Archive for February, 2010

I traveled down to Carlsbad today for a twin (identicals too!!) newborn session. Miss Lily and Sophia are just under three weeks old and slept so good for me today. And to think mama was worried they would give me a hard time ; )

These two little ones are such miracles and were so wanted and patiently waited for. They already have plenty of love from relatives and friends, and I cannot wait to see them grow.

K&K, congrats on your little ones, and enjoy your sneak peek! Thanks for having me over today, it was so fun!


Til next time,




Meet Lily




And Sophia




Lily (left), Sophia (right)





Sophia (bottom), Lily (top)


Sophia (left), Lily (right)


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Pippi Konstanski: How cool that their auntie is a photographer! They will treasure these when they are older. :D Thanks for sharing them! ~Pippi

Sharra: GAH!!!! SOOOOOO cute!!!!!

brandy: At the risk of getting caught at work, I adore the pic w/knitted hats! They are too cute. Great job. :)

Grandma Lorraine: Super cute, cant wait for nat to have a girl.....

Jenn: BEAUTIFUL as always!

Nanette: I looooove this! So sweet!

Janine Cox: I am Dana's sister, your Mom's friend and I have met Diane a few times. Your new twins are simply gorgeous. I have grandsons 17 y/o and 6 mos. My favorite photo is the last one with the hats. Just tooo cute.

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Send ME to WPPI!

February 12, 2010

Ok. So there is this photographers convention every year in Vegas, called WPPI. If you are a photographer, you’ve most likely heard of it.

I happened to be in Vegas for the 2009 WPPI convention. I was VERY new to the industry then, and decided I would wander around the tradeshow while I was there. Whoa.  I was impressed and overwhelmed with the plethora of information packed into the MGM convention center. There were hundreds of vendors. I was like a lost puppy. I must have spent hours in there, introducing myself to my favorite vendors and drooling over everything I wanted to purchase!

Fast forward to 2010. I recently left my “day job”, and am now a full time photographer.What an amazing year 2009 was for my business. I could simply not ask for a better job. It wasn’t initially in my budget to attend WPPI this year (just leaving my day job doesn’t leave much “fun” money aside ; )  ). But NOW I just found out that Tofurious (who’s blog I use and loooove), is giving away 10 FULL REGUSTRATION TICKETS. omg.

I don’t have the best of luck in contests, but figured I’d enter anyways. I mean, all I had t o do was write a blog post about why I want to attend WPPI. Easy enough, right?

I’ve already read up on all of the platform speakers and classes to attend. I want to be a complete sponge and absorb all of the information I can from these classes, then apply it towards my business. There are so many rock star photographers that I would LOVE to hear speak!!! (I’ve actually made a psuedo schedule of the classes I would attend…nerd alert!) I have a room to stay in thanks to my husband’s gambling credits ; ), I am sure the grandparents wouldn’t mine watching the kiddos for a few days (and let’s face it, mama needs a break from 2 little boys!).

Really, since this is my first year working full time in the business, I want to do everything possible to start is off on the right foot. I would love nothing more than to meet all of the awesome photograpers in this industry (because I believe networking is SO important), learn about the latest trends, find new vendors, finally meet some “message board” photog friends who are going…etc. So Lawrence, if you’re reading this, please please please send me to WPPI! (I’ll even bring you some cupcakes/cookies to the tradeshow) ; )

If the stars align for me and I happen to win, shoot me an e-mail over at Until then, I’ll just hope, pray, and dream of going to WPPI!

And because I can’t post without a picture, here’s one of my little Kingston trying cereal for the first time…think he liked it?


Til next time,



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Sara Gomez-Barron: GOOD LUCK!!!!!

jamie: CONGRATS!!! i enjoyed reading your story! maybe we will see you that week!! excited to be going as well!, -jamie and richie

Sharra: OK... we sent you, now post some new pictures : )

Amy Hummel: Hey! I was one of the Utah girls hanging with you in line for Jasmine Star. Love your work! I'll have to remember to stop in here and there! xoxo - Amy

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Meet James. He is one year old and full of life. This little boy is well ahead of the curve, he was walking at 9 months!

James also has a very rare disease, called infantile myofibromatosis. He is now receiving chemotherapy treatments once every other week. (and making wonderful progress).

His parents found me through The Littlest Heroes Project, and we met yesteray for his one year pictures. James had me running around the park trying to keep up with him! He was far more into the ducks at the park than me and my boring camera ; )

Christina, it was so nice to meet you two! I hope you and your husband enjoy the sneak peek!







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francine: He is so adorable! Very nice work Val.

Christina: It was wonderful meeting you. Our session was quite an adventure. Those geese must have known not to mess with us,. The pictures are amazing and I can not wait to see the rest. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Natasha: Wow, these pictures look great! Awesome job the photographer did and James looks like such a lil man! Christina, I LOVE the picture of the two of you on the bottom! You have to get that one blown up and put in your living room. All these pics here are great though!!!





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Meet Grace. This little 9 day old beauty was feisty during the first half of our session, but eventually went off into dreamland and proved to be a wonderful model. I could have seriously rocked her all day long.

These parents had such a wonderful home to use as a backdrop, so I tried some different stuff for me.

I had a very hard time narrowing down the images for a sneak peek, so here’s an extra large share.

A&D, congrats on your baby girl. Thank you for having me over today, I had fun!

Friends, family, lurkers, 20 comments on thise post and the family will be gifted a complimentary 5×7.


Til next time,



This first one melts my heart. What a perfect image of a mother/child.











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francine: Beautiful family! Great work Val..

Kathy: These are perfect!

Ann: Thank you so much for today! We absolute love the pictures and can not wait to see more!

Jenn: Can all 20 comments be from me? Wow! Great shots Val. That little girl is gorgeous! What a beautiful family

Andrew: Soo Cute! We love the pics!

Kathy Abraham: Can't wait to see more Ann! She is GORGEOUS!

abby: I love these pictures! Grace is amazing!! I am so excited to see more!

Grandma Lorraine: She's a beautiful little girl...very nice pictures Val.

Jenn: These melt my <3 :)

Amira Abraham: I love the pictures! So adorable.

Eugenia: She's beautiful.

Nicole: The room pics are gorgeous! I love the bow hat!

Dolores: She is beautiful and precious. I cannot wait to meet her!

coelee: These are truly beautiful.