Joy Prouty photographed here by Don Prouty.

Joy Prouty photographed here by Don Prouty.

Joy Prouty.

I believe everyone has a unique and beautiful song to sing with their lives. As artists, our job is to create tangible proof of all the light streaming through the cracks of people’s lives. We are commissioned to be preservationists of hope painting portraits with the light that shines out of great joy and deep suffering. It is our honor to walk alongside the courageous who let us sit beside them as their story unfolds.

joy & don

We are the parents to five unique and creative kids and we are raising them on a sweet patch of land in a little farmhouse in rural Tennessee. Our job of documenting families takes us all over the United States every year and so we homeschool and are together as a family a lot of the time. Last year we explored, photographed clients and schooled our kids in 36 states. We find great joy in giving our children experiences that, we pray, will shape them into individuals who have great curiosity and compassion for the world.

When creating films, we ask ourselves these questions: Is the work we are making honest and not contrived? Does the work transport the viewer back to childhood? Does the work bring restoration or hope of some kind? Does the work spread love? Does the work provide inspiration for action or introspection? Does the work promote compassion and community? Is the work the most true representation of the story it is telling?

These are the things that we hold most important.

In the art we make, in the way we live our lives, in the way we are instructing our children, in the way we present ourselves on social media, in our interactions with clients, in the thoughts we are thinking.

It is all connected and all important.