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MY BACKGROUND

Hi there! I am PJ (Pieter-Jan), the adventure-loving, camera yielding dude behind PJ van Schalkwyk Photography. I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Fort Collins, Colorado. I'm really thankful that you stopped by! I am originally from South Africa and my photographic journey started in 2012 in South Korea where I was teaching English. Over the course of 5  years, I traveled to several countries with my camera, developing documentary storytelling skills and I was even published by prestigious publications such as National Geographic. Since 2017 I have been living in Colorado where I have been busy photographing many couple's elopements, portraits, and weddings. I was also lucky enough to marry the love of my life Diana in 2018  in Colorado.

MY APPROACH & STYLE: I  always show up on time and I will never leave early, and I work very hard. I don't take myself too seriously, it's about your day and not about my Instagram grid or portfolio. I consider myself to be an easygoing and friendly person and it seems that my clients do too! It's important for me to deliver beautiful and meaningful images to you, but making sure your day is relaxed and does not have any unnecessary stress is also a very high priority for me. I will give you all the photos I take in high-resolution, without watermarks and I deliver a lot, in black and white, and in color. I prefer to keep my photos natural, but I also use my own lighting where necessary or where I see it creatively applicable.

If you would like to book me, find out about my pricing, and if you have more questions, please get in touch with me via the "Contact me" page. I would love to hear from you. 


Client Testimonials

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Trisha & Marc Wedding: Pastures of Plenty

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"If you’re searching for a wedding photographer in Colorado, PJ is the one! From the start, PJ took the time to get to know us as clients and was so easy to talk to. His calm demeanor and witty conversation helped ease any nerves and camera shyness. He was up for any adventure and handled all the curve balls we were thrown. Our engagement session was in Rocky Mountain National Park in January, and somehow even with 20 mph winds he made us look like models. His pricing was fair and fit right within our budget. PJ was meticulous, well-organized, and stuck to his schedules and timelines for photo editing. He was easy to reach and had great communication. For our wedding day PJ was able to catch all the must-have shots and more, even as a solo photographer. Our photos ended up being the perfect set of natural poses and candid shots, which all felt effortless. PJ’s photos are truly a work of art and we will cherish them forever!"

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Katie & Kyle Wedding: The Vista at Applewood 

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"We had a great experience working with PJ, he’s very professional and would highly recommend using him! He took so many amazing shots and is a talented photographer and it shows in his work."

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Edward & Erica: Stone Mountain Lodge

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"PJ's professionalism and flexibility was integral to making our big day a success! Highly responsive to diverse forms of communication. His easy going, yet confident attitude made us feel comfortable and at ease. Highly recommend!"

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Sierra & Nathan Elopement: Lost Gulch Overlook

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"PJ photographed our elopement and we couldn't have picked a better photographer. He did a great job taking candid shots and captured the essence of every moment. PJ was personable and professional which made the experience very fluid and comfortable. I highly recommend PJ for your photography needs. I mean just look at the pictures!"

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Matt & Kimi Elopement: Rocky Mountain National Park

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"PJ made our wedding elopement so easy and fun. We had such a wonderful time hiking in Colorado with him to get the most spectacular photos we could have ever imagined. The weather was a little all over the place that day but PJ made us feel comfortable and confident that he would deliver fantastic photos regardless, and wow did he ever. I can't recommend him enough. He was respectful, professional, and just a joy to be around. We can't wait to work with him again in the future for other sessions. Book him now! :)"

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Nikki & Scott Wedding: Camp Hale

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"I knew instantly from looking at PJ's portfolio that he was the perfect fit for our mountain wedding. We did both our engagement and wedding photos with PJ, and we couldn't be happier with how they turned out. He was on time, professional and friendly the entire time. So happy to have these photos to look back on for our lifetime."

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Savannah & Spencer Wedding: Evergreen Lake House 

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"PJ was awesome! He shot our wedding July 2021 and did a wonderful job. Though there were plenty of snags, PJ was flexible and worked hard to make sure we captured the important and beautiful moments. PJ hopped every hurdle our guests threw at him and had an amazing attitude through the whole evening. He gave us some wonderful memories and we can't thank him enough."

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Becca & Brad: Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement

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"PJ did AMAZING with our snowy mountain wedding!!!! He was a great sport regardless of the weather conditions... I literally couldn't have asked for more perfect pictures to remind us of such an incredible day!!!!"

