Based In: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Business Attributes: Asian Owned, LGBTQ+ Owned
Photographer: PHERN JOY


Based In: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Business Attributes: Asian Owned, LGBTQ+ Owned

Oh hey – I’m Phern! I’m an intimate wedding & elopement photographer.
Just a regular muggle doing witchcraft with a camera. Mountains are my thing, but traveling anywhere & experiencing cool things are a close second.

I am not just another photographer, and you are not just clients. We will be sharing a very intimate milestone, and we have to create an amazing experience together. This experience and our connectedness is what’s going to deliver a stunning gallery that perfectly tell your story, all the details, and alllllll the emotions that lead us to your day!

I’m based in Grand Rapids, MI & specialize in elopements, intimate weddings, and artistic portraits. I’m available for travel nationwide, and to date have captured couples in New York, South Carolina, Colorado, and Oregon.

I’ve been practicing in the photography industry since 2012, and have been a part of the wedding industry since 2018. My style is a mix of journalistic & fine art with true-to-life colors.

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series is the reason why I believe in magic. It’s not as visual as performing a spell, but if you look, you’ll see it’s all around us! The soft touch of someone you are in love with. The prayers that are answered. The laughter of children. The resilience of those recovering from trauma. The incredible landscapes of this world. That magic can be captured in photographs, and I want you to see yours.

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Phern was everything and more that we could have hoped for in our photographer. Not only is she excellent at her craft, but she is a friend to her clients. She made me feel so special during our engagement and wedding photoshoots. Phern goes above and beyond when making sure that you are confident and comfortable during your shoot, and helps you stay on track throughout your busy wedding day! She was so caring and genuine, and is a great friend to this day. Her photos are phenomenal, she has such a unique ability to capture the moments that you'll never want to forget. When I look back at my wedding photos, I think of how happy I was that day and how much I love my husband, but I also remember how great Phern was. When you're on the search for a wedding photographer, remember that the photographer you choose will share some of the most intimate moments you'll have on your special day. Choose someone that will add to the environment, keep things light and fun, and take some AMAZING pictures of you and your hunny! Choose Phern Joy!

Haley J.

My husband and I have been working with Phern for the past 10 years! When it comes to getting our photo’s done, we couldn’t imagine anyone else doing it. So when we got engaged Phern was the first person I thought of, and the only photographer I reached out to. We had to make sure we had her as our wedding photographer no matter what! Phern is so down to earth, and so easy to work with! She makes us feel so comfortable behind the camera, and somehow gets my husband to cooperate! She makes sure to capture everything, and more. She always provides above and beyond when it comes to quality and quantity! Not to mention her second shooter at our wedding was just as amazing and accommodating when it came to capturing all the right moments! This girl is beyond talented, and will always be our go to photographer! Thanks for making our wedding day so amazing!

Brandi G.

Phern is the most adventurous, down to earth and talented photographer we have ever met. If you like to have fun, you will love having Phern with you on your big day! We instantly clicked at our first meeting and booked her right on the spot. We love her editing style and ability to capture the little moments we wouldn't have even thought of asking for. She provided excellent service and an even better product, not to mention the number of photos she provides is insane! We are so happy to have met Phern and are blessed to have started a beautiful friendship. We will continue to hire Phern to capture all of the special moments as our life progresses.

Sara A.

I've known Phern since high school and I have had the chance to see her grow and blossom into the incredibly talented photographer has become. When it was time to find a wedding photographer, I knew exactly the professional for the job. First of all, I love Phern's editing style. The use of focus and color gives the photos emotion like you are reliving the event every time you look at them. She has a nice mix of candid and posed photos so even as someone as unphotogenic as me looks beautiful behind the camera. Phern does not hesitate to go above and beyond. During my wedding, I realized that no one in my bridal party knew how to bustle my dress and Phern sat down her camera and bustled my dress so I could head to my reception. Not only a great photographer but a great friend too. Her prices are incredibly reasonable as well. I would not hesitate to book Phern in the future.

Katie B.
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