-kids-shut-up-so-you-can-rest-medicine!

2. When a 4 year-old says, “I have to pee!” right in the middle of timbuktu, he doesn’t mean, “please stop at the next rest stop, so I can relieve myself.” He means, “pull this car over NOW, or you’re about to get sprayed!”

 

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Since Kelly first met Lowell in uniform, we thought it would be fun to do some of their Los Angeles engagement session with Lowell suited up in his Marine Corp Blues.  These two are incredible people! Lowell serves our state & nation, and Kelly is an RN who has done some unbelievable volunteer work in third world countries.  Super excited for a fabulous Camarillo Wedding later this summer!!

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love this reflection!

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After leaving Nashville five hours later than expected (it’s tough getting 5 people out of the house), we’re off on this cross-country road trip! First stop, Gould, Arkansas (population 501) to visit David’s mom. Here are a few pics from day 1 of this grand adventure in stops at happy towns along the way. For more spontaneous moments along the way, be sure to follow me on Twitter!! I’m @joymariephoto…

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It's an absolute miracle getting these 4 to all stand still for a moment!

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...then the testoterone kicks back in!

 

plug-n-play!

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mom's got some hops too!

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I think this crew would rather fly than drive! Albuquerque, here we come!

I think this crew would rather fly than drive (literally)! Albuquerque, here we come!

Lessons learned today:

1. The mosquitos are the size of hummingbirds in Arkansas, so it’s advisable to stay indoors.

2. If you lean towards a vegetarian diet, bring your food with you through these parts. Even the veggies are fried down here!

3. For more extreme outbursts of spontaneity, follow me on twitter at @joymariephoto

Stay tuned…

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