Paul Van Hoy II
Paul D. Van Hoy II Recognized in 2015 as one of the top 25 professionals in the wedding photography industry Paul D. Van Hoy II is no stranger to accolades and acclaim. In 2007 he earned recognition as Microsoft's "Photographer of the Year" - and later that year was awarded the same distinction by Creative Quarterly Magazine. In 2011 Van Hoy also published his first book on wedding photography Wedding Photojournalism | The Business of Aesthetics.
I live in a beautiful loft in downtown Rochester with a temperamental tabby cat named Indy, who I’ve been patiently training how to ride a unicycle, just kitten! I love that I can walk a few blocks from my front door and immerse myself in the city’s rich culture and annual music & arts events such as Rochester’s annual Jazz Fest and First Fridays at RoCo and The Hungerford. As a food and lifestyle photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to photograph many popular area eateries and enjoy exploring our city’s culinary arts and cuisine scene. I’m a huge fan of Thai, Indian, Ethiopian, sushi and anything covered in batter or doused in hot sauce. I also enjoy cheesecake and a nice smoky scotch or a frosty root-beer float. When I’m not shooting or editing photos, I often head out to Durand Eastman to walk along Ontario beach, hike trails, and document my mini adventures on my iPhone—which is one of my absolute favorite things to do. (If you’re interested, follow along with me on Instagram @pvanhoy.)
My Style and Approach
To put it in formal terms, my style blends the authenticity of photojournalism, the alluring mystique of fine art, and the eye-catching elegance of editorial photography. But there’s something that I think makes my work even more special: my desire and ability to connect with my subjects on a personal level.
My couples appreciate that I possess a genuine interest in them and their lives, and making that real, personal connection certainly helps put them at ease before the camera. I’m not the kind of photographer who stands discretely at the edge of the room and shoots from afar. I’m 6’5” and carry a large camera, so inconspicuousness has never been an option for me. I like to interact with my clients and my subjects. I prefer to mix and mingle with everyone and dive right into the celebration that’s brought us together. This helps everyone relax—and that means I can capture more interesting, authentic and story-telling images.
In my view, we are all family on that day—and when I give hugs and say my goodbyes at the end of the night, I want everyone to know me as Paul, rather than “the wedding photographer.”