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Award-winning Wedding Photojournalists Worldwide
JPG Photography comprises award-winning newspaper photojournalists documenting the real emotion and character of special events. Our sense of humor and vision encourage quirky, adventurous and independent couples to hire us over the cheesy traditional photographs. Ranked among the best in the world.
Trash The Dress
We love Joe!!Reviewed on 1/11/2014 Sari R
JPG Photography is the best wedding photographer you could dream of. Joe Gidjunis and his team are amazing—artistic, professional, easy to work with, and just genuinely kind people. We feel lucky to have found them, and to have been able to work with Joe. We loved having Joe and Dave T. shoot our engagement pictures, and having Joe, Gustavo, and Tom there for our wedding day. The team is always up for an adventure, and was as excited as us to try unorthodox locations for photos. We whole-heartedly and enthusiastically recommend them to anyone and everyone looking for a photographer for any occasion. Having a good photographer for our wedding was one of the most important things to my husband and I during wedding planning. JPG Photography hit each of the “big three” on our list: first, they take pictures of brides and grooms looking natural and acting like themselves—not looking like awkward statues. Second, their portfolios showed pictures not just of brides and grooms, but of friends and family having fun at weddings. This was SUPER important to my husband and I—sure, we wanted some pictures of us looking great, but what we really wanted to remember is everyone celebrating with us. Third, JPG does a great job in low-light venues-- something we were concerned about since our wedding was indoors and at night. The day of our wedding, Joe was such a reassuring presence. He and the crew knew exactly what needed to happen when, and kept us on track. He seemed as excited as us for our first look and for our walk down the aisle. During the ceremony and reception, it felt like Joe, Gustavo, and Tom were everywhere and nowhere at once. They were never in the way, but they always got amazing, amazing shots. Our friends and family members kept exclaiming about what great photographers we had. When we received our pictures (ahead of time!) we were not disappointed—the pictures were AMAZING. I really can’t say enough. Joe, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for being our photographer!! I hope to have the chance to work with you again in the future!!!
Absolutely the best.Reviewed on 6/16/2014 jackie c
Joe & Stacey basically made our entire wedding day. My husband and I never wanted a big wedding. Once we started talking marriage, we both knew that we wanted something small, just for him, me, and his two children. Short, small, and sweet. To give a bit more "specialness" and meaning to the day, we decided to hold the ceremony in front of the Passyunk fountain - a place that has great meaning for both of us. We picked the date, June 12th, in September, which is when we brought JPG on board as our photographer. From the very beginning, they were the friendliest, coolest people to work with. I talked to Joe a bit about the "vision" of my wedding day and pictures (small, intimate, and South Philly) and a bit about our budget. Joe set us up with a contract and package that worked for us, so we went ahead and booked, and I spent many months stalking their website, getting excited for our turn in the spotlight! We picked mid-June thinking it would be the best time of the year weather-wise. As you can imagine, I was somewhat crushed waking up the morning of my wedding ceremony to showers and thunderstorms, and a forecast that basically said it wasn't going to get any better throughout the day. True, my ceremony was only going to last 15 minutes, but we planned on a very outdoors-heavy day of shooting. I was afraid we would have to cram everyone into a last minute "indoors" plan B. I was stressin'. My poor husband tried his best to cheer me up and keep my spirits up. From the minute Joe and Stacey arrived for our ceremony, their energy and warmth reinvigorated the whole scenario. They patiently shot our ceremony and formal shots with my stepchildren while maneuvering SEPTA buses and trash trucks (I forgot Thursdays were trash day in Bella Vista - oops!) And then the real fun began. Joe & Stacey could not have been cooler or more on board with our somewhat non-traditional shooting locations and picture requests. They have an incredible eye, and we felt totally comfortable with them right away. After spending 3+ hours shooting with them, they began to feel more like friends than the people we hired to take our wedding pictures. They are also ridiculously awesome in that they were not one bit deterred by the rain - Joe even going so far as to lay down in puddles if necessary to get the shot we wanted. I am thoroughly convinced that had we hired anyone else, our day could have been very disappointing. With Joe & Stacey, not only did they literally brush off the downpour, they turned it into fun for us. And from what I can see of the sneak peeks of our pictures from Joe & the JPG instagram, our pictures are going to be ridiculously beautiful, fun, and sexy. We can't wait to get our pictures! 5 stars. More stars if I could!
