About this Vendor
Lasting Art from Beautiful Love Stories
Welcome! I'm Joy Michelle. I photograph Fine Art, elegant weddings in the Annapolis, MD area and beyond. My style is romantic, elegant, & authentic. My goal at every wedding is to tell a unique love story through photographs by capturing who you are as a couple and how the day feels. I believe it is the little moments that are the most significant. I have been in your shoes - planning a wedding and excited to start the next chapter of my life with my best friend. I know how you feel. A wedding day is so personal, unique to each couple, and above all- fleeting. That's why I believe selecting a photographer who understands your vision to capture your day is so important. After all, the photographs are the only part of the day you get to keep when it's over. They truly become heirlooms.
Artistic, Classic, Documentary
Bridal Portraits, Engagement
Getting Engaged, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Film Photography, Printed Enlargements, Wedding Albums, Photo, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing
Joy and her team completely blew us away. We had a lot of last-minute changes to our wedding due to rain in the days leading up to and on the day of the wedding. Even with many less-than-ideal conditions, they rolled with the punches and captured stunning photos that we will treasure forever. Opening the gallery for the first time brought me to tears!
Joy and her team were fantastic! They showed up early very prepared and ready to take on the busy day. Even through the chaos they made everyone feel comfortable and she made shooting big family photos seem like a breeze! Not to mention the photos are gorgeous. She captured the natural joy and candid fun throughout the whole night. Knowing that I have such beautiful memories captured by beautiful photographs to look at forever is priceless. My friends and family have raved about the quality of the photographs. They are sent in such an easy form to share and download so that everyone can enjoy looking through the big day. I can't say enough about Joy. One of the best decisions I made for my wedding!
I can’t say enough about how amazing it was to have Joy as our wedding photographer. At our first meeting with her, I knew that I wanted her to photograph our special day. She was so excited to know about how we met and how Russell proposed. You could immediately see her passion, talent and excitement about what she does. When I told her for our engagement shoot I wanted to go to Orioles Park to surprise Russell, she was so supportive and excited. She always was quick to respond to any questions or ideas I wanted to run by her. During our engagement shoot, I was nervous but I immediately felt comfortable once Joy told us to be ourselves and not worry about everything. It quickly became like we were hanging out with a friend who was just taking a photo of us as we went along with our day. After seeing the engagement photos, I was even more excited for our wedding day and I had no worries that it would go perfectly smooth. With our wedding photos she captured every little detail that I wanted to be photographed without having to even tell her. She helped ease my nerves and allowed me to have one less thing to worry about. After the wedding my bridal party and parents talked about how sweet and professional she was and once the pictures came out everyone raved about how amazing all the photos were and how everything looked so natural and beautiful. I got married in the fall and I still go back and relive the day through the photos every few weeks. I can’t wait to have Joy capture other special moments in our life in the future. Thank you Joy for the amazing photos of our Wedding- they make me smile every time.
I could not have asked for a better photographer! From the moment Joy and her assistant arrived (early) she was ready to go and began capturing the moment. My husband and I felt so comfortable and she was fantastic at directing us. She managed a tight timeline following our ceremony for portraits and even managed to get stunning shots of everyone in the blustery cold. At the reception it was easy to enjoy knowing that she was capturing every meaningful moment. Our album truly reflects the memories from that day. I look forward to finding another reason to work with her! I highly recommend her to any bride!!!
Joy exceeded our expectations in all aspects of the wedding process. From our first meeting to the last email she was prompt and ready to ease our nerves by answering any questions we had. During the planning stage she was always willing to offer her advice and assistance in any way possible, whether it he helping design a color palette or drafting a wedding day schedule. Now getting to her photos - Joy is one of the most talented photographers you will ever meet! She has an uncanny ability to put you at ease and make you feel comfortable in front of the lens. Her photos have a soft, elegant feel to them and we feel so blessed to have been able to work with her. We will cherish her photos for years to come. Thank you for everything Joy!
My fiancé and I had the best time with Joy. She was relaxed and happy which helped us to relax and take that experience in. She was more than detailed and allowed us to be natural in a setting that was very special to us – Harper’s Ferry. It’s the location where my fiancé asked me to be his wife. Joy is an absolute delight and so supportive of our upcoming marriage and has become a wonderful friend in the process. And to top it off she captured us perfectly and the images came out better then we could have ever anticipated. We will cherish these special images and our time with Joy forever.
