Love Letters

Amelia & Erich

Amber was our photographer for our wedding at the end of October. We cannot stress this enough, she made the entire experience absolutely amazing. Her professionalism, creativity, passion, energy, and positive attitude shown through for the entire day. We loved her so much that we extended her hours to stay longer! And that was just her amazing demeanor!

Promptly after our big day, we got a mini preview of our pictures, which was so exciting because we had memories to share right away! She took a great group photo of everyone that attended the wedding. We used this as our thank you card and received so many complements on how fun and beautiful the photo was. The final set of pictures came about a month later and we were absolutely blown away! The images were clear, well shot, and just totally beautiful. She truly captures the day and every moment perfectly. All of the shots that we wanted were included, and the suggestions Amber had for locations, poses, and different angles turned out to be some of our favorites. Also, she had another photographer with her that was able to get really memorable shots of the groomsmen and guys getting ready. Loved all of it!

We highly recommend Amber for anyone considering a wedding or related shoot in the Bay Area. She was incredible and made us feel so comfortable through the entire day. Even our guests kept telling us how impressed they were with our photographer! We will be trying to convince any and all of our friends and family that are looking for a photographer to hire Amber! She's the best!

Brittany & Kevin

Amber was the glue to my wedding. She is not only one of the best photographers out there but she's a necessity to every wedding. You won't find anyone more professional. I wrote a list of all the essential shots I needed, with a proposed schedule for her for the day along with my schedule. She called Me and went over every single detail, and never made me feel rushed. She had very limited time for all the things I wanted during our wedding but she went far and beyond what I expected and got everything I wanted photographed.

It was a long journey to find Amber, it's so hard to know what a photographer like by their website and I wanted something very specific. No exaggeration I looked at every photographer from Big Sur to San Jose and communicated with over 40 photographers, after speaking with her, I knew she was the one. She put my wishes and hopes first, as many photographers I've worked in the past do not and her price is very fair!

It was just so nice to have a photographer so talented and kind with me throughout the entire day. The final images are magazine spread quality. Thank you so much for being such a huge part of our wedding day and giving us so many spectacular images. I can't wait to review you with images on your Facebook as soon as I get back from our honeymoon.

Jocelyn & Jason

Amber was a phenomenal photographer. When I arrived to get ready, she was already outside taking photos of my wedding dress hanging in the trees. Then as the bridesmaids were getting ready, she had all the flower girls come outside and take these interesting and gorgeous photographs using mirrors. The photos were amazing using the reflections of the mirrors to see the adorable little girl’s precious faces. Amber is vibrant and full of energy. So creative. She captured the light of our small chapel wedding perfectly. I can't stop looking at the beautiful array of colors in her photos. Then to my surprise, while the family was inside finishing up wedding photos, she had the bridal party come with her for more photographs. The surprise was the hilarious photographs of our bridal party by the policeman directing traffic for the church crosswalk! It was so well suited and comical for our wild and vibrant group of friends! Certainly something only her energetic, original, and colorful mind would come up with! We had a lovely reception with some exceptional photographs taken and then afterward, we went into my parent’s woods for one last photo shoot of the day, in my favorite place: nature. She captured my favorite places in the woods and my husband's favorite natural places as well. I can't stop looking at the photos she took of our wedding. I knew I could put my faith in De Joy Photography to capture all of our special moments. It meant the world to me not to have to worry about looking up different poses or keeping track of the photographer because she did everything I wanted and then more!!! We are so incredibly pleased with the photographs. Something we will cherish forever.

Clarisse and Andrew

Choosing a photographer is one of the most important decisions that a couple has to make for their wedding. We definitely felt like that we made a fantastic decision by choosing Amber as our wedding photographer. She was brilliant, meticulous and hardworking throughout our whole wedding process, from our engagement shoot to creating our stunning physical wedding album. On our initial call with her, she was super friendly, knowledgeable and gave us some great recommendations of other wedding vendors. We final met her during our engagement photo shoot on Earth Day in Carmel. Of course, having a photoshoot taken by a person that you just met of some of your intimate moments could be very intimidating, but Amber made it a very comfortable and enjoyable experience for us, by utilizing her natural charm and affable personality.

We love her beautiful, brilliant, vibrant, and colorful photography style, which worked for redwood forest wedding. The style was so unique and vibrant, that it stood out from the rest of the photographers out there. Even though Amber was 8 months pregnant during the time of our wedding day, she worked tirelessly throughout our entire wedding day. She even hired two apprentice photographers, at no additional charge, in order to make our big day run more smoothly.

