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HOFFER PHOTOGRAPHY

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I have written text messages to the Hoffers themselves and to so many of my friends, Facebook and Instagram captions, and email after email about my experience with the Hoffers, but I have yet to write an official review. My husband and I got married about 5 months ago, and I have already started crying writing the first few sentences of this review. “Gratitude” does not even begin to explain my feelings toward Amy and Tony, who are not only the most talented, creative, funky photographers in the world but two incredible souls that we consider true friends. The photos from our wedding (and from our engagement session) are stunning. There is no other word for them. Every time I open our album or click through our Facebook pictures, I lose my breath, because we look like ourselves in EVERY. SINGLE. SHOT. You can feel the emotion in every single photograph. How is that even possible?!

When we were planning the wedding, the most important things we were looking for were the music & the photos. We went to Amy and Tony’s house to meet with them (the 2nd photography team we met with) and I started crying in the driveway as we left, saying “I cannot believe we found them.” I just felt so lucky, and we texted them less than an hour later (before we even got home) asking for the contract. I felt like they *knew* us, and that made me feel like our wedding day would feel comfortable, authentic, and easy. And, it was. It really was. Tony and Amy are so funny, cool, easy-going, positive, and goofy that every session felt like the best date ever. I forgot I was being photographed and instead just felt like my best self, enjoying the moment with the love of my life. AND THE RESULT IS MAGICAL. MAGICAL.

To give you an idea of how impactful Amy and Tony are, one of my strongest memories of the wedding was in the quiet moment after putting on my wedding dress. My mom left the room to go gather the bridesmaids, and it was just me and Tony. I finally took a deep breath and said “I’m getting married.” I started shaking and smiling and feeling EVERYTHING all at once. It was spiritual and powerful and I just remember thinking, “What would this be like if any other photographer was here?” I was able to have that special moment, that feeling of being a BRIDE, 100% genuinely and authentically. I felt like I had a moment to myself, even though Tony was there, because Tony made me feel so safe and comfortable. And now I have it in a picture that makes me cry every time I see it. I could go on and on about this but the reality is, Tony and Amy are artists that see PEOPLE. They are empaths that use their gift to create beautiful pieces of art that you will treasure for the rest of your life. They see moments that others don’t see. They capture feelings in their photographs. No staged nonsense, no Pinterest trends; true, beautiful, raw, real emotions of the people you love. What else could you ever want.

UPPP! – Unrelenting Pursuit of Photographic Perfection! The Hoffer’s are a rare combination of talent and personality that meld together like peanut butter and jelly. A synergy that immerses any situation involving people, pictures, and life with fun. Our initial encounter with the Hoffer’s consisted of home made chocolate chip cookies washed down by a hoppy IPA. I can’t think of a better first impression. We talked about photography, but more importantly, we chatted about life, pursuits of happiness, life stories, and of course the cool furniture Tony makes in his “spare” time. The quality of experience with them is unmatched and will surely be a lasting memory and mark on our engagement and wedding. We are thrilled to recommend Amy and Tony, as Hoffer Photography, to anyone that is looking for the most artistic and right-side brained photographers out there. If you are looking for professionals who pair true art with a continuous drive for perfection, the Hoffer’s are # 1. If you are looking for an engaging photographic relationship to complement your devotion to a lifelong commitment, the Hoffer’s are #1. If you are looking for any correlation of humans and pictures, yeah the Hoffer’s are absolutely #1. Let’s not forget their expedient, if not spastic delivery of our photos. Blog – 2 days. Proofs – 2 weeks. Album design – 2.5 weeks. You will not find a better set of talented artists matched to the work ethic of a 19th century industrial assembly line worker. We are enthralled with their services (and Farid!!) and look forward to new experiences with the Hoffer’s by our side (Baby bumps anyone?) Thank you for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and for shooting our amazing moments, now suspended in time.

First of all, Ken and I would like to thank you and Amy for the absolutely amazing photos you took during our trip on St. John. The photos of us running around the island are extremely special to Ken and I. It was so surreal to experience the island all over again and make new memories in the spots we first visited a few years ago when our relationship was still so new.

And our wedding photos. My goodness. I don’t even know where to begin with those. Ken and I knew they would be nothing short of incredible, but we were left speechless (except for gasps each time we scrolled down the blog entry to reveal the next photo). We are really, really just beyond thrilled with the photos we have seen. We both said to each other, “I can’t believe these are our wedding photos.” Each time we scroll through the blog post (and we’ve probably scrolled through about 87x by now), we feel like we are reliving every special moment of that day.

