Class of 2016 | Studio Reps Needed

January 23rd, 2015

Jesse Valley Photography is currently seeking Studio Reps for the Class of 2016. Besides getting a FREE senior photo session, five studio reps will be eligible to participate in a local magazine photo shoot.

But in order to take part in this exclusive opportunity, you need to apply by clicking here.

To see last year’s article, click here.

To see the previous year’s, click here.

To learn more about the Studio Rep program, click here.

Baby Henry’s Cake Smash

November 19th, 2014

I can’t believe little Henry is already celebrating his first birthday. I still remember taking his newborn photos last November; look at how little he was here:

I love that the new iPhone 6 has a time-lapse capability built right into itself, so I used that when it was time for his first cake. Enjoy!


JVP Seniors in Compass Magazine

August 6th, 2014

Once again, I was asked to photograph some of my high school seniors for The West End Compass magazine. Various stores at The Shops at West End provided the clothing, hair styles and makeup, and I provided the photography. It was a really fun experience, and something I look forward to doing again next year.

You can read the magazine online by clinking this link (my article starts on page 28).

Celebration of Smiles, April 2014

March 8th, 2014

Once again, I’m proud to participate in a charitable portrait promotion called Celebration of Smiles. For a minimum donation of $24, you will receive the gift of a mini-session and a 5×7 portrait. 100% of your donation goes to Operation Smile, which can repair a cleft lip or palate for as little as $240. You can read more about the event and charity via this link.

Only available during the month of April, you can schedule your mini portrait session by calling 612-382-2867.

Another award for Jesse Valley from Viewbug

September 10th, 2013

This time a photo taken with my iPhone 4s  (“Spoon Bridge and Cherry”) was selected as one of the judge’s favorite photos. I have been very pleased with the quality of the photos my iPhone takes, and often use it for this type of photography. You can see the original link here.

Spoon Bridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Jesse Valley Photography in Compass magazine

August 25th, 2013

In June, I photographed some of my high school age clients for The West End Compass magazine. Various stores at The Shops at West End provided the clothing, hair styles and makeup, and I provided the photography. It was a really fun experience, and something I look forward to doing again next year.

You can read the magazine online by clicking here (my article starts on page 46).

Senior Photos by Jesse Valley in the Compass magazine

I wanted to give a special thank you to Shannon St. Clair for assisting me on some of the shoots. Here she is in action:

Taking senior pictures at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis

Jesse Valley in New York City Exhibition

July 17th, 2013

Some of my photography will be featured in The Story of the Creative exhibition in New York City. This show will feature artists from 103 countries across the globe, and it will be on display from July 25—September 10, 2013. I won’t be able to see the exhibit in person, but let me know in the comments if you get to check it out. (Click here to see the invitation and get directions to the gallery.) Here are links to the 3 images they included in the exhibition:

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3

Leo’s Cake Smash | Jesse Valley Photography

April 1st, 2013

Today is Leo’s 1st birthday. I have always loved finishing my one year old sessions with a cake smash, because it is so much fun to see how differently each kid eats (and destroys) the cake. Mister Leo pretty much demolished it, and when he stood up near the end he reminded me of Godzilla standing over Tokyo. Happy birthday Leo!

I also made a time lapse video of this so you can get a feel for the entire event.

Class of 2014 | High School Model Call

March 24th, 2013

* Exciting New Update *

I was recently asked to photograph a back-to-school article for The West End Compass, which is the official publication of The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. They want to use real customers for it, so this is going to be an amazing opportunity for some of my models. Click here to see a sample of the magazine.

If you’d like to be eligible for this exclusive opportunity, you have to sign up below.

We’re looking for a few top-notch Models for the class of 2014 to spread the word about Jesse Valley Photography. Tell us if that’s you.

Jesse Valley Photography (JVP) wants you to be a Model for us. Why? Pretty simple. We’re looking for more high school students who want to take advantage of our unique senior photos. So what’s in it for you? Just a few small things like:

FREE Buddy shoot

FREE Signature session (up to three hours of photography, at a location of your choice).

FREE Family session

Photos from your sessions posted on Facebook and in other ads.

And that’s not all. You can earn cash and prizes (including an iPad 3!).

REMINDER: Deadline for applications is May 27, 2013.

Interested? Think you’ve got what it takes?

Go to to apply.

Jesse Valley receives an award on ViewBug

March 15th, 2013

I just found out today that one of my photos called “Self Portraitist” won an award on ViewBug. Maybe I should post more of my stuff on there…

Self Portraitist by Jesse Valley