We had the good fortune of connecting with Joy Henderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joy, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
When you decide that what you’re doing is fulfilling to you regardless of the amount of money it makes you or what may seem appropriate for anyone else. When you wake up and go to bed satisfied with how you’re leading your life. When you feel like you’re making a difference even just for yourself, that’s when you know you’re successful. We set our own standards, so success is totally personal and may not look the same for everyone. It’s really up to each of us to discover our own success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I work with my clients, and create the beautiful photos that I’m able to share with world I can’t help but take pride in my work. After multiple years of learning and practicing, I’m at a point where I love my work. I’m excited to be able to work with clients that really appreciate me for who I am and love that I have such a genuine caring personality. Honestly, I’m still on my journey to success. I find it challenging to narrow down who I really want to work with and remember that it makes more sense to say yes to those who I’m perfect for. You aren’t always the best fit for everyone and that’s okay. It’s better to send people in a better direction if it comes to that. That’s how you show people you care. I’ve learned that you can’t be selfish in business if you’re going to last. You really do have to think about your client and what’s best for them. I’d like the world to see me for who I am. I’d love for them to learn more about me and all my quirks. Know that I believe in love and romantic stories. Documenting that is what I’m most passionate about. Putting those moments and memories and laughs on walls, in your home, or online for the world to see.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
During a week long visit in Houston, I’d take a friend out to eat at a breakfast spot like Sweet Paris, The Doshi House, Dandilion Cafe or Breakfast Brunch Cafe. We could hang out in The Woodlands at the Ice Rink, Escape The Room, or at the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center which would be a lot of fun. For lunch we’d grab a bite to eat at La Table – Marché because c’mon, you only live once. Some other options I’d choose for lunch are Lotus Seafood or Turkey Leg Hut. We’d probably be doing a lot of driving, but honestly it’s going to be worth it. On at least one occasion I’d love to play a few rounds of laser tag at Main Event in Shenandoah. I’d love to take them to the Museum of Fine Arts so we can take a lot of photos. On days that we don’t feel like being very active I’d probably just go sit at a park. There are literally too many to choose from. For dinner, we’d probably order pizza or chinese food just so we don’t have to complicate things because ya girl might be too tired once it starts getting late.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, my mother who helped cultivate my creativity and my love for art. Others that have definitely helped me on my journey include Yvonne Villegas-Vargas of Von Vis Photography, Alyncia Dennis of Senae Photography, and Christa Dickson of Christa Dickson Photography. Each of them has helped support me through my journey of becoming a photographer. Yvonne is always willing to challenge my thought process and remind me of the possibilities. Alyncia helped give me hope and reminds me that humble beginnings ground you, they only hold you back if you let them. Christa taught me that mindset is everything and once you conquer that you can do anything you set your mind to.