Studio Maternity Session | JOY Photography Toledo Ohio

Summer means pregnancy and baby bumps, and this Summer has been full of bumps, newborns, babies, and families.  I may be itching to get outside to do some more bump portraits for some expecting moms soon too though, since most of my recent ones were done in my in-home studio space.  It’s small, but still works for getting beautiful and amazing portraits of mamas who are expecting their babies in the next few months.  Did I mention I can’t wait to get outside?!  If you have been wanting to capture images from your pregnancy, I would love to work with you at one of our beautiful local parks here in Toledo or the surrounding areas.

This was from one of my sessions right before Summer, because I’ve been so busy, and I may have forgotten to keep the blog current.  This means we have lots of new posts coming to showcase some of the beautiful images that have been captured recently.  This mama answered a model call and drove from over an hour away to do portraits in this beautiful gown.  For those scheduling portraits, I do provide maternity dresses/gowns, or you’re more than welcome to bring your own.  I’m all about form-fitting things because they really do show off the baby bump so well.

Here are some of the images from their modeling session.  I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do.

This was an image with her and her husband, I love how you can tell how much he adores her in these photos.  You should’ve seen the way he looked at her in that dress.  I love seeing couples who are madly in love with each other, and who are trying to be patient as they wait for their little ones to enter the world so they can meet them for the first time.  New parents are amazing.

Here are some of the images of just the mama in the dress.  Seriously stunning.  I couldn’t have asked for a better model call to try this out, and I love how gorgeous, but yet simple her portraits are.  It’s all about showing off the beauty of being pregnant during sessions, and keeping the focus on you and showing the love between a mother and her unborn baby.  Freezing these moments forever in time is so important.  You may think you don’t look beautiful, but all moms have the pregnancy glow, and all moms look absolutely amazing during pregnancy.  You don’t want to not capture this time.

If you would like to schedule your own maternity session, they’re offered as a package that includes the newborn session.  All info is on our investment page.  You can contact me at the top of the page.  I hope to hear from you soon!


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas | JOY Photography Ohio

May 8th is quickly approaching.  Maybe you’ve thought about what you want for yourself, or for the lovely mom (or expecting mom!) in your life, whether it’s your girlfriend or your wife.  JOY Photography offers gift cards for sessions, which are good for up to 2 years.  Gift cards are available as full sessions ($400) or mini sessions ($200).  Want to purchase one?  Contact me!




For those who may not have that in their budget, or maybe already have purchased a session (or completed one) every woman I know of loves to be pampered.  I’m currently doing complimentary microdermabrasion facials with before/after makeup portraits (1 digital file with print release) as a thank you.  Of course, makeup is available for purchase as well.  Shopping may also be done here if online ordering is more your style.  🙂  For Mary Kay inquiries, you can email me here:

p.s. we just got in our lash intensity mascara line…and it is AMAZING.  Check it out!

Instant Love | JOY Photography Newborns

From the moment a couple finds out that they’re going to have a baby everything changes.  Two lines change the world for them.  Anticipation for that first moment of seeing their baby begins, and it’s instant love for the parents when that long-awaited moment finally arrives.  Ultrasounds lead to waiting to find out whether baby will be a girl or a boy.  Movements begin, and get stronger by the month, and finally, the time for labor draws near.  The sweet baby you’ve waited for all this time finally arrives.  I had the honor of doing a fresh 48 session and a regular newborn session for this beautiful family.  I’m so excited that they recently welcomed their adorable baby girl.  I can’t wait to work with them again soon.

Here are some of the moments of sweet miss Olivia before she was even 48 hours old, and then again for her newborn session where we did some amazing poses with her.  I love that during hospital sessions you can really just focus on the baby during those first days of bonding with mom & dad.  It’s all about showing off that newness and making everyone remember what it’s like to just take in that new baby smell.  The best smell in the world.  These are moments that you don’t want to forget.

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Thinking about booking your own newborn session?  I’m now booking a few more sessions for May, but mostly June-November 2016!  Email me at to schedule.  Live out of area?  I travel.  I would love to work with you to capture your baby’s first moments.



Portraits are priceless | 2 months | Ohio baby Photographer

I love when friends schedule sessions with me.  It’s a time to laugh, to relax, and when they have adorable babies, it’s a time to take priceless portraits of their adorable littles.  Recently, some friends of my husband and I scheduled, and I invited them to do something I normally don’t allow.  I allowed them to take some portraits with their own DSLR during the session.  I had an experiment in mind.  I was given permission to post my portraits along with some of theirs.  My reasoning?  I want to show that having a fancy camera is not all it takes to go into this business.

As photographers, we often get a lot of stigma for being pricey since we just take pictures.  Each of my sessions gets about 50 hours of editing time.  Not joking.  I take what I do as a photographer as so much more than that.  I feel that what I create is an art.  It’s beautiful. It’s valuable, and yes, it’s honestly priceless.  You can have beautiful heirlooms for your children, your future grandchildren, and their future families to love and enjoy.  When you see each image posted, I hope you’ll be able to think about how priceless these will be for them in the future.

But…enough about that.  There is a very chunky baby that I would love to introduce to everyone here on my blog.  Meet Allison.

Here is just one picture that her momma took, just so you can see the difference in quality. 🙂 (p.s. we had changed out the headbands!)  Thank you for letting me do the comparison Rach!

And now, back to some adorable pictures of Allison taken professionally & hand-edited by myself.

My favorite thing about this session is that we were able to sneak her parents in for a session with their baby girl as well.  For those wanting to DIY your own, you really do want portraits of yourselves with your little ones.  This moment won’t ever be here again.  Your baby won’t ever be this small or fit into your arms the same way again.  Each day your baby has changed.  This is also the reason that I never turn down older babies.  They may not be your typical newborn, or curl into those oh-so-sleepy poses the way a 5 to 14 day old baby will, but the fact you want to capture your baby right now is important.  No matter how old baby is, we can create some stunning images that will be beautiful for a very long time, whether it’s on the walls, in an album, or through prints.  This moment is here. It’s now.  Let me help you capture it.


A Tiffany Blue Maternity Session | JOY Photography Ohio

It’s so exciting when you have returning clients who decide to come to you again for more portraits.  I first got to work with this family in 2014 when they were expecting their first baby boy.  Of course, the change of seasons was unexpected between the first pregnancy and this one, but it made for some beautiful art that I’m sure they will love to have on their walls.  Before I post the new session, I wanted to give you a sneak at their first pregnancy & their first born baby boy.

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showing off the baby bump in front of a beautiful field, and enjoying some close-up moments with her husband.  They are quite possibly the world’s cutest couple.

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Baby Dario.  I love that dad incorporated some of his military items in the bottom portrait.  Also, notice how the blanket still has that bit of blue from the original session?

Now a running, laughing (and very fast!) toddler, he’s being promoted. BIG BROTHER!  Soon he’ll be snuggling with his new baby and giving him kisses. 🙂

I love that mom decided to bring back in the Tiffany blue color for their wintery outdoor session.  While everyone around us is having blizzards, we’ve just got a light dusting of snow.  Still enough to make some beautiful outdoor portraits…and not get too cold.

Showing off that beautiful baby bump and coordinated nails.  🙂

This soon-to-be mom (for the second time) is absolutely stunning.  I can’t wait to meet the new baby when he makes his arrival.

If you want to book your own maternity & newborn session, I’m still in need of pregnant models.  Right now you can get both your maternity & newborn session for $300.  I only have three available at this pricing.  🙂

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