Archive for December, 2010

I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of P&R before Christmas. They were SUCH a sweet couple and so obviously very much in love. P flew in the night before their wedding from VA on a 10 day leave from the service.

It rained all day long on their wedding day, but luckily cleared up for just a few minutes when we ventured out to downtown Whittier to take some pictures of them before the ceremony.

Here are a few favorites from the day.






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brandy: Awww, with the possibility of Phillip not coming home to the continuous downpour you wouldn't know it from any of these pics. Love, love, love Val. Thank you.

Reyna: They are beautiful! thank you so much

Jenn: That first picture is swoon worthy. I love these shots Val. They feel so romantic. Love it!


Sharra: They're so romantic! <3

kim: i love these so much.

Francine: The photo in front of the movie cinema reminds me of a scene from a love story....Beautiful work Val!

Phillip Montiel: I love them! You are the best :)

Oh boy, little Mr. K put up quite a fight during his session. He was determined to not fall asleep and miss the party apparently. Nonetheless, we managed to get a few sleepy ones before he was up for the remainder of his session.

M&W, thank you for having me over and enjoy your sneak peek!



Santa Baby


Just hanging out. :)


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MinGi: they had taken over there for she had all the infomation on this coanpmy and the some of money involved weare she got this info from i do not no verry convinced she was told me they are from spain i read a few articals on the net about this coanpmy which i led to belive payed them a31300 for an insurance to get the whole of my money back and the sale of my points and it turned out to be a boguse coanpmy, rang my credit card coanpmy to nite and they put that payment in disput so there for i were verry lucky to stop the paymet been cashed as it takes one to two days before the can get there hands on it

Krishana: YAY! im so glad it got to you safely! at first i saw the elf quad in the first pic and was so sceard it broke or something! >< good thing it came out alright :) i really hope you'll enjoy these little goodies! cant wait to see any looks you come up with :D take care!

You know someone. You know someone who’s experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can’t afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spirit, love, and beauty.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them a chance to have a custom photography experience with their family.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a $50 print credit towards a future session with me.

The rules:

* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)

* The nominee must reside within 30 miles of 91730 (or must be willing to travel within 30 miles of 91730 for their session). Tell me who you know, what they’re experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.

* You must e-mail me the full story to

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve — get nominating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!

Open your heart to someone this holiday season — and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.



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Bre: What a beautiful gift you are giving, Valerie!! Bless your heart :)

I had such a great time this morning with Michael, Michelle, and Deja. Photographing families is so refreshing and can be a nice break from photographing little ones. They all listen when given instructions. :)

I know the three of you have seen your gallery, but here is a sneak peek anyways!








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I had the opportunity to photograph my friend Kristy’s second baby, Walker, yesterday. I hadn’t seen big sister Mary in over a year and she is the cutest, spunkiest toddler! I photographed her as a newborn too, which seems like so long ago now.

Once we got Walker out, he slept so good for me!

Jeff and Kristy (and Mary!), thanks for having me over yesterday!









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kim: He's SO cute!

ig: Everything published made a lot of sense. However, what about this? what if you wrote a catchier title? I mean, I don't want to tell you how to run your website, but suppose you added something to maybe get people's attention? I mean Walker, 5 days new Yucaipa newborn photograpgher « is a little boring. You might glance at Yahoo's front page and see how they create news headlines to get people interested. You might add a related video or a pic or two to get readers interested about what you've written. Just my opinion, it might make your posts a little bit more interesting.