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BASED IN Staunton, Virginia

established 2014

WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHer

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After dozens of weddings, I have come to cherish the emotion in the transitional moments and unexpected experiences of each wedding day. I used to look forward to sunset portraits with my clients the most. But now, I love returning wedding photos filled with sweet looks between mother and son, bridesmaids wiping a tear away, the awe on a groom's face as he first sees his bride, and the giggling flower girl taking her dress for that first twirl. I will give you great portraits to hang on your walls too, but these unplanned and unposed memories are the moments that make your wedding unique and memorable. 

Whether you realize it yet or not, choosing a wedding photographer is a very personal choice. Staunton is full of talented wedding photographers, and our style, approach, perspective, and demeanor are all a little different. I created this page to tell you all about how I work and make sure that we're a great match. If not, many of these of photographers are great friends of mine, who I'd love to introduce to you!

The Photography by Jo Wedding Experience

Weddings

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You've thoroughly combed through my website, blog and Instagram feed and you like what you see. So the next step is setting up a time to chat to make sure we're the perfect fit for one another.   

Grab a snack and glass of wine, and we'll meet up on zoom so I can hear all about your plans!

let's chat

STEP ONE

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Once your date is officially reserved, I'll send over a few goodies to help you prepare for the big day. I'm happy to serve as a resource for vendor recommendations, timeline guidance and more!

and now the fun begins!

DATE SECURED

STEP TWO

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Sessions can take place anywhere from immediately following a proposal to just a few days before the wedding. I’ve found that there isn’t a “good” or “bad” time to take your photos. 

let's get you comfortable in front of the camera

Engagement

STEP Three

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I check in about two months before the wedding to start chatting about timeline specifics, special details, family formal shot lists, special traditions and anything else we should know about your big day. You can reach out earlier about anything you need!

let's get organized for the big day!

WEDDING Prep

STEP FOUR

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It's finally here! The day the two of you say "I Do" and dance the night away surrounded by your family and friends. Just know I'm excited to celebrate and capture your wedding day. It's going to be awesome.

let's get you hitched!

The BIG DAY

STEP FIVE

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You can expect your photos to be delivered via an online gallery within about 3-5 weeks of your wedding. At that time, we'll also send over details about preserving your images through prints and albums. 

get the tissues ready

They're Here!

STEP SIX

THE WEDDING PHOTO PROCESS

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Becky and Will had the unfortunate experience of changing their wedding date... a couple times! These sweet people finally got to tie the knot at the gorgeous Birkby House in downtown Leesburg in spring of 2021, with all their closest friends and family. The vows were so personal and touching. Bride, groom, and even the wedding party were wiping tears away. 

WEDDING summary

historic birkby house, leesburg

Becky & Will

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This day was a long time coming, and their joy was felt by everyone! I got to work for Hana Gonzalez for this gorgeous, perfectly romantic wedding day. Celebrating with their friends and family was extremely important to them. They prepared personalized gifts to show their gratitude for many of their cherished guests, wedding party, and even the vendors who worked to make their day special. 

WEDDING summary

morias vineryards

Ramona & Mark

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David and Fabiola's wedding was a high-energy, family-centric celebration! You could feel the support and admiration from the guests surround the couple and encourage them on this new journey. Dulaney's Overlook was the perfect setting, offering a stunning sunset for romantic newlywed portraits at the end of the day. 

WEDDING summary

dulaney's overlook

David & Fabi

luxurious airlie estate
shot under Wedding by Hana gonzalez

David & Wenyi

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Jessica and Brian are two of the most joyful people I've met. Brian is relentlessly goofy and silly, always making Jess laugh. Long after their wedding, I still love following along on Instagram as they prank each other, endure deployment, and raise their baby girl together. I know it's an older one and my work has improved, but I loved this day so much and want to feature it here!

WEDDING summary

virginia country club wedding

Jess & Brian

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Madison at the Mill in Orange, Virginia is a unique, modern wedding venue with industrial features and the coolest skylights over the ceremony space. Rob actually did a ton of the decorating, hand lettering, and even created their invitation suite. I've never had such a creative groom before! This DC couple was such a joy to work with, and even hired me back to photograph Ali's sister's wedding -- on their anniversary the next year!

WEDDING summary

madison at the mill modern wedding

Ali & rob

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Ashley and aaron Calnek
Blacksburg, Virginia

WE LOVED HAVING JO AS OUR PHOTOGRAPHER AND GUEST AT OUR WEDDING. SHE REALLY TOOK THE TIME TO GET EVERY DETAIL. HER TALENT IS OBVIOUS IN THE PHOTOS.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

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Shawn and Bri Jordan
Frederick, Maryland

You will never find a better photographer. Jo is personable, friendly, and goes the extra mile. We were lucky enough to have her for both our engagement and wedding photos, and they are beyond perfection.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

What makes me different from other Staunton Wedding Photographers?

Finding your wedding vendors should feel like finding your dream team. They should be supportive, informative, and encouraging, in addition to being great at their profession. It's a special honor to be chosen to photograph each couple's union, and it's not lost on me what great trust these brides and grooms have in my ability to handle documenting their wedding day with care.

While wedding photography is a job to some, to me it is a life calling. There are wedding vendors who do their jobs, and there are wedding vendors who truly serve their clients. As your wedding photographer, I’ll start by giving you resources for mapping out the perfect stress-free timeline, finding other amazing vendors to support your vision, and planning an engagement session that will get you warmed up and ready for the camera on your wedding day. No two wedding days are the same, and I can't wait to hear about yours! 

INQUIRE

I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

For investment details and availability, please send a message using the contact form. I accept a very limited number of weddings each year and the average couple spends about $3400 on full wedding day coverage. I offer a range of packages from elopement coverage starting to all inclusive and destination wedding coverage.

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A lot of moving pieces go into planning a wedding day timeline and we know it can be overwhelming! Grab my free guide to plan the perfect timeline for your day. 

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