Kind Words

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Here’s what our recent clients are saying about us!

WeddingWire.com – Tom Vo Photography

Yelp.com – Tom Vo Photography

 

Tom did an AMAZING job photographing our wedding in August. I first heard of Tom through browsing through wedding websites and sample photos at various venues around the bay area. I was immediately drawn to his style of photography. It so happened that he was also a preferred photographer at our venue of choice. I took this as a sign that he was meant to be our photographer.

When my husband and I first met Tom, we were immediately captured by his cheerful personality, positive attitude and his passion for photography. He was also extremely flexible throughout the process and was happy to work within our budget. During our engagement photoshoot Tom got us through everything very smoothly and he knew exactly what we was doing (even in 100+ degree weather that day!). On the day of the wedding he was timely and very accommodating to our videographers (we asked four of our friends to do this, so they were not at all professional). Being a preferred photographer for our venue, he knew the staff, was familiar with the timing/flow of events and knew the best places for photos.

When it came down to designing our wedding album, Tom included 2 extra pages for free since he wanted to fit as much of my favorite photos as possible.

Overall, we really enjoyed working with Tom and couldn’t have asked for a better, more talented photographer. Thank you, Tom!!

~Jen Y. (San Jose, CA bride)

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“Tom Vo was one of the first wedding vendors my now husband and I hired. We originally met him at a wedding fair in Santa Clara, which would have otherwise been a huge waste of time, but if it wasn’t for that we might not have met Tom.
Judging by the way Tom presented his work and his business, we could tell he put a lot of time and effort into what he does. After the fair we set up a consultation to go over the different package options and to review his portfolio. We were impressed!

Good photography is expensive, but we found Tom Vo to be an extreme value for what you get. We researched many other photographers and didn’t find anything of remotely the same quality for the same prices. There are so many “trendy” photographers these days who charge way more and you end up with photos that look “Instagrammed.” It might be cool now, but Tom’s style is both modern and timeless.

As far as working with Tom, he was great! In addition to photographing our wedding, we also had an engagement session last Fall. He’s very personable and was good at making our guests feel at ease. His assistant Kimber was awesome too!

Most importantly, we just received the files of our wedding photos (ahead of schedule to boot!) and they are fabulous! As someone who is typically very picky about photos of myself, there are so many shots that I love! I know my husband and I will always have fond memories of our wedding day and are so glad that we picked Tom Vo as our photographer.”

~Nicole A. (Almaden Valley bride)

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“My husband and I could not be happier with the amazing service Tom provided!! We hired Tom to photograph our wedding this past July and engagement photos last November…they were incredible!!! We could not be more thrilled!! Not only is Tom unbelievably talented, but he has the best attitude of anyone we have ever worked with…he is full of positive energy and makes the whole experience truly enjoyable! We feel blessed to have met Tom and will always be grateful for the beautiful photos that we’ll cherish always.”

~Lindsey S. (Palo Alto bride)

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“We just received our maternity photo session pictures from Tom and are SO happy.  He is an amazing photographer and his way with children and people, helps to bring out the best and it shows!  My husband is not a fan of the camera but Tom made him feel so relaxed that he was able to capture the most incredible pictures.  He has such a creative eye and really knows how to work with lighting.  We have received many compliments on the pictures already and can’t wait until the baby is born to schedule a newborn session.  If you are looking for photographer for a wedding, maternity, newborn photos, or just family pictures, I highly recommend Tom Vo.  Thank you Tom for capturing family memories that we will have to treasure forever!”

~Rachel S (Gilroy parent)

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“Tom is absolutely a fabulous photographer! He was a joy to work with form the beginning. Tom is so organized with making sure that he had the names of all the people in the wedding and who were important to us to have pictures of. Tom scoped out our location to make sure he had the perfect lighting. He found some great shots that I would not have thought of. I’ve been getting nothing but complements at how good our photos turned out. His prices are very reasonable. My favorite was that tom texted me a few pictures right away. That way we had pictures to look at on our way to our honeymoom. Tom’s a great guy and got along very well with my guests, I would definitely use him again”

-Stephanie L (San Jose bride)

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“We hired Tom to do pictures of our little family: myself, my husband and my 7 month old baby. Tom was awesome. He knew exactly the right spot for the shots, was very enthusiastic and energetic and was just wonderful. He was very quick, took about a million shots and had them to us within a week. When they arrived, the pictures were amazing! He does such great work. Check out his website! He’ll be doing more pictures for us soon!!”