We ran into Ken’s family at the St. Thomas airport yesterday (they went to St. Thomas after the wedding and stayed there the rest of the week), and they said the same things about the photos. A lot of “SO cool’s” and “Oh my gosh’s” :)

Secondly, aside from the photos themselves… We knew pretty early on after our engagement that we wanted to do a destination wedding and do something a little different. And once we made that decision, the next most important thing to us was making sure we hired someone to visually document that location. Choosing a place like St. John, we knew we had to make sure we hired the right people who had the talent and experience to be able to capture the beauty of the island. Ken and I made such a great decision bringing you and Amy with us for this adventure. You both kept us completely at ease every step of the way. In both of our professional lives, we plan and manage creative on a daily basis (similar to wedding planning, apparently!). There’s a certain level of specific, inevitable stress that comes with that. With both you and Amy, we had zero worry, zero stress, and complete trust in both of your creative visions and decisions. And I, being a professional logistics freak, felt so comfortable with you two traveling to the wedding, knowing you and Amy have both traveled extensively, for work and for fun.

Choosing St. John, and choosing you two to photograph everything, were probably two of the smartest decisions we made with this wedding. You and Amy work SO well together. Of course, Ken and I have an appreciation for couples who can work together :) We truly felt that you were both just two of our friends hanging out, taking some photos of us and the island. We’re not sure we can thank you enough for helping make it such a wonderful experience for us.

Photography has always played an important role in Jimmy’s and my life. I’m not sure if this is because we are afraid of losing our memories in the future and want something tangible to look back on, or simply because it’s such a beautiful form of art and captures timeless memories and moments you can never recreate…Possibly it’s a mixture of the two. Regardless of why we love photography so much, we are so thankful we do, because this was our most important decision to make throughout the wedding planning process, (besides marrying each other) and our “pickiness” led us to you. We are incredibly thankful for that.

I don’t think we could ever put into words how truly thankful we are that you have been such a huge part of the past 18 months of our lives and such a special part of the most amazing day of our lives. That being said, I’ll attempt to put it into words…From the moment we met you, we were taken back by your hospitality, kindness, amazing talent, and overall professionalism. We felt as if we met up with lifelong friends over cinnamon buns after a consultation with the two of you. We knew at that moment, we wanted you to capture this special time of our lives, and that no one else could even compare.

Then we really met you. When you took the time to drive to Bangor so that we could trespass into barns and jump into a pond fully clothed, we thought, once again, you were friends from a past life. I mean, it’s possible, right? The way you could make us laugh and feel comfortable while sweating profusely is a true, God-given talent. I can recall so many times Jimmy and I would say to each other, “Tony and Amy are clearly amazing at what they do, but they are just amazing people.”
You guys are. You are amazing people with amazing personalities. God just pours out of you. He is so apparent in your lives, and the two of you just beam with love, gratefulness, and humbleness.

Now, onto the wedding day (and all of the moments leading up to it)….I wish I had a better memory so that I could share with you all of the specific compliments Jimmy and I have received on the photographs you took of us and how awesome you were on the day of the actual wedding. People will come up to me and tell me they have never seen such beautiful photography in their life and be referring to one of our engagement pictures. Today, in fact, a friend of mine told me she “just stared for 10 minutes in awe” at the picture of us by the pond. She was in bewilderment, as so many people are when they see your photos. You have to know your talent is truly amazing stuff, but the way you carry yourselves is the most humble I have ever witnessed.

Tony and Amy, your assertiveness and decisiveness made the day so organized and made us feel as calm as possible, despite the ridiculous nerves we had running through our bodies. I can’t imagine the day withOUT the two of you. You were just perfect to have there, by our sides, directing us what to do. The thing that sticks out most in my mind however, is the confidence and trust Jimmy and I had in you. There was not a moment, glimpse of a second, or thought in our minds that doubted you. THAT is priceless. With so many things to “worry about” on our wedding day, Jimmy and I can confidently say we had 100% trust in you guys. We knew you would make whatever situation we were given the best it could possibly be. We knew whole-heartedly that the two of you would end up providing us with the most beautiful pictures we would ultimately have to look back on for the rest of our lives together. (I’m pretty sure there was a 1% hope that it would rain, JUST so that we could get a cool rain shot.) hahaha

When we were in Antigua, Jimmy and I most certainly stalked your blog, like we’ve done almost every day since we’ve met you. On Wednesday (the day our pictures were promised to be posted), we had a catamaran trip booked. It was an all-day excursion, so you can imagine our “sprint” to the internet cafe after exiting the catamaran that afternoon. There we were, in our bathing suits, burnt to a crisp, slightly buzzed from their rum punch, looking at these photographs. We were laughing and crying at the same time. After we looked at the page about 12-13 times over, we decided to head back to our room, only to use our phones and look at them all over again. Every single time we passed the internet cafe that week, we stopped in and took a look at your blog. In that small portion of pictures you posted on the blog, you were able to capture such sentimental, heart-warming moments. I can only imagine what you’ll have for us in entirety.

