Portrait by Wendy G Photography

hey there, i'm joy! (SHE/HER)

I am a wedding, elopement, couples, and portrait photographer based in San Diego, California. Other than the awe-inspiring sunsets and amazing weather, San Diego constantly inspires me with its people. Since moving here five years ago, I have deepened my life perspective by meeting all kinds of people from all around the world.

First and foremost, I consider myself a visual storyteller and a server. I hold the privilege of documenting your life milestones, and it's my job to tell your story in the truest way possible. My two main priorities for every shoot is to have fun and let you be yourself. I want the images I capture to be beautiful reflections of who you are. There is an intricate balance to document people at their most authentic vulnerable selves and I want to document love as you express it. I give direction where direction is needed, and cultivate space for you to be present in the moment. I have worked with hundreds of people by capturing their best moments through portraits, graduations, engagements, and weddings. I have photographed people from all over America — many traveling to San Diego just for a weekend. I've also flown across the country from Washington to New York. I'll go wherever documenting love takes me.

If I were to describe myself in a nutshell, I am an ENFJ on the Meyers-Briggs and a 4w3 on the enneagram. This basically means that I am an organized, goal-oriented, deep-feeling, people person. I am passionate about social justice and the intersections of faith, ethnicity, and LGBTQ+ identities because I am a proud queer Taiwanese-American woman of faith! I like to curl up in coffee shops late at night to edit photos, read and journal. I am the biggest fan of hiking adventures, beachy mornings, and new experiences. I could talk forever about sunsets, tacos, indie music, spirituality & diversity.

As your photographer, I am excited to be your #1 hype woman because I want to ensure that you feel confident and at your best. To create fun memorable experiences, on shoot I like to put on one of your nostalgic playlists, reminisce about love stories, crack jokes, or have deep talks. My recent work has been characterized by crafting open environments for you to love authentically. I'm so so so passionate about communication because I studied it at UC San Diego, and I like to know exactly what you are looking for, whether it's classic portraits or candidly frolicking through a flower field. You can expect check ins, clear emails and a pre-shoot questionnaire that can best be described as a cross between a mood board and a Buzzfeed personality quiz.

I'd love to get to know you more and hear what memories you want to cherish with photographs. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram or fill out my contact page and let’s connect!