Romantic 1 Year Anniversary Session | Madeline and Patrick

fine-art-maryland-film-photographer-bestOh my goodness. For so many reasons this session just stole my heart. When Madeline contacted me with the idea to have some anniversary photos taken back at the site of their wedding venue, on their 1 year anniversary, in their wedding attire, I was SOLD! Add to that a couple of fluffy alpacas, and some incredible light and this was the result!
annapolis-fine-art-maryland-film-photographer-fine-art-maryland-film-photographerwooden-wedding-date-sign-photography-joy-michelle-photographyLoved the use of this beautiful custom wedding date sign!bridal-portrait-session-inspiration-fine-artflower-field-anniversary-photographyflower-field-anniversary-photographyflower-field-anniversary-photography(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015alpacaalpacas-in-wedding-photos-maryland maryland-anniversary-photographer-annapolis-maryland-anniversary-photographer-annapolis- swing-set-anniversary-bridal-photographs fine-art-maryland-film-photographer-black-and-whitetree-lined-driveway-wedding-photos-maryland-photographer Maryland-wedding-photography -Frederick- engedi-estate-wedding-photographer-photos engedi-estate-venue-wedding sunset-bride-and-groom-photography-marlyand engedi-estate-wedding-photographer-photos engedi-estate-wedding-photographer-photosI’m honored to have been a part of the start what I’m sure will be a fun and special anniversary tradition for years to come! Happy 1 Year Anniversary, Madeline & Patrick!!(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015

Venue // Engedi Estate 

Anniversary Photography // Joy Michelle Photography 

A Printed Photograph

This week I’ve been sitting behind my computer even more than usual pouring into a new project: A welcome packet for new and prospective wedding clients. There’s always more work involved than you think when you start a design project, but I know it will pay off in the end! As a part of this welcome packet, I put pen to paper about the heart behind my business, my passions, and why I believe in a printed photograph. wedding-albums-print-boxes-maryland-wedding-photographer-annapolis

I wanted to share a part of what I wrote because most of you wont get the chance to read the final welcome packet.

 “Your moments deserve to be remembered and cherished in a form beyond a digital file. I’m passionate about producing work that becomes cherished art. My hope is that your wedding photographs take form as a beautiful album on your coffee table, a canvas gallery on your wall, or a print box by your bed. That way, you have something tangible to remember your day.”

wedding-albums-print-boxes-maryland-wedding-photographer-annapolis Here are some print boxes and albums that are popular with my brides! wedding-albums-print-boxes-maryland-wedding-photographer-annapolis wedding-albums-print-boxes-maryland-wedding-photographer-annapolis wedding-albums-print-boxes-maryland-wedding-photographer-annapolis wedding-albums-print-boxes-maryland-wedding-photographer-annapolis

To learn more about custom albums + print boxes contact me. 

Elegant White Wedding Inspiration shoot

elegant-bride-maryland-wedding-photographyEarlier this year, I had the amazing opportunity to host a wedding photography workshop and styled shoot at the Elkridge Furnace Inn alongside Hailey Grace events! Hailey did a fantastic job styling, coordinating, and teaching about her process and business to the girls at the workshop!

A little more about our vision behind the shoot theme – our two words were elegance and minimalism. We wanted a shoot that would display just how beautiful minimalism can be. The “less is more” mentality is what Hailey Grace Events carried through in the styling and details of the day. The bride’s gown with an open illusion back is one of my favorite elements of the shoot. Chavari chairs, silver chargers, and white pillar candles were used to set the table. The custom stationery design by Anchor Point Paper Co. and stunning hand-written calligraphy tied the whole day together and punctuate the elegance of the shoot. I believe white weddings are absolutely timeless; brides can always use some white wedding inspiration regardless of the time of year they are planning their day!

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What actual grooms think of the first look


I’ve been getting lots of questions about first looks on the wedding day. From “what do you suggest?” to “Do you think grooms are glad they did one?” so I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to first looks- my thoughts and even some quotes from real grooms who decided to have a first look! To start, I want to share my top 3 reasons why I love first looks.

Cherishing the day. The pace of a wedding day is go go go. It will go by in a flash- believe me! Taking a moment to pause – to soaking it in – to look at your almost spouse and say, “we made it!” could end up being the calmest part of your day. A first look means getting a one on one time together before the craziness to cherish.

The pictures! There’s nothing more natural and romantic than those first few moments together where you finally get to see each other on the day of your wedding. You’re wearing your wedding dress, he is all dapper in his suit, and you can really be present in the moment. This is a great time to pray together, exchange gifts, and of course do some bride and groom portraits while you’re looking your absolute best. Your makeup runs during the ceremony?? No worries! Your portraits are already done! You wont be stressing that frizz-causing humidity either!What real life grooms think of the first look Continue reading