A note from Valerie:

Hi!  I’m Valerie Joy Gipe, owner and photographer of Valerie Joy Photography for the past 12 years.  I’m originally from Sarasota, FL but now based out of Columbia City, IN.  I still frequently visit my hometown of Sarasota and happily book photo jobs there, as well as the surrounding areas of Columbia City.  I have a very natural style, from the way I pose clients to a minimalistic editing style.  I strive to get a beautiful shot in the camera and do just a few touch ups from there in post processing.  But you’ll get the best idea of what my style is by looking at my work.  If my style and portfolio resonate with you, I’d love to talk to you more about your photography needs!

Quotes from Clients:
Valerie did an AMAZING job on our wedding! She made everyone feel completely relaxed and at ease creating an enjoyable environment for all. She really took our thoughts into consideration and helped us capture exactly what we wanted to help remember our special day.”

-Megan Hochstetler

“Valerie is phenomenal; she set aside time to talk (via FaceTime, since I was planning a destination wedding!), was willing to listen to all of my ideas, had plenty of suggestions, and even reviewed my Pinterest the morning of the wedding before she came! She took the time to get to know me months in advance of the wedding, and was always so fast to respond when I emailed her with questions- no matter how small. Our photos turned out SO BEAUTIFULLY. I am absolutely amazed how many incredible photos Valerie was able to get. Of course, we ended up running late while getting ready, and Valerie was still able to get TONS of portraits in between the ceremony and reception. I swear the woman is a super hero!!! My favorite aspect of Valerie’s work is how organic it feels; nothing feels overly posed or over edited, and if you look at ANY of her work, her photos truly capture the joy and essence of a couple! I cannot recommend her highly enough!”

-Elizabeth Lombard

“Yay!!!! Oh my goodness I just looked over the blog post and I am in love! You did a fantastic job and I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am for the amazing images you captured. I’m so happy I can relive that wonderful day through your pictures! So thrilled! Thanks again for all your hard work and mad skills.”

-Amy Laliberte


“We hired Valerie based on the photos she had taken of a relative’s wedding, which were stunning. We knew that she would add an artistic and edgy touch to our photos, and she exceeded our expectations. She is not just a photographer, she is an artist. She is a sweetheart to be around, but she makes sure that she is 100% unobtrusive on your big day. You hardly notice she’s there, and yet she captures the intimacy of all the important wedding moments without fail. She is now a dear friend of ours and we can’t wait to work with her again in the future for all major family events.”

-Amber Thompson


“Valerie is a joy to work with! She strives to make you feel comfortable and natural. Her skills are unbelievable! Trying to get adults to look at the camera and smile is a hard enough task, but with babies that is even harder. She did a fantastic job and gave us beautiful memories in photos.”

-Deb Adams