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Van Gons Photography

Hampton , VA
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Hampton, VA 23666 US (map)

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717-623-8550

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Photographers capture what they see in the world. How they see it is governed by their perspective, a perspective shaped by life's events. And it is through life's events that have... Read more
Photographers capture what they see in the world. How they see it is governed by their perspective, a perspective shaped by life's events. And it is through life's events that have tbrought them the people they know and love today. Because of them, I see beauty. Because of them, I see joy Because of them, I see love. And so I shoot...

What sets each and every one of us apart from the rest of the world are the little details that make us who we are. No two pictures are ever the same for that very reason. A smile, a glance, a subtle touch… even silence. How are these moments interpreted? Defined by your personality and captured through my imagination and creativity, we transform these moments into photographs- little pieces of art that form and capture the very essence of your story.

What is my philosophy? Plain and simple, I capture what I see. I believe that life is unscripted- so should your photographs. And because we all have a voice, I make sure that yours is deliberated through my work. And so whether it’s the observed, the unscripted, or the deliberate, share with me your story… so that I can help you share it with the world. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Van Gons was the best choice I made for my wedding (aside from my groom, of course). This review is overdue, and I have had my pictures to look at over and over again for the past 6 months and I still love those pictures! I relive the day every time I look at them. I searched many photography websites looking for the style I wanted at a price I could afford. -- most photographers can give you the posed shots you want, sure, but Van Gons has a way of capturing the raw candid emotion in people's expressions throughout the wedding and receoption in such a beautiful way. It's obvious from her portfolio of work, and that's why I picked her. She did not disappoint! In addition to the stellar photography work, which cannot be overemphasized, she was extremely professional, promptly responded to any and all questions, and was overall very personable and delightful to interact with. I'd recommend her to anyone and hope myself to have the opportunity to hire her again for something!
Van Gons was the best choice I made for my wedding (aside from my groom, of course). This review is overdue, and I have Read more...
Van Gons was the best choice I made for my wedding (aside from my groom, of course). This review is overdue, and I have had my pictures to look at over and over again for the past 6 months and I still love those pictures! I relive the day every time I look at them. I searched many photography websites looking for the style I wanted at a price I could afford. -- most photographers can give you the posed shots you want, sure, but Van Gons has a way of capturing the raw candid emotion in people's expressions throughout the wedding and receoption in such a beautiful way. It's obvious from her portfolio of work, and that's why I picked her. She did not disappoint! In addition to the stellar photography work, which cannot be overemphasized, she was extremely professional, promptly responded to any and all questions, and was overall very personable and delightful to interact with. I'd recommend her to anyone and hope myself to have the opportunity to hire her again for something! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Excellent photographer. We found her on Craigslist, but the pictures on her website were so well done that we were sure she'd be out of our price range. Turns out, she's a GREAT value. We can't pick our favorite pictures because there's too many to choose from. She and her team were very friendly and polite. We never noticed they were there during the ceremony or reception, even though there are several shots that are face-on. Worked well with our guests and bridal party, even though a wedding is a crazy and sometimes stressful event. She was prompt with replies, although sometimes my emails didn't seem to make it to her. Follow up was not a problem, though. We live out of town and she went out of her way to help us schedule an engagement shoot when we were in town.We loved working with her, and would do it again in a heartbeat. I'd definitely recommend her.
Excellent photographer. We found her on Craigslist, but the pictures on her website were so well done that we were sure Read more...
Excellent photographer. We found her on Craigslist, but the pictures on her website were so well done that we were sure she'd be out of our price range. Turns out, she's a GREAT value. We can't pick our favorite pictures because there's too many to choose from. She and her team were very friendly and polite. We never noticed they were there during the ceremony or reception, even though there are several shots that are face-on. Worked well with our guests and bridal party, even though a wedding is a crazy and sometimes stressful event. She was prompt with replies, although sometimes my emails didn't seem to make it to her. Follow up was not a problem, though. We live out of town and she went out of her way to help us schedule an engagement shoot when we were in town.We loved working with her, and would do it again in a heartbeat. I'd definitely recommend her. Read less
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Virginia Bride & Groom
Wedding:
5/27/2012
4.8/5.0
Our full review doesn't fit in the space provided by weddingwire - please see http://goo.gl/0wHxw

We were married in May, 2012, but we first worked with Van for our engagement photos. We loved working with her, as she was amazingly helpful given that it was our first "photo shoot." She helped us get into positions and try things out, but she never pushed us into doing something we didn't want to do, and she was always up for trying something we thought of. She was positive, energetic, and kind.

