Commercial Shoot Sneak Peek

I love love love working on photoshoots! Why? Because they give me a chance to collaborate with other brilliant creatives and see how my props might be used in a different way. Every shoot is a chance to learn and grow and develop my skills and it is exhilarating.

Here is a sneak peek of a collaboration between myself, Mignonette Bridaltru studio, and Pinch Provisions for the Pinch Provisions Spring Catalog:

Sometimes a cake stand can hold something other than cake! I'll have more to say on this later, and I can't wait to share the rest of this shoot once the details are finalized and it's a go!


Photoshoot with Estera Style

I realized this week that I haven't shared much in the way of projects I've worked on that aren't wedding related. There are so many facets to what I do at re:find Joy, and I want to share more about other aspects of the business!

On that note, I would love to start by sharing a shoot I assisted on with the talented ladies at Estera Style. This coffee-themed shoot was a perfect backdrop for our brass candlesticks and duck family. It just goes to show that some props have a wider use than you might imagine. Some might not think of brass ducks as glamorous, but I think this shoot will put that thought out of your mind!

Soak up these rich, luxurious images!



a day with trustudio

If you've ever met Steve and Anne Truppe, of trustudio, then you know how fiery passionate they are about their work. You also know that if given the chance, they could spend hours expressing their appreciation for their craft, for art, and for others who are like them and are entrenched in what they do. I love when I get to see these two, because their passion is contagious, and usually rekindles whatever fires I have going on at the time. They bring an energy to their work and their environment that is electric. So when I was finally able to hire them to assist me in a branding shoot for my work, I just about squealed.

I wish that I could have made a time lapse video of Anne and Stephen at work, so that I could share the intense process of photography with the whole world. Because it IS intense. I think we were all exhausted by the end of the shoot! Photographers are such an integral part of branding, marketing, events, advertising...I could go on. I would say even more so for trustudio, because they focus on business storytelling and telling your WHY. They are meticulous with every detail, and because of their background in architecture, they have a heightened eye for design, lighting, texture, and composition.

Shooting my work with them was such an electrifying, emotional, involved experience and I feel so grateful to have such talented friends. I can't wait to show you what we've been working on, to reveal the full project to the world. I have such big plans!! There is still so much work to be done, but this has been such a rewarding and fulfilling project so far. A reveal is coming soon, I promise! 

In the meantime, here is a little sneak peek of MY version of my tools of the trade:


On Display: Bohemian

Bohemian displays are always so much fun to work on. While the underlying look is usually similar, the inspiration can come from almost anywhere. I've seen displays based on storybook tales and distant lands, plants or even a simple pattern. Whatever the inspiration, I believe in carrying a variety of props that can blend in with almost any idea.

As each theme is unveiled, you might start to notice that some props fit into multiple categories. I like to choose pieces with a timeless quality, that can be funky or elegant...dressed up, or dressed down! Some items can be the jack or jill-of-all-props, and that's okay!

Below are some of my favorite pieces for eclectic, bohemian displays!


On Display: Garden of Curiosity

There are endless possibilities when it comes to garden events and displays. Stone, metal, pottery, wood...all are great options and each has its own appeal and wonder. The lovely thing about botanical ideas is that you can mix and match surfaces and textures and it only creates more splendor! Whether you're going with a more earthy theme, or you want a more glamorous garden look, you can't really go wrong.

Some tips when working on garden displays:


  • I love layering in natural elements or what I like to call "curiosities." A little bit of mystery goes a long way...cloche domes, raw minerals, wood or stone pieces, or even cast animal skulls can add a funkier element to any display.
  • When in doubt, choose a color scheme that plays well with nature: greens, ambers, blues and purples make for great accent colors and complement hues already present in the natural world.
  • For a more luxurious garden affair, I love to use mixed metals. They add elegance and uniqueness without going over the top.


I hope you enjoy these pieces for such a versatile theme!