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Hello.  It's me, Val.  I'm so happy you're here.

I'm honored to help you tell the story of your life.  

I want to create beautiful moments for you to hold on to because time flies and the photos of your experience will be cherished for years to come.

Capturing your memories and 

freezing time is my superpower. 

Photos by Diana Fast Photography

My Journey

I'm a Bay Area native who grew up in a large Mexican American family 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, television, 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 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, 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. 

The beauty of 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 love we give across diverse cultures - because I enjoy meeting new people, deeply value serving the local and global community, and have mentors who encourage me to share my gift of creativity. 

 

The ocean by the trees is my happy place. 

When I’m not taking pictures 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 am located by the beach across from San Francisco, California, and 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,

Val

Q. What are you listening to right now?

The Quiz

These are a few of my favorite things

1. Michelle Obama Podcast

2. Girl Boss Radio

3. Fleetwood Mac Pandora Station

EST. 2012

Based in the Bay Area, California

Travels Worldwide

© 2020 Valarie Duran

Photography

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