All in all, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You two are truly amazing people and Jimmy and I are incredibly grateful for you and all of the hard work you’ve done for us. Ultimately however, we are thankful for meeting such incredible people. We feel truly blessed to have met you, learned from you and gained a friendship. It’s unfortunate we don’t live closer because Jimmy and I hope to continue our relationship with you….whether it’s shooting maternity photos or meeting up for a beer the next time we happen to be in the Downingtown area, we’re confident our lives will cross paths again. Jimmy and I could only be so fortunate.

Thank you times a million. You guys mean the world to us. Thank you for helping make our wedding day such a perfectly amazing memory for the two of us, along with all of our closest friends and family.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I am both speechless and screaming at the same time. First off, how you guys pull this out so fast is mind blowing. Second, I don’t even know how to describe how incredible the rest are!! As an avid follower of your blog I thought I knew what to expect, but no. I know I keep repeating myself but you two are truly the second best thing about this whole wedding experience, after marrying Nico of course. Every shot is better than the last. You made us look so great its pretty surprising and incredible. Definitely the best we’ve ever looked in photos. I thought the one you initially posted would be “the best” but there is no best I cannot choose. I don’t know what else to say other than that I cannot wait to see you guys again at our wedding!! If you are interested in hearing some comments from our friends and family they have been: “EPIC”, “SO you”, “SO New York,” and “the ice cream truck shot is so great!” “tender AF”

I don’t have the words to say just how amazing Tony and Amy are. There is not one photo from our wedding day that I’m not madly in love with. We’ve been married 72 days and I still look at our wedding photos every single day because I can’t get enough of them!! Every single guest has told me how stunning our photos are and how they’ve never seen wedding photos as gorgeous as ours. The moments they capture take me back in time, back to that exact moment of happiness and love and for that we are forever grateful. And a side note – Tony and Amy are so awesome and fun and witty you don’t want them to leave at the end of the night.. simply two incredible people with an amazing vision!

There were so many small and incredible moments that you captured that I wouldn’t have recalled on my own. If you had blinked, you never would have seen them. Like when I turned to my friend Kelly during the ceremony to acknowledge that I used the bottle of wine that she made for us for the wine box. Or my reaction to when my Great Aunt told me ‘she wasn’t getting fresh’ when she was inserting the hanger straps into my dress. And there are so many moments that you captured that only we are privy to, like the photo you snapped of me consoling Todd after he told me about a difficult conversation he just had. To others, they look like beautifully captured photos of a joyous occasion but to us they are so much more. These photos tell a story, they are perfectly captured memories – captured by two remarkably talented individuals with extraordinary timing and unimaginable vision.

I cannot thank you both enough. I never would have remembered all of what occurred throughout the day without you there documenting it. Seeing your photos truly changed my entire perspective of the day and for that I am beyond grateful.

Thank you for capturing it all – double chins, mouth wide-open singing and looking like a complete nutter, I love each and every one.

Thank you.

When I say that I have had an unhealthy obsession with the Hoffers’ work I’m not kidding. I began following them back in 2008! As time went on, the photos kept getting better and better, and they were getting more and more popular: I was worried they would be out of the wedding business by the time I was ready to get married. Thankfully they were still doing what they do best and they were my first concern on the date was set. I was so happy when we booked them, because I knew that it was the best choice we could make. The one thing you leave you wedding with is your memories, everything else goes away and the photos help you hold onto those memories forever! The work that they do is absolutely amazing and unique. Which is crazy that they can find a way to make your photos unique for how many clients they have! To say I love my engagement and wedding photos is an understatement. I don’t even know the right words! Amy and Tony work so well together, people keep telling me how they looked like they were having a great time while working. Which I think helps guests and the bridal party relax and get even better pictures. Everyone is in love with the photos! We also used version of a photo booth, the guest cam. It was amazing! I know this review isn’t doing them all the justice they deserve but I think I still have wedding brain. They are amazing and you need to book them!!!

We can’t say enough about Hoffer. From our first inquiry through the issuance of our wedding photos everything has been professional, on time, and the photos are unbelievable. We made he inquiry for our wedding date and were teamed up with Jim Heine. He is lovely to work with. Such a gentlemen and truly so passionate about his craft. He got down and dirty (and sweaty) during an unseasonably warm engagement shoot in September for us. Then for our wedding in May, he and his assistants caught literally every memorable moment without being instructive at all. The only downside is that now we have so many great photos to choose from we don’t know where to begin! Our photos are so unique and just truly beautiful. What a way to remember our special day!

