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I got asked the other day if my name was Joy!  No (laugh) it’s Clarissa, but it got me thinking “do people know what this name means”?

I’ve been a photographer now for 5 years and before this I was Clarissa Wikeepa Photography.  It’s my name so I couldn’t really go wrong with it but

I really wanted a name that had something to do with my aim as a photographer.  I did a brain storming session (about 10 of them over a space of a year)

and the one thing I came back to was JOY.  Why?  Because when I asked myself what the most important thing for me to capture is, it always came back to JOY.

Life unfortunately isn’t always peachy but those small moments of joy we experience make the ride well worth it.

Joy is found everywhere but the one thing I want to photograph most is family joy, the kind you get when your little one snuggles into your arms or plants the unexpected kiss on your lips!

So why the Art of Joy?

The dictionary states the following:

Art = the creation of works of beauty or other special significance

So art has a couple of meanings for me in relation to my name.

1. How your family create/enjoy their own joyful moment

2. The absolute beauty of the family.  No matter how big, small or dysfunctional it is!:P

3. It refers to the finished product.  And when you see your photographs printed professionally it really is a work of art!

 I think these pictures sum up the Art of Joy!


Dance like no one is watching ………………..

This originally was a personal project I had been inspired from the uber talented Sue Bryce but quickly changed into something else.

If you are wanting a Dance Portfolio that’s a little bit special contact me using the contact form below and I will get back to you with the details.

Ashley my beautiful cousin who is also a beautiful dancer!

BTW we are having problems with the colours with the post when it is viewed on an ipad.  To see true colour please view on a computer!



Crystal - Love these, just stunning :)

Those eyes………….

stop me in my tracks sometimes.  Just so I can see what colour they are that day.  They change, sometimes they are green, sometimes they have more brown in them.

They are definitely not mine or Jeremy’s (blue eyed man) but somewhere in the middle.

I’ve been a bit quiet of late.  But monday means back to school for two out of three children (yus!) which means I’ll be getting stuck into work again.

Looking forward with eagerness to 2012!