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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.

santa barbara engagement shoot by joy marie…crystal + keith

Santa Barbara has to be one of my all-time favorite cities!! That’s one of the reasons I was REALLY looking forward to meeting up with Crystal & Keith for their engagement session in Downtown SB.  Although Crystal is from Santa Barbara, they both flew in from different parts of the country for this shoot. What a super sweet couple! We had a great time together. Now I’m just that much more excited about their Santa Barbara wedding this summer!! Can’t wait to share….

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introducing…drumroll, please…joah love!

I’m super duper excited to announce the launch of joah love!!  As a mom of 3 boys, who also loves to shop…I found myself so uninspired  by the clothes that were available for my boys.  Just a year ago, one of my bestest friends, Ahyoung Kim (who just happens to be one of the most INCREDIBLE designers on the planet) and I decided to jump in feet first and do something about that!  We collaborated our passion for children & fashion and now I’m pinching myself as boutiques nationwide (like Planet Blue!) are now carrying joah love’s spring collection for boys and girls!  The heart of this project is our desire to make a difference by giving back to children all over the world who are suffering from extreme poverty and those who are victims of social injustice.  We are partnering up with some incredible organizations to donate a portion of our proceeds to tackle these problems.  So check out the joah love website, and please spread the love to all your friends with babies 6 months to 6 years old!!

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  • Mindy - These are incredible! I can’t wait until our unborn children can wear Joah Love :)

  • Jessica - Joy Marie, these are incredible!! And the clothes are soooo cute. I heard Joah Love was in Planet Blue in Malibu and the new store in Santa Monica. Time to go buy some Joah Love!! Congrats!

  • Avery - all I can say is WOW!! You go girl with the multiple talents!! Great pics and awesome clothes. I’l be sure to spread the love about joah love!!

  • Dina - Wow! I love the clothes… If they came in my size I wouldn’t complain. :)

  • jo flores - I’m so excited for you… the collection looks great – as do the photos! =) Congrats + can’t wait to see more!

  • Bex - Its seems like most people only talk about making clothes for their children that are tasteful, but you guys actually did it! Great job, LOVE the clothes!

  • Robin Dodd - I love the photo of you girls! And the outfits!!! and precious kids.. Love it!

  • jomygoodness » Blog Archive » Week In Review #14 - [...] photographer Stephanie Williams + Carrisa of JL Designs.}  Check out this DIY project from OnceWed{paper wedding cones}!  I love the BM gift suggestions from the Inspired Bride!  GQ knows how to dress their guys, so [...]

  • sheila - This is for Ahyoung…I am hoping you are the wonderful Ahyoung I went to highschool with at JEBStuart in VA…Lan and I are searching for you
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malibu bar mitzvah at calamigos ranch…jonathan

Meet Jonathan!  Quite possibly one of coolest 13 year-old kids ever.  I had the honor of shooting Jonathan’s outdoor Bar Mitzvah at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.  What an incredible night it was…a gorgeous evening ceremony topped off with an amazing Beatlemania party!  There is something really special about this family, and I left feeling as if I’ve known them for years.  Thanks Julie & Dan for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful day!!

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A mother-son dance that made my heart melt!

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Jonathan entertained us on the piano AND guitar...so talented!

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Studying for his reading.

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Groovin' with the amazing cantor!

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A big thanks to Carol Saunders of Grand Events for doing such an incredible job coordinating this event, and Rabbi, Owen Meldy of Jewish Bar & Bat Mitzvah Service for conducting a very intimate & beautiful service!

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  • Bex - Wow these are great! Looks like so much fun!

  • rowena - No matter what event you cover, always fabulous!

  • Mandi Nikole - Such a wonderful documentation of such and important day. Your photos are great!

  • Owen Meldy - Absolutely wonderful pictures. Great technical quality and personally very expressive feeling and deeply touching. Great ‘eye.’ You are a very special photographer.

  • carol saunders - Great photos…can’t wait to see the rest!

los angeles engagement shoot…melorie + art

I’ve been looking forward to my time with Melorie & Art every since we first met for dinner a couple of months ago! These two are FABULOUS! Spending a couple of hours with them for their Los Angeles engagement session just made me that much more excited for their July wedding at the GORGEOUS Reach Resort in Key West, Florida. From what I’ve heard so far about their wedding plans, this is going to be one AMAZING wedding day! I can’t wait to share it with you! Here are a few of my faves from our e-session…

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How about those heels, ladies?!? They're FABULOUS, but could you imagine spending a whole day in them?!?

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happy anniversary, baby!

This weekend I celebrated my marriage to an incredible man.  My best friend, my rock and the love of my life.  More than an amazing daddy, he is a beautiful example to my 3 little boys of what a good husband, father and friend should be.  Whenever I have been scared, he has encouraged me to pursue my dreams and he is my biggest fan.  He is the silent partner of our business, but truth be known, I wouldn’t last a day without him.  I think he knows me better than I know myself, has somehow overlooked my flaws and STILL loves me.  I thank God for the gift of this incredible life partner that He has given me in David.  I had the pleasure of using his adorable self as and assistant on a recent shoot and here’s a few of our ‘light test’ shots.

Happy Anniversary, Baby…I love you!!!

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  • Jessica - CONGRATULATIONS!!! GREAT PICS!

  • amy - Congratulations you two!!

  • Robin Dodd - Congratulations Joy Marie!! Beautiful!! and the pics are nice too.. : )

  • vicki davis - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, to the two of you!!!
    12 years and three BEAUTIFUL children later….
    your marriage is an inspiration to all of us that you photograph on our special day.
    ALL MY LOVE !
    Vicki Davis Ellis