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Documenting

your Life, Love, + Adventures

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When was the last time you had a professional photograph taken? Now is the perfect time to capture you and your loved ones.

I’m honored to have the opportunity to document and provide you with these beautiful and meaningful memories.

i love the natural moments of joy

i would love to capture you and your loved ones

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my style

My photography style is considered lifestyle, which captures natural, real-life interactions, with a combination of candid and posed images as well. I photograph your connections, emotions, and expressions so that you can remember how you felt during this time in your life.

I photograph on-location, primarily outdoors, in beautiful, natural settings. If there is a location that holds special meaning or significance to you, please let me know! For the best light of the day, I prefer to photograph either early morning or early evening - the sunny, golden hour (when it’s available) or soft overcast light.

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“Working with Jamie was an absolute dream!

Jamie made our family session comfortable, fun, and effortless and the product was better than I imagined - It was such a fantastic experience!"

- caitlin b

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"I CAN'T RECOMMEND JAMIE ENOUGH!

The entire experience was fun and enjoyable, and I'm blown away by our pictures! We've received so many compliments. Definitely work with Jamie if you need photography!"

- demi u.

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“JAMIE'S PHOTOS ARE GORGEOUS!

She is a professional every step of the way, from helping you plan your session to the final editing process. We have already used Jamie's services more than once, and look forward to working with her again."

- nicole s.

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“JAMIE IS A TRUE TALENT AND WAS AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE

She has such a lovely, kind hearted spirit and made us all feel so comfortable when recording our pictures. We could not be happier with the results! Highly recommend!”

- laura s.

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“WE ARE STILL IN AWE OF THE BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS SHE CAPTURED!

Jamie put us all at ease and built a heartwarming connection which enabled her to catch our daughter at her most joyful. We will treasure these photos for many years to come.” 

- bridget g.

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lifestyle

portrait session

• 1 hour custom photography session at a location of your choice

• Personalized planning and styling consultation (via email, phone, or in person)

• Beautifully edited, high resolution images (with printing rights)

• Personal Online Gallery for downloading images and sharing with family & friends

• Returning client discount

$500  +sales tax

adventure

portrait session

• 2+ hours capturing your loved one’s everyday moments or special adventures

• Personalized planning and styling consultation (via email, phone, or in person)

• Beautifully edited, high resolution images (with printing rights)

• Personal Online Gallery for downloading images and sharing with family & friends

• Returning client discount

contact me for pricing

*There is a $100 non-refundable retainer required to reserve your session date. The remaining balance is due at the time of your session.

* Sessions are for up to 6 people – please add $25 for each additional person.

* Please inquire for travel rates for Sessions outside of Whatcom or Skagit County. Please add $75 for Mt Baker/Artist Point Sessions.


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FAQ's

What type of Lifestyle Portrait Sessions do you offer?
  • I photograph engagements, vow renewals, anniversaries, families, maternity, and senior portraits. 

What should I expect from our Session with you?
  • First and foremost, it’s important to me that you and your loved ones feel comfortable and relaxed, and enjoy the experience of being photographed.
  • Before your Session - To help me plan and to get to know you and your loved ones better, I will send you a brief online questionnaire. We can discuss (via email, phone, or in person) what you’re visualizing, and I’ll answer any questions you may have on how to prepare. If you have any creative ideas, please let me know - I’m happy to incorporate them and would love your input!
  • During your Session - Relax and love on your loved ones! We’ll spend the first part of your Session getting comfortable and will start with candid shots, moving on to more naturally guided portraits.
  • After your Session - I will carefully select the best images from your Session for editing. Your final images will be uploaded to your password-protected Online Image Gallery within 3 weeks after our Session, ready for you to download. Based on what your plans are for your images, whether it be wall displays (prints, canvas, etc.), albums, cards, or announcements, I can recommend my preferred, professional vendors. 

How far in advance should I book my Session?
  • As soon as you know that you’d like to schedule a Session, I would recommend that you contact me so that I can get you on my calendar. I photograph part-time and I accept a limited number of Sessions each month – summer, fall, and weekend dates book up quickly and I usually schedule 1 to 2 months in advance. 

