Valerie Villa, owner and photographer of Images by Valerie, is a 9th Generation Santa Barbara resident. She moved to Oregon in 2001 and settled in the small town of Canby, Oregon until returning to Santa Barbara in August 2013.
Valerie is a wife and mother of a 4 year old daughter. She loves the fact that she gets to show her daughter all the places and events that made growing up in Santa Barbara happy and memorable. Now as a photographer, all these places are seen in a different eye by figuring out how to place a family, couple or child in the scene and make another family great memories too.
Valerie has always had an interest in photography. After leaving an over 20 year career in sports medicine where she worked with athletes from local high schools, Division 1 collegiate to Olympic Athletes. Valerie then studied through the New York Institute of Photography. She is also involved with Clickin Moms. Having lived in several states and traveled all over the world, landscapes have always been the focus of her artistic eye. Her images are available in print and greeting cards through the Father of the Bride Floral Company in Canby, Oregon.
Although she enjoys shooting all types of sessions from Food to Weddings, her favorites are sessions in outdoor locations using natural light capturing special moments with expectant moms, children and families. She also enjoys photographing newborns (either at the hospital in the first 48 hours or at her home studio in the first 4-10 days). In 2015, Valerie was selected as one of 5 maternity and newborn photographers in the state of California to represent Beauty and Lifestyle Mommy Magazine as a preferred vendor due to her mission, safety procedures for newborn photography and quality of photography. She is proud to display the logo and be part of this beautiful publications with some of mentors. Please visit her Sample Page to view her work.