We decided to book her for our wedding, including a bridal session (2 hours), rehearsal dinner (1 hour), and the whole wedding day (11 hours).

During the wedding events, Van was always early and she even stayed later than she needed for two events. We were running behind for the bridal shoot & on the wedding day at the very beginning, but she did not add to the stress of the weekend, instead staying positive. In all honesty, the hair & makeup artists showed up late on the wedding day, so Van didn't have very much to do when she arrived. Instead of hanging around and asking questions, she went to work after checking in with me, taking my dress, my bouquet, and shoes into another room and taking the artsy photos I was hoping for.

During the events, we did not want a photographer to be "in the way," but we never had to tell Van this - she was directive when needed (posing everyone for the big group shot with 100 people was no big deal for her!), but during the toasts, first dances, and on the dance floor, we barely noticed her!

We were very pleased with the pictures. She perfectly captures the emotions, the feel of the events, the overall scene, etc.

The only negative with Van was confusion around the resolution of the images Van sent us. See the full doc for details. All in all, we would recommend her whole-heartedly for any event!
Our full review doesn't fit in the space provided by weddingwire - please see http://goo.gl/0wHxw

We were married Read more...
Our full review doesn't fit in the space provided by weddingwire - please see http://goo.gl/0wHxw

We were married in May, 2012, but we first worked with Van for our engagement photos. We loved working with her, as she was amazingly helpful given that it was our first "photo shoot." She helped us get into positions and try things out, but she never pushed us into doing something we didn't want to do, and she was always up for trying something we thought of. She was positive, energetic, and kind.

We decided to book her for our wedding, including a bridal session (2 hours), rehearsal dinner (1 hour), and the whole wedding day (11 hours).

During the wedding events, Van was always early and she even stayed later than she needed for two events. We were running behind for the bridal shoot & on the wedding day at the very beginning, but she did not add to the stress of the weekend, instead staying positive. In all honesty, the hair & makeup artists showed up late on the wedding day, so Van didn't have very much to do when she arrived. Instead of hanging around and asking questions, she went to work after checking in with me, taking my dress, my bouquet, and shoes into another room and taking the artsy photos I was hoping for.

During the events, we did not want a photographer to be "in the way," but we never had to tell Van this - she was directive when needed (posing everyone for the big group shot with 100 people was no big deal for her!), but during the toasts, first dances, and on the dance floor, we barely noticed her!

We were very pleased with the pictures. She perfectly captures the emotions, the feel of the events, the overall scene, etc.

