A Nerd's Photography Enterprise! Preserving the great moments in my customer's lives and having a darn good time doing it. Let's find that one moment that tells the biggest story. I've been a professional photographer since 2009, specializing in weddings and slowly accumulating biases about what makes a wedding cake great.
I'd be happy to chat with you about any of the above or anything else you'd like to preserve with a professional's eye.
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Brenda · Married on 09/29/2018
Mike is absolutely fantastic! He did both our engagement photo shoot and wedding photos; both of which included our fur children and he nailed it! He made all our family and friends so happy with his charisma and kindness. He even saved me from a mini meltdown. We also had an uncle in town from England who loves to take photos and he was extraordinarily kind to him, allowed him to take photos, and even gave him some tips when most photographers have never allowed him to photograph "their" events. I could go on and on about his pleasantries, but to get straight to the point the photos are priceless. They are beautiful, unique, artistic, and so very clever. The cherry on top; we received the photos so much sooner than expected. Many of my friends were jealous at my lack of having to wait. I highly recommend working with Mike. I think he and all members of Van Gorder Photography are a hidden gem.
Jessica Cotaya Ramirez · Married on 12/01/2018
We’ll get married again so you photograph us again
Planning a wedding ( renewals) is stressful enough, then to have the photographer you book cancel on you is even more like the end of the world to a bride. I luckily have a great network of friends and was introduced to VanGorder photography. I trusted the referral, I reached out , he was available and that was one less thing to stress over. We had agreed he would photograph our wedding from 1pm to 7pm, I thought it was a lot actually but now I'm giving you brides book the photographer for the entire wedding. I figured since we would have a photo booth from 7pm to 10pm, we wouldn't need a professional anymore, I was dead wrong and we request for him to stay longer. Mike was an absolute pleasure to work with , he had such a down to earth personality and was so patient with us when directing us to attempt the perfect shot. Now when I look back at the album , I cry. He captured the moments that where closest to my heart. I wanted to pack him our suitcase so he could have captured our Honeymoon as well. He works really well with offbeat brides, which I'm not but he didn't make me feel I needed to be one to feel beautiful
Claudia · Married on 04/15/2018
SOOOOO..... What can i say, Mike is amazzzzinnnnnggggg..... Our engagement photos were amazing. i love that he lets you be you. that has been the best thing about him. he wants to see your true love, not one that you gets posed for the picture. My husband is silly, and nerdy, so working with mike felt like one of our silly nerdy friends took out pictures. Our wedding pictures were more then i had even imagine. All our family loooooooved his pictures, they have been talking about them all week since we got our pictures. he and his partner were everything. my husband was surprised by how many pictures they were able to get that we didnt even know they were standing there for. It was no nice to see so many smiles and it was awesome to know that mike remembered our "WADE'Em" (inside family thing) from a year ago. I have all but an amazing experience working with him. if you have questions, he answers right away. I mean, he is all around and awesome and amazing dude. SO If you want a photographer that makes you feel at home and not in a lens, make sure you choose mike. THANK YOU MIKE!!!Sent on 05/17/2017
Van Gorder Photo's reply:
Hey folks! Special offer for the wedding wire alumni - book through this fancy gizmo and I'll include your engagement shoot for free! That's a nifty $250 value. We get to do some team building, you get some great shots to use for your wedding invitations and I get to go into The Big Day knowing which is your good side. These things are very helpful.
Plus, most of the weddings I shoot use an engagement pic at their wedding ceremony to show guests where the wedding is.