JPG - They best way to Document your Wedding!Reviewed on 9/28/2013 Erin B
I was first interested in JPG Photography because their pictures were just different than any other wedding pictures I've ever seen. They were intriguing and entertaining - but yet romantic. They make you feel as though you are there experiencing the wedding first hand. I had the great pleasure of working with Matt Bender for JPG - and he was great. I always say - let the photographer do what they are good at - and its make your pictures come out they best they can be... and I really think Matt did that. Matt is great at giving direction when needed but lets you just be you and lets your day unfold. We got to work with Matt before the wedding in an engagement shoot; JPG strongly suggests doing this so that you are comfortable working with the photographer the day of you wedding. I think regardless Matt was a great fit, the engagement pictures turned out wonderfully and I am so excited to see how it all turned out. If you want to get the best documentation out of your day - instead of all the "posed" shots - this is the vendor for you. When you are getting married you are getting pulled in a hundred different directions and will most likely miss what is going on elsewhere - with Photojournalism - it is all captured for your to relive! So happy with our choice to have Matt and the JPG team document our wedding
Our experience with JPG photography has been excellent right from the first conversation with the owner Joe. Joe then matched us up with one of the photographers on his team, Ricky. Since then, everything has been pleasant. They are personable, accommodating, prompt and professional. Ricky documented our wedding ceremony in May of 2017 here in Brooklyn, NY. He really brought of a lot of excitement and positive energy. His spirit made us want to take some outdoor pictures despite all the rain and wind. Ricky was forthcoming regarding his limitations of shooting in the rain, but we were up to trying and we were very glad that we did. He made the entire experience a lot of fun and the pictures we got back truly documented the experience and the essence our personalities. We are very excited and looking forward to working with JPG Photography on some more upcoming events as well.
One of the best parts of our day! JPG did an amazing job with the photos for our wedding. Gustavo was our main photographer and he was one of the bright spots of the day. He was extremely calm, organized, patient, and still able to get great pictures! Gustavo and Stacey were able to get our wild bridal party from location to location to get some awesome photos. They were so fun to hang out with during the day and made what could be an incredibly stressful few hours go incredibly smoothly. We already saw a sneak peek of some of the photos and Gustavo has a great eye! He was so attentive to details, making sure everyone's jackets were buttoned correctly and that my hair wasn't in front of my eyes. They were professional and yet really easy to be around and be comfortable with. Besides the getting married part, Gustavo and Stacey were one of my favorite parts of the day! Thanks so much!!!
JOE IS TERRIFIC!! The wedding of your daughter is a VERY big event, and Joe and Gustavo were wonderful!! Our daughter had selected JPG because of the unique storytelling focus Joe and his team place on the event. They worked with Joe (in DC!) for their engagements shoot, which resulted in absolutely breathtaking photos of them at all the key monuments in DC at sunset. For the wedding, they worked with us in Philadelphia. From the moment Joe arrived, I knew we were in good hands and it was going to be fun. He immediately put all of the girls at ease and we had a lot of fun during the preparation for the ceremony. He then coordinated with Gustavo, who was with the Groom and party, to meet in Rittenhouse Square for their 'First look' photos. From there, they went all over center city, including Reading Terminal before the ceremony and reception. That theme of fun and natural shots was exactly what the bride and groom wanted, and if the sneak peeks we've seen are any indication of the final results, we are going to be thrilled. An example of a unique shot included the bride and groom in reading terminal, and it's beautiful. I would HIGHLY recommend working with Joe and his team for any of your special events-you will not be disappointed.
Joe, words cannot begin to express how absolutely wonderful you and your team were to work with. You not only have an incredible talent and eye for capturing all of the unique energy, momentum and emotion in a moment, but you're able to do so in such a lighthearted, easygoing and fun way. By the time we finished hair and makeup and were leaving to go to the church, it felt more like you were an old friend. Thank you SO much for making an already momentous day that much more special, fun and memorable!!!
Best decision we made !!! Gustavo was excellent the bride and groom really like him. Prompt professional friendly and WOW the editing was superb. Captured all the best highlights for sure. We had to wait 16 weeks but it was so worth the wait. It was worth every penny, happy we went with JPG. Thanks for the memories. From the mom and dad of the bride.
