Monday, February 28, 2011

handmade monday: joy neville photography

I thought it'd be a fun change up to feature a photographer this week on Handmade Monday. Photographs are handmade and from taking product photos alone, I know that it is The framing, the staging, the editing. YIKES!

Over the holidays, Chase's gorgeous sister got married. 

See? Gorgeous.

During the reception, Chase and I briefly chatted it up with the photographer, Joy Neville. You know when you are talking with someone and they just exude energy, excitement, passion about what they do, and humility at the same time? Yeah...that. That describes Joy. She is incredibly talented and yet still gets nervous about "getting the right shots." 

Let's get to know Joy a little bit better :)

What inspires you most?
What inspires me most.....Hmmm. Wow- so many things inspire me.  Besides my two beautiful babies and husband I'd have to say, as cheesy as it may sound, the Song that God has put in my heart.  Well not just one particular song, but music in general.  I was a music major in college studying music therapy and singing has always been my number one passion and drive until I found photography, or it found me. Music is such perfect therapy for any mood or behavior type.  There is always some type of music playing or being played in our home.  So when I shoot- I'm either humming or singing some type of song.  It's just apart of me... if that makes sense? 

What is your favorite color/color scheme?
My favorite color/color scheme..... i LOVE soft, vintage, light pastels- wait are we talking photography or in general?  Ha!  I'm always thinking photos.  I don't have one favorite color-I do love a great black and white but soft pastels are my favorite color scheme.

What is the most gratifying part of running your photography business?
Most gratifying part of having my own business....I would have to say the fact that I get to make people smile.  Meeting new people and allowing them to feel comfortable enough around me to be themselves and trust me enough to capture some of the most cherished and important times in their lives.  THAT is gratifying!  I am more honored to be able to do what I LOVE to do.

"I am more honored to be able to do what I LOVE to do"
That is so key and it makes my heart pitter patter to hear others say what I feel about doing handmade full-time. 

I hope you found Joy as inspirational as I did. Her photos are absolutely stunning, right?!
Maybe one day I can talk Chase into doing a lifestyle shoot with her :)

In the meantime, go check out her work here.

Happy Handmade Monday, friends!



  1. Awesome photos! love the bride in front of the cabin!

  2. Wow!!
    I checked out her blog and site and her work so lovely and fun!

  3. Georgous! Thanks for sharing. Happy Monday to you too!

  4. We chose Joy to photograph our wedding in April. So far she has done our engagement photos, and they are abosuletly amazing. Countless people have sent me messages inquiring about who took those photos! She is such a joy to work with, no pun intended, and I cannot wait for our wedding. I find myself looking at her website all the time because it just makes me so happy to see her pictures! This is a great blog, and she is a terrific artist.


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