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!)


New Life – Fresh 48 Newborn Hospital Session | Ohio Photographer

I’ll admit to not being the best at blogging, but the truth is I’ve been completely overwhelmed with catching up from sessions and doing new sessions since my dad passed.  But today’s session I absolutely had to blog about.  A new teeny little man made his entrance into the world yesterday morning.  He is the son of two very dear friends of mine who helped me to get my photography going when they had their first baby, who was (and still is) and adorable little girl.  Without them and their never-ending encouragement since that session my photography and this business never would have taken off.  I would have never met some amazing friends of theirs either, who I have now been able to work with as well.  Lastly, it’s SO healing to just see a new baby within those first 24-48 hours after birth for fresh 48 sessions, especially after a huge loss.

But enough about that.  I know you’re all dying to see the new baby.  Everyone, welcome Levi to our beautiful world.  His session was done at the Toledo Hospital here in Ohio.  I do travel to other hospitals in and around the area for these sessions.  If you want to book one, they’re available as a separate session and as an add-on to a normal newborn session.  They’re all about capturing the newness of the baby, and the teeny tiny little details.  They’re a lifestyle type session, meant little or no posing and also just a tiny bit of editing.

New little baby all snuggled up and comfy.

He loved having his hands in his face.  Every time we would try to move them, he’d bring them right back.  So sweet.  Taking a moment with mom & dad.

Those cheeks & wide eyes. Absolutely perfect in every way.

Loved in Passing| Ohio Photographer

For those waiting on galleries, I know I posted in my FB page about my dad’s passing, but I wanted to make a quick post about it here.  My father passed away on 6/24 so we’re taking a view days to grieve and also go through the funeral (which is tomorrow).  For those that have your parents and have a beautiful relationship with them, cherish it.  If you want to document it with grandparent & child pictures or pictures of yourself with your parents, I would be more than happy to capture those moments for you.  Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.  Every day.  This life goes so quickly.

In loving memory of my dad.

Jerry Bashaw

June 30, 1952-June 24, 2016.

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!


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