What time of day should we schedule our Session?
  • For the softest, most beautiful light, I prefer to schedule all of my Sessions 1 ½ – 2 hours before sunset (the “golden hour”) or in the early morning. Since we live in the PNW, there is a good chance there may not be sun on your session day; that said, overcast conditions are beautiful too. 

What is your Session cancellation policy?
  • Life, like our weather, is unpredictable! I understand that circumstances may happen outside of your control (sickness, etc.) so please contact me as soon as possible if you need to cancel and reschedule your Session.

What if it’s raining/inclement weather on our scheduled Session date?
  • As we all know, PNW weather is unpredictable! I photograph on-location, primarily outdoors, so if the weather prevents me from capturing the best possible images for you OR if there is a possibility that you and your loved ones will be uncomfortable (wet, cold, etc.) in the elements, we will need to reschedule. On the days leading up to your Session, I will closely monitor the forecast. If there is a possibility of inclement weather (rain, wind, or if it’s freezing), I’ll reach out to you so that we can make a decision about rescheduling.
Are you licensed and fully insured?
  • Yes!

May we include our pet(s) in our Session?
  • As long as the location we choose allows it, absolutely!  

What should we wear?
  • Wear something that makes you feel good and comfortable
  • Coordinating (not matching) solid, simple colors with texture
  • Accessories and layers such as necklaces, jackets, hats, scarves, boots, etc.
  • I recommend checking out Pinterest for outfit ideas; (here is a link to my “What to Wear” style guide)

Session-specific Planning Tips
  • Families with small children: I realize that the concept of family photos may seem stressful, but my intention for these Sessions is to make it a fun experience for you and your loved ones.
  • Please don’t worry about your kids looking or acting perfect – kids will be kids and it’s my job to capture the real moments! I appreciate free-spirited kids and want to capture their natural sense of curiosity and fun - their “child-like enthusiasm,” if you will. We’ll get great shots, I promise. 
  • I recommend that your kids are fed and well-rested before our Session. Please bring along a favorite toy or two, which I may use to hold their attention during their photographs.
  • Maternity: The best time to schedule your Session is generally between 30-34 weeks. If you're expecting 2+, it’s recommended to schedule a little earlier (at the 6th or 7th month).

How many images will we receive?
  • For a 1 hour Session, you will receive between 50 - 150 images

Where should I print my images?
  • I will provide you with a list of my favorite local and online vendors

Do you offer any packages or discounts?
  • Yes!  Return clients receive $50 off their next Session 

OK, I’m ready to book a Session with you! What’s my next step?


Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.
I’d love to hear from you!



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What type of Lifestyle Portrait Sessions do you offer?
  • I photograph engagements, vow renewals, anniversaries, families, maternity, and senior portraits. 

What should I expect from our Session with you?
  • First and foremost, it’s important to me that you and your loved ones feel comfortable and relaxed, and enjoy the experience of being photographed.
  • Before your Session - To help me plan and to get to know you and your loved ones better, I will send you a brief online questionnaire. We can discuss (via email, phone, or in person) what you’re visualizing, and I’ll answer any questions you may have on how to prepare. If you have any creative ideas, please let me know - I’m happy to incorporate them and would love your input!
  • During your Session - Relax and love on your loved ones! We’ll spend the first part of your Session getting comfortable and will start with candid shots, moving on to more naturally guided portraits.
  • After your Session - I will carefully select the best images from your Session for editing. Your final images will be uploaded to your password-protected Online Image Gallery within 3 weeks after our Session, ready for you to download. Based on what your plans are for your images, whether it be wall displays (prints, canvas, etc.), albums, cards, or announcements, I can recommend my preferred, professional vendors. 

How far in advance should I book my Session?
  • As soon as you know that you’d like to schedule a Session, I would recommend that you contact me so that I can get you on my calendar. I photograph part-time and I accept a limited number of Sessions each month – summer, fall, and weekend dates book up quickly and I usually schedule 1 to 2 months in advance. 

