Central Michigan Photographer | Getting Started Sale ($100 off)

I’ve been debating what I wanted to do to really get re-started here in the area, and I’ve decided that for my Michigan clients, I will be offering sessions for $100 off my normal pricing, and also offering mini sessions of all the session types I’m offering.  Those will include 10 images for $100.  Otherwise, pricing is as stated below:

That means newborn sessions will be $250

Maternity sessions will be $100

Baby sessions will be $200

Family sessions will be $200

Fresh 48 sessions will be $200

I’m also opening up sessions for seniors and sessions for women of all ages (not just those who are expecting) because as a single mom, I’m realizing more and more that capturing our beauty and feeling good about ourselves is important.  Not just when graduating from high school or college, but anytime.  And it’s not just even about being a mom, but just about being a woman.  Of course, if you’d like a couples session, that can be done too.  Pricing for the senior, women’s, and couples sessions will be $100 until I have enough images for my portfolio that I feel truly express my work.

If you live in the mid-michigan area, I would love to work with you.


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MidMichigan Black Friday and an update on life.

My page has been pretty quiet over the last few months with the transition from Ohio to the Mid Michigan area, and with the transition from wife & mom to just single mom.  But one thing has remained.  My love for photography and the desire to capture families with their littles, because these moments only last for a teeny slice of time, and before we know it our babies are grown and we’re left with our memories, wishing for one last cuddle goodnight, one last lullaby, or one last time rocking our little baby to sleep as we comb our fingers through their baby soft hair.  Honestly, even I have taken those moments for granted, especially since I was primarily a stay-at-home mom in Ohio.  This new world of working and being the main provider makes those moments seem even more important, but even harder to capture.  I know as we get closer to another new year, one of my goals is to really capture moments with my boys and preserve them in an album for them each and every year in whatever down time we seem to be able to have.

But the one thing I want even more is to capture those moments for you so you can have them etched into a point in time and enjoy them in prints, in albums, in books, and to have them as art within your home.  To my Ohio clients, thank you for helping me to get started on making my dreams come true.  For those of you just finding my page who are from the Mid Michigan area/Central Michigan area you probably want to get to know me a bit, and I promise I’ll start writing more so you can see a bit more into my world and be more than just a client.  I love getting to watch your families grow and flourish.  To help with building a new client base here, I’ve decided to go ahead and do a crazy Black Friday deal until noon on 11/24.  Details are posted below.  I would love to meet you and get to work with you, whether you’re expecting, have a newborn, an older baby/toddler, or even just want some amazing family portraits.

Also, if you’re wondering if you’re in my area, I’m currently in Clare, MI.  I provide props and backdrops for each and every session (although you’re always willing to bring your own as well).  So, if you live around the area, such as Clare, Farwell, Beaverton, Harrison, Alma, Mt. Pleasant, Midland, Saginaw, or anywhere else that is close I’d love to hear from you.  Thank you for trusting me with your portraits, and with your amazing families.

Michigan Photographer?! What’s New

I rarely let people into my personal bubble to let them know what’s going on, but with the recent inquiries that have been coming in, I have to say I won’t be taking anymore clients from Ohio.  I separated from my husband of 14 years, and am planning on a divorce relatively soon.  I moved 3 hours north to the Central Michigan area (home of CMU!) and plan to completely re-start my business up here and also rock being a single mom.  For those I’ve worked with before though, next Summer I will likely make at least a few slots available for previous clients and make the trip down.  In the meantime, you’re likely wondering exactly what counties I’ll be serving.  The answer is Clare, Farwell, Roscommon, Gladwin, Beaverton, Coleman, Isabella, Mecosta, Osceoloa, and Missaukee counties.  Of course, if you live outside of those areas and would like to travel here for a session, I would love to be able to work with you.  Plus, if you do travel in, we have Cops and Doughnuts here, so you can get some amazing treats in the area from there, and even act like a tourist for a bit.

I also plan on offering some new sessions, working with women of all ages, and also adding senior sessions to my portfolio (Hey Clare Pioneers, Farwell Eagles, Beaverton Beavers, Harrison Hornets, and Coleman Comets!)  They will be added as mini sessions for now, which will be $150 for 15 images.  For the women’s sessions I would love to have some women book who want to show up with hair/makeup done and change into a formal dress and just be photographed looking absolutely beautiful.  We typically don’t make time for ourselves once we add in motherhood or pursuing our careers, and we should be celebrating ourselves for being amazing!  If you’d like to book a session with me in Michigan, feel free to send me an inquiry, or you can shoot me an email at: joyphotography@live.com

Hope to hear from you soon!

Big Changes, and a Big Time To Start Over | Mid Michigan Photographer

Sometimes when you say your vows, they hold true eternally and life is all about having fun, making a family, and growing old together.  Sometimes those plans come to a halt.  Unfortunately my story has come to a halt for my husband and I, and I’m learning to live again. I’m Learning to be a mom without a main support system. Learning to rebuild from the brokenness.   Learning to be okay with being by myself.  With that came leaving Toledo, OH (that I’ve loved and been a part of for the last 14 years) and going back to my roots in the Clare/Mt.Pleasant, MI area.  So bear with me as I say goodbye to one chapter, and hello to another.  Although, I will still make trips down to Toledo, so if you happen to want pictures still, I’ll still be down every once in a while.

To those who don’t know me, hi. I’m Joy.  I’m a 32 year old mom with four crazy boys, and I’m rebuilding my life here.  Thankfully that also means getting to meet so many of you here and make some friends in the process.  I’ve been shooting expectant mommas, newborns, and babies professionally for a few years now, and have trained under some of the best newborn photographers in the industry.  Since I’m new here though, I’ll be offering a $100 discount on sessions until I get back on my feet and get a studio again.  I would love to work with you and be able to capture precious memories of your little one for you.

Spring Is Almost Here | Toledo Ohio Family Photographer

I know.  I’ve been in a rut when it comes to posting on the blog here at JOY Photography, but you all have been amazing at keeping me crazy busy since the end of last year (so a huge thank you for that!).  Now that winter has thrown us one last (very cold) curveball, Spring is right around the corner for everyone here in Northwest Ohio.  That means it’s time to start thinking about families, flowers, and babies.  Spring minis are being held.  Family sessions will take place outdoors, while baby sessions can be done indoors or outdoors.  I plan on getting some flowers to incorporate into baby sessions as well, because with Spring come beautiful blooms and arrays of different colors.  (you read that right, I’m ready to embrace colors too).

This is also a great time to start on Mommy & Me sessions, which are a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.  Husbands if you’re reading this, maybe surprise the wife with a gift card for a session.  🙂  Us moms seriously don’t ever get in front of the camera enough, and it really should happen a lot more.  Even if you don’t go with a professional, get some more snapshots of your wife with your kids.  You’ll be thankful you did.

So, you’re probably wondering, well, what’s the session cost for these mini sessions?  What types of minis are available?  Where are they available at?

Session cost is:

$275 and includes 15 digitals with print release (available via download)

**first 5 to schedule will get $75 off**

Mini session types are as follows:

Family Minis

Baby Spring/Easter Minis

Mommy & Me Minis

These are available to those in and around the Toledo, OH area, however, I will also be doing a limited amount of them for people in and around Clare, MI starting in April.

So, if you live in Toledo, Perrysburg, Maumee, Sylvania, Oregon, Northwood, or anywhere else I may have forgotten, contact me if you’d like to schedule, or if you’d like to purchase a gift card for a session for your wife or anyone else you love.

(p.s. this little one says don’t miss out!)


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