We all have tons of family photos these days… straight out of the iPhone! But how many of those photos are you in together?

It’s so important to document your family professionally every once in a while.

With the right photographer the whole process is easy and the session is a blast for everyone!

I love portrait sessions. I am a big director so I will be guiding you every step of the way and I shoot a creative mix of portraiture and photojournalism to tell a story about your relationship and family.

Portraits can be anything from maternity, engagement, family, or anniversaries to celebrate your relationship. Portraits are all about relationships and I love to show that in my images.

We will connect, we will have fun, and you will love these photos forever! Really truly.

The Process

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You will be photographed at the location of your choice and we will help every step of the way with outfits and locations. We will send you all the information you need in our Welcome Email so you are totally prepared!

Arrive for your scheduled session a few minutes early so we can take out time and get the best light.

Be yourself and in the moment while we are shooting! The unscripted moments of love and laughter are the best. Heather will make you feel so comfortable the entire time, you will have so much fun!

After your session we will make an appointment the following week for you to come back to the studio to view and order your photos. Viewing and ordering sessions only take about 30-60 minutes and you will be on your way with your beautiful order placed!


We are honored to be considered for your portrait session!

I specialize in natural light, outdoor portraiture.

I love what I do and it shows in every photo I take. My style is very organic and natural. I’m also very flexible and will give you lots of direction and guidance as we shoot. You will walk away from a session with me with unique and original photos that will be treasured forever.

A. Just get in touch through my contact page or you can email me at heather@vallentynephotography.com. Once we choose a date and time I will send you an easy online booking where you can see your package and pay for it right there online.

A. I think of my style as very editorial, classic, and natural. My photos are full of light, life, and color. I love beautiful posed family photos and I also love to capture real-life and fun moments that are full of motion. I like to blend modern-day traditions, with colorful photos that are full of smiles and love.

A. My sessions take place at the location of your choice, usually in coastal North County. It can be in your own home, at a park, outside at the beach; the opportunities are endless as long as there is lots of natural light. I have lots of suggestions for you and we will work together in finding a good location that really fits your family. I regularly work all over San Diego County and I love Orange county as well. I like to do photo sessions in either the morning or the late afternoon when natural light is soft.

A. When it comes to clothes, I love simplicity. Solid colors and clothing with texture translate beautifully in a photograph. Lay all the outfits out on the bed together and look at them as one larger outfit. This way if one person has a pattern or print, they won’t clash with each other.Try to pick colors that really go beautifully with eyes or skin tone, it will really enhance the images. Picking colors that match your home is also an excellent strategy if you are planning to hang anything on the wall. For kids, if you have any cute accessories for them like a hat, beanie, necklace, favorite doll, or even sunglasses, that adds a really fun element.

A. Children: For children, anything goes! I prefer to keep things simple to help keep your photographs looking timeless. I suggest a more solid outfit with bold colors and then let’s let the kids have fun, bring out the tu-tu’s, fun hats and cowboy boots! Anything that shows their fun personality.
Adults: Coordinate your outfits to your children but don’t be too matchy. Stick to solid colors and dress comfortably; I want to capture your natural style. And, accessorize! Scarves, jewelry, shoes, hats, beanies, etc… all make for fun photos!

A. I love using props with babies and kids! I love vintage and wood toys and I also love to use natural and organic elements– Either the ones you bring or the ones we find on location. A big chunky necklace, favorite doll, a football or soccer ball, a few fresh cut flowers, sea shells, or even sunglasses. Since I love to photograph hands and feet, it is great to have them holding something they love.

A. Generally, I feel the morning or late afternoon usually wins for the best time of the day. The light is beautiful and golden!

A. We are lucky enough to live in an area with an endless supply of beautiful locations to choose from. We will talk more to discuss your favorite types of environment and pick our location together- I have lots of suggestions if you need them.

A. I think the most important tip is to just have a fun time with it! Your kids will pick up on your mood and follow right along. If you make it all a fun game they will really have a great time and the photos will be beautiful.

A. I balance balance colors, skin tones, contrast and saturation in all your photos. It will look like the color and tone you already see in my portfolio. Photoshop is not necessary for most of the photos but if you have a special request just let me know and we can get you the pricing.

A. Within 2 weeks of your portrait session, I will put your photos online for you to view, select, and download.

Your Investment


We might be partial, but we believe that almost any occasion merits a portrait session… and at least 1 session every 2-3 years.

We offer family, maternity, engagement, anniversary, and baby portraits.

Our pricing is very simple to give you exactly what you need, and nothing you don’t. Get in touch to find out more about mini sessions and full portrait sessions– Session prices start at $425.

Specials sessions are offered periodically throughout the year, so be sure to sign-up for our newsletter to stay in touch.