Valarie Duran Photography_Crown Memorial
Valarie Duran Photography_Crown Memorial

Capturing your memories and
freezing time together is our superpower.

Valarie Duran Photography_Crown Memorial

As a Bay Area native who grew up in a large Mexican American family, I was surrounded by love, celebration, and cameras. When you were a kid, did you ever have a grandfather snapping photos or an uncle recording home videos at family parties? Because I sure did! At that time, my older brother and I would pick up their cameras, be silly, and just play. 


Fast forward twenty years, I became a first generation college graduate from the University of San Francisco and New York University, with a professional background in film, photography, media education, and international education. I lived in Macedonia as a Peace Corps volunteer, and later had the incredible opportunity to travel on assignment documenting youth service learning trips and acting as a guide all across the globe. With a camera in hand, I zip lined and river rafted in Costa Rica, walked the ancient Mayan Ruins of Tikal in Guatemala, visited a hilltop castle in Southern France, felt pure passion from flamenco dancers in Spain, cheered in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and helped build foundations of three schools in community with Haiti and Malawi. While traveling with purpose, taking action, and being in discovery, I learned that life no matter where we are is about awakening the power of the heart. 

My Journey

The courageously curious and compassionate

human spirit, connected by gestures

of genuine care, is my inspiration.

I am the photographer I am today - capturing the authentic love and light we shine across diverse cultures - because I'm  dedicated to making a positive impact on the world. Through photography, I want the BIPOC and LGBTQ community to feel welcome, safe, and seen. Lastly, I want to highlight the strength and beauty of

women and all they do to uplift their families.



The breathtaking beauty of nature

is my happy place.

When I’m not behind the camera or exploring the world, you can find me hiking, learning how to play the ukulele, roller skating, relaxing with yoga, supporting educational causes, or pouring my heart into my niece and nephew. I enjoy meeting new people, deeply value experiences over things, serve the local and global community, and have mentors who encourage me to share the gift of creativity. 


I am located by the beach in the Bay Area, California. I look forward to traveling near or far to capture joyous, unforgettable memories together. Let's continue getting to know each other. I went first, now it is your turn.


I can't wait to hear about your hobbies and travel stories during our consultation. Speaking of consultation, let's get yours on the calendar today. During our call we can also discuss your vision and craft your most ideal photography collection together. Till we get our chance to meet, shine on!

Your pal,


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