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Welcome to Full of Joy Photography

Welcome to Full of Joy Photography where our specialty is photographing Joyful people.

Lindsey Vavra owns and operates her boutique studio located in Harlingen, TX.  Lindsey's passion for the art of photography started when she had her first child.  She remembers taking her old 35mm camera and snapping away constantly to preserve that memory.  She has since studied through the New York Institute of Photography and continues to attend many workshops and seminars taught by prestigious photographers.  In 2005, Lindsey started her business out of her passion for creating art and life long memories through photography.

Lindsey is a wife and mother of two awesome little boys ages 8 and 4.  She understands deeply how important it is to capture those memories of your precious little ones before they grow and the sweetest moments have passed.  Lindsey's passion is to capture precious memories for you while providing a Joyful experience.  We promise to cherish these fleeting moments with you.

Hugs to you all!

"Let those also who love Your name be Joyful in You" -
Psalm 5:11

Sweet, Sweet Babies!

OH how I LOVE being a photographer!  I have been blessed to meet and work with ALL types of wonderful people – young and a little older :)…and I love all types of sessions.  But I must say my PASSION is SQUISHY BABIES!

I love getting my baby fix!  Here are a few sweet baby girls that I have had the pleasure of working with so far this year!

JPS-Rock the Love

Dear Parents-

Thank you so much for supporting Lorissa and Logan through the Rock the Love Fundraiser!  I know that their families are truly grateful!

A couple of notes:

I realized yesterday that several of the children do not attend school today, Friday the 3rd or Monday the 6th.  So I will happily move the deadline to order to the 8th,  the faster you get your order to me the faster I can get the order placed :)!

Order forms will be available by email and at the school on Monday.

When viewing images through the link below you will first see greeting card and wallet samples, then there will be several pages of child images.  You can click on each image to view in a larger format.

To pick out you child’s image I will need the img# that is directly below the image. Example: img. 0032 NOT 22/113.  You will then write the image number on your order form along with selecting your package.

If you would like to order a custom greeting card or  wallet, you will use the same method but will need to include the name of the template and the image#(s).  There will be a space on the order form for you to print your desired greeting.  Please note when ordering customized valentines you will be emailed one proof and will be allowed one edit.

PLEASE contact me at with any questions!  JPS staff was wonderful to help host this fundraiser, but order questions should come directly to me….THEY are busy loving on our precious kiddos! :)  My apologies for the terrible paper proofs, I had printing issues that could not be fixed in such a short turn around time.

FINALLY:  WE loved working with all of the kids and they all did GREAT!  Some children have more poses only because they were willing to do more.  We work just as hard and as long with each child, but some children are more excited to participate then others and I do not force children to do anything they are not comfortable with.

We hope you enjoy looking at all the images!

Thank you again for your supporting Lorissa and Logan!


Lindsey and JJ Vavra


Rock the Love Fundraiser Sessions are Happening NOW!

Our Rock the Love Mini Session have started today and we have openings left for Thursday afternoon!   Please contact me if you are interested:

Sessions are $15 and will be donated to two fighting cancer patients: Lorissa(age 30) and Logan (age 10).

Please contact me for more information.

Here is a little peek of Carter’s Rock the Love Session

Love this family {By:Lindsey & JJ Vavra/Harlingen, Texas Professional Photographers}

What can I say….I have been REALLY bad about posting to the blog, again!!!!

I’m trying to be better, I really am!  There just is always so much to be done.  I have been pretty good about posting some images on facebook, so check out our Full of Joy Photography page to see what we are up to.

ANYHOW-I had to post some images of this sweet family.  JJ and I have been blessed to work with SO many wonderful people that have blessed our lives greatly, but this family is one of those families that you just want to be apart of.    It was such a great session and they were all so great!  I did not hear one grumble.  And this was their first family session EVER.    I love that mom is decorating her home with the images we captured.  Large canvases in living and family room…..the best art in my opinion is that of the ones you love…so exciting!

Thank you sweet V family for letting us be the first to capture your beautiful family!

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!-A Personal note

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33
I love this verse and so thankful I came across it over the Christmas break! I will absolutely read it everyday in 2012!
Peace! Peace to you all throughout the New Year! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I feel overwhelmingly blessed and full of PEACE! I’m beyond excited for 2012 and will be looking for the JOY in all that God lays before me! Love to you all!

With a humbled heart,
Lindsey Vavra


Hello everyone. It was a blast being able to watch everyone be crazy at the photobooth. The photos are now fully up on the Facebook Fan Page!!

Below is the link to the ValleyOMS facebook fan page where all of the photos are posted:

To download photos

Visit the Facebook Fan Pager and click on the small thumbnail to see a larger photo.  When you are looking at the large photo, scroll down and click on the download button.  You can download it to your computer, print it out or do whatever you like with it.

Have fun looking through the photos!!

December 20, 2011 - 8:00 pm Ginny Fite - this was SO fun!!!

December 21, 2011 - 3:51 pm Monica Cuellar - Thank you Lindsey and JJ you all did a great job :)

January 10, 2012 - 2:33 pm Renee Thornton - Great job! It couldn't have been any better! Thank you so much!

Our Friends {By:JJ & Lindsey Vavra}

The first of October we had the privilege to go to New York to shoot portraits and hang our with our dear friends that moved there in July.  We miss our sweet friends, but SO enjoyed getting to see where the live.  It is the cutest little town and fall had decorated it beautifully.    JJ and I loved all the walking we got to do in the fresh crisp air.

While we were there we drove to Penn State, to document their family at the college and got to go see an amazing football game.    What a fun time we had!

Here are some of my favorite images from our friends sessions in their town.

Sweet brother and sister!  They have grown so much!

Sweet baby Anna!  I miss that infectious smile!

So fun!

She is sweet like her mamma.

Seriously my favorite image!!!!

…..All because two people fell in love…… :)

So sweet…I love this one.

Thats all for now!