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Kelsey & Michael Engagement: Estes Park, Colorado

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"We had to postpone our wedding due to COVID-19 this past year and PJ was SO easy to work with, as we rescheduled our wedding. He took engagement photos for us recently and we truly could not have asked for a better photographer, at a price we can afford! The engagement photoshoot was honestly effortless, as PJ made us feel comfortable and made it an enjoyable time for all. What we really value is how PJ captures the authentic, genuine moments in his photography. We highly recommend PJ! We are so thrilled and relieved we can rely on him as our photographer for our wedding next fall! :)"

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-Olivia & Chris Wedding- Golden Gate Canyon State Park

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"PJ is fantastic! He was great to work with, communicative, and took the time to get to know us. He perfectly captured what we were going for. I would highly recommend PJ for your wedding, especially outdoors!" 

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Haylee & Aaron Wedding: Fort Collins, Colorado"

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"PJ was fantastic to work with! He went above and beyond with efforts to scout out beautiful places to photograph and was extremely versatile and prepared. Our backpacking engagement photoshoot was a phenomenal experience and such a blast-we will enjoy our unique photos for years to come. My husband and I were pretty hands-off with knowing what we wanted or what would look good, and PJ did a wonderful job with suggesting ideas, respecting our alternative decisions, and providing friendly and professional guidance along the way! He also had such a down to earth approach, which really helped us get comfortable in front of a camera. As an added bonus, PJ is a great person and it was a pleasure getting to know him! We highly recommend."

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Caroline & Gannet Wedding: Arrowhead Golf Club

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"PJ is an incredible photographer. He was flexible to our needs and was so kind! He is actually doing my sister's wedding next year because we were so pleased with his work! It does take a while to get your pictures back after the wedding, but it is soooo worth the wait!"

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Madeline & Riley Wedding: NP Event Space: Brainerd, MN

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"We booked PJ for our engagement photos in CO and we loved him instantly. When he asked if we had a photographer for our wedding, we said no since it is in MN. PJ then replied, well I have a good friend in MN and would love to do your wedding. Soooo... we worked out the travel arrangements, gave him a place to stay while he was in town and he became a part of our family for the weekend! He captured ALL of the big moments of our wedding day and night! We even had to tell him on numerous occasions to put the camera down and grab a drink and party! Photos turned out spectacular. One night shot, in particular, stole the show! Great guy, can't say good enough things about PJ. He's in the business to capture the moments, not to haggle over pricing or hours on the job. We're forever grateful to him!"

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 Jazmine & Eddie Wedding: Brookside Gardens Event Center

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"PJ is a phenomenal photographer, and really goes the extra mile for his clients. We did his package with engagement pictures as well and we have nothing but amazing things to say about him. He stayed the whole night of our wedding making sure to capture photos of everything! The pictures turned out absolutely perfect and we feel so lucky he captured our special day. He was very low stress while making sure we got the photos we wanted plus more. The amount of photos you get for the price is well worth it. We recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer!"

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Keith & Casey: Rocky Mountain National Park Engagement

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''PJ was fantastic! We felt so comfortable with him and had an absolute blast on our engagement shoot! He definitely went above and beyond. We felt like we got our money's worth just from the engagement session alone. He was very receptive to our vision and gave us the candid photos we really desired. The pictures turned out better than we could have imagined, and we have been getting compliments from everyone. The products speak for themselves, but they don't do his effort justice as PJ would run backward up a mountain in the rain to make sure we got the perfect shot with the perfect light. We would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an adventurous, fun, and extremely talented photographer. He also has been great about communication and quick to respond to our inquiries and requests.''

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Mike & Rissa: Sapphire Point Elopement

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''PJ is phenomenal! We just got our elopement photos back and can’t stop looking at them. PJ was so flexible with our ever-changing plans for our COVID wedding. He did a wonderful job capturing the emotion of that day and all the love that surrounded us. He did a great job asking us what photos we wanted but he is so creative and our favorite photos are the ones he suggested! PJ’s services are well worth your time and money. We can’t wait for him to take our pictures again for our wedding celebration in May!''

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Hali & James Wedding: Golf Club at Fox Acres

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AMAZING!!! I am so impressed and grateful. Words cannot describe how pleased my new husband and I are with our experience working with PJ and the winter wedding photos that he provided. From the chaos of the week of our wedding to his guidance on our wedding day, I could not be more grateful to this man. PJ went above and beyond to capture every moment of our big day and all of the moments we missed.

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