Valarie Duran Photography_Crown Memorial
Valarie Duran Photography_Crown Memorial

Let's capture your memories and
freeze time together. 

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 believe relationships and how we treat each other are the most important parts of life. My boldly natural imagery is crafted to be as unique as you are, and shared to inspire healthy relationships with others. It is ideal for couples celebrating engagements, weddings, anniversaries, or growing families. My hope is that each photograph we take together will printed, framed, and passed down through the generations of your family to be cherished for years to come. Since I'm  dedicated to making a positive impact on the world, a portion of your investment will be generously given away to a worthy cause that supports couples or families facing domestic violence.


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, 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,


Valarie Duran Photography

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