Extended family session
creative and commissioned portraits
The above gallery can give you a quick overview of how I capture each session. And below, the featured galleries will give you a clear idea of my style of photography, editing, consistency, and just how much of an awesome time we'll have together!
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Craggy Gardens, North Carolina
Family sessions are so much fun and are so much more than sit and smile for the camera. These sessions are laid back and go with the flow. We will laugh and twirl and play games and probably tell some silly jokes to get those authentic smiles. With little ones nothing is predictable, but I promise no matter how your session unfolds you will walk away with beautiful images to treasure for years to come.
Getting the whole gang together for a weekend in the mountains? Look no further if you're hoping to have someone document this special time! Extended family sessions are similar to family sessions in that they are laid back and go with the flow. Each individual family will have a turn behind the camera too as well as cousins, siblings, grandparents and anything else you are hoping to capture.
The land of imagination and wonder that children live in is so precious and fleeting and once it is gone, it is gone. My children are currently in this amazing time of princesses, unicorns, mermaids and superheroes! I love to hear the ideas they dream up and the things they wish they could be. This sparked an idea for Day Dream sessions! Whatever your child can dream we will bring to life through costumes, photography and digital art.
I believe your images should be printed and
displayed for the family to enjoy. I want your
heart to skip a beat when you walk by these
portraits on your wall, and mostly I want these
images to bring joy to your life every single
day. The images I create for you mean
nothing if they sit on a hard drive getting dusty in a drawer.
My goal is to provide an easy and seamless process for you to have custom, wall art and heirloom prints in hand within weeks of your session. It can be overwhelming to be given a gallery of 100 images and have to do it all yourself, and typically the printing never happens. I value the art I create for you, so I spend this time to help you select the prints and products you are going to love today, and cherish forever.
Reach out through the contact form and say hello! Tell me all the good stuff like what you are hoping to capture during our time together and what your dream session would be like. In return I will send you all the information on the session experience and the investment. If you would like an initial phone conversation I'm always up for a quick chat too!
1. Say Hello
2. the consultation
Once your session is booked, the fun part begins! Up first is your pre-session consultation. This is a 20 minute phone conversation that happens about a month before
your session. We will use this time to plan the session of your dreams. We will
talk through locations, wardrobe choices and stlyling. I want to learn about your
heart’s most desired images and what you want to walk away with. I want to get
to know all about you and your family. Basically, I want us to feel like friends walking into
your session so I can create a visual story that is authentic to you. We will stay in communication in the time leading up to your session so you are never left with a question unanswered.
This is it! The best part. The part where you get to relax and let me take care of the rest. I will guide you along so you are never left wondering where to look or stand or what to do with your hands. Each session is an hour and takes place at our
chosen location. I will bring everything needed for the session so all you have to
do is show up ready for some fun. I will get a mix of posed portraits and candid
shots. We will play games, twirl, laugh and create something magical that will
be cherished for decades to come.
3. the session
About 3 weeks after your session we will set aside time to meet for your
purchasing appointment. The purchasing appointment takes place at my studio and gives you time to view
your gallery of hand edited, artful images. You will be able to touch all of the print products I offer, and
place your order. As a full service family photographer, I offer the most beautiful
quality prints, heirloom photo albums, canvas and metal wall art, custom
announcements and digital files.
4. the purchasing appointment
This is also the best part! The part where you have beautiful, heirloom prints of the people you love most ready to display in your home. The part where you don't have to worry about setting time aside to print your images or research where to print because it's done and you get to just enjoy the beauty in your life. All prints ordered will be ready in 3 weeks and digital files purchased will be available the same day.
5. your photographs
heirloom artwork OF YOUR LOVED ONES • priceless
Sessions start at $1075 - please inquire for detailed pricing
Valerie creates a fun and relaxed environment in which she works her magic, even with the least willing participants (like our dog Edie!). Maternity photos, newborn photos, family photography, Christmas themed fun and our recent 1 year old's birthday party...Valerie has captured them all. We recommend her without hesitation. Our gallery wall continues to expand with stunning photos made beautiful by Valerie's unique touch and edits that memorialize the most precious of times. After working with us, we recommended her to our parents. They desired a simple portrait session for their 50th anniversary. These portraits are INCREDIBLE and will be cherished for years to come. Look no further...you've found the best.
I highly recommend Valerie Edison for your photography needs! She was amazing with our family photo shoot! She is great with kids and made the whole experience so fun. Valerie is professional and works with you throughout the whole process to best capture your family. Also her pictures turn out amazing!
Valerie is amazing! She is kind, patient and an extremely talented artist. We have had two sessions with her: fine art Santa minis and a fine art studio maternity session and we were very pleased with the process and absolutely love the images she created! If you're looking for a photographer that produces fine art images and provides clients with heirloom printed products. She is your girl!
Valerie did our newborn pictures. It was so difficult finding a photographer during the pandemic. When I messaged Valerie she instantly responded and set up a time with me that was two days away. It is very important to get the pictures taken within 7-10 days old. I talked to Valerie about the types of pictures I would like and she listened and was so nice! As soon as we were ready to start taking pictures my baby would not cooperate. It took us 30 minutes to get him to settle down. Valerie never once complained. She was so patient and kind throughout the whole session. I have always dreamed of newborn pictures and Valerie exceeding my dreams. She was so gentle with my baby during the whole session. After the four hour session we were all exhausted. I received my pictures so fast and I loved every single shot! So much that I ended up purchasing every one of them. I highly recommend Valerie! You will not regret choosing her as your photographer!
Working with Valerie was amazing. She took the time before our photo session to walk me through outfit choices and color palettes, patiently answering all my questions and taking the time to make sure I felt ready for our session. During the session she was professional and personable, instantly making my kids feel comfortable and she managed to get multiple shots with natural smiles and laughs! She takes time with her clients, making sure you get the pictures you want during the session and did not make us feel like her time was rushed at all. During our first session with her, it started to rain and she magically produced a clear umbrella and continued taking photos, which ended up being some of my favorite pictures of our session! We will for sure be using Valerie for family sessions in the future and cannot recommend her enough.
Working with Valerie was a dream. She was so patient and meticulous with my newborn, and it showed in the pictures. They were perfect! Her attention to detail is unmatched. I cannot say enough good things about her and her gift of capturing these sweet moments.
Valerie is truly a gift! Her work is incredible and we couldn't have been more pleased with our photos that we will cherish forever. Valerie made the experience with our kids so fun. We have found our forever photographer to capture our family!