hey! I'm valerie. (Most people wind up calling me val.)
I'm A PHOTOGRAPHER who is into real moments.
(i like to call it "moment stalking".)

i've been doing this thing i love now for over a decade and wouldn't trade it for anything.
(except maybe a taco taste tester.)


whether i'm spending the day with you during your wedding or you're inviting me into your home with your family
or you're trusting me with your portraitsi want you to feel 1000% comfortable with me.

in general, I'm pretty laid back.
and i like to bring that into my photography

I WANT IT TO FEEL LIKE FRIENDS JUST HANGING OUT...
SO, HERE'S PROBABLY TOO MUCH INFORMATION SO YOU CAN GET TO KNOW ME.

hey! I'm valerie.

I'm A PHOTOGRAPHER AND A STORYTELLER.
(i like to call it "moment stalking".)

I'VE BEEN DOING THIS THING I LOVE NOW FOR OVER A DECADE AND WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING IN THE WORLD.
(EXCEPT MAYBE A TACO TASTE TESTER WHO MAKES SIX FIGURES.)

I CAN'T IMAGINE DOING ANYTHING ELSE AND AM SUPER THANKFUL THIS IS WHAT I GET TO CALL MY CAREER.


whether i'm spending the day with you during your wedding or you're inviting me into your home with your family or you're trusting me with your portraits, i want you to feel 1000% comfortable with me.

in general, I'm pretty laid back.
and i like to bring that into my photography

I WANT IT TO FEEL LIKE FRIENDS JUST HANGING OUT...
SO, HERE'S PROBABLY TOO MUCH INFORMATION SO YOU CAN GET TO KNOW ME.

Some other stuff you might want to know:

i have two super cute kids and one hunky fella that mean the world to me.

i watch a lot of cop/detective dramas (extra points if its british)
and ridiculous comedies ... preferably with snacks...in bed.

i always try to get a tattoo when i travel somewhere new.
tattoos make the best souvenirs.

i may or may not dance at your wedding.
fair warning.

 

I'M AN OPTIMIST TO A FAULT, A GRYFFINDOR FOR LIFE,
AND ALWAYS DOWN TO MEET YOU FOR COFFEE OR TACOS OR A BEER.

Some other stuff you might want to know:

i have two super cute kids and one hunky fella that mean the world to me.

i watch a lot of cop/detective dramas (extra points if its british)
and ridiculous comedies ... preferably with snacks...in bed.

i always try to get a tattoo when i travel somewhere new.
tattoos make the best souvenirs.

i may or may not dance at your wedding.
fair warning.

 

I'M AN OPTIMIST TO A FAULT, A GRYFFINDOR FOR LIFE,
AND ALWAYS DOWN TO MEET YOU FOR COFFEE OR TACOS OR A BEER.

Some other stuff you might want to know:

i have two super cute kids and one hunky fella that mean the world to me.

i watch a lot of cop/detective dramas (extra points if its british) and ridiculous comedies.

i always try to get a tattoo when i travel somewhere new. tattoos make the best souvenirs.

i may or may not dance at your wedding.
fair warning.

 

I'M AN OPTIMIST TO A FAULT, A GRYFFINDOR FOR LIFE,
AND ALWAYS DOWN TO MEET YOU FOR COFFEE OR TACOS OR A BEER.

part of this whole honest portraiture thing is being open and upfront about everything.
these questions are pretty much always on those "questions to ask your wedding photographer" lists...
and i'm always down for answering more.

feel free to email me at hello@valeriedemo.com anytime for anything!

i've been doing this for over ten years now. i've shot through 14 wedding seasons total... and 11 on my own.

this year i will shoot my 300th wedding.

gah. i think that makes me old now.

i've been an art kid my entire life...
so, I TOOK CLASSES, BUT NOT REALLY.
i didn't major in photography.
(i did major in painting and graphic design with a marketing minor.)

however, i did snag am internship in college with a wedding photographer where i learned to shoot on film.

i'm a canon shooter...
i shoot with canon 5d mark ivs and mark iiis and a crap ton of prime lenses (which are pretty much all sigma art lenses.)
24.35.50.85.105.135.200.

p.s. i have back up gear to back up
my back up gear.

i get this question all of the time.
i primarily shoot in richmond, va and DC but I actually live in virginia beach.

i grew up in vb near chick's beach
and still love it. i'm stoked on all of the crazy good stuff that keeps popping up in hampton roads.

technically, i don't hold classes... but i will get coffee with anyone and answer questions. it's not because i don't want to help
the community or that i'm against it... frankly, i just don't have the extra time.

i am always looking for second shooters. shoot me an email!

first, i would love to be friends.
so, yes please.
second, i don't have facebook.
sorry, new friend.
not a personal page.
not a business page. nada.
and it's one of the best decisions i have ever made.

i do have a business instagram, though.

part of this whole honest portraiture thing is being open and upfront about everything. these questions are pretty much always on those "questions to ask your wedding photographer" lists... and i'm always down for answering more.

feel free to email me at hello@valeriedemo.com anytime for anything!

i've been doing this for over ten years now. i've shot through 14 wedding seasons total... and 11 on my own.

this year i will shoot my 300th wedding.

gah. i think that makes me old now.

i've been an art kid my entire life...
so, I TOOK CLASSES, BUT NOT REALLY.
i didn't major in photography.
(i did major in painting and graphic design with a marketing minor.)

however, i did snag an internship in college with a wedding photographer where i learned to shoot on film.

i'm a canon shooter...
i shoot with canon 5d mark ivs and mark iiis and a crap ton of prime lenses.
(pretty much all sigma art lenses.)
24.35.50.85.105.135.200.

p.s. i have back up gear to back up
my back up gear.

i get this question all of the time.
i primarily shoot in richmond, va and DC but I actually live in virginia beach.

i grew up in vb near chick's beach
and still love it. i'm stoked on all of the crazy good stuff that keeps popping up in hampton roads.

technically, i don't hold classes... but i will get coffee with anyone and answer questions. it's not because i don't want to help the community or that i'm against it... frankly, i just don't have the extra time. i am always looking for second shooters. shoot me an email!

first, i would love to be friends.
so, yes please. second, i don't have facebook. sorry, new friend. not a personal page. not a business page. nada. and it's one of the best decisions i have ever made. i do have a business instagram, though.

hello@valeriedemo.com