images by valerie gallery
I am a 9th generation Santa Barbara resident, a wife and mother of a 6 year old daughter and love what I do! I specialize in maternity, children, family and newborn photography. After 20+ years in sports medicine, I realized I was missing the moments, the time and the details in my young family’s life and redirected my path to capture these moments not only for me but for others. I would say I am a portrait photographer, but what I am proud to be is the person that notices and captures the quirks, the personalities and the details that make someone in a family special to those close to them. It is the moments between the poses that provide the best window into someone’s personality and is the image that means the most to those around them. When the families I photograph come back to see their images, the comment that I hear most and is what makes my job worth everything is “I can’t believe you caught that look!!” “that is him!” I believe that photography is important because I am capturing the everyday moments that in our hectic lives we often overlook, saving photography for the momentous events that speckle a lifetime, and creating memories of the details of those around us that make our days joyous and special. When you look back at the images I captured for you, I want you to say “Remember when she use to be that shy” or “remember when he use to wear different bright colored socks” “Wow! I haven’t seen that stuffed animal in years!” These quirks make a family session unique, having parents present in their their session no matter how “put together” they feel that day is a gift to their children when they are able to sit and hold their family album and be grateful their parents were in the image- with that smile that made them feel safe or that sparkle in the eye that they were planning something silly to make them laugh. I am grateful to all the families that come to me, let me play with them and bring out their personalities. It is a gift that they let me see who they are and save these moments forever.
“Valerie was always professional, timely and skilled when I worked with her. She is ever working to expand her portfolio, but has a great eye and brings her clients a polished finished product. We worked with her on baby and children’s images and she was able to capture both the exuberance of my 2 year old and the fragility of my premie twins with expertise. Thank you Valerie for taking such wonderful pictures of the twins in the NICU. You managed to capture my boys beautifully despite the less then photographic setting”. -Dana Spencer
“Words cannot express how much I LOVE Valerie. Right from the beginning I was completely comfortable and confident with her. She provided hair and makeup the day of our maternity shoot. And brought different props to use and had such great ideas. I’m 110% happy with the service she provided. I’m so pleased with our photos that we now have for a lifetime to come”. -Ashleigh A.
“Valerie is great. She made me feel very comfortable. Hair and makeup styling was included and it looked very professional. She comes to the hospital after the aby is born. She works to get to know you and styles her sessions based on your needs and desires. She works to develop a relationship with you”. -Sarah M