-Jen S. (San Jose parent)

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“I chose Tom as my wedding photographer and I am so glad I picked him. From beginning to end he went all the way for us. He captured every moment and went even above and beyond what he had to. Tom is professional yet friendly and so easy to work with. He makes you feel comfortable and relaxed and let me tell you brides..you know how important that is. He makes you feel like a queen! His pictures are so amazing; its obvious that he loves what he does and knows what he is doing. Tom and his assistant Stephanie made my day so special and I will forever be thankful.”

~ Jackie S. (San Jose bride)

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“Tom is a fantastic photographer! He was very enthusiastic throughout our shoot and very pleasant to work with. He made us and my daughter very comfortable. He found the perfect location and captured so many amazing moments. We were thrilled with the results and I will cherish all these pictures forever. His prices are very reasonable. He also gives the client a dvd copy of the pictures which is so amazing. And, he is very efficient at the shoot and after with providing the DVD, prints. We definitely want to work with him again in the near future. Thank you again Tom for the incredible pictures!!!”

-Archana A

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“From the very beginning, Tom made me feel extremely comfortable with everything. This was important for me since I had no experience in hiring a photographer. He was very down-to-earth and listened to what it was I needed. He provided all of that as well. He is an excellent businessman, which I believe is really important for wedding planning. I’m very keen on being prompt and quick in responding to my emails and Tom was available every time. On the day of the wedding, him and his assistant were amazing. He captured amazing photographs. They worked well with our family and friends during the candid shots. I am truly happy having done business with Tom, not only because of his amazing talent, but also his personality and charisma.”

~ Pam J. (Saratoga bride)

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“Amazing photographer!!!! We hired Tom Vo to take pictures of our son and his cousins this weekend and the pictures exceeded our expectations in every way. Tom has an amazing talent and gifted eye to know the perfect location that suits your needs, the perfect angles and backgrounds, and the ability to make magic while photographing children! Added to that is Tom’s spirited, yet professional, personality that makes you feel comfortable and enjoy the event. He can even make two serious toddlers giggle and smile with the blink of an eye! I guarantee you will not be disappointed with Tom’s work – he’ll document your event in the most special and amazing way! Thanks Tom – we WILL be back next summer with more babies in the family!”

~ Stacy K. (West Linn, OR parent)

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“What a great experience! My daughter Meilani and I were searching for a good photographer in Santa Cruz area to do Meilani’s senior pictures. Well, we were very pleased with what we found with Tom Vo Photography. Tom Vo was very accommodating with our schedule very professional but yet had a wonderful way of making you feel very at ease and comfortable. The session did not feel rushed he took time was very attentive to detail and enthusiastic about making sure to get some great shots. Everything was great from the photo session to ordering the proofs and receiving our portraits so timely. From what can sometimes be a hectic time Accolade made the whole process so easy. We had a great time and highly recommend Tom Vo Photography!”

~ Bonnie C. (Stockton parent)

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“My wife and I hired Tom to take pictures of our newborn baby girl largely because of the favorable reviews on Yelp. We certainly were not disappointed. In fact, family and friends continually ask us, “Wow, who did those?” Tom arrived at our home and spent about two hours with us. The original plan was a 90-minute session, but Tom was extraordinarily patient when our baby 1) peed on my wife, 2) seeped umbilical cord gunk on my shirt, and 3) screamed. In fact, we were thinking that the whole shoot would be a disaster given how tough it was to keep her (the baby, not my wife) calm. But Tom captured some truly amazing stuff. We had hoped for a handful of decent pictures. We got at least a half dozen homeruns. Tom’s prices were fair and certainly better than some of the high-gloss, big-city wedding photographer types that are on Yelp and online. We were able to retain all of our raw photos in the end, which was huge, as well as a batch of prints as part of our package. Would definitely call Tom again as our daughter grows older.”

