About Me

 

Hello and welcome... It took me several  years to realize I had a true creative side even after many people told me my photography was beautiful and that I should do something more with it. I enjoyed taking photos on vacations as a child and continued taking photos throughout my high school years. Later I took wedding photos for a few friends while in the military and carried a camera with me while deployed to Somalia. Still, I never thought I would become a photographer. In November  2012 I lost my wife , Jenn, in a car accident and I left my Project Management position to be home with my kids. I finally listened to that voice that kept telling me I should go for it and Focus on the Valley Photography came to be in 2013. Photography is my passion and it has become a full time business for me. I don't just do this as a hobby or for fun. I've told many people throughout my life to do what they love and it will never feel like work. Although the photography business is not at all as glamorous as some might think,  I do love the opportunities I'm given and the things I get to do.

 

One of my favorite parts of this business is getting to meet the  many people I work with. Whether it's the family of a bride and groom gathered together for their special day, a senior about to graduate high school, or a small family just starting out that wants to capture the amazing memories, I am fully committed. I strive for excellence and I continue the learning process throughout the year.

 

During the past 2 years I have had the opportunity to work with several special needs clients. For many families, the thought of going out and getting family photos or individual photos of their child is a nightmare. Most are worried that it will be too much trouble for the photographer or that it will be a waste of time. I am so happy that I have been able to let these folks relax, showing both compassion and tenacity while performing my duties. I have seen parents cry tears of joy when they have received images that they thought were impossible to capture.

I am extremely blessed to be able to do what I do. Since becoming a photographer I have been able to explore new places, meet great people, and put joy in people's hearts. Please tell me how I can help you. - Jon Bridgan

Reviews

 

Jesse and I want to thank you so much for making our day so special and fun. All of our friends and family are amazed at how great the wedding photos are and how many different poses and onsite locations there were to choose from. We have so many favorites we may need a whole room in our house dedicated to wedding photos! Prompt, quality service and great product, besides being very friendly and fun... what more could we ask for?

Katie P.

Jon is the best photographer I have ever worked with. He keeps sessions fun and exciting and makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera. He recently took photos of me to celebrate my upcoming graduation from Shenandoah. As we were doing the shoot, he gave me sneak peeks at the pictures and I was blown away with how they looked, which is a big deal to me because I never love pictures of myself. Jon is down to earth and willing to do what it takes for you to get what you want out of your session. I highly recommend using Jon for any event or photo session you may need!

Kierstan T.

Loved the excitement Jon brought to the session. Not a single moment we weren’t laughing. Def. recommend for any need ❤️

Lacey H.

Jon is a great photographer with a wonderful sense of humor. He really has in eye for scenery and poses. Our photo shoot was a very pleasant experience. It was so much better than being in a studio. He really wants to make sure the customer is happy so he asks for input the whole time. He is true professional. I will definitely be using him again and will recommend him to all my family and friends!

Erica M.

Hopefully Jon will be known across the Nation for his photos. He knows how to take pictures and shares that with everyone who wants to learn and sell pictures to those who don't have time to learn for themselves. Keep up the good work Jon.

Rick S.

Great eye for finding the best in everything... Makes everything fun... Awesome people skills, especially with the group of people we were with... Energetic... Can't say enough about the whole thing.... Anyone reading this needs to be booking him for their next event... ASAP!

Ron J.

We had the chance to have our boys' photographs taken by Jon, and we are so happy! He captured every ounce of our sons' personalities in the images and every one brings a smile to our faces. Not only are the photographs wonderful, he is quick to respond and to answer any questions. Thanks, Jon!

Bre B.

Jon is not just a wonderful photographer, he is a great person! He always will have a smile on your face when he is taking pictures guaranteed!!!

Allyson M.

Jon took some wonderful pictures of my granddaughter. He is the kind of person you can meet once and right away know he is a good guy!! Would certainly recommend him for any photography needs!!!!

Nancy R.

I've taken a number of classes with Jon and love his thorough yet laid back method of teaching. Nothing is ever a "dumb" question and answered seriously. If he doesn't know, he'll get back to you after he researches. He's always quick to reply when texted or emailed. His photography is beautiful and I feel I can learn a lot from someone with an eye for the detail he manages to get in his pictures. I will definitely use him for our next family photos!

Antonia S.

Thank you so much Jon for the beautiful photos you took at Maple Hill Arena. Your work is breathtaking. I couldn't be any happier with how they turned out!

Stacy A.

Love Jon's work, and the fact that we had so much fun getting the pictures taken is added bonus!

Kelly K.

Jon has photographed our grandkids several times and really captures each child's personality. At Christmas he photographed the entire family while holiday chaos was all around. The pictures were gorgeous and will be treasured.

Gina F.

Jon did my son's senior pictures. I could not be more happy. He is an amazingly talented photographer. Book him now before it is too late!!

Jennifer J.