My love for Joe Gidjunis transcends all time, as we went on two awkward dates in high school, so I Facebook messaged him when I was planning my post-elopement party. Despite the casual recklessness of my approach, Joe was extremely professional and provided me with a fantastic photographer and memories to last a lifetime. After receiving the photographs from our party, it solidified in my mind that Joe has established an outstanding team. From the moment Stacey knocked on the door of the room where I was getting dressed, she made the entire experience of being photographed seem natural. I had only had brief e-mail conversations with Stacey about the moments I wanted captured and she was able to capture them all beautifully. I didn't want any posed photos and was floored by the quality and sweet candid nature of the photographs. I was so impressed with the photos from the party that I returned to Joe's team for the photographs of my pregnancy, delivery and newborn. Again, Stacey was able to capture the informal elegance of my pregnancy journey. Stacey understood that I wanted to capture the good, the ugly and everything in between; the photos from the party, my pregnancy and post partum period are something I will always hold close to my heart. And all thanks to this guy who made me go dutch to the movies in 1998...
Stacey and the JPG Photography team were amazing to work with! Every interaction with JPG is prompt and professional. Stacey is also a top notch photographer who not only knows how to capture the moment but is also great at making sure you don't feel (and look) too posed. We could not be more happy with how our photos turned out. Stacey is the real deal and knew how to slow motion down, play with shadows and capture light in ways that make our photos look truly unique and awesome. I would recommend JPG Photography to anyone and would absolutely use them again for other photography needs.
My husband and I cannot say enough good things about JPG Photography. Joe and his team are truly the best! The beautiful photos on their website are what initially intrigued us to JPG. Joe and Nicole made us feel so comfortable during our engagement shoot and we were truly blown away with how amazing the pictures turned out. We received many compliments on the photos and JPG. We were even more excited we chose Joe and his team to be part of our wedding day after our experience during our engagement shoot. A wedding day can be quite stressful, but Joe was very attentive to us and made sure we were relaxed and enjoying the moment. Joe is so creative and goes above and beyond to capture the perfect shot. We are lucky to have had him capture our day and provide us with photos that will serve as memories for a lifetime. From the sneak peek photos and highlight video we've seen, we know the final photos and video will be one in a million. The preview highlight video Laura posted captured the essence we were hoping for in our video. We are so excited to see the full video. Laura rocks! We are so happy we chose Joe and the JPG team to be part of our special day. We highly recommend them to anyone looking for a highly talented, artistic, professional, and fun photography group. We now have a photographer for life with Joe!
Stacey is a ROCKSTAR! My entire family cannot say enough good things about her. I will refer her to ANY and EVERYONE looking for a photographer for any milestone. Choosing JPG was the best decision we could have ever made with regards to our wedding. They are worth EVERY cent. If you are looking for photos that look like they are straight from a magazine, I'd recommend JPG and specifically Stacey. She captured our day EXACTLY as we hoped with punctual, thoughtful VIP treatment. Stacey made us feel completely comfortable and natural - it's not always easy for me to just start kissing on command personally. : ) She is absolutely adorable and has the sweetest, fun personality. She is a true artist and a master of her work. Did I mention that she traveled with us to ITALY? Yeah!!! When we mentioned we were traveling Tuscany for our wedding to JPG during our consultation for our reception, they offered to come and document the day!!! YES PLEASE. Stacey hopped on a plane with her awesome and talented husband, Chuck, and the rest is history! Beyond being ridiculously talented, Stacey and Chuck are amazing people to be around. They are like part of the family whether they like it or not! Haha. Thanks Stacey for caring and understanding what was important to us about our wedding and for capturing those special REAL moments on the best day of our lives! We can't wait to hang with you soon and plan some future photo sessions for every special party and milestone we have in our lives!
We were very happy with the JPG Photography group. They did our getting ready photos, first look photos, ceremonies and reception coverage. We also hired them for full videography coverage during our ceremonies. While we were negotiating the contract, the management office was quite receptive, reaching out if we had inquiries and checking in about date availability etc. Once we signed, the office was less proactive, and slower to respond to our emails. When we started communicating directly with the photographers, the flow of information was much smoother. For the actual photography, we loved our pictures. Since our wedding had 300+ guests, we had three photographers. Do take a look at Dave C and Stacey and pics on the JPG site. They are very talented, and we cannot say enough about our pictures. All of the pictures were fantastic, but we have to give special props to Dave and Stacy. Dave C did an initial shoot at Penns Landing. We were not used to taking many pictures. But it only took a few minutes, and we became relaxed and natural in front of the camera. From that point, we were 100% comfortable which helped create more authentic images and moments. JPG focuses on true, fun images. We had some very good portraits (and we wished we set aside more time). However, our most favorite pictures are dance floor pics. If you are looking for high quality photos, fun photographers and authentic images, we strongly recommend JPG (especially Dave C and Stacy).