Joy was so easy to work with and the quality of her work was above and beyond what I could have hoped for! She captured our day so beautifully and made the whole process fun and painless. I highly recommend her to anyone and everyone!
Joy is absolutely incredible!! Our Engagement and Wedding photos were unbelievably beautiful. She is so talented and very easy to work with! On the day of our wedding, Joy made us feel so relaxed and kept us smiling through every second. She captured all the important moments so beautifully and artistically. Now we have have a way to look back at wonderful memories that will last a lifetime!
Joy was the best!
The Perfect Decision!Reviewed on 2/01/2016 Christine S
I cannot say enough great things about Joy - best decision ever! I found Joy after browsing wedding blogs and photos throughout the Maryland area. After meeting with her through Skype, I was sold on having Joy document our Baltimore wedding! For our engagement session, Joy recommended an amazing little winery for our engagement photos. My fiance and I are not the type of people that take photos well - especially my fiance (people often tease him for the faces he ends up making in photos). So we were a little nervous to say the least! However, as soon as we met Joy and started the session, our worries went away. She totally brought us out of our shells and the engagement session went off without a hitch. The results were amazing - we LOVED the photos!! Fast forward to our January winter wedding - the perfect day! If I can say one thing that I was not worried about as the day approached, it was the photography! She communicated with me throughout the planning process, and also gave me a recommended timeline for the day, which was SO helpful. Joy, her second photographer, and her assistant showed up early to get the day started, and even stayed a little past their scheduled departure time. We spent so much of the day with Joy and her team, and she is such a professional. I cannot stress enough how lucky we felt to have such a great person capture our day. Joy had sneak peak photos within days of the wedding, and we received all of the photos a little after two weeks! We, along with our friends and families, love all of the photos so much - Joy, we can't thank you enough for being a part of our big day!
Joy Michelle PhotographyReviewed on 1/31/2016 Kathlyn K
Joy is an incredible photographer! She's so knowledgable and flexible. Joy captured my wedding day perfectly and I love being able to relive my wedding day through Joy's pictures! I would recommend her to anyone!
Wedding Photos were better than we'd hoped for!Reviewed on 9/29/2015 Kelly E
Joy is so very talented. Easy to work with, makes you feel totally comfortable in front of the camera, a total professional. Not only did my husband and I enjoy working with her, but our wedding party raved about her as well. We keep getting such great feedback on our wedding photos. I would recommend her over and over again. I should also add that she was more competitively priced that some of the other vendors we priced out, which is always a bonus!
Simply the bestReviewed on 7/22/2015 Anna J
If I had to do it all over, I would pick Joy Michelle Photography again and again for our wedding photography. From our engagement shoot (which is included in her package) to our wedding day (and all of the e-mails in between!), she is incredibly talented, nice, and professional. She really made us feel comfortable in front of the camera, and had so many great pose ideas for our sessions. She also made sure to include specific shots that I had wanted for our wedding portraits. In addition to all of this, Joy has a gift for details--from candids of our flower girls to reception decor, our wedding gallery truly captures the spirit of our wedding day. We received our full photo gallery in under two weeks, and will cherish these pictures for years to come. You can't go wrong with Joy!
One word: Phenomenal.Reviewed on 6/16/2015 Katrina S
As as soon as we met Joy, we knew that we wanted her to be our photographer for the wedding. She was sweet and professional. You could tell she took great pride in her work and that was very important to us. We did an engagement shoot with her before the wedding which was so much fun. She made us feel comfortable and was able to capture the cutest moments. We hardly ever take picture of ourselves and didn't really know what to do but she had great ideas and walked us through the whole thing. When it came to the wedding day, she came early and ready to go! She was friendly with everyone and blended right in. We received our beautiful photos in a timely manner, and they were all very high quality. We loved her style and how she was able to mix both portraits with a photojournalistic flare. She was able to capture all of our family and friends in their element. The joy, love, laughter, and celebration was seen in every picture she got. We would recommend her over and over again to anyone looking for a photographer. You will be so happy if you go with Joy!!! :)
Joy recently photographed our DC wedding. From the very first time my husband and I met her, she was incredible to work with and just an extremely nice and sweet person. At our wedding, everyone raved about how professional and easygoing she was. We received our photos from her way earlier than I would have ever expected and they are GORGEOUS. She is truly talented and captured our wedding in the most stunning way. We are so grateful to have worked with her!!
Creative and BeautifulReviewed on 10/23/2014 kimberly p
Joy is such a talented and thoughtful photographer who really knows how to pull out the special details so that your pictures jump from film to real life.
