about me...

 I have been drawn to photography for as long as I can remember.  I followed my passion to New York City to study documentary photography and printing at the International Center of Photography in 1998.   NYC was an arresting backdrop and an amazing place to live for 18+ years.  Two years ago, I returned to my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, where I get to watch my children run around the yard and climb trees in the gorgeous long afternoons.

Weddings and portraits have been the primary focus of my studio, but I also enjoy shooting landscapes and interiors.  My style of photography is documentary and classical, using both black and white and color to capture the emotional range of each moment.  I still love film for those beautiful moments in outdoor light or for a nice surprise with my plastic cameras.  My approach to wedding and portrait photography emphasizes working with reality, rather than attempting to manipulate the moment something contrived or artificial.  On wedding days, there are so many genuine moments of joy and laughter that I never feel the need to manufacture a photograph or make anyone pose.  My method involves working as unobtrusively as possible.  One of my most frequent compliments, in fact, is that the bride and groom never felt that someone was photographing them.  Please check out www.joyephotography.com to see a sample of my documentary style there.  Hundreds more wedding images are located in my wedding portfolio on www.joyephotography.smugmug.com

Photography is a wonderful medium through which to work with many interesting people.  Fine art clients include the NYC Sheraton Hotel in Times Square and the NYC Crown Plaza where my Cityscapes are featured.  Working with interior designer Marla Henderson (marlahenderson.com) involved several stylish apartments in the city including Alec Baldwin's beautiful home in the Hamptons.  Documentary weddings are beautiful backdrops to capture a family's story.   I have been fortunate to work with fantastic planners such as Tara Guerard of Soiree, Doris Hutto King, Calder Clark, among many others.  I have paired up with writer Lynn Parramore to cover travel features such as great date nights in NYC and the best spas in the Hamptons.  My work has been published in the New York Times, The Daily News, The Boston Herald, Travelgirl and Charleston Magazine.

Please feel free to reach out to me for any kind of project or assignment, be it commercial or editiorial,  a big wedding or a small family portrait shoot, interiors or landscapes , non-profit work or fine art for your walls.  I also enjoy volunteering with my camera for causes I believe in.  Thanks for looking!

PS.  Currently, I'm offering summer photography camps for children ages 10-16 in Charleston at Porter Gaud.  In the five day program, we will study portraits, landscapes, documentary photographs, and editing in photoshop.  Send me an email for more information.