The images on our wedding day turned out amazing, of course. Amber does a terrific job of asking us and our wedding party to pose and act a certain way that felt silly at the time, but trust me, the photos will turnout amazing. Amber also worked with us to create a magnificent wedding photo book. Amber has now became one of our good friends. We also love following her on Instagram stories. It’s fun and uplifting, and it brings a smile to our faces.

Diana & lauren

There aren’t enough words to express how much we love Amber! Our engagement and wedding photos look like they came from a fairytale. Her eye for color, staging, and poses is exceptional. We also loved her assistant, Mama T! Amber was so generous to offer Mama T’s services to us, which we are so grateful for! They made a great team. And somehow made all of our guests look like models :) Not only is she extremely talented, she has an amazing energy that’s so fun to have at a wedding. If you’re uncomfortable having your photo taken, Amber will make you feel comfortable, instantly. She really made us feel special and we can’t stop raving about her. The passion she has for work comes through in the quality of her photos and the care she provides to her couples. She’s really one of the best. Amber is also a great problem solver! One of our bridesmaids wore the wrong color dress, which made us panic a bit. Amber not only edited some of them, but also positioned our bridesmaid in such a way where you can barely tell that she was ever wearing the wrong dress. What a relief! Picking a photographer can be one of the most stressful wedding decisions. Schedule just one call with Amber and you’ll know you’re making the right choice!

 

Also, Diana's lovely mom wrote a review:

I was the mother of the bride, and we financed the October 2019 wedding at the beautiful Sand Rock Farm in Aptos. We planned the wedding for one year and as everyone knows there is an overwhelming number of decisions to be made. Finding the right photographer is one of the most important! We struck gold with Amber! She is the BEST! Our love of Amber began with the engagement photo session in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains. Her fun personality kept the girls laughing and relaxed throughout the photo session and the photos were amazing! On the day of the wedding, she arrived at noon and worked her tail off until 8pm. I don't know how she has so much energy! She was so organized, knowing exactly when and where she wanted to take photos, and she kept us all on the timeline schedule. She kept the brides happy and calm and made all of us laugh and enjoy ourselves. She was quick to post a beautiful photo on Instagram and followed up quickly with a large number of spectacular sneak peek photos we were so pleased with, and could share with friends, family, and social media. She captured everything, and in such a beautiful and creative way. She is definitely a very talented professional and also a wonderful fun human being. I cannot say enough how much we appreciate and recommend Amber. Thank you!

ROBERT & JEREMY

Amber shot my wedding in early October. She did an exceptionally wonderful job and both my husband and I couldn't be more pleased with De Joy Photography.

Amber has such an amazing eye for capturing genuine moments. I am most impressed with her ability to really incorporate the surroundings and make a complete picture--rather than just focus on the subjects! She took the time to get to know exactly what we wanted in our photos and did a masterful job in facilitating us in a natural and comfortable way that ensured we got the amazing pictures we wanted.

On the business side of the house her price for a wedding shoot is fair and she delivered everything she said she would on time and in a professional manner. We even woke up the morning after our wedding and already had a sneak peak of photos! She is an absolute joy to work with and made our experience a lot of fun.

When it was all said and done the photographs that Amber took captured our day perfectly. I would strongly recommend De Joy Photography for anyone looking to capture the moment!

Amanda & Jeramey

Amber was truly amazing. She was creative, kind, hard working, positive, and truly captured every moment of our special day. On the day of our wedding she was prompt, professional, and energetic. The entire day of taking pictures moved smooth and was fun! I had a few ideas throughout the day and she made it happen.

We couldn't believe it when we had sneak peek pictures from our special day sitting in our e-mail the next day! This was such a nice surprise! The day after the wedding we spent time as a couple looking through the pictures and recapping the day. In addition, all of the other wedding photos were completed shortly thereafter. Her turn around was very quick which was nice because we were so excited to see all of the pictures after the sneak peek!

The pictures turned out amazing and we couldn't have been happier with the outcome. We had so many favorites...they all turned out so good!

Amber was great with communication throughout the entire process. We had several phone conversations and she was available anytime there were any questions. We highly recommend using Amber and we wish she lived closer to us so she could do our future family photos! "

Shannon & Brett

Amber is absolutely amazing and her passion for what she does shines through in her work. She photographed our wedding and her and Bobby are the absolute best, they are fun, professional and are truly genuine people. From the first day I met Amber, her personality spoke to me and we are so grateful that she was able to capture such special moments of our big day! If there were more stars, Amber deserves them as she is hands down the best as she wasn't just a photographer to us but became a friend throughout the process!

