Hi, I’m Heather! I'm a an artist, an entrepreneur, a wife, mother of two boys, and Southern California native. My passion is in photographing people and their connections to each other, I love relationships and the stories they tell. I have been a photographer for 15 years and am amongst the most experienced photographers in our area.


As a small local business, my clients and customer service are the life of my business. My top priority is to give you all of the attention you deserve from 1st-point-of-contact to the delivery of your photos. I offer weddings & engagement photography, family portrait photography, maternity photos, and lifestyle newborn sessions in Oceanside, CA and surrounding areas including all of North County, San Diego County, and Orange County.


You need gorgeous photos, but you don't like the look of awkward family portraits... and don't like feeling uncomfortable in front of the camera. I feel the same way! You want a that beautiful representation of the beauty you see in that people you love the most, in your mind’s eye and in your heart. This is going to be so much easier than you think, even if you feel awkward in front of the camera, even if you are feeling unsure about accomplishing the types of photos you are hoping for, the simplicity of my natural direction and artistic composition + years of experience will ensure that we capture the absolute best possible photos while we are shooting together.


Imagine looking at these images in 5 years, in 20 years, in 50 years, and not only remembering this time in your life, but also remembering what a great and fun experience it was to take photos together. These images will solidify your memories and I promise they will be amongst your most valued and treasured possessions.


Whether it's a wedding, and engagement, a family session, or the celebration of an anniversary,

Get in touch with me to start planning your dream session!


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Romantic, Elegant & Authentic

I love weddings because each one is unique! There are so many important elements, and I transition between portraits, photojournalism, and details throughout the day to create well balanced coverage that tells the whole story. I always incorporate natural and organic elements into my photography that will reflect your wedding. I am primarily a natural light photographer, but I also have years of studio experience that allows me to find beautiful light in any situation.


Joyful, Fresh & Natural


Engagements are one of my favorites because it gives you a chance to be in front of my camera before you get married, which is going to make your wedding day experience feel so smooth, seamless and comfortable. Not only that, but we get to create something so special together. You’re going to be married for over 50 years, but you only get to be engaged for this short period of time. I love to capture the only time in your life when you get to be each other’s fiancés.


Colorful, Sweet & Organic


Whether I'm capturing your sweet family, or celebrating a special moment in your life, like a birthday, anniversary or new baby, I'm so honored to help you create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. These sessions are so much fun! Your only job is to be yourself, laugh a lot and let me create photos you’ll love forever. I am a big director so I will be guiding you every step of the way. Portraits are all about relationships and I love to show that in my images.


Empowered, Beautiful & Limitless


Nothing can let you relive your pregnancy like pictures. A maternity photo shoot will give you the chance to capture this priceless moment and look back on it time and time again. Not only does a maternity photo shoot provide you with precious memories, but one day your baby will love getting the chance to catch a glimpse of their life on the other side. A maternity photo shoot is a great way for you to feel beautiful and own that baby bump. In the meantime, you will also be capturing precious memories that will last a lifetime. You should look back on these photos with pride and a sense of accomplishment. You grew a human, Mama! Not everyone has the honor of such an experience!


Innocence, Sweetness, & Connection


My newborn sessions focus on the family interaction and connection in your family when you bring your baby home. My sessions are in your home, relaxed, time efficient, and they result in a gallery full of beautiful moments captured that tell the story of this time. I practice what I call natural "Baby Led Posing." This means that I don't ever put a baby in a flower pot. :) I think babies are beautiful as they are. The natural unfolding of a newborn's limbs when the stretch, the way they curl up when placed on their belly for a moment, the way they look when cozily swaddled, all of that is so simple and beautiful to me. This is how I remember my babies, and that is how I photograph them.

print shop

Personal Work & Inspiration


This is my fine art print shop. I would be honored if you chose to decorate your home with my fine art photography. If you have a favorite image, feel free to share on social media and tag me, { @vallentynephotography } ...I would love to see what inspires you!




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Vallentyne Photography

located in oceanside, california