What to Expect

Here at Valarie Duran Photography, I am dedicated to providing you a service that will tell your life story in an intimate, artistic, and authentic way. If you are an explorer at heart or madly in love seeking engagement, wedding, elopement, or family photos, you are in the right place.  


My  Style


From San Francisco to New York and everywhere in between, I pay attention to colorful details, explore curiosities, follow the signs towards harmonious design and symmetry, and encourage everyone I meet to be in discovery. The beauty of the human spirit is my inspiration. I believe in capturing true emotion and the love we give across diverse cultures. My pictures are a balance of beautiful portraits and candid moments. They are artistic, yet have a documentary storytelling feel to them. I specialize in natural light photography and live for shooting at golden hour. 

My Approach

To ensure each individual, couple, or family receives the attention they deserve, I only schedule one event per day. I'm more than just your photographer. From planning to delivery, I'll treat you like a friend. 


Relationship First

An amazing shoot begins with connection. In order to capture the magic of your life's intimate moments, we will be building authentic trust through communication. Whatever your preferred method of communication is, I will stay in contact with you along the way. After you send your initial inquiry, we will schedule an initial face to face video chat consult to get to know each other better. Here, I will learn your story, gain an understanding of your creative vision, and what's important to you. Feel free to also ask me any questions you may have. 


Let's Make it Official

A 25% non-refundable retainer and a signed contract are required to secure your photo session date. After this step, I will mark my calendar and we will start planning. 

In This Together

To ensure we create the photos of your dreams, we will plan the shoot together. For example, if you want to text me photos of your dress ahead of time, I'd love to see! I will work with you to select your desired location, timeline, outfits, and poses that will organically unfold into pure magic. I suggest resources for inspiration, kindly share advice on details, and send tips on how to prepare.


On the Day of

I want you to look and feel great. It is my priority to help you feel comfortable in front of the camera, so I bring cheerful spirit to remind you how brightly you shine along the way. I am present and in the moment



I will keep open communication about your photo delivery date. You will receive a beautiful online gallery of high resolution photos with the ability to download. Lastly, I will offer an optional ordering appointment to purchase any additional digital, print, or heirloom photo products your heart desires. 


Overall, if you want warmth, friendliness, creativity, organization, experience, professionalism, and grace under pressure, I'm your gal. I bring 110% to our day together, so that you can enjoy the experience to the fullest. 

Thank You In Advance

3% of your investment will be donated to the international non profit, Insight Seminars, igniting the power of your heart


Our Cleanliness and Your Health

It is of utmost importance to us. This is why we use masks, sanitize equipment, wash hands consistently, and practice physical distancing while shooting.

I look forward to working as a team and creatively collaborating together.

EST. 2012

Based in the Bay Area, California

Travels Worldwide

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