Jessica & Nicklaus

Amber has a creative eye, an adventurous spirit, and a desire to capture genuine moments through her photography. She is talented and is willing to take risks such as racing a tide, going to llama farms, and venturing through flower fields. My boyfriend and I hadn't ever been professionally photographed before, but we felt at-ease and comfortable--more importantly we genuinely had a fun time! If you are looking for a spontaneous, talented, and creative photographer, then Amber is for you! The pictures she took of us were GORGEOUS, and they are my favorite out of any sets of pictures I have taken with my boyfriend in the three years we have been together. Thank you Amber!

Irina & Jared

A wonderful day captured in beautiful images! My husband and I couldn’t be any happier with our experience with Amber for our wedding celebration at the Hollins House. Amber did a great job capturing every detail of our wedding. I’ve never seen such beautiful photos! Working with her was both energizing and fun - she was great at bringing out the best in us for the photos and went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect! She is such a caring person and made us feel really comfortable in front of her camera. 5/5 will recommend to our friends!

Jodie & Kevin

I can't recommend Amber highly enough! Her photos are beautiful and she is a pleasure to work with. She is very professional and easily adaptable. She really seems to care about capturing your perfect day. Her photos are amaaazing and we are just so so happy with her work. We feel very blessed to have had her as part of our special day!!!

Allie & Alex

Amber was incredible and so was her assistant Photog! She photographed our entire wedding weekend and she was patient with us, fast and TALENTED! Our pictures were turned around quickly and they are absolutely stunning!

Leslie & Eric

Words cannot explain how awesome De Joy Photography is. Amber was an absolute pleasure to work with.
My now wife and I during the planning of our wedding met with multiple photographers in the area but instantly felt that connection and could tell that Amber truly loves what she does. It was a no brained after the interview, that we would be going with De Joy Photography.

Because we were paying for our wedding on our own budget was a big factor to our decision. Amber was very responsive to emails and was willing to work with us as to a package that was conducive to our needs.

I would highly recommend the services of De Joy Photography, and can't wait for the moment when we can hire Amber again for our future photography needs.

You Rock Amber!!!

Shannon & Mike

Amber knows her stuff, she loves people, and somehow manages to be incredibly professional while still so much fun. She understood lighting and composure and was able to create such beautiful images. She was excellent at communicating how to tweak our poses so that everything looks just dreamy. She really keeps an amazing upbeat and fun attitude even while drudging through rivers, climbing through fields, and up hills to get the perfect shot. Amber was so easy to work with clear communication from day one, very responsive and organized. Really a JOY to work with *wink*

Amy & Jim

First of all, I want to call her as a true artist with sheer professionalism and gifted talent, and warm heart. If someone want to work with top-rated creative and natural light photographer, I want to tell this: she will be the one of best for you.

Every time I saw her photos for our couple, it reminds me of how she is exceptionally talented to deal with lights, winds, shades and captures the beauty of nature like no one ever did before.

Second, if you are very shy and think yourself a not-a-camera type, she is the one photographer who makes models be most comfortable and a friend of camera. I chose her because her previous portfolio is so beautiful and filled with humor, love, warmth altogether. I wished I could be in her heart-warming photos and she proved me that everyone can be natural in front of camera and a photogenic model if he/she work with her.

Third, her professionalism on all process made all things workable, reliable, and creative. She always arrived at the meeting place before us and prepared photo session with all diligence to make the day best. (She even brought a glitter dust to make photos more vibrant!)

Thank you Amber giving us good memories and working with us.

Brittany & Neil

Amber's work and personality is AMAZING! Her and Bobby, photographed our wedding this past March and I couldn't be happier! thanks to her my husband and I have gorgeous photos to cherish for the rest of our lives. Not only is her work perfect but she is also professional and wonderful to work with! We had so much fun shooting all the pictures! If you’re looking for a wedding photographer look no further and go with De Joy Photography!

Amanda & Cody

This review is a long time coming, I'd like to give 10 stars please. I got married May 2017 in Soquel and Amber was our photographer. Our first meeting was in the summer of 2016 at a fun little coffee shop and after talking to her a brief amount of time, I knew she was the perfect match for my husband and I. She was all that I was looking for in a photographer - relaxed, chill, fun, open to any suggestions I had, and made me feel so comfortable. I booked our date at our coffee shop meeting and never had any hesitation in doing so. We spoke a few times months before the wedding and a few more times the week leading up to my wedding. My family booked a house to stay at for the weekend and the photos online of the house seemed like it would be a great spot for a pre-wedding family photo session and our first look pics but that turned out not to be the case. I was freaking out but Amber came to the rescue and had two other suggestions for us close by. The one we picked, which was next door to our venue, was amazing! She did everything she could to get the perfect shots, from our first look pics, to our final wedding day photo. We had a few special requests to get some candid pics of our 2 yr old son and she nailed it. Our son stole the show during our wedding reception and she caught it all on camera. When we viewed all our photos, about 4 weeks later, they were vibrant with color, imaginative and creative, and 100% exceeded our expectations. Amber is such a sweetheart, do not hesitate to book with her! She has an incredible, special eye for photography and it shows! Thanks again Amber, I will reach out for our next family event.

