About Me

It’s so important for you to know who you’re hiring as your photographer and that you feel a genuine connection with them; especially when hiring a wedding photographer.  Your photographer will be with you throughout your day.  I pride myself on being timely, organized, efficient, encouraging, and kind with every client I work with.  My goal is more then just beautiful photographs, I want to give you an amazing experience!

Hey there!

Allow me to introduce myself!

I’m Valerie Gipe, the owner and photographer of Valerie Joy Photography. Joy is literally my middle name and the goal of every photo I take. I am a native Floridian, but have lived in the midwest for the past 7 years with my husband and 4 children. I’ve been in the photography industry since 2007 and have always considered it a privilege and my dream job. I am so honored to be invited into some of the most important days of my clients lives, and document them forever.

What’s in my bag, you ask?

I have 2 Nikon D750’s on my shoulders with different lenses to capture each pose in a variety of ways, as quickly as possible, and one D700 in my bag as a back up. I have 4 lenses; 50mm, 35mm, 24-70mm, & 70-200mm. I also have two off camera flashes, so I can shoot in any lighting situation. And 4 macro filters for those up-close detail shots.