Hey there, I’m Valerie, but you can call me Val!
I’ve been a portrait photographer in the Ottawa area since 2011, and I can honestly say that I still love what I do because I have the best job in the world!
If I’m not at home editing or forgetting where I left my coffee mug, I might be making dad jokes to the unsuspecting cashier at the grocery store or lounging out on our back porch with friends and family.
I'm a mega-fan of John Mayer, I’m a little obsessed with houseplants, and I love going to hot yoga classes. I'm fluently bilingual in both English and French. Oui oui! :)
I started my photography business the same year I graduated from the photography program at Algonquin College. I started photographing weddings and portraits professionally as a side job just weeks after my graduation, and I’ve been hooked ever since! I even got myself photography tattoos (sorry dad!), which you can see on my wrists. A quick Google search of RGB and CMYK will probably do a better job at explaining their meaning than what I can fit into this bio.
I’ve photographed 100+ weddings, dozens of families and those numbers and my passion continue to grow, especially since (finally) quitting my day job in the fall of 2018 and pursuing photography as my full-time career.
In 2016, my boyfriend Stefan and I bought our first home in Sarsfield, ON. Along with our senior dachshund Eddie (who makes for a loud yet affectionate guard dog), we enjoy our quiet neighbourhood and the country lifestyle.
If I had to describe my photography style, it would be this:
Real people, real moments, for real life
I’m all about capturing genuine and more candid moments. My photos are a reflection of how people felt in the moment. Rather than strictly pose my clients, I like to use incorporate prompts that will guarantee natural smiles and a good time.
My goal is to make the entire photography process as fun as possible because I sincerely believe that in making the experience amazing, the photos will reflect that experience as well!
Special shoutout to Jamie from Hello Lovely Ottawa for the awesome greenhouse headshots!
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