I'm dreaming of Japan, South Africa, Iceland and a safari in October with our Kin family. I'm developing a course and workshop process for aspiring wedding photographers, so I see joy and meaning in serving the dreams of others now unfolding.

With every breath, a little more present - a little more love. 


My camera became my vehicle to pursue every evolving passion. All my life I've been a dancer and my love for movement, composition and choreography translated not only in the imagery but is why I came to love weddings. They are these impassioned, layered dances that push me and push the art. They require me to be so many things - a timekeeper, a choreographer, a stylist, an art director, a friend and part of the family.

I've shot nearly 150 weddings now with a team I've had since the beginning. The experience and trust between us makes for a comfort, creativity and track record that I couldn't be more proud of. 

I've shot nearly 150 weddings now with a team I've had since the beginning. The experience and trust between us makes for a comfort, creativity and track record that I couldn't be more proud of. 

I am now able to live my dream of shooting a smaller number of weddings and editorial opportunities that push my artistry while continuing to creatively direct and oversee the incredible work of my team. I fell in love with my partner, Brian, after volunteering my camera in support of a travel company he founded to invest in ecosystems and communities, so it's been a time of inspiration and adventure!

my love for movement, composition and choreography translated not only in image but IS why I came to love weddings.

I'm a hometown girl from Washington State who grew up with a hunger to experience the world and a call to the California beach life.

My photography career actually bloomed from a passion for social activism. Almost a decade ago, I co-founded an arts program for foster kids in South Central LA called SoCal HeArts to offer creative activities cut from public schools to nurture well-rounded children and their dreams. A few years in, I got a camera to document the work and found my calling. Poetic justice I guess.

ABOUT VAL

AN ARTIST'S Adventure

I am now able to live my dream of shooting a smaller number of weddings and editorial opportunities that push my artistry while continuing to creatively direct and oversee the incredible work of my team. I fell in love with my partner, Brian, after volunteering my camera in support of a travel company he founded to invest in ecosystems and communities, so it's been a time of inspiration and adventure!

An online fair trade shop founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla to support female artisan cooperatives and social enterprises to improve their quality of life and the well-being of their families and communities.

EMPOWERING WOMEN

LITTLE MARKET

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Kin is a sustainable travel company committed to designing experiences that are as rejuvenating for communities and ecosystems as they are for travelers. All trips invest in social enterprise partners driving solutions to the most pressing challenges in each location.

HAITI, KENYA & BEYOND

KIN TRAVEL

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Creative arts based programming for foster kids and low-income families in South Central LA to offer activities cut from public schools to nurture well-rounded children and their dreams.

SOUTH CENTRAL LA

SOCAL HEARTS

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