Getting married is a big deal, but it doesn’t have to turn into a huge production if that’s not your thing.
Let's create a day that’s true to you — with honest images that look as they FELT.

 honest and authentically you 

the wedding photography experience

 honest and authentically you 

Your wedding photography experience

Let's create a day that’s true to you — with honest images that look as they FELT.

I - Connect

When you fill out my inquiry form, I’ll be in touch to share all the details and schedule a discovery call so we can make sure we’re a great fit. After that, a signed contract and 30% retainer fee will officially mark your date on my calendar!

Let’s document your day as it felt

Here’s what you can expect from start to finish.

II - Collaborate

Next, I’ll send you tons of information to help you feel prepared, along with questionnaires where you can share all the details about your story and vision for your wedding. I will use the info you share to plan natural photos that feel true to you.

III - Create

It’s time to have a blast! I’ll capture your candid moments and guide you through creating photos that naturally tell your story. 8-12 weeks after your wedding day, you’ll receive a full gallery to relive all those beautiful memories.

You care more about how your wedding day feels than looks.
You believe marriage is a lifelong commitment.
You connect with my core values.
You’d consider yourself kind and laid back.
You see a stranger’s puppy & it takes everything in you not to run up & cuddle it.
You want photos to feel like you.
You think cheese & wine is always an acceptable dinner option. Always.
You care more about real moments with your people than perfectly styled photos.
You’re already screaming YASSSS WHERE DO I BOOK YOU?

you might be my client if

You Might Be My Client If:

"Our photos turned out absolutely gorgeous!"

“Diana was incredible to work with and always so sweet! Our photos turned out absolutely gorgeous, and I couldn’t be happier with the way she captured our big day. We got sneak peeks shortly after our wedding day and had our entire gallery delivered within the time frame she gave us. She worked with us in any way that we needed and was always happy to do so! I definitely recommend Diana for any of your photography needs!” - DESTINEE & LOGAN

Where are you located?

I'm based in Fayetteville, Arkansas! If you're inquiring about an international wedding and are wondering if I’m up for traveling outside of the USA, the answer will always be YES!

I have deep Oaxacan roots, so, I offer a special rate for weddings/elopements in Oaxaca, Mexico! You'll get a killer deal - local tour guide, translator and wedding photographer! And I get a few moments with my sweet abuelita (grandmother) and extended family who live right outside Oaxaca City. WIN-WIN if you ask me! ;)

How Many Images Are Included?

On average for an 8 hour wedding, I deliver a minimum of 500 high resolution edited images, for a 4 hour elopement a minimum of 200. For couples sessions, I deliver a minimum of 30 images. 

I don't put a cap on a maximum. You're going to get the best of the best of what I shot.

Do You Give Out Unedited Photos?

No. My post production editing is a major component of my craft. Giving out my unedited (RAW) files is like a restaurant giving out uncooked ingredients to customers. No one wants a raw chicken sandwich.

Seriously, you know you don't! 

How Does Payment Work?

I require a 30% non-refundable retainer and a signed contract to secure your date. The remainder is due 30 days before your wedding or elopement. I accept payment through Stripe or Paypal.

How Do I Book You?

Please fill out the contact form to inquire about your upcoming wedding, elopement, or couple session. Once I receive your details, I’ll reply within two business days to set up a discovery call. If we are a good fit for each other, a 30% retainer and signed contract will save your date on my calendar!

What Happens If You Can’t Be At Our Wedding?

Please know that I would have to be either in the hospital or having a family emergency/death for this to even be an issue. But in this covid pandemic era, it needs to be addressed. If either of these scenarios came to be, I will do all I can to personally find you a replacement photographer whom I completely trust.

What If We Cancel/Reschedule Our Date?

If you've already booked your date with me, and for some reason have to cancel or reschedule your wedding, the retainer fee is non-refundable. In order to book a different date, a new retainer will need to be paid. Please understand I'm not trying to steal your money. I do this because once your wedding date is on my calendar, I've also most likely rejected other couples for that date and confirmed the second shooter for your event.

How Long Have You Been A Photographer?

I shot my first wedding in 2008 (on film, dang I feel old!) and in 2019, I launched Joy and Light Photography as a passion project.

My heart is to use my extensive experience to help clients navigate through their wedding journey with joy and ease. Can’t wait to know how I can serve you best! 

Will You Photoshop Us?

No. One of my core values is to capture my clients authentically. I will not make people look unrealistic or photoshop fake backgrounds into your images. If that is what you're looking for, I am probably not the best photographer for you.


What Happens If The Weather Is Bad?

Barring severe inclement weather, I will probably suggest we embrace it. Don't know what it is about rainy days - but they have often led to capturing my client's favorite photos!

What Do We Wear To Our Photoshoot?

Once you are officially booked, I have an outfit guide that I will send your way. It will walk you through what to keep in mind when selecting outfits. I will also be readily available to answer any additional questions!

Do You Speak Spanish?

Si! Yes - I do!! Since taking my American husband's last name (Cottam), I've been getting this question a lot! I am proud to be one of the few bilingual wedding photographers serving Northwest Arkansas and Oaxaca. I am fluent in both Spanish and English. 

For couples interested in knowing more about how to bridge cultures or looking to minimize language barriers on your wedding day - I'd be overjoyed to connect with you and help you create a seamless bilingual experience. 

What Is Your Turnaround?

For weddings and elopements, you'll receive sneak peeks within 3 business days and the completed gallery will be delivered in 8-12 weeks. All other sessions have a 2 week turnaround time.

How Does Travel Expenses Work?

For any wedding or elopement taking place more than 50 miles outside Fayetteville, AR there will be an added travel fee (travel fee is based on distance). 

Additional costs for US destination wedding collections are: a round trip plane ticket to your wedding or elopement destination, a rental car, 2 nights in a hotel and food per diem. If you are inquiring about an international wedding or elopement, I will give you a custom travel quote. 

Do You Help In The Planning Process?

I’m always down to help! Once you sign your contract, I will empower you with my wedding guide - chock full of helpful tips, tricks, and a listing of my most trusted vendors. I’ll be more than happy to help you find the perfect vendors, organize your timeline, and give you all the high fives and hugs because you’re about to start forever with your best friend!

Do You Photograph Families, Seniors, Etc.?

Yes! Though my specialty is weddings, elopements, and couples. I also reserve a select number of dates for families, seniors, branding, and corporate (headshots and eCommerce) sessions. 

you've got questions, i got answers

Are you ready to have a freakn' blast?! Head on over to my contact form, hop in my inbox, and I’ll get back to you within 48 hours!! Let’s go!!

buckle up, it's time to party >