Joy by Jo

photography that's 

Organic. Real. You.


Hi, friend!

I'm glad you're here.

I don't know about you, but I could sure use a break from keeping up with the Jones'.  With me, you can always count on honesty.  That typically means I'm doing something embarrassing without shame, I won't hide behind a social media facade, and I'm definitely watering my own grass rather than thinking it's greener next door.  In this space, you are free to be exactly who you are because who you are is beautiful.  I can't wait to capture that beauty so you can see yourself the way the rest of the world sees you.

About Me

My Name is Jo and when I was a little girl...

Photo by Tiger Lily Photography

Photo by Tiger Lily Photography

... I spent all the money I could scrounge up on disposable cameras. My days were spent running around my little Iowa resort town, snapping where sand meets water meets sky.  I distinctly remember the first time I held a digital camera in my hands and the fascination with instant gratification in seeing my images.

My grandmother passed down her love of photographing nature; she took beautiful images of the roses in her garden. It took me a long time to be brave enough to venture into taking pictures of people rather than nature - how could I possibly take photos of something that had an opinion of the outcome?

Yet, here we are! The one thing that hasn't changed is the organic and raw moments I capture. Before, it was wild flowers on the side of an Iowa gravel road. Now, it's the love between mothers and their children or a beautiful couple in love.

I tell the stories of couples madly in love, precious little miracles and their families, and people who seek adventure at every turn through photography.  I consider myself lucky to get to know them and share the incredible humans they are with the world. I can't wait to get to know more about YOU and capture your most valuable moments! 

MY Mission..

... is to document the moments that matter, capture organic emotion, cultivate genuine relationships, & create timeless images.



I would like to give two enthusiastic thumbs up for our wedding photographer Joy by Jo. It is so obvious that Jo loves photographing couples and she has that special touch you want in a photographer — she gives incredible direction and even made my usually camera-shy husband feel so at ease. (I think he even ENJOYED being photographed by her!) Her style is natural and easy — she captures those little moments that can never be created with a pose.
— Aimee
Having Jo as my photographer was amazing!! She made me feel very relaxed, comfortable and at ease throughout my wedding day. As someone who doesn’t like their photo taken, I had SO much fun thanks to her! Prior to the day I had sent her a list of photos I wanted including several different family photos and she had them memorized and directed everyone efficiently which made it go by very quickly! She captured the best moments and I’ll cherish our photos forever! In preparation for the big day, she made sure to know exactly the shots I was hoping for. I would recommend her to anyone!
— Kristin
Jo did the most incredible job photographing our wedding- and this was no ordinary shin dig. It was a surprise wedding in a bar. No easy task for a photographer, but she went above and beyond to capture, not just images, but moments and memories that we will cherish for a life time. I CANNOT wait to hang a whole gallery of her shots on our walls! Thank you so much!
— Chelsea