Hire the Hoffers (Tony & Amy). That is all. In all seriousness, our engagement and wedding photos are so spectacular! My husband and I met with the Tony and Amy after my friend recommended them to me. I was in the process of reviewing other photographers’ work/style and put a lot of effort into the search because I knew that having amazing photos of my wedding was one of the most important things to me. As soon as we left our initial meeting with Tony and Amy, we weren’t even in the car before I told my then fiancée, “those are our photographers, we are signing the contract when we get home.” Amy and Tony make you feel like you are old friends (like seriously you want to be their besties), which makes the shooting experience fun, carefree and results in the most incredible photos. I think that is one of the things that makes them unique, you feel so comfortable around them that the camera seems secondary, you don’t even realize they are getting all of these amazing shots of you because you are just “hanging out”. You can also feel that they are just as invested as you are in making sure you having memorable photos and that makes them so special. We just received our wedding photos and I started tearing up. Through their photos it is like reliving the whole day over! For me this was amazing especially in regards to the reception photos since there are so many moments that are a blur since it goes by so fast. What we love so much is that Tony and Amy captured so many candid moments at the wedding/reception, so you actually get to see what an amazing time your guests had and you feel the joy. Plus, their photos just make the bride and groom pop! If you want photos that are NOT going to be run of the mill, static, typical wedding photos: pick the Hoffers. If you WANT creative, colorful, imaginative, candid shots: pick the Hoffers. Invest the money in your wedding photos and go with Tony and Amy, they are just the best!

Our entire wedding was planned around Hoffer Photography being there. Our first order of business when we got engaged was finding out their availability, and we booked everything else from there. Every expectation we had of Tony and Amy was far exceeded. From that very first meeting with them at their house, we knew it was the right fit. My husband didn’t understand why I was so adamant that we have the Hoffers, but after he met them, he got it. There’s definitely something to be said for enjoying your vendors as people, and Tony and Amy are great people that you’ll love to be around! On your wedding day they make you feel so comfortable and yourself, and that reflects in their product. They capture you – your expressions and emotions – in such a creative, beautiful and unique way.

You can tell who we are as people in our photos. Nothing they do is cookie-cutter. Everything is catered to who you are. Hiring them was the best decision we made in our whole planning process. Not to mention we got two new friends in the deal! If you’re still not sure if they’re going to be the right photographers for you, my best advice is to just go meet them. Set up the introductory meeting, go to their house and eat delicious fresh baked cookies, and just talk to them. You’ll never look back.

The photographs from Tony & Amy Hoffer are so fantastic, I’m nearly speechless. Their artistic style blows everyone else out of the water. As soon as I saw their website, I wanted to hire them immediately. Then we met them and knew instantly this was the team for us. We were having a non-traditional wedding, and this really played up their style. Tony took pictures of me getting ready and Amy took pictures of my husband getting ready. They made ordinary backgrounds and objects look extraordinary. We had our first look and they really captured every emotion we had. They were so kind with us, told us how to pose, and really made us feel comfortable. They snuck around in the background during the wedding so we barely knew they were there. The pictures that came out of this wedding are so perfect, I will only hire the Hoffers in the future. And I will only recommend them to anyone else. Everyone has been emailing me saying how they are blown away by our photos. Just take a look through their portfolio. There’s no going back after that. Thank you for making our wedding perfect.

I don’t think Jamie and I can express in words how happy we are with the decision we made to have you photograph our wedding. You guys made us feel so comfortable and at ease. You were by our side through out the entire day not only taking pictures but just there for us to calm our nerves, make us laugh and remind us what the day was all about. It was like we had known you for years. Just writing this email my eyes are tearing up just thinking about it all. My dad commented about how professional and top notch all our vendors were; my response was that’s what you get when you hire the best of the best. :)

THANK YOU for EVERYTHING!!!!

My friend tells me that we need to expand our decor to that which is not our own semblance. We disagree. He thinks if someone were to happen upon this home, not knowing us, it would appear as if we had some unhealthy obsession with the people in our photos. In a way, he’s somewhat correct. We are obsessed with ourselves when depicted in Hoffer photos, and we are immensely grateful. Ever since we saw your work, we knew that if we could swing it, we’d have the most beautiful engagement and wedding photos. We still receive compliments, and a new coworker of mine is infinitely jealous, for he “tried to book the Hoffers,” but he waited too long.

All the time and planning devoted to weddings ends in one fleeting evening. With your photos, we have been able to make the event last forever. You both made us feel extremely comfortable, and we had a wonderful time working with you. The album has also garnered the highest of compliments from all who enter our home. Thank you so much for everything.

These photos are &$*!ing awesome. That’s all I got to say.

(This review was slightly edited)

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