Archive for August, 2011

Family Portrait Month at Jesse Valley Photography

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Family portrait sessions are fun and memorable at Jesse Valley Photography. Whether at your home or a favorite park, we’ll capture your family laughing and interacting together. You can even include your pet! These artful and candid memories are perfect for holiday cards, gifts for grandparents and custom art for your home.

They say it’s better to give than to receive, so why not do both?

Enjoy giving and receiving in October during Family Portrait Month. For every family session booked, we’ll give a $50 donation to Operation Smile and you’ll receive $50 off your session.


Because of a busy wedding season this fall, weekend sessions are very limited. Call 612.382.2867 ASAP with your calendar and credit card handy. To reserve your session, you’ll pay the $100 session fee (normally $150) and $200 deposit. Weekday sessions can be at any location within 20 miles of Minneapolis. Or if you would like a weekend session, choose your location and date below:

October 2 at Westwood Nature Center (morning sessions only)

October 9 at Minnehaha Falls (morning sessions only)

October 15 or 16 at Lake Harriet Rose Garden

October 22 or 23 at the MN Landscape Arboretum

October 29 or 30 at St. Anthony/Main

To see more of my portraiture, please visit my portfolio by clicking here.

3rd Annual Portraits With Pets | Jesse Valley Photography

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


Have you ever wanted to have family portraits taken with your beloved pet? “Portraits With Pets” is an opportunity to have portraits taken of—and with—your pets. The entire $50 session fee (regularly $100) from each photo session will be donated to The Pet Project. Additionally, if you bring an unopened bag of pet food or a new/gently used pet toy, you will get a set of free wallets with your order ($34 value).

These hour long sessions will take place the following two weekend days in September (additional pet sessions during the work week available by appointment):

September 11 from 9 am–5 pm at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park.

September 25 from 9 am–5 pm at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.

All sessions need to be reserved in advance. Sessions are on a first call, first reserve basis. So call today to reserve your session—612-382-2867. For your convenience, your portraits will be available for online ordering.

Click here to see more samples of my pet photography.

Pet Portraits and PhotoBooth at the Bark at Art opening reception

Friday, August 12th, 2011

I am excited to be running a photo booth and to be taking pet portraits at the Bark at Art opening reception, so stop out and bring your pet! (Click here to see some samples of my pet photography).

My wife Lisa designed a poster for the event of our dog Toby. Here is a quick sneak peak of Toby posing by the poster:


Bark at Art is a poster show benefiting The Pet Project. They are also collecting unopened bags of food and new/gently used pet supplies. It is a pet friendly event and a very good cause. You can learn more about it from the announcement below and by clicking here. If you’re on Facebook, you can learn more about the event and let us know that you are coming by clicking here (and be sure to invite your friends!).

My First Magazine Cover

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

I’ve had my photography published on the cover of my first magazine: America’s Pharmacist. I know it’s not National Geographic or TIME, but I still think it’s pretty cool. Here is the cover shot and the accompanying article. All of the photos are mine except the picture of the old pharmacy.


Bid on my Photo Package and help two Charities (and get great photos!)

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

I love giving back to the community, because I feel so blessed by God to have all that I do and to be doing what I love in life. For the rest of this week, you can bid on a free photo session and 11×14 portrait with me here.

The proceeds from this national auction benefit The Mommies Network and Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (you can learn more about those charities by clicking on the links). And since this is a national auction, those of you not in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area can still help out by bidding on the prizes in your area.

Don’t delay; the auction ends Saturday August 13 at 10pm EST. Click here to bid.

PhotoBooth from Sarah & Victor’s Wedding

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

I have done a PhotoBooth before at my old studio (see the pictures here: Part 1 and Part 2), but I had not done one at an actual event yet. Here is a time-lapse video of the PhotoBooth we set up at Sarah and Victor’s wedding using a professional camera and studio lighting. If you are interested in doing a PhotoBooth at your wedding or special event, please give Jesse Valley Photography a call!