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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.

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…




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


...then the testoterone kicks back in!





mom's got some hops too!



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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Melissa & Jamie had a GORGEOUS Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort Wedding! It was an amazing day, and an incredibly HOT one! (like a 104 degree, hand-melting-into-camera kind of day)! But these two remained graceful & cool, and were so much fun to work with. After the winds Melissa & Jamie withstood during their Malibu engagement shoot, I knew they could handle anything! Congratulations, Melissa & Jamie and thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a special day!




The AMAZING view from the resort!


The beautiful Melissa!



Jamie's grandfather. An incredible man, full of life! Here they're celebrating his 85th birthday!








What better way to end such a hot day?!?




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I want to send a big shout out of CONGRATULATIONS to Bishop Joseph Walker & Dr. Stephaine Hale whose Nashville wedding took place last Saturday! I know these two are rockstars in Nashville, but I didn’t realize their nuptials would hit the national spotlight, the New York Times, nonetheless! Although I didn’t shoot the wedding because of a previously booked destination wedding, I did have the opportunity to do their engagement session at a gorgeous estate in Brentwood! One of the images was posted on the New York Times website, along with a brief article about their Nashville wedding. Congratulations, Bishop & Stephaine!

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