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Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Fort Wayne, Indiana; and surrounding areas

Thanks so much for stopping by! I am Valerie Joy Gipe, a Wedding & Portrait photographer serving Fort Wayne, Indiana and surrounding areas.

One thing I love about photographing people’s lives is that I can relate! I was a senior in high school, ready to take on the world. I got engaged at 19 to my best friend, and planned a wedding with no experience (and no PINTEREST!) I’ve had 4 children and am blessed to get to watch them grow up. Because of all of these amazing experiences, I get so invested as I meet new clients and follow up with repeat clients to photograph their most important moments!

I would describe my photography visually as: Bright, Clean and Crisp. And emotionally as: Joyful, Romantic and Timeless. But you don’t have to take my word for it! Browse through my galleries and see for yourself what my style is….

I’d love to hear from you!

Let’s chat soon!

I’d love to grab coffee with you and discuss your photography needs!



Client Reviews

My goal is to serve my clients well.  And I hope their kind words prove that!

Ashley Biske

“Thank you so much for photographing our Embassy wedding.  You were so easy to work with and we loved your laid back yet professional personality.  We would recommend you in a heartbeat!  You did a wonderful job capturing all the emotions!  We have so many favorites!”

Adrienne Platt

“You are AWESOME! These turned out amazing. That lighting  is unbelievable! Thanks so much for working with our chaos.”

Elizabeth Lombard

“Thank you SO much for being such a fabulous photographer and doing SUCH a gorgeous job of capturing our wedding day!  You clearly care about your clients and it shows in your work!!!  We will be admiring your work for decades to come!!!”

Karina Targgart

“Val made my senior picture experience a fun and memorable time. She found a great location, just what I was looking for. She got the pictures back to me in a timely manner. I enjoyed every minute of it!”

Maddie Butterfield

“Valerie’s attention to detail, calming demeanor, and her ability to capture candid moments truly sets her work apart. She is great at giving instructions, while making the session so much fun! Seriously, she is the best! I would highly recommend Valerie Joy Photography.”

Megan Bishop

“Valerie has been an integral part of documenting our family’s growth over the past 4 years through annual family photography sessions.  Not only are her photographs lovely, but she is kind, hilarious, and obviously enjoys the role she plays in capturing clients’ memories.  She is quick about editing and allowing access to photos.  We would not consider anyone else to do the job!”

Katy Shively

“We really enjoyed working with Val! She handled our two young kids like a pro and got the most beautiful pictures. She made it so easy to order prints, the hardest part was picking my favorite shots out of all the good ones! I would recommend her to anyone, especially families of young kids.”

Katie Jones

“We hired Val to take our engagement and wedding photos and we couldn’t be happier with our decision! She has such a fun and friendly personality! Sometimes posing for photos can be an awkward experience, but she would talk with us and even crack jokes about the “modeling” process to make us feel relaxed. As a result we ended up with beautifully crafted photos that feel warm and candid!”