PEOPLE mean more to us than just taking pretty pictures. We believe our job is to retell your story; whether it's your wedding day, your senior year, or your family heritage, BEAUTIFULLY and flawlessly with QUALITY and creativity. If you are looking for a photography team who knows how to "show you the LOVE" then you have found them!
We (Christina 'Joy' Hopper and Jason Hopper) founded CJ Hopper Photography thirteen years ago out of a spare room in our home in Dinuba, CA that we converted into a studio. We decided in the beginning that this would be a family run business based on generosity and genuine care for people, and have poured our lives into that mission. In 2009 our company had grown to the point that we needed a retail presence, and we moved into Montgomery Square, a historic building in downtown Visalia, CA.
We are very grateful that this transition from a home based, part-time business to a full-fledged retail establishment went smoothly. However, there were not a lot of resources for us when we made the leap, and we knew that other photographers would experience the same kinds of struggles. So, in 2010 we started another photography project called PhotoMenage (House of Photographers) designed to help photographers grow their businesses by providing education and retail workspace. A lot of people thought we were crazy because technically we were helping our competitors. What we found however was by helping other professionals improve their businesses, we all shared a greater level success as an industry. PhotoMenage closed its doors officially in 2016, however the desire to help local professionals do better business still drives many of the decisions we make.
Christina Hopper is the true matriarch of the company. It is her heart for people and her creative vision that has made CJ Hopper Photography what it is. Her greatest strength as a photographer has always been helping her clients relax and show their true selves to the camera. Because of this, her work is not only beautiful, but amazingly personal and real.
Jason Hopper is the company's Photography Technician specializing on lighting and photographic technical support. Having an extensive background in photography himself, Jason knows very well what our photographers need and what would improve the shot in most situations. Jason doesn't assist in every session, but when he does our photographers know it's going to be good. In 2012, our company grew a little larger as Kim Cook, one of our beautiful brides became our second shooter for weddings. Kim impressed us with her natural creativity and expertise as a cosmetologist, and when we put a camera in her hand she became a powerful asset on our team.