Engagement Sessions by Joma

Your wedding day genuinely matters to us. We (Joleigh & Mike Van Hoy) got married 8 years ago and remember the fun, the food, the dancing, the drama, but mostly, how we felt. And this is possible because we hired a fantastic photographer who helped us capture all those moments as we remember them, ourselves.

We always keep that in the back of our minds when we photograph weddings and engagements. We’re good at it and we have a blast doing it. We’ve shot over one hundred since we opened our doors (camera bags?) seven years ago, and still wake each wedding day morning anticipating the day ahead. Our style combines beautiful photojournalism with an artist’s eye for incredible light and composition. Although the majority of a day’s story is told through fine art documentary, we will also take time to create a few gorgeous posed images of you and your new partner for life!

Your comfort with us is paramount to our work’s success. Joleigh plays pool and volleyball, loves wine and sock hats. Mike lives for soccer, video games, and was the original Star Wars fan. We both love travel and the outdoors and have two highly-entertaining kids: Leo (5) and Lilly (3). Your turn! The time we take to get to know you helps us to capture these moments in your life as accurately and beautifully as possible. We both like to joke around but also have a knack for bringing couples back to what’s important, and then capturing that on camera. We’ve taken dozens of grooms from approaching their engagement session with dread to laughing and thanking us at the end. We’ve shown brides that their wedding and engagement photos are not going to be the result of a Pinterest board, but rather a unique collection of breathtaking images that inspires pins in the first place!

These moments mean the world to you. We want to hear about them, and then help you preserve those moments, forever.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do you always provide two photographers?

    Yes!  These moments definitely merit a extra security or at the least, a couple different angles.

    How early do you typically show up?

    That depends on which package you purchase, but typically, we like to show up during the getting ready process or for finishing touches.

    Are you insured?

    Absolutely.

    What do you shoot with?

    Canon 5D Mark III with an arsenal of Canon L Series lenses

    How long do family formals take?

    We are usually able to get through them anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how cooperative the members are and whether or not they were alerted before. We usually work with you at our pre-event consultation to put together a very detailed list. It helps keep everything on track!

    Are you more photojournalistic or do you pose everything?

    We do a healthy combination of both. We may ask you to go stand in nicer light for a certain segment of getting ready so that the pictures look better, but won’t necessarily pose you. During bridal party formals, we’re more hands on, but for the most part, we just cover what happens.

    Will we meet before the wedding?

    YES! We will give you homework at the initial signing and ask that you bring it back with you about three weeks prior to the wedding so that we can 1.) work out your schedule for the day 2.) have a list of the bridal party and 3.) ensure we know any special request photos that you have. This is also a good time to give us your final payment.

    Do all packages come with an engagement session?

    No, but our top one does and you can always add it à la carte.

    Where do you normally shoot your engagement sessions?

    Anywhere and everywhere – we definitely want to find someplace that is special to you and your future bff forever.

    Do we get digital files from the wedding?

    For sure, and you’ll receive them in both large and small format so that they’re ready to go depending on whether you’re printing or posting! They’ll be light corrected, color corrected, and cropped. Any print products that you order through our studio will also have detailed editing including teeth whitening, eye brightening, full blemish control, soft touch, and vignette, if it’s appropriate.

    How do we get our digital files?

    Your files will be provided in a private, password-protected online gallery, and on a disc.

    Do you provide albums?

    We do! They come with two of our packages and we are very excited to be working with our favorite album companies to provide the most beautiful pieces of storytelling that print can offer.