Interview with Joy Prouty from Wildflowers Photography

July 19, 2011

in Guest Photographer Judge

Interview with Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com

We are so excited to welcome Joy Prouty Harmon 0wner of  Wildflowers Photography, as our Guest Photographer Judge this week!

{Profile Photo taken by Bonnie Berry Photography}

Joy wrote:   I am a mama to two little ones (almost three!), a wife to a very good man and have been a photographer for 8 years, shooting people in their most happy of places!  I live in Southern California with a heart that yearns for an old country house in the middle of nowhere so I am continually looking for the simple life… in my photography, in the little world that I create for my children and within myself.  I am passionate, I love being creative whenever possible and enjoy nothing more than a day full of cuddling with my little family and staying in our jammies until the sun goes down.

Interview with Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com

Joy’s Photography Journey:

I took a trip to Cambodia when I was 20 volunteering in an AIDS orphanage that transformed the way I saw people. I finally understood what it meant for a photograph to tell a story. I was consumed by the way that I was able to express my experience just with a single image when i returned home. From then, I couldn’t get my hands on enough information about photography. I took my camera everywhere and began to build a portfolio. I met my hubby along the way, fell in love and had my babies which only made me see life with more passion and depth.

I made this love of photography into a business which has been heartbreaking and joy filled at times sometimes trying to figure out my place and style but feel I am finally at a place of contentment having simplified and shooting only what I really moves me and not taking on so much that it clouds what made me fall in photography in the first place. I can say that I am living my happy life!
Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. Photographer interview on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com

Fun Q&A with Joy

  • What was your #1 favorite photography moment from this past year? Photographing my best friend’s birth story. There was no planning and no set-up involved and created images that are were made beautiful not by the processing but by the raw emotion of the moment.
  • Where do you find inspiration to keep your photography creative and unique? I have my eyes open everywhere I go! I am inspired by old children’s fairytales, classic movies, nature, by watching my kids use their imaginations to play, in song lyrics, window displays, fabrics, watching people love one another, I could go on and on!
  • Do you have your camera with you wherever you go? Actually, I try not to. I try to be intentional about being in the moment when I am with my family and when I am being the lens I am not truly present. I love my iPhone because I am not consumed by trying for perfect exposure as I am with my work gear but more looking for the beauty of the imperfection.
  • Do you have a favorite quote you can share? “Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are.  Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
  • What do you love most about capturing faces? With faces it is not about finding the perfect prop or building a scene which I can sometimes finding myself caught up in. You are forced to find character and wonder in the lines and expression and the way the light can wrap around the subject to tell a unique story all on it’s own.

Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. Photographer interview on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com
Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. Photographer interview on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com

Joy’s Helpful Hint

My photography was transformed once I began to see the sunlight as my most valuable “prop”.  I love how the light can create warmth and depth that no amount of post production can copy.  I do my best to shoot only in the last hour before the sun goes down whenever possible so the light can literally dance off my subjects.  Plus, it always feels like magic in the midst of it all (and makes for much speedier editing not ever trying to “create” sunshine after the fact).
Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. Photographer interview on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com
Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. Photographer interview on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com

Joy’s Photography Equipment

Body:  Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses: 35mm 1.4L – this is on my camera probably 70% of the time and then use these in addition during shoots: 85mm 1.2, 50mm 1.2 and the 24mm 3.5 tilt shift.
Editing equipment: Photoshop CS5

 

Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. Photographer interview on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com

 
Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. Photographer interview on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com

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Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. Photographer interview on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com
Joy Prouty of Wildflowers Photography. Photographer interview on I Heart Faces. iHeartFaces.com

Thank you so much for visiting with us this week Joy! We can’t wait to see which photos you choose as your favorites from our Props Photo Challenge!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzan@Internet Business Strategies July 23, 2011

These are stunning moments captured in photos! You are one amazing photographer, you just know how to make beautiful memories. The light, shadows and the color of the scenes are truly captivating , making these photos beyond breath-taking. Keep on taking pictures and keep posting them. I’m an avid viewer now.

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Karen July 20, 2011

I’m in love with the 3rd photo. It’s so “in the moment” and there’s a peacefulness and innocence in her eyes.

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PetinaHopePhotography July 20, 2011

Joy– thank you for sharing these gorgeous and inspiring images!

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Latisha Hale July 19, 2011

What an inspiration! I love Joy’s work!

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Marcella L. Spease July 19, 2011

I must say Joy is a blessing to this world. Not only does she have beautiful photos, she is beautiful inside and out. I am so honored know Joy and have original photos of my oldest daughter. See before she became this FABULOUS, AWESOME photographer, she babysat my daughter and would shoot pictures of her on outings. She has photographed my family portraits and they all sit within my home. God granted you this great calling and you sure do make him proud. We love you Joy and can’t wait to shoot with you again. xoxo

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Amy Moore July 19, 2011

I’m so excited to see Joy as the guest judge. I have been a long time admirer of her work and outlook on her art. She is inspiration beyond words. 😉

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joy harmon prouty July 19, 2011

i am so, so, SO very honored to be a featured judge!!! i heart i heart faces and can’t wait to scope all the amazing images for this challenge!!! xoxoxoxo

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Bug and the Sweet Banana July 19, 2011

Love your photos and use of sunlight.

That’s totally Minnie Driver in that photo with the boy wearing the star sweatshirt, isn’t it?

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Dana Suggs July 19, 2011

OH WOW!! Simply ADORABLE photos! I love the use of props! The quote was wonderful……I am TOTALLY inspired!

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JennyRain July 19, 2011

These are awesome – you are so good with props!

My Nikon 50mm 1.4 is currently boxed up and ready to go on e-bay to sell. I have had it 3 months and used it 3 times because it won’t allow me to get as close to the subject as I like to get their eyes, their face (my 28-300 rocks for this). Yet you are the 4th photographer in the last 24 hours who uses this lens, so maybe its a matter of me learning to use the lens rather than just getting rid of it. Thanks for sharing your tips and sharing your gear too!

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angie {the arthur clan} July 19, 2011

I adore everything about your photography Joy…thanks for being such an inspiration to me!

-Angie
co-founder of I Heart Faces

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thatgirlblogs July 19, 2011

beautiful images – wish you hadn’t mentioned the 35mm lens, I am obsessed with getting one. now I have to go check ebay…

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Life with Kaishon July 19, 2011

Thanks for taking the time to be the Judge here this week Joy. I always thought girls that had that name have a great advantage in life : ) You always have joy! Perfect. Your pictures are beautiful and I LOVE that you said sunlight is the ultimate prop! I agree.

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