Photography by Balko


Self portrait of the photographer: Balko

My name is Phil Balko or, simply, "Hey, Balko!" and I photograph people, places and things.

I'm searching for couples, high school seniors, families, children, pets, businesses and others who want a creative individual to help them discover and share their unique and personalized vision of who and where they are, and to provide lasting, significant and tangible memories for them long after those magical moments have passed.

I'm motivated and blessed by the joy of sharing these profound moments with my newly found friends as they watch their vision come to life through my lens.

Based in the heart of the Alleghenies, I often travel across Pennsylvania to reach my clients, and am willing to travel, well, anywhere, to accomplish our creative goals.

I live in the historic Moxham neighborhood of Johnstown, PA with my imaginary cat, Noname, who enjoys reading Proust and binging on Netflix and cheese curls, none of which, except for the cheese curls, appeals to me.

I love this gig!


Each wedding, each portrait session, each assignment is designed and accomplished with the same affection and devotion you share with your loved ones: Photography by Balko

WEDDINGS - Gallery and Details

“You will find as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” –Henry Drummond

SENIOR PORTRAITS - Gallery and Details

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

FAMILY PORTRAITS - Gallery and Details

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”  -Frida Kahlo

Interior photo of Lancaster County restaurant


"This is a learning in the business life that first of all you need to have commitment, dedication and passion for what you are doing." -Lakshmi Mittal

“Photography...remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind


"Kind words are like honey: sweet to the soul and healthy for the body." -Proverbs 16:24

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I must say OMG. I cried. It's amazing, you are amazing. You really captured the love we feel for each other.You were truly a blessing on our wedding day.


Omg Phil! You did such a wonderful job with those! We absolutely love them! . I'm very happy with the work that you did on these and you just made my night! Again, thanks so much.


Holy cow!!! Is that me!!!??? These are amazing. You are AWESOME! 
And WOW!!! I really appreciate the new timeline photo. SO cool and something I never would have thought of.


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