Megan & Jeff

Amber was truly wonderful - she is fun and easy going and takes gorgeous pictures! Amber took our engagement photos (me, my fiancé, and our dog Cassie) and did a fabulous job. She suggested a great time to meet and we had great lighting for our shots. She was able to quickly get to know me and my fiancé and understand the vibe we hoped to achieve in our pictures. Amber was great working with our dog (who was quite hyper during the shoot) - she was patient and able to get Cassie's attention for some awesome shots!

Amber turned our pictures around quickly and I could not be more pleased with the results. We are so lucky to have such wonderful engagement shots - couldn't recommend Amber more highly!

Kerry & Victor

Words cannot express how amazing she is. I picked amber through my wedding coordinator list. She helped way beyond just taking pictures. She helped my coordinator find a location as well. She had no issue getting dirty or wet. Not to mention she is so creative!!! She was always thinking of new poses and different locations to take pictures. She listens to everything I ask for and deliver. If you are looking for the best wedding or any photos ever you need to hire her. I live in Texas and flew to California for my wedding. I trust her 120%.

Liana & Angelo

Amber, this woman is a miracle worker! She is so talented and so amazing to work with! Amber is lighthearted, warm, and has a great sense of humor! She was Superwomen! Her commitment to getting the shots and working closely with me made my entire wedding day a thrill!

Amber made me feel so comfortable and she stayed so connected to me throughout the day without being oppressive or distracting! She has a gift and anyone looking for the perfect wedding day photographer should look no further!!!

Lastly and most impressively, she skillfully managed my rowdy knuckle headed bunch and was able to capture some of the most beautiful shots! I can't express how beautiful her work is and how amazing she was to work with throughout the entire process! Thank you Amber you made me feel like my most beautiful self!

Ceci & JJ

We were so lucky to find and use Amber's amazing talent for our wedding in Pleasanton, CA. The experience from the start was fantastic, she was easy to communicate with, asked the right questions of the style we wanted and what we didn't want. She was fun to work with, reliable, honest and talented. She went above and beyond to help us find great locations and made us look fantastic! Her ability to wrangle our large family into the right shots was fantastic as they are a tough bunch. She captured great expressions and made us look like models. I think Amber will become the favorite photographer among our family. We recommend her and would use her again! Thank you Amber for capturing the memories of our big day.

Nina & Matt

Amber was so amazing. She was energetic and adventurous, just like us. She made our Elopement so fun and captured us as a couple perfectly! Easy to work with and very responsive to correspondence throughout the process. You can certainly tell she loves what’s she does.

Emily & James

I truly can't recommend Amber enough. She's delightful, encouraging, and will rally even the most stubborn family members for picture time. I was very nervous to take our engagement pictures, but she made me feel so comfortable and her energy outlasted both of us. Her attention to detail means she has everything covered - even the things you hadn't even thought about. More than anything else, I completely trust her, which is a wonderful feeling. You won't regret it! Also, absolutely get the wedding album package. You get to pick the pictures and she puts it together. Admit it, you won't take the the time to make it yourself. It's worth it!

Melissa & Jeff

UGHH- what can I say about Amber other than she was an amazing photographer, a wonderful person to have at my wedding, and made me feel like a damn Disney princess.

I was so stressed out prior to the big day, but having her there helped me so much. She knew what she was doing, directed my awkwardness, and got such beautiful and vividly *happy* pictures. I couldn't be more thrilled with our pictures and our experience with her. Thanks so much Amber!!

Erika & Danny

Amber was absolutely AMAZING! She is so skilled at what she does and our wedding photos turned out so very beautiful. If you want magazine worthy photos, book Amber for any of your photography needs!

Neha & Sean

Amber has been great for our engagement photo session! She's an absolute pleasure to work with. Her response time is literally less than 2 mins no matter what time of the day it is (no kidding)! We had initially planned for a weekday but she reached out to me and informed that it would be raining heavily that day. Very thoughtful of her to change the dates and make sure we have a good weather. She has a well detailed contract to make sure everything is communicated well in advance and there is no confusion in what you should expect. At the day of the shoot, she was there right on time and remembered most of my Pinterest board pics that I had sent earlier. We very initially awkward but she made us feel so comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. 10 minutes into the shoot and we were laughing and just being ourselves. After the shoot, she was very quick in sending pics and made sure we have enough time for selecting for editing. Ladies and gentlemen, look no further than Amber! I can assure you'll have a great time with her!