The only negative with Van was confusion around the resolution of the images Van sent us. See the full doc for details. All in all, we would recommend her whole-heartedly for any event! Read less
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Haribongo
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Van was awesome on our wedding day. She was there early in the morning all the way until we closed the dance floor. Our photos turned out beautifully, capturing our special day. I couldn't be happier!
Van was awesome on our wedding day. She was there early in the morning all the way until we closed the dance floor. Our Read more...
Van was awesome on our wedding day. She was there early in the morning all the way until we closed the dance floor. Our photos turned out beautifully, capturing our special day. I couldn't be happier! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Van did an excellent job with both our engagement and wedding photos. She is easy to work with, personable and professional. We truly enjoyed working with her and appreciate her quality work. I would highly recommend Van for anyone wanting beautiful photos, finished in a timely fashion and done with great rapport!
Van did an excellent job with both our engagement and wedding photos. She is easy to work with, personable and Read more...
Van did an excellent job with both our engagement and wedding photos. She is easy to work with, personable and professional. We truly enjoyed working with her and appreciate her quality work. I would highly recommend Van for anyone wanting beautiful photos, finished in a timely fashion and done with great rapport! Read less
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kseachrist
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Simply can't say enough great things. Totally professional, wonderful to work with on our special day. Worth every penny & so much more!
Simply can't say enough great things. Totally professional, wonderful to work with on our special day. Worth every penny & Read more...
Simply can't say enough great things. Totally professional, wonderful to work with on our special day. Worth every penny & so much more! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Van is an amazing photographer!!! She has a great personality, is very professional, and provides excellent photos. She was always available to answer our questions and provide suggestions when needed. We chose to have more candid photos during our wedding and Van listened to our requests/suggestions and provided us with an amazing selection of photos. We had a great time working with her and all of our friends and family loved her as well! We definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for an engagement/wedding photographer.
Van is an amazing photographer!!! She has a great personality, is very professional, and provides excellent photos. She Read more...
Van is an amazing photographer!!! She has a great personality, is very professional, and provides excellent photos. She was always available to answer our questions and provide suggestions when needed. We chose to have more candid photos during our wedding and Van listened to our requests/suggestions and provided us with an amazing selection of photos. We had a great time working with her and all of our friends and family loved her as well! We definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for an engagement/wedding photographer. Read less
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Mariana
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Van is amazing! She captured the moments, the details, the emotion... We couldn't have made a batter choice. She took all the family shoots I wanted, plus additional artistic shots that I feel in love with. I know when I look back at my wedding pictures in 30 years they will still look amazing and classic. I also loved the fact that she took pictures of most of our guests, and not random pictures of the awkward guy out of place drinking in the background; she took great shoots that showed how happy and moved our guest were (a lot of people made their pictures their profile picture on Facebook).
Regarding presentation, depending on your package you will get "something", we got 2 CD in a magnetized case they look very well done unlike anything I had ever seen.
I can't say enough to rave about this artist, I know for a fact that whenever we are in need of a professional photographer to Van we will go!
Van is amazing! She captured the moments, the details, the emotion... We couldn't have made a batter choice. She took all Read more...
Van is amazing! She captured the moments, the details, the emotion... We couldn't have made a batter choice. She took all the family shoots I wanted, plus additional artistic shots that I feel in love with. I know when I look back at my wedding pictures in 30 years they will still look amazing and classic. I also loved the fact that she took pictures of most of our guests, and not random pictures of the awkward guy out of place drinking in the background; she took great shoots that showed how happy and moved our guest were (a lot of people made their pictures their profile picture on Facebook).
Regarding presentation, depending on your package you will get "something", we got 2 CD in a magnetized case they look very well done unlike anything I had ever seen.
I can't say enough to rave about this artist, I know for a fact that whenever we are in need of a professional photographer to Van we will go! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
How can I put it more simply than we LOVED working with Van? We worked with her for both our engagement session and wedding, and we were more than pleased with the results. Van is very easy to work with, professional, and amazingly talented. Unlike many so-called wedding photographers, Van is able to capture all of the emotion and excitement of a wedding - or any event - in her photography. We cannot recommend her highly enough!!
How can I put it more simply than we LOVED working with Van? We worked with her for both our engagement session and Read more...
How can I put it more simply than we LOVED working with Van? We worked with her for both our engagement session and wedding, and we were more than pleased with the results. Van is very easy to work with, professional, and amazingly talented. Unlike many so-called wedding photographers, Van is able to capture all of the emotion and excitement of a wedding - or any event - in her photography. We cannot recommend her highly enough!! Read less
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mrscin918
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough how much my husband and I think of Van. She was an absolute joy to work with. She did both our engagement and wedding photos, and for both she came with creative ideas for poses and really took the time to get a variety of shots. On our wedding day, she was up for anything. She met us (my bridesmaids, mother, and I) at the salon first thing in the morning and stayed until the very last moment at the reception, even snapping some photographs in the parking lot! I knew the photos were going to be great, but when we recieved the discs I was truly amazed. She captured every single moment of our day, in a way I think only a photographer of her high caliber can do. There was a beatiful mix of posed shots of the bridal party, to poignant candids at the reception. Without a doubt, Van was the best wedding-related decision my husband and I made.
I cannot say enough how much my husband and I think of Van. She was an absolute joy to work with. She did both our Read more...
I cannot say enough how much my husband and I think of Van. She was an absolute joy to work with. She did both our engagement and wedding photos, and for both she came with creative ideas for poses and really took the time to get a variety of shots. On our wedding day, she was up for anything. She met us (my bridesmaids, mother, and I) at the salon first thing in the morning and stayed until the very last moment at the reception, even snapping some photographs in the parking lot! I knew the photos were going to be great, but when we recieved the discs I was truly amazed. She captured every single moment of our day, in a way I think only a photographer of her high caliber can do. There was a beatiful mix of posed shots of the bridal party, to poignant candids at the reception. Without a doubt, Van was the best wedding-related decision my husband and I made. Read less
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