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'm the photographer I'm today - capturing the authentic love and light we shine across diverse cultures - because I'm  dedicated to making a positive impact on the world. 



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 life adventures together. Let's continue getting to know each other. I went first, now it is your turn.

Your pal,




Q. What are you listening to a lot lately?

1. Bossanova Music

2. Girl Boss Radio

3. The Lumineers 

Thank you for trusting me to join along for a small glimpse of your life.​  Together, let's capture the genuine emotion, human connection, and spirit of

who you are. You are my next client if you...

  1. value experiences.

  2.  enjoy laughing with your true love.

  3. can see the brighter side to any situation.

  4. find gratitude for the little things in your one wild and precious life.

  5.  are inspired by travel, nature, fashion, music, or art.

  6. appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives.

  7. love all things colorful.

  8. have fun getting dressed up for special occasions.

  9. are generous and lovingly give back to your community.

  10. want beautiful photos that your friends and family will adore and relive for years to come.