The whole wedding planning process can be very overwhelming and stressful at times, and boy was it a breath of fresh air to have met JPG!! After seeing the wedding photos of a friend who used JPG for her wedding, I KNEW we had to have them. Joe immediately put me at ease and we had a great conversation discussing the journalistic style of JPG and exactly what we were looking to get from our pictures. Not having many “posey” shots was very important to us. I knew there was something extra special about JPG when I learned that they are deeply involved in volunteer work, something I also value, and a testament to the fact that JPG and Joe are truly great people. We chose to do an engagement shoot with Joe so we could get to know each other and get some amazing pictures at the same time. It was Joe’s first time shooting at Hershey Park, and you sure couldn’t tell that by the pictures! Every picture came out amazing and they were the exact style we were looking for. It was almost like he had been there a million times before and knew exactly where to go for the best shots. The night ended with lots of good conversation, laughs, and whoopie pies of course! We had the most incredible day playing around the park, and after that day/night we couldn’t wait to see Joe and his team again for our wedding. JPG was so organized throughout each stage of the planning process and the final photography checklist was super helpful. They work with you and make you think outside the box, so that your pictures are super original and speak to you as a couple. Choosing locations which have significance to you as a couple or describe your personalities is what made our pictures extra meaningful. On our wedding day I was immediately comforted when Joe and his team arrived. They really felt like friends/family and made the whole day even more fun. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to spend my day with. Tom (the second photographer) had a great time with the guys and he was also amazing. Throughout the day, ceremony, and reception, the JPG team was so unobtrusive, you barely knew they were there, even though they were capturing every detail. Joe made sure we got all pictures that we really wanted to take, and quickly took the formal shots so we could move on to the party. We also had a photobooth which was a huge hit. The open air booth and props were super fun and our guests had a blast. There are even some photos of my father running around the dancefloor with the bullhorns on! :) This brings me to the pictures. No words other than amazing. The turnaround time was super-fast and we are so in love with our pictures. There was some motion shots from our engagement shoot of a carousel and ride moving behind us, yet my fiancé and I are standing still in complete focus in the center of the picture. Super impressive shots which only a very talented photographer can capture. The creativity and eye that Joe has to capture the most amazing shots and angles is just awe inspiring. He really loves what he does and it shows in his work. Many photographers have shot at our wedding venue, however the pictures by JPG are above and beyond any I have seen. I am so lucky to say that my husband and I not only have the most amazing captured memories from our special day, but we also gained some lifelong friends in the process. Stunning pictures, great people – what more could you ask for. We love our JPG family!!
We loved JPG Photography and feel so lucky to have found them! My guests were even commenting on how personable and awesome Nick and Megan were, how they were everywhere and catching every special moment. I loved that we had a connection to both photographers before the wedding so everyone felt comfortable, and I know they captured the fun and excitement of our day! I know for any future big events in our lives we will only have one place to look for great photos!
I'm obsessed with our photos. Seriously. They are beyond stunning and we are thrilled. All I've done since last night is look at the photos. Easily the best decision and money spent for the wedding. The whole JPG experience and team through the whole engagement, boudoir, and wedding photography far exceeded our expectations. Joe, Nicole, Gustavo, Sabrina, and Laura, I wouldn't change a thing and would do it all over again. No way are we done with JPG and are excitedly planning for the next time we can use this standout team!
Joe at JPG is the best of the best! First, he takes truly stunning photos. He captures the little moments of a wedding day in such a beautiful and unique way, unlike anyone else's wedding photos I've seen. Perhaps more importantly, Joe really listens to what his couples want and need. He was so aware of the family/bridal party dynamics and needs on our wedding day. You don't realize how important that is until you and your husband sweating/struggling in the middle of Broad Street after hours of smiling and posing in the sun! Joe really goes the extra mile to lighten up the mood in the tense moments that tend to occur surrounding weddings. When taking posed shots, he makes you feel comfortable and encourages you to have fun! Then he fades into the background of your ceremony/reception so that he can capture every moment without being noticed. We would recommend JPG to anyone who is not looking for stuffy, all-posed wedding shots. We also highly recommend using JPG's photo booth. It was a huge hit at our wedding!