~ Erik A. (San Jose parent)

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“I can not say enough wonderful things about Tom with Tom Vo Photography! Tom took portraits of my husband, me and our two dogs and they came out fabulous! Tom was so easy to work with and seemed more like we spent the afternoon with a friend than a photographer. About six months after Tom took our “family portraits” one of our dogs passed away. However, Tom was able to capture that special moment of all of us together and every time I look at her picture on the wall, I smile. We will be sure to use Tom for all of our future photography needs.” ~ Lindsey E. (San Jose family)

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“How can you help but smile back when Tom is behind the camera? Tom took some great photos of our family of toddler twins and a 4 year old. It takes a lot of patience and entertaining to get smiles out of three young kids at the same time. But he did it! Tom has also photographed a Halloween party for our twin club with great success. He even showed up with a costume on! But what’s the bottom line? Price- he is sooo reasonably priced. We save a bundle.”

~ Wendy L. (San Jose mom)

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“My wife and I had a fantastic experience with Tom Vo photography at our wedding. We met with about half a dozen wedding photographers before we met Tom from Tom Vo Photography, and were not impressed with any of them. Both my wife and I knew within a few minutes that Tom would be our photographer- he had a very calming presence, beautiful artistic samples of his work from previous weddings, seemed so enthusiastic about his work, and seemed to really care about providing top-notch photography for our wedding. None of the other photographers we met with even came close. Tom lived up to our expectations and more. He did a lot of homework before our wedding to make sure that the day would go smoothly. We met with him again to look for photo locations to shoot in between our ceremony and our reception. He scouted out the church that we got married in, the restaurant that we had the reception at, and the downtown area nearby for potential photo locations. Tom and his assistant Peter came to our wedding rehearsal to meet our friends and family, so that they would know the people they would be photographing, and the wedding guests would feel comfortable with the whole process. Many of my wedding guests commented on what a great job they did on our wedding day. The wedding coverage was very thorough, including the preparations, pre-wedding at the church, the ceremony, group shots, a shoot of my new wife and I in the old town square and other locations, and the reception. Both photographers worked hard for over seven hours, taking thousands of shots. The real amazing thing is how fast Tom got the photos processed and displayed online for us. Just two weeks after the wedding, there are over 1200 edited photos up on the website for us to choose from for our album. The quality of the photography is top-notch. There are a great variety of different shots, very artistically done. Tom and Peter have a great eye and captured all the fun and emotional moments we had celebrating our wedding with family and friends. Looking at the photos really brings me back to our wedding day, and I look forward to enjoying our wedding album in our years ahead. I highly recommend Accolade Photography for your wedding. We are very fortunate that we found them, and have such a great photographic legacy to remember our special day.” ‘

~ Brian Vuillemenot (Los Gatos groom)

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“We worked with Tom Vo in obtaining pre-wedding ceremony pictures. We did it at the last minute, simply based on looking at samples on his website. He also seemed to offer his services at a very reasonable fee, compared to other vendors that we looked at. He turned out to be a wonderful selection. He is friendly, laid-back, makes you laugh and easily creates a very casual, pleasant atmosphere. Yet at the same time he is extremely professional and takes a massive number of shots. We held our wedding at Stanford Memorial Church, and had our shots taken in the Oval and around the church. He was the perfect person to choose for that environment, as he knew the location well and picked sites for their lighting and background. Tom is a stand-up guy, energetic, friendly, professional, earnest and a pleasure to work with. We recommend him without any reservations.”

~ Erik Y. (Berkeley groom)

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“Tom Vo is a wonderful Photographer. He is enthusiastic, flexible, creative and HIS PHOTOS ARE AWESOME ! He is the first and only one I call when we have a school event . He does all the Photography for Our Preschool.(Action Day University location in Saratoga). Tom gets even the shy children to smile and enjoy themselves on picture day. He comes out during special events for Santa photos, Donkey ride photos, black and white western photos, and Halloween photos as well. You can sneak a peek as one of them is posted on the Children’s page of his website.”

~ Heather K (Saratoga parent)

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“Where do I begin. We have been taking family portraits for over 17 years now and these are the best photos and best experience we have ever had. We had so much fun and it shows in our photos!! Our photographer was so professional, yet FUN and made us all feel very comfortable. We will definitely use Accolade Photography in the future for all upcoming events we have.”

~ Selvete M. (San Jose parent)

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“Over the years, I have used many photographers in the Bay Area to take our annual family Christmas picture which resulted in frayed nerves, upset children, and sticker shock. Patience, congeniality, and value appeared to be lost virtues in the photography business. What a pleasant surprise to discover Tom Vo Photography. They took their time to get the right shots and where terrific with our kids…no meltdowns! We received so many great proofs, it was difficult to narrow down the selection without breaking the bank. I was speechless when Tom sent me a CD containing all of the high resolution images taken at the photo shoot and wanted me to choose the picture sizes. Five days later, I received a complete picture package from their photo lab. I called Tom and told him there must be some kind of mistake because I felt I didn’t pay him enough money for his services. He explained that the CD and photos were included in his low all inclusive price. I still can’t believe it! Tom understands the soul of service and how to provide value to differentiate himself. I will be definitely use Tom Vo Photography again!”

