Good to Meet You

About the lady behind the lens

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little bit. I look forward to getting to know you too!

Life is an awfully big adventure …

Hello and Welcome! I am a Wife, a Mother of 6 adult children, a Nonnie of 6, a Supervisor at UC Davis, Animal Science and a Photographer. I am lucky to have a loving husband who is incredibly supportive of my dreams.

I was born in New Orleans and raised between Alaska and Florida. I moved to California in 1988.

I love Families, Life, Love and I love new Life. My goal in my work is to define it in each session with each person I meet. My love for portrait photography began when I took my oldest son in for his 6 week photos at JcPenny. They had a help wanted sign up, I applied and got the job! I worked at retail photography studios for about 6 years.  A need for good benefits and retirement  came so I moved to UC Davis. I have been there since 1998.  I started Portraits by Valerie (PbV) in 2011.

I started PbV because I want to capture memories for families that was missing in my life. As a child of a single dad, well we do not have many photos of me growing up and I only have 2 of my mother that passed away when I was just 3 years old.  So capturing precious moments are very important to me.

I pride myself in developing  friendships with my clients. I don’t like to shoot a session and not know anything about the clients.

I have a strong passion for what I do and I want you to enjoy this experience too . Looking forward to meeting you!

Thank you for taking a minute to get to know me, now it is time for me to get to know you!

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