How To Create Your Perfect Wedding Album

How To Create Your Perfect Wedding Album

Your wedding day photos will become some of your most cherished heirlooms for you and your family. Wedding photos are captured in order to remember such a beautiful day and to remind you of the promises that were made to each other.

Here is our process in creating the perfect wedding album for our wedding couples:

Select the album - Choose an album that fits the theme of your wedding. With many options, you’ll be sure to find your perfect album.

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Family Portraits With Their Dogs and Horse - Empire Polo Club Coachella

Family Portraits With Their Dogs and Horse - Empire Polo Club Coachella

Anyone that knows me, knows that I’ll go anywhere for the opportunity to photograph a family with their dogs and their horse. So, when I was approached by the Beadle family to photograph them, I was happy to travel to the Empire Polo Club in Indio California. Besides photographing their family with their beautiful children and their spectacular pets (two dogs and a dappled horse), I also dedicated a large part of the photo session to capture photos for their recent wedding engagement. The Empire Polo Club offered a tropical Southern California look with palm trees and lush tropical gardens. As you can see in the images below, it was pretty awesome that the entire family took part in this special time of their lives.

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High School Senior photos - Girl, Horse and Puppies

High School Senior photos - Girl, Horse and Puppies

Our approach to every high school senior photo session is to personalize it with props and locations that celebrate just who you are. Stephanie and I have known Sydney for over 10 years and we were so excited to do her high school senior photos. To personalize her photo session, Sydney wanted to be photographed at the stables that she visits every weekend and of course, her props were her horse and brand new puppies. As you can see in the photos below, she had quite the variety of looks to celebrate her true personality.

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High School Senior Photos at the Mission SJC

High School Senior Photos at the Mission SJC

The Mission SJC is one of my all time favorite locations for high school senior photography. With endless historic backdrops, to majestic gardens, the Mission SJC offers a so many unique looks for photos.

I’m grateful that I have been able to capture photos of this beautiful girl for most of her childhood and now for her high senior photos.

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Bozeman Montana Corporate Headshot Photography

Bozeman Montana Corporate Headshot Photography

Bozeman Montana, near Big Sky Ski Resort and Yellowstone National Park, is one of the countries hottest destination spots. Businesses are booming and the economy is rising. New families are moving into new developments every day in beautiful single family homes with majestic mountain views. The corporate world is starting to notice the fast growth that’s happening in Bozeman.

Stephanie and I have been proving corporate headshots to local businesses in Bozeman and surrounding cities. We have brought our highly competitive Orange County corporate headshot style to give those businesses an edge over their competition. Our clients come from the ranching, construction, real estate, financial, lawyer, hotel and speaking world. It’s pretty cool to see so many successful businesses flourishing in this spectacular part of the country.

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Children Portrait Photography - Spring Flowers

Children Portrait Photography - Spring Flowers

The first day of spring this year is Wednesday, March 20 and there is no better way to celebrate the magic of spring, other than to surround yourself in a sea of flowers. We have been photographing children in the flowers every spring since 1994 and each and every child seems to come alive with happiness during these very cute portrait sessions. Since there is such a short window of opportunity to capture photos of this new beginning that spring offers to us, our children portrait sessions have become quite popular. If you want this moment captured of your children, contact us while the flowers are alive and in bloom.

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100 Best High School Senior Photography Images Of Girls

100 Best High School Senior  Photography Images  Of Girls

Here are the best 100 images from high school senior girls to help you decide on the look that you would like to convey for yourself. Take a close at these images to get ideas on hair, makeup, clothing, posing, and location, so that we can customize your perfect photo session.
My high school senior photography photo sessions are designed to capture images of who you are in this awesome stage of your life.
Check out the 100 examples below of senior girls and let us customize the perfect high school senior photo session for you.

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120 Best High School Senior Photography Images Of Girls and Boys

120 Best High School Senior Photography Images Of Girls and Boys

Here are the best 120 images from 30 of my high school senior clients, girls and boys, to help you decide on the look that you would like to convey for yourself.
My high school senior photography photo sessions are designed to capture images of who you are in this awesome stage of your life.
Check out the 120 examples below of boys and girls and let us customize the perfect high school senior photo session for you.

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12 Lifestyle Headshot Examples For Men & Women Business Professionals

12 Lifestyle Headshot Examples For Men & Women Business Professionals

Lifestyle corporate headshots are usually accomplished with the use of natural light, that visually feel like everyday life.

Here are 12 Men and Women lifestyle headshot examples of two of my clients, Melissa Mercantel and Larry Broughton, to help you decide if lifestyle headshots are what you are looking for yourself.
As a business professional, you can connect with your clients with both traditional headshots, as well as lifestyle headshots. Both Men and Women coming across friendly, approachable and professional can be accomplished with both looks.
Check out the 12 examples below and decide for yourself if lifestyle corporate headshots is the way to go for you and your business.

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12 Corporate Headshot Casual & Formal Examples For Business Professionals

 12 Corporate Headshot Casual & Formal Examples For Business Professionals

Here are 12 examples of some of my corporate headshot clients to help you decide on the look that you would like to convey for yourself.
As a business professional, you can connect with your clients with both formal and casual attire. Coming across friendly, approachable and professional can be accomplished with both looks.
Check out the 12 examples below and decide for yourself if a casual, or a formal corporate headshot is the way to go for you and your business.

