I am so glad that you are here! I am Joy. I grew up in Indiana, went to college at Greenville University in Illinois, met and married the man of my dreams, and eventually moved to Virginia in 2002. I absolutely love living here in Virginia and have always felt drawn here. Oddly enough, after my maternal grandma passed away in 2014, we discovered that several generations of her family lived in the Shenandoah region and the northern Virginia region many years ago, reaching back to before the Revolutionary War.
Creativity is woven into who I am as a person. In addition to photography, I love to sing and play violin, something I have done since elementary school. I grew up singing or playing violin on stage at church and at school. Through a course of friendships and various connections in college, I joined one of the on campus rock bands and sang background vocals. This eventually played a huge role in the meeting of my husband, even though I didn’t realize it at the time. When I met Mike, I discovered that we shared a huge love for music, and we began singing together so often that we ended up doing a concert together in his hometown. We still sing together today, too.
I truly love serving couples and families through photography. Creating imagery that portrays marriage in a beautiful way is a passion that was born because of my own marriage. I met my husband at the end of my Senior year of college and we became the best of friends. He was the one who really understood me and the pain from my past. He loved me through so much stuff and has been and still is one of the most selfless people I know. I love pouring into couples as I work with them because I know what a gift it is to finally find ‘your person’.
Outside of serving others with my photography, I love being outdoors, especially when it involves camping. By camping, I do mean tent camping. However I always bring my coffee maker and air mattresses, so I guess you could call it glamping. Mike, my hubby, would prefer to camp in an RV. However, I find so much peace in being outside and figuring things out as we go. My dream camping trip would be a trip to the mountains, but I feel at home pretty much anywhere in the woods. I dream of backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, too.
P.S. we went camping in Rodanthe, NC (on the Outer Banks) a few years ago. It was really windy, our tent broke in the middle of the night, and we had to pack up and leave before sunrise. Fun times. But at least we brought the coffee maker.
I believe in providing an authentic, fun experience for you as I work to photograph your memories. Each person deserves to have a beautiful images of their loved ones to display and remember the love they share as they revisit their story. Belle Eve Photography exists to celebrate life, love, marriage, and family legacy and I would be honored to serve you.
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Based in Yorktown, Virginia