~ Todd Chipman (Willow Glen parent)

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“The photos look AWESOME- lots of very interesting and artistic interpretations, as well as the more traditional wedding poses. I especially like some of the panoramic shots you did- those will look great as an 8X20 or 12X30 enlargement on the wall! The fish-eye lens shots looking through the restaurant window are very cool as well. You were even able to make my family look happy together, which is quite an accomplishment! I can’t believe how many shots you took- Brian and I will have a difficult time narrowing it down to about 50. We’ll have to go over them tonight and this weekend and narrow it down. Thanks so much to you and Peter- you definitely provided us with a great photographic legacy to remember our special day.”

~ Tenesa Garrison (Los Gatos, CA)

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“When you see his pictures, it is hard to explain but he can capture the moment and the feeling of his subjects so well. His photos give me the chills they are so well taken! The lighting, the background he chooses the way he is with kids is remarkable. You will be truly satisfied with your pictures, whether it is for a wedding, a sports event or just to see how beautiful you are he is the photographer for you. He really loves what he does and it shows!” ~Yelp.com Review

~ Giovanna Mason (San Jose, CA)

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“Tom has taken family portraits and a sweet 16 birthday party for us. Tom takes beautiful pictures and is super easy to work with. He makes you feel comfortable. Tom is not pushy and fun to work with. I would highly recommend him.”

~ Angie A (Woodside, CA)

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“I had a wonderful experience with accolade photography and would work with them again for any special occasion. They are very professional and will do their best to make you very comfortable. They have a great creative vision and produce beautiful, memorable photographs. Highly recommended!” ~ Lauren D. (Walnut Creek, CA)

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“Tom photographed our wedding photos and now our family pictures. He is so energetic and naturally captures the moment. He is very personable and professional.”

~ Lisa T. (Larkspur, CA)

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“Photographer is the best. We had 11 people in our photos and all of us look great and had a great time taking them. He is very easy to work with and takes a lot of fantastic pictures. We had a really hard time choosing which ones we wanted to order. Will only use him in the future.” ~Leslie D (San Jose, CA)

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“Hi Tom, Thanks Tom!  The photos came out great! Thanks for all your great work capturing the rugrats :)” ~ Linsey Krolik (Saratoga, CA)

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“Dear Tom, Thank you, thank you! We received the wedding CD and slideshow CD in today’s mail.  It’s our month anniversary and watching them brought me to tears. We just can’t thank you enough for your talented and artistic photography!” ~ Melanie & John (Los Altos, CA)

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“Tom – Thank you for some great pictures. We believe we got the family portrait we were looking for which is great news and it will make a great Christmas card. We were really impressed with how the photo’s turned out and especially how great you were with Riley and Owen.” ~ Matt and Aimee Steckmest (San Jose, CA)

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“I hired Tom Vo (Tom Vo Photography) for my maternity photo-shoot. I though it was a great idea to capture this special moment in time. I can not explain how great Tom was with us! My son was a 4-year-old at the time and it was hard to keep him still, but Tom managed to get many beautiful shots. I was truly impressed with his style. He did everything very fast and he was very efficient. It was so easy to work with him. And the best part – he delivered my beautiful photos incredibly fast, within a few days to be exact! I am so happy I found him back then when I did my search. I still have many of those photos framed in my living room (even though I am no longer pregnant) – and I always get tons of compliments on those. I definitely recommend Tom Vo Photography to all my friends. ~ Larisa M. (San Jose, CA)

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“Got a chance to look over the ceremony photos and they look GREAT! Can’t wait to go over them in more detail! The photos ARE absolutely lovely!!! Thanks again so much for being our photographer and making our day so very special with your GREAT attitude! I am so looking forward to putting albums together of all our wonderful memories that you captured for us!” ~ Bethany and Brian (Saratoga, CA)

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“Awesome photographer, super easy to work with. He’s really passionate about photography. :)” ~ Jessica S. (San Jose, CA)