What time of day should we schedule our Session?
  • For the softest, most beautiful light, I prefer to schedule all of my Sessions 1 ½ – 2 hours before sunset (the “golden hour”) or in the early morning. Since we live in the PNW, there is a good chance there may not be sun on your session day; that said, overcast conditions are beautiful too. 

What is your Session cancellation policy?
  • Life, like our weather, is unpredictable! I understand that circumstances may happen outside of your control (sickness, etc.) so please contact me as soon as possible if you need to cancel and reschedule your Session.

What if it’s raining/inclement weather on our scheduled Session date?
  • As we all know, PNW weather is unpredictable! I photograph on-location, primarily outdoors, so if the weather prevents me from capturing the best possible images for you OR if there is a possibility that you and your loved ones will be uncomfortable (wet, cold, etc.) in the elements, we will need to reschedule. On the days leading up to your Session, I will closely monitor the forecast. If there is a possibility of inclement weather (rain, wind, or if it’s freezing), I’ll reach out to you so that we can make a decision about rescheduling.

Are you licensed and fully insured?
  • Yes!

May we include our pet(s) in our Session?
  • As long as the location we choose allows it, absolutely!  

What should we wear?
  • Wear something that makes you feel good and comfortable
  • Coordinating (not matching) solid, simple colors with texture
  • Accessories and layers such as necklaces, jackets, hats, scarves, boots, etc.
  • I recommend checking out Pinterest for outfit ideas; (here is a link to my “What to Wear” style guide)

Session-specific Planning Tips
  • Families with small children: I realize that the concept of family photos may seem stressful, but my intention for these Sessions is to make it a fun experience for you and your loved ones.
  • Please don’t worry about your kids looking or acting perfect – kids will be kids and it’s my job to capture the real moments! I appreciate free-spirited kids and want to capture their natural sense of curiosity and fun - their “child-like enthusiasm,” if you will. We’ll get great shots, I promise. 
  • I recommend that your kids are fed and well-rested before our Session. Please bring along a favorite toy or two, which I may use to hold their attention during their photographs.
  • Maternity: The best time to schedule your Session is generally between 30-34 weeks. If you're expecting 2+, it’s recommended to schedule a little earlier (at the 6th or 7th month).

How many images will we receive?
  • For a 1 hour Session, you will receive between 50 - 150 images

Where should I print my images?
  • I will provide you with a list of my favorite local and online vendors

Do you offer any packages or discounts?
  • Yes!  Return clients receive $50 off their next Session 

OK, I’m ready to book a Session with you! What’s my next step?


Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.
I’d love to hear from you!



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I appreciate you spending the time to explore my website. Please contact me for availability or with any questions you may have - I'm excited to connect with you!

With love and gratitude,

jamie valenta
bellingham, WA + world

Jamie V.

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Inclusion Statement: Jamie V Photography is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment in which all individuals are treated with love, dignity, and respect no matter what race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, size, ability level, orientation, gender identity, or otherwise.

  • Proud Monthly Supporter of the Bellingham Food Bank,  Lydia Place,
          Yoga Behind Bars,  The Trevor Project,  Plan International,  and Whatcom Land Trust

  • Proud Member of Sustainable Connections,  Whatcom Museum,  Leave No Trace,
          and Nature First - An Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography 

  • Carbon Offsets purchased for all Travel, Wedding, and Portrait Session mileage

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Inclusion Statement: Jamie V Photography is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment in which all individuals are treated with love, dignity, and respect no matter what race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, size, ability level, orientation, gender identity, or otherwise.

  • Proud Monthly Supporter of the Bellingham Food Bank, Lydia Place, Yoga Behind Bars, The Trevor Project, Plan International, and   Whatcom Land Trust

  • Proud Member of Sustainable Connections,  Whatcom Museum,  Leave No Trace, and Nature First - An Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography

  • Carbon Offsets purchased for all Travel, Wedding, and Portrait Session mileage

Diversity  |  EQUITY  |  INCLUSIvity
Social & Environmental Justice