Joy Prouty photographed here by Don Prouty.

Joy Prouty photographed here by Don Prouty.

We are Don and Joy Prouty.

Every human has a song to sing - their one precious story lived out as light in this weary world. We have great reverence for the honor of being preservationists of hope, painting portraits with the light that shines out of great suffering and life-altering joy. It is our honor to walk alongside the courageous luminaries willings to let us in on their stories. We share a few of those stories here and welcome you to contact us if you would like us to walk alongside of yours.

Gracie, our oldest child, beside her sheep a few years back in Washington. Always looking toward the light.

Gracie, our oldest child, beside her sheep a few years back in Washington. Always looking toward the light.

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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.

(A film of OUR OWN family so you can get to know us a bit better. This film was made for us by our dear friend Any Teague at Happily Situated Photography just after our youngest child was born.)