Joe G and Ricky shot our Union Trust wedding in Old City, Philadelphia. I don't even know where to begin. We were set on having a photojournalist for our engagement and wedding photos. The instant we saw JPG's photos, we knew they were it. Hiring them was the absolute best decision we made in planning our May wedding. We talked to Joe G more than any other wedding vendor throughout the process. Joe has this ability to make you feel comfortable about everything. He's so relaxed, easy-going, and incredibly thoughtful. As the bride, I can honestly say that my entire day wouldn't have been the same without Joe G there. JPG has completely surpassed our expectations for a wedding photographer. We highly recommend them for any occasion and can guarantee they will impress.
Amazing experience! Joe G and Ricky shot our city hall wedding and brief photo shoot afterwards. They were personable and lots of fun to work with. JPG Photography turned around the pictures incredibly fast (< 2 weeks), and the quality of their work is simply superb. Joe was able to capture the range of emotions that we were going through during the event and he created beautiful, artful, and unique images that I know we will continue to revisit in many years to come. I wholeheartedly recommend booking JPG Photography and Joe G for your special day!
Professional and so fun!Reviewed on 10/30/2015 Blair D
Joe and his team at JPG were exceptional to work with. Not only were they extremely professional, but they made our wedding day so much fun! Having Joe with us all day put us at ease. Joe is all about capturing the moments that make the wedding day so special. He is attentive to what we wanted and understood us as a couple. He wanted to capture that throughout our day. It was amazing working with him and his team!
Awesome Engagement PicturesReviewed on 10/30/2015
We had JPG do our engagement pictures, and the only reason we aren't having them do our wedding photos is because we already booked a photographer for our wedding in Ireland. Neither my fiancé or I was into the idea of engagement pictures, but we decided it would be nice to have pictures of us NOT just in a white dress and suit/tux. Joe is all about doing "different" photos and locations; not to knock LOVE park in Philly, but that we wanted pictures somewhere not as typical and "posey". We went to the Race Street pier (ok not super different) and the Independence Beer Garden. The pictures turned out awesome, and having a couple beers to help relax for the pictures was a big help! We have really fun pictures of us doing what we like to do--hang out, have a drink and relax. We picked 3 locations and we got full rights to 60 pictures, and we got them so fast! I think we received them 6 days after our session. I would highly recommend Joe and his team if you like the photojournalism style and want pictures that are unique!
our weddingReviewed on 10/29/2015
David and his assistant were fantastic. Our wedding was a bit of a family, college, neighbor and friends reunion. We did our initial wedding shoot on the beach with our daughters a month prior, which was so much fun and low pressure. The day of the wedding we asked that all our other shoots be candid and fun. Nothing posed. Dave captured every moment, it was really fabulous looking back at all the pictures of everyone just enjoying the evening at our home. Dave's pictures turned out exactly as I planned. I'm very glad I choose JPG, and Dave was our photographer. I would highly recommend!
Must have photographer!!Reviewed on 10/26/2015
I was lucky enough to attend a family wedding that used JPG Photography. Their images were AMAZING and the details that were captured made you relive every moment! I knew immediately who I was calling when I got engaged. The time that goes into preparing each detail for your day is so special and important to making the event your own. Then the day comes and it flies by so fast. Even if you try to be mindful of each feeling and absorb as much as you can, it’s impossible to remember it all. But having JPG Photography document your event means you can relive each kiss, each guest, each song…it is that moment in time that you can have forever. Looking at the photos gives you all of those feelings back. It also gives you the chance to see the wedding from the eyes of each guest. There is nothing more precious than that. Thank you JPG for your professionalism, knowledge and talent. You made us feel like part of your family and we cannot thank you enough for the memories you have captured.
Great Photographer!Reviewed on 9/29/2015 Justin S
There's not much to say about wedding photographers. Either you love their work, their art, and their eye, or you don't. Many vendors exist within certain price-range parameters and most couples will remain within their operating budgets. However, I must say that if you are interested in a photojournalism style to your wedding shoot, there is no better photographer in the Philadelphia area than JPG. They are the best!
The best photographersReviewed on 9/17/2015 Emily H
Photography was the most important part of the wedding for my husband who is a photographer himself. He was blown away by the JPG's services! These photographers take time to get to know who you are as a couple in order to best capture your day and represent who you are. Most of the day you don't even know they're there! We couldn't have asked for a better experience.