Joy Within was created with the hopes of seeing joy within and throughout His thoughtfully beautiful creation surrounding us through scripture photo notecards.
Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, my love of photography developed at a young age, probably around the 4th grade. I had an assortment of cameras from then on--now I wish I kept the collection!
I enjoy life as a daughter of the King, wife to the most supportive husband & mother of three spirited girls. I am grateful for all that I have & all that I do.
18 years ago God placed a thought on my heart to design photo notecards with scriptures on/in them, I drew out a sketch, dated it 1999 and left the idea alone. 5 years later in 2004 He nudged me once again and I created my first line of photo cards which were handcrafted using a die cut and black and white film photos. I gave them out as gifts and left it at that. The following year I decided to pursue it more, this time with color photos as well and took them to a craft fair along with matted prints. Both times I left out the scripture.
In 2005 I officially started my photography business and was immediately blessed with opportunities to photograph weddings for a few years and then families the following years, leaving the notecards on the side. After a re-design of the cards and several years of not believing in the cards enough to complete the original vision, God showed me once again, He is good and He is faithful. He knew the desire of my heart was to finally create the notecards and this summer I decided to jump back in to making a whole new card, using some of my favorite colorful film photos collected over the years, this time with many of my favorite scripture.
It's been a long journey and I know it's only just begun. I'm excited to share them and I hope these notes will bless you and those you share them with as they have definitely been a blessing for me to be able to create.
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