I'm a San Diego wedding, elopement, couples & portrait photographer. My inspiration comes from showing my subjects as how I see them: amazingly beautiful people.

I want you to soak in every moment, stay present, and I'll be there to document it all. My goal for every shoot is to have fun, craft imagery you can feel, and discover my subjects' individuality. From my own experience being in front of the camera and having pictures taken of me, I have learned how to naturally direct and prompt others while behind the camera.  I am motivated by candid moments, your life story, and showing you the back of my camera the second after we capture a delightful passionate snapshot. I enjoy building lasting relationships and crafting a memorable experience with my clientele!

Portrait by the wonderful Wendy G Photography

telling your stories through my lens

capturing and sharing you and the ones you love

Before and during my shoots I want to spend time to get to know you! My approach is based on befriending you and making you feel comfortable to be yourself. I love hearing about how you met your best friend, or an awkward first date that blossomed into something more, or what it felt like to watch your child walk across the graduation stage. Think of me as a friend who hopped along with her trusty camera.

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guiding you every step of the way

the experience

Here is my approach from the moment you inquire to sending off your gorgeous gallery! Making sure my clients have the best possible photography experience is my absolute top priority. First and foremost, I am here to support YOU! Documenting your milestones involves thoughtful planning, communication, and collaboration. Check out my 8 step process so you know exactly what to expect!

Step 1:


Send me a message through my contact page! Tell me more about yourself, the session you're looking for, and why you think we would be a good fit. I'll get back to you within one or two business days to set up a video meeting to connect. Expect consistent clear communication every step of the way!

STEP 2: Connect

I like to hold video meetings to get to know you, walk through my process, help plan your shoot, and answer any questions you may have. These are pretty informal meetings where I get to hear more about your life story, joke around, and ultimately learn how to capture you and/or your partner the most authentically.



I send you my prep guides that include my top tips and tricks! My guides share about picking a mood, location, outfits, props and posing tips. These help you feel confident heading into your session! For weddings, expect me to become your new best friend, since I'll be helping guide you through timelines, connecting you with other vendors, and planning engagement and bridal sessions. We can also plan a venue walkthrough or location scout together.


The Big Day

The day has come!! We are going to have a blast. I'll hype you up and guide you through the entire shoot. I throw on a bomb playlist to get everyone to let loose and groove to the beat! I like to document wedding days as they come and let natural moments flow. Throughout the session, I'll show you the back of my camera to let you know how the photos are turning out. I also enjoy collaborating with you, so if you have ideas, throw them out and we'll work together to make your vision come to life.



Take a deep breath! I hope you had a fantastic time on shoot, and now all you have to do is wait while I sort through the best photos of the session, edit them, and prepare them for delivery. I will send wedding sneak peek galleries the following week. For smaller sessions such as portraits and engagements, expect a two week turnaround. For weddings, expect to get them back in about 6-8 weeks.



You can expect to receive your photos soon after the session in an online gallery that gives options for sharing with your friends and family, downloading the high resolution images, and ordering prints! There are also additional options if you're interested in further retouching. I want to ensure that you are 100% happy with your memories!

STEP 7: preserve

I highly encourage ordering prints to frame on your wall or to preserve in an album. The online gallery that I deliver your session through has a built in easy to order high quality print service. Ordering prints is as easy as ordering a pizza! If your photos are properly cared for, you will be able to share and pass them down for generations. We can also work together to craft a wedding album!

step 8:


Everything is done! If you plan on sharing your photos on any social media site, I love seeing them, so tag me in and I will be your #1 commenter. I also enjoy building lasting relationships with my clients, so I hope that we will see each other again in the future!

“Thank you so much Joy! I had so much fun”

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