Information - valmckinley


Based in the Seattle area, I photograph people in their environment, creating images that celebrate individuals, their work, their families and friendships, the milestones in their lives. My work has also been featured in two cookbooks in the past year.


Photo sessions take place on location at your home, business or other special place, and are unhurried and go-with-the-flow. My goal is to help you feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera. 

Ideally, we'll meet before the session to get acquainted, clarify details, and map out ideas for your photos and how you plan to use them.

Shortly after your session, your photos will be uploaded to a private gallery here on my website. We'll then reconnect to discuss image choices and the many ways your photos can be displayed in your home or workplace, or utilized online.

All of my services include digital files.



Each session includes one to two hours of photography for up to 6 people at the location of your choice. Options:

$625 - You receive 10 edited, full-resolution digital files with release for personal use, and a 5x7 print of each.

$850 - You receive 50+ edited, full-resolution digital files with release for personal use, and 20 - 5x7 prints.


Enhance your unique brand and message on your website and social media platforms with authentic, beautiful imagery. A combination of portraits, detail and lifestyle shots, this is an ideal investment for entrepreneurs and businesses who want to personally connect with their ideal clients and make a strong visual impression that will help grow their business and brand. Quarterly and one-time sessions are available.

Imagine having fresh content ready to post every day for a month or more!

Brand sessions start at $1,200 and include commercial usage. Contact me for more details.


A half-hour photo session for one person to create a portrait perfect for business, web and social media. You receive three high resolution digital files with release. $295 (additional files $50 each)

Need individual or group portraits for your organization? I offer group rates.


I photograph a limited number of weddings and other celebrations. Since each is a very unique affair, I prefer to quote these jobs individually after an initial consultation. 

Photo Books, Wall Art and Prints

I wholeheartedly encourage you to print your photos and share them. Your images need to live on display or in the pages of a book! Your family and friends will thank you.

I partner with carefully chosen professional labs to produce gorgeous, archival-quality keepsakes you'll treasure for a lifetime. Contact me for details.

A bit about me...

I grew up in a family that moved often around the US and abroad – eleven different homes in my first eighteen years. My father was an avid photographer who recorded our travels, adventures and everyday lives on film. I'm deeply grateful to him for those visual memories, the precious evidence of my nomadic and fascinating childhood. 

That's why I love creating photographs for my clients.

My career began working for newspapers, back in the days of film. After all these years, photography continues to introduce me to an amazing array of fascinating people and places. Lucky me, indeed!

I've called the glorious Pacific Northwest home since 1990, where I love sharing time with family and friends and playing outside in nature. I'm a gardener of flowers and food, mother of two incredible adult children, a practitioner of meditation and yoga, a volunteer in my community.

Photo by Luke McKinley

How can I help you tell your story? If my work resonates with you, let's get the conversation started!

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