Joseph Victor Stefanchik's career as a documentary wedding photographer began in 1997 after being approached
by a close friend. She asked, “Can you photograph my wedding the way you capture stories for the Morning News?” At the time, he was a staff photographer at The Dallas
Morning News and the majority of his assignments included visual story telling from around the globe. Angola, Africa to York, Pennsylvania his goal remained the same, show people what they
cannot see. He applies that same philosophy to his wedding photography.
Highlights in JVS's photojournalism career included winning the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award for International Photojournalism as well as being named a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
JVS began his studies in photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York and furthered his education by attending the School of Journalism at Western Kentucky
University. The combination of a commercial-fashion start further refined with an education in documentary photography, led to his abilities to capture real moments,
in real time.
Anne Farrar-Stefanchik started documenting weddings with JVS Weddings seven years ago. A graduate of Ohio
University's Visual Communication School, Anne worked for several newspapers as a photographer, designer and most recently a photo editor at The Dallas Morning News.
Her time at The Dallas Morning News allowed her to work and edit some of the finest photojournalists in the industry. She's edited political conventions, the Olympics, 9/11 disaster,
the ongoing war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.
In 2006, Anne celebrated a Pulitzer Prize team win as a photo editor at The Dallas Morning News for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Anne left the newspaper industry in 2005 and joined JVS Weddings full-time.
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