Michele & John

I had a simple outdoor wedding, and I can't put into words how incredible Amber was at capturing the essence of that special day. The joy, the laughter, the love, the memories.... frozen in time for us to go over time and time again and relive that glorious day. She was so easygoing, was great at directing us to capture those perfect pictures, and full or life and energy. It is obvious that she is passionate about what she does, and would not hesitate to recommend her as a photographer. She takes extraordinary pictures, and I am so thankful that we chose her to photograph our wedding.

Andrew & Austin

We asked Amber to be present before our same-sex wedding ceremony and during/after. Amber is working very hard to build a great business and absolutely will NOT have a problem! She's phenomenal. Amber captured some fantastic candid photos, as we requested, and identified some fantastic moments including natural light and artificial light (she carried a tripod-mounted flash everywhere and was ready for that perfect shot at any moment!). At one point my husband and I were standing by a tree and Amber was completely down & covered in the sand at Carmel Beach because she had a vision of us against an old Cypress and it turned out truly awesome. She will go to any length to get you exactly the shot that will warm your heart. Additionally, Amber was VERY patient with our time and flexible with our wedding ceremony. She was extremely generous of her time and was smiling and laughing the entire time. We truly had a fantastic time capturing our special day with Amber at our sides. Amber's bubbly, fun, but extremely professional personality won us over. You will feel as though you're the only people in Amber's world that matter. I highly recommend De Joy Photography!!

Kat & Audrey

Amber was just AMAZING! She has the right mood and perfect personality for making pictures extraordinary :). We highly recommend her! Besides getting awesome results that we have shared with family and friends around the world. We had tons of fun catching one of the best days of our lives, YAY :)!

Olga & Roma

We could not believe how amazing it was to work with Amber – wow! She captured the proposal perfectly to the point I tear up every time I look at the images. Her editing style is nothing like the rest as it’s timeless, colorful, and full of emotions. We received the images a week AFTER! What! I can’t wait for her to photograph our wedding in Carmel this year as I know our moment will be photographed perfectly. Thank you Amber – you are the best!

Kristy & Brett

Amber was the perfect photographer for our special day! She was energetic, creative, open to our suggestions and made the process simple and fun!! We couldn't be happier with the moments she captured and highly recommend you trust her for your wedding or any special occasion!

Gracie & Mike

She photographed my wedding and I am absolutely satisfied with her work and customer service. She showed up at the time she said she would. Very kind. Friendly and professional. I highly recommend her.

Zahraa & Ammar

Amber is so talented! I LOVE her!! She is so amazing, and so sweet! My husband & I loved all her work and her energy, as well as my wedding guests. Throughout the entire wedding she was taking nonstop photos, there were times that she took out me and my husband to the backyard of the venue and took some phenomenal photos! I wish I could repeat my wedding so we could do these photos again! If I had another event and for future events I would book her again!

Emily & Pete

Amber was amazing to work with and I would highly recommend her for any professional photography. My fiancé and I hired Amber to take our engagement photos at Baker Beach. We had never really taken professional photos together, but she put us at ease and the photos couldn't be more perfect. Just take a look at her website and you'll see her amazing work. Not only is she a blast to hang out with during the shoot, but also her ability to catch us in the right light and find the perfect settings for our photos was exactly what we were looking for. She's also very flexible in planning and quick to respond. Just a wonderful person to work with end to end.

Amy & Thomas

Amber is so fun to work with! We love her energy and enthusiasm. She has such a good eye for things and it shows in the final product. She is attentive, observant, professional and creative. We absolutely loved our engagement photos and cannot wait to work with her again for our wedding!

Lyssa & Daniel

We couldn't be happier with our experience with Amber. We had unexpected rainy-day weather, and she took the most beautiful pictures to capture the day. She was so flexible and accommodating, and was GREAT with my step daughter. She was the perfect fit for our wedding, and I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Jill & Terry

Amber is phenomenal! Photography is absolutely stunning! Fun, loving, and energetic personality! Handled the bridezilla in me beautifully! Could not have picked a better photographer!

Addy & Nick

She has amazing talent and works so hard for what she obviously loves. If you have a chance give her a call!

 

De Joy Photography specializes in Wedding, Engagement and Bridal Boudoir Photography in the Central Coast and beyond.

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