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Photography expeditions adding epic adventure to our lives

Photography expeditions adding epic adventure to our lives

Photography expeditions along with traveling make our job one of the best occupations we could have ever hoped for. Val and I started teaching photography in 2010. We took our students on photography expeditions after teaching them the basic elements of photography to help cement our teachings with our students. Initially we stayed close to home taking our students to local venues such as Laguna Niguel Regional park, Sunset Cliffs beach in San Diego and The Mission San Juan Capistrano. As Val and I started to realize that their was suddenly a high demand to learn photography, we took our “Show” (Basic Elements of Photography Workshop) on the road. We went to some really fun places to help our fledgling photographers test their new skills, such as the Portland Oregon Zoo, Seattle aquarium, The Museum of the Rockies in Montana and the Harry P Leu botanical gardens in Orlando Florida, just to name a few.

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The Gift Of Giving

The Gift Of Giving

It doesn’t always take money to give a gift.

We all try our best to do random acts of kindness whether or not it involves donation of time or money, every little bit counts and adds-up. The act of giving, meaning much more to the recipient and hopefully gratifying to the giver.

Most of us practice giving when we can by donating our time or money to those in need. In fact, we are seeing more and more, people on their birthday, asking for a donation to the organization of their choice. It’s their birthday, they get to choose. We have many clients that go far beyond the norm to help others.

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Bordercollies & Irish Wolfhounds!

Bordercollies & Irish Wolfhounds!

As we all know, life is filled with ups and downs, gains and losses and that is what keeps it interesting and exciting at the same time. Life for us is a constant adventure and I feel grateful for all of the positive and negative experiences, our life is anything but dull!

A year ago we lost our beloved Monty to an unfortunate accident on our last photography “Ranch” project in Northern California. Both Monty and Val had severe heat-stroke and Val pulled through and Monty did not. Monty’s tragic death was one of the most devastating and traumatic happenings in Val and I’s life together. Even though Monty was not human... his friendly and loving personality captured our hearts and won the admiration and love of many....he was a “superstar” used in our photo sessions, and going everywhere with us. Monty was my life and that kind of spirit can never be replaced.

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Fun H.S. Senior sitting at Downtown San Juan!

Fun H.S. Senior sitting at Downtown San Juan!

Senior year is a busy time for both seniors and parents alike.  There is always so much to do and so many memories in the process of being made.  Here at Val Westover Photography, we want to help you capture those special last few moments of high school.

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How To Rise Above Your Competition With Professional Looking Headshot Photography

How To Rise Above Your Competition With Professional Looking Headshot Photography

Rising above your competition is always a goal in business. You want your business to be better, provided better quality products/services, have better employees, and make more money – but how do you do this?

There are many ways you could try to outdo your competition, but you should first try updating your headshot by using a professional photographer. Even if you have had a headshot done professionally in the past, it most likely will need to be updated due to a change in what’s expected from professional headshots.

Traditional headshots for companies were made to be straight-faced, no emotion, and very basic colored backgrounds. Most men wore black suits in a business-dressed company, and women usually wore one color dress or a suit as well.

Nowadays, professional headshots are about showcasing the emotion, the feelings and thoughts of a person conveyed in a photo. This is to gain the trust of new and old clients, build your network with people interested in working with you or are in the same industry or network.

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Business Marketing Photography for Small Business

Business Marketing Photography for Small Business

Photography for small businesses is completely different to any other photography. Acting as a much more important tool for small businesses for their high turnover siblings, photography is an excellent way to promote an enterprise with minimal input. At Val Westover Photography we take the needs of the individual very seriously and are proud of the business we offer to small businesses in Orange County.

As award winning photographers we know what looks good, what looks bad and what will leave you regretting your decisions. We put everything we have into every photo shoot we do and the results are translated directly into the photographs at the end result. Of course, when you’re looking at marketing photos then they are again a different ball game and some of our favorite shoots are the ones that will go directly into marketing campaigns.

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Amazing corporate headshots for women!

Amazing corporate headshots for women!

Martina Reyes is a great client of ours! She lives in Puerto Rico but always makes sure to come out on a regular basis to Orange County, California, to have her corporate headshots done by Val Westover. She is so much fun and such a joy to photograph.

Professional corporate headshots for women are such a big part of our business and we strive to create high end competitive photos that can be used for marketing, website and social media.

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4th of July Buy One Get One Wall Portrait For Free!

4th of July Buy One Get One Wall Portrait For Free!

4th of July Buy One Get One Wall Portrait For Free!

Purchase a wall portrait package and receive the second wall portrait
of any pose for FREE!

 

A second wall portrait from your photo session is perfect for:

• Gift for the grandparents or a loved one

• Creating a stunning presentation in any room of your home

• An additional wall portrait to hand down as a family heirloom

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Stunning family portrait at the beach with cute dog!

Stunning family portrait at the beach with cute dog!

This stunning family at the beach with their cute dog is what people can expect anytime they're photographed by Val Westover at Laguna Beach, California.

We've been photographing the McFarland family since the girls were very tiny. It's so great to watch them grow up and it was extra special to see their cute little dog.

The McFarland's annual family portrait has become a very important family event in capturing cherished memories that their girls will come to appreciate later in life.

Check out some of the McFarland's photos below from their family portrait at the beach with their cute dog...

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LOOK YOUR BEST IN YOUR TEAM HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHY

LOOK YOUR BEST IN YOUR TEAM HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHY

Lets face it, we are all a little bit camera shy, and we find the prospect of a programmed photo a little bit intimidating. For this reason, it is always a good idea to research a photographer so that you can acquaint yourself with his or her work. You should check out their site and read all of the comments and reviews so that you find the perfect fit.

When you have found someone, you have to communicate what you and your team want. Always be confident and bring your own ideas to the table, but remember to listen as well. A professional photographer will know which angles and shots work best for you and your team. Once you make the choice, remember that trust is important because it’ll give you the confidence to work within the established limits.

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