the wilsonsWe were beyond thrilled with our gorgeous photos!
Love Letters from past & current clientsWhat People are Saying
Carly & Clayton“Heather is the best!! I CANNOT stop looking at our engagement photos. I thought I was nervous, but she definitely got Clayton and me at our best. She gives you the perfect amount of direction. She has a true gift and has down lighting, angles, and details.”
Stephanie & MikeWith out a doubt, Heather is one of the very best photographers I know. Not only are her pictures beautiful and candid, but she truly captures the mood and emotion of the day. She does all of this without being invasive. Most of the time we were unaware that we were being photographed. She is a true pleasure to work with.
Elizabeth & EdVallentyne Photography was one of the best choices we made for our destination wedding. They were extremely professional, and every single one of their photos were
works of art. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for that "special" photographer with the magic touch to make their day truly extraordinary, for many years to come.

"I'm not even sure where to begin with writing this review. Heather is an AMAZING photographer. She shot my brother's wedding back in 2013, and did an incredible job at his wedding that when it was my turn, I knew she would be ours too. My husband and I got married in July of 2018, and while Heather hadn't shot at our venue before, she came to our final detail meeting to scope out the location and do prework. She didn't have to do it, but it was another opportunity for us to meet in person too before the big day and go over the photos we wanted. Heather is incredibly professional and kind, yet also has the right around of direction to herd family for family photos! Getting 25 people in one photo is no small feat, but she is up to the task and makes you feel at ease. Throughout the day she was incredibly sweet, checking on us to make sure we were okay, but also giving us direction for when she found the perfect shot. Smiling hurts after a while! So when we were getting a bit tired she was flexible and made it work. She is helpful, dedicated and thoughtful which made her such a joy to work with. Not to mention, the photos turned out AMAZING. We have had so many compliments from family and friends; they are all obsessed with them! We are too, of course :) We loved working with you, Heather!"

Brittny + Mike

"Heather is an amazing and gifted photographer. We've used her for family, maternity and newborn photos and every time the photos have turned out beautifully. She has a terrific eye for lighting and capturing that perfect moment, and gives direction on positioning without it ever feeling staged or forced. We love working with her and trust her to capture our family's most important moments. Plus, she's just a really sweet and fun person!"

the peterson family

"Heather just competed out family photos for this year. We could not be more pleased! She was fantastic to work with from setting up location and making suggestions to the very impressive final product. She has a warm and friendly personality and makes the process feel as fun and natural as possible. Patient and creative with capturing young kids too!"

the garner family

"Heather is the best!!! She captured the most beautiful moments at our wedding and she is such a joy to work with. She is extremely professional and very organized. We keep getting compliments about how gorgeous our wedding photos are. I highly recommend her to anyone. She will definitely be photographing our future newborn because she has a gift for that too."

the Aguilar family

"Heather at Vallentyne Photography is super professional and an all around great photographer. We have never had any professional shots of our family, ever. So I was sort of nervous about what to expect in the outcome. Let's just say, I was more than pleasantly surprised. I generally hate pictures of myself, but Heather manages to capture shots that are really lifelike and real, as opposed to fake and posed. She's good at letting the pictures sort of happen on their own. And that I really love. Our two kids under 6 also responded well to her so that's always a huge plus too. We were taken to 4 amazing locations, and got amazing pictures from all locations. I am using her again for a very special party we are planning next year. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to every person I know. If you want amazing quality photos and a very professional photographer, contact Heather."

the schollart family

"I don't even know where to begin! I reached out to Heather about a year ago after seeing such amazing reviews. I had no idea what I was doing or how to go about finding good vendors for a destination wedding. I did know, however that the gallery on her website was exactly the type of photos I wanted for our intimate ceremony. From day one Heather was such a great help giving me recommendations of where to go for the "reception" (more like a family dinner after), hair stylists in the area and even putting together the entire timeline for the day. I booked Vallentyne Photography pretty far in advance and Heather would periodically send emails just to check in and see if there were any more recommendations I needed. The day of the ceremony I finally got to meet her. She is a very sweet lady and made me feel at ease right away. Throughout the day she would disappear and capture all the little details of the hustle and bustle of everyone getting ready. She even managed to take some ADORABLE photos of the 4 year old twin ring bearers who had just woken up from the nap (no clue how lol). During the ceremony and after she did an amazing job of making sure we got all the group photos we wanted and then some! I'm still in aw at how amazing and detailed the photos are. I'm also a HUGE fan of being able to download all the pictures instead of having to pick ones to order in a package! Thank you Heather for so perfectly capturing our special day!"

shenee + lainey

"First of all, I can't thank Heather enough for her time and talent. I booked her while on a trip to the west coast from Pennsylvania. And I am truly blown away by the photos. We couldn't be happier! She captured my family beautifully, artfully, and so in the moment! I am in LOVE with the pictures! I can't even begin to decide which ones will be enlargements because I want them ALL hanging around my house! Heather has such an eye for catching the joy of my kiddos and I am thrilled with their sibling, individual, and candid pictures. I love the family ones and all the variety!! And the ones of Scott and I are so special. With us celebrating our 20 year wedding anniversary, it was rare for just us to be in the photographs-- what a gift those are too! Heather was so fun to work with (I felt like I could have easily hung with her over a cup of coffee to just chat!). I am thrilled with the location and everything from the shoot. She was so much fun, putting us all at ease. We just enjoyed ourselves so much and will always treasure these photos."

the fairchild family

"I contacted Heather for a family photo shoot that we arrange annually in a different city each year as a mothers day gift for all the moms/aunts/grandmas of our very large family. Our situation is unique, as a few of our families live very far away and commute-in specifically to do pictures. I arranged the time with Heather a few months in advance to secure her services. Heather was fantastic to work with, accommodated each child at their developmental stage (ages 1-13 years old), and did not rush the sunset beach session. We had ample time to shoot, and she continued with us well after the sun was down to make sure everyone got plenty of time and options. She had lots of ideas for locations and made the time very comfortable for each kiddo. Files were emailed to us promptly and we have exclusive rights to print as many copies and sizes we need. As I mentioned, I organize something like this each year and use a different photographer each time due to using different cities to rotate the families that need to travel. Heather was awesome!"

the foster family

"Thank you so much Heather!! Your skilled experience was exactly what I needed. I'm not comfortable in front of a camera but your great direction before and throughout the shoot helped me (and my family) relax and have a fun time without even having to think about what we were doing. These are the best 30th wedding anniversary pics I could have ever gotten!! As I told you, I got married at 18 and a friend took a few snapshots of our wedding for us. Some with heads half cutoff the top and some of people in hotel lounge area we didn't even know. Snapshots like that. Lol! (That's what happens when you have a 16 year old friend take your wedding pics. ) Since then I've always wished for a beautiful pic of me and my husband to display like the beautiful wedding photos I always see on people's desks at work. Thanks to your amazing work I now have soooo many beautiful pics it's gonna be hard to choose which ones to display. We will treasure our photos for years to come! (looking forward to scheduling another shoot with you for my extended family real soon!) You helped make my dreams come true! That's a pretty incredible thing!!!"

the eidanizadeh family

"5 stars from start to finish! We were coming in from out of town and she made the entire process simple and enjoyable. Heather was a joy to work with and knew exactly how to work with our two small boys. We couldn't be happier with the photos-love, love, love them!!!"

the benson family

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