IF YOU WANT THE BESTReviewed on 9/24/2014 Rebekah M
Joy is the BEST! I am obsessed with the pictures she captured from our engagement session! I am so excited for my wedding because I know that the moments from the best day of my life will be captured for me to keep forever!! She gave me exactly what I asked for! Chose Joy!
Goes above and beyond!Reviewed on 8/22/2014 Britni C
I loved working with Joy from Joy Michelle Photography!!! She was a delight in every avenue. First of all, her pictures are gorgeous. She captured so many little moments that really make out wedding come back to life when we look through our album. She also is super creative and great with giving ideas. For our engagement shoot, I gave Joy very vague thoughts about what vibe I was going for, and she scouted out a beautiful location, and came up with really brilliant ways to capture the atmosphere I was going for, even though I wasn't very specific. She also did some album design for us and it was breathtaking! We had a photo guest book and she did a great job balancing the photos with places for people to sign and telling a story through the picture! Finally, she is just the nicest person ever. She was very easy to work with, and always made us feel comfortable. She gave us way more than we paid for (and was even really really generous with me when I missed a few of her emails). You will not regret choosing her! She is the best!
Great photos...Reviewed on 7/13/2014
Joy Michelle Photography did a styled shoot that my headpieces were featured in. The photos came out so beautiful! I would highly recommend Joy for wedding photos.
Bohemian styled shootReviewed on 6/23/2014 Amy M
Joy captured absolutely stunning images of a styled shoot that we collaborated on. She was professional, kind, and thoughtful. Her work is amazing, and I hope to work with her again in the future.
The Collaboration with Joy was amazing!Reviewed on 6/21/2014
It was an awesome experience working together with Joy on the Cliffside Bohemian wedding shoot. She is so passionate and focus as well as an individual with charisma. I admire her professionalism and knowledge about styling shoots and creating beautiful photographs that capture the moment. I appreciated that she also allotted appropriate time for me to do hair and makeup on all the models. Truly, it was an exciting day! I would do it all over again.
Joy Michelle Photography is lovely!Reviewed on 3/25/2014 hailey K
I have both worked with Joy personally and seen her work and I must say she is a true professional. Joy is not only a sweetheart, but is incredibly talented and passionate about her work! She will make sure she gets the best photographs she can get no matter what it takes. I would highly recommend her and her gorgeous photography!
Joy Michelle Photography is unlike any otherReviewed on 12/04/2013 Kendra B
Wedding planning can be a crazy whirlwind, but it is completely worth it as you walk down the isle to your long awaited groom. Out of everything that happened that day, the photography meant most to me. I wanted something to cherish about that day after all the chaos. Joy Michelle Photography did an incredible job capturing my day. Not only did she incorporate the theme and feel of my wedding into her style, she listened to what I wanted. It was so easy to share my desires and it felt like she read my mind for ideas I had forgotten. Not only did she do an amazing job taking the photos, the customer service was incredible. She had the photos to me in a jiffy and they were BEAUTIFUL - I couldn't wait to show my family and friends. I would 110% recommend Joy Michelle Photography for any occasion. She's the BEST!
Simply ExcellentReviewed on 12/04/2013 Maureen C
Working with Joy was such an honor! Joy is both professional and flexible. She was very well prepared and our shoot went so smoothly. Joy created a professional and relaxed environment for us and I couldn't be happier with the results! I would recommend Joy to any and everyone looking to receive professional photos. It was truly a joy to work with her!
The Bright and Brilliant BlondeReviewed on 12/04/2013 Kelly T
She's not your typical photographer! That's what I love about Joy. She has such a unique way of capturing the essence of a moment as opposed to just the "gist" of it. She has a natural eye for those moments and I could see it in all of my engagement photos! She is willing to do anything to get the money shot that her clients will fawn over. She will not disappoint! Besides having enermous amounts of talent she was also incredibly professional and laid back. I didn't feel uncomfortable at all. Joy Michelle Photography is the Bright and beaming light of creative photography in the Baltimore area. Don't pass her up!
Meet The Owner
I'm a Maryland native and happy to call Annapolis home. I'm passionate about documenting beautiful love stories and sharing the relationships and moments that brings others joy. My joy comes from my husband of 4 years, our corgi Jack, the incredible blessing of making Art for others. Oh, and also - coffee! :) When I'm not photographing weddings, I'm cuddled up with my hubby binging on netflix, dreaming about our next trip to Europe, or spending as much time at the beach as possible!