Testimonials & Reviews
"Val has great energy, and somehow she always gets such amazing shots of the kids, really capturing their personalities. My kids aren't crazy about having their picture taken, and yet Val manages to get beautiful results. She makes the shoots fun, takes full advantage of the natural settings and always comes with lots of ideas. I highly recommend Val and am so thankful to have these precious photos of our family."
"We loved working with Valerie on our family photos. She did a great job of capturing our kids' personalities, and they all talked about how much fun they had afterward. I was delighted with the finished product...and we had a great photo for our holiday card!"
"What a great experience! Valerie was so professional and fun! My senior in high school felt comfortable and enjoyed himself. Pictures turned out great!"
“Val took photos of our family of 5 on a very cold and windy day at the beach. She was so patient with our 5, 3 and 8 month old. She knew the areas of the beach that would be warmer and less windy. We got our photos on a flash drive, which made things really easy. The photos came out beautifully. She captured the smirks, wrestling and scowls of our 3 boys. We love having family photos taken every year to capture the little faces, because they change so much every year. You can't go wrong with Val.”
–Joyce Chang Anderson
"Valerie took the most beautiful pictures of our family in a forest preserve. The girls were able to be more relaxed since we were outside, and Valerie did a wonderful job of capturing us all acting naturally with each other. I couldn't be more pleased with how our photos turned out!"
"Working with Valerie was so easy and the photographs are beautiful! Will definitely be booking family photos with her again!"
- Amy Bird
"Valerie did an exceptional job photographing our family last fall. She chose beautiful locations on the lakefront, and caught the perfect light. As a fellow parent, she was especially adept at making our son feel at ease and have fun while being photographed. We love how she captured his energy and spirit. Highly recommended!"
- Edie Carey
“We did a family photo shoot on the beach and the pictures that came out of that day, I have blown up and used in my home. During the shoot, she created an atmosphere that allowed us to have fun as a family, and using these moments, she was able to catch my family as they are on their best days. She encouraged play and captured us during those moments while still getting a few posed shots without that posed feel. I especially like that she was able and open to having my dog be part of the festivities. I would use her again or recommend her without hesitation. She was wonderful to work with!”
"Val has been our photographer for the past 8 years; her work always shows the best of our family! She is able to capture those little, natural, moments of love and silliness that we cherish! Val has always gone out of her way to accommodate any special request or location to ensure that we are thrilled with the final product; I recommend her to everyone I know"
"Valerie's photos captured my kids and I as we are naturally, instead of the usual forced/posed photos. She was flexible, detailed and kind throughout our whole journey. I highly recommend her - I so treasure our family photos from Valerie!"
“I highly recommend Val for your photography needs! She was really easy for us to work with and made me feel comfortable even though I normally don't like having my picture taken. But most importantly, the pictures from our wedding turned out beautifully!”
"Val always brings such positive energy when taking pictures of our family. She is relentless and super creative about getting the right angles and running after the kids. Somehow she gets these amazing shots in the end of the session--something I'd never be able to capture on my own!"
"Val is an amazing photographer! She has such a knack for getting kids and pets to cooperate. We are looking forward to booking our next shoot with her this summer."
“Val is an amazing artist and photography artist. And anyone would be lucky to have her photograph their events.”
“Valerie took some beautiful photographs of our family including me and my husband with our three children (ages 11, 4, and 2) on one of our trips! I will forever cherish having such beautiful pictures in our family for years to come. I find myself looking through the images often and it brings such wonderful, happy memories! I'm so glad we have them to cherish forever!”