Archive for the ‘Portraits of Kids’ Category

Celebration of Smiles, April 2014

Saturday, 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.

Celebration of Smiles at Jesse Valley Photography

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


April 18–20th, Jesse Valley Photography will participate with an elite group of photographers around the country in a very special portrait promotion. During that time we will be providing a wonderful opportunity for you to update portraits of yourself and any family members you wish. In doing so, you will help to support Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries for children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Along with other members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we are offering the gift of an individual portrait session and a desk-size portrait in exchange for a $24 donation to PPA Charities, which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable partner. For every 10 individuals we photograph, another child will receive the gift of surgery! It costs as little as $240 for Operation Smile’s medical volunteers to provide a life-saving surgery that can take as little as 45 minutes. One hundred percent of each donation will go to Operation Smile.

We also believe that our Celebration of Smiles event is a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others. Even small children can understand the importance of Operation Smile’s work, and they are eager to help these needy children. We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible, and we promise to create a portrait that you will treasure.

To schedule your session appointment, which will take place at the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet, please call us today at 612/382.2867.

Bark at Art PhotoBooth

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Bark at Art poster opening was a great event, and I had a lot of fun manning the PhotoBooth, seeing all the pets, and seeing the different posters. It was a beautiful evening, and this is what the subjects saw as they clicked their pictures (see all the photos from the event by clicking here):


The following is a time-lapse video I made from the pictures:

I have posted the pictures I took of the event here. As an added bonus for The Pet Project, I am donating the proceeds from any print sales.

As a quick aside, I love how much fun the little girl had with the PhotoBooth, and I can imagine that it would be a big hit at children’s birthday parties (give me a call if you are interested: 612-382-2867).


Thank you to all of the vendors who contributed to the event, and especially to all the people and pets that came out to the opening. I have also teamed up with the Pet Project for my annual Portraits with Pets event. You can read more about it (and schedule a pet session), by clicking here.

My Photos at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

I posted a little while ago about my photography in the Wonder Years exhibition at the Science Museum of Minnesota (read the blog post by clicking here). I hope that you all will go and see it in person, because things are always best with first-hand experience. And there are so many interesting things to discover at the Science Museum.

But for those of you who are out of town or want to visit vicariously through my lens, here is a sneak peak of the exhibit. It can be hard to envision a 12 foot tall banner, but hopefully these photos will help demonstrate their true size.

Don’t forget to check out the television show Brighter Futures: Childhood in Balance on Twin Cities Public Television, which includes my photos from this exhibit. Read my post about this here.


My Photos on Twin Cities Public Television

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

I blogged a little while ago about my photography being used in a permanent exhibition at the Science Museum of Minnesota (read that post by clicking here). I also found out that the same photos are being used in a television show called Brighter Futures: Childhood in Balance on Twin Cities Public Television (tpt). I was told that they would stream the show online at some point, and when I find a link to it I will update this post.

In the meantime, be sure to watch or set your DVR for one of these upcoming showings (see the schedule and channel listing on the tpt website):

Sunday April 3rd at 12 noon on tpt Life Channel

Sunday April 10th at 6:30 pm on tpt MN Channel

Monday April 11th at 12:30 am on tpt MN Channel

Monday April 11th at 6:30 am on tpt MN Channel


Wonder Years at the Science Museum of Minnesota | Photos by Jesse Valley

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I’m proud to announce the opening of the Wonder Years exhibition at the Science Museum of Minnesota. I was commissioned by the Science Museum to create 11 photographs for the permanent exhibit. Each photo is displayed on a three by twelve foot banner.


Located in the Human Body Gallery, Wonder Years is about the science of early childhood development. My photography helps illustrate the exhibit—with photos of young children playing and interacting with family and friends. Taking photos like these is always an important part of my portrait sessions, because I strive to capture my subjects’ personalities and relationships. To learn more about the exhibition, click here.

I encourage everyone to visit the Science Museum. Since Wonder Years is a part of general admission, you can also see it if you buy tickets to any special exhibition, like the new King Tut exhibit.

To all the families who were willing to participate in this exhibition—thank you. I had a great time photographing you and your children.

If you would like to commission some portraits by Jesse Valley Photography, call 612-382-2867 or visit for more information.

Wanted: Models for upcoming exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Jesse Valley Photography is teaming up with the Science Museum of Minnesota to mount a permanent exhibit looking at early childhood development (0–5 years old). The exhibit will include some of my photography on large banners that showcase children of various ethnic backgrounds. So I’m holding a model call this weekend for ethnically diverse children.

Bring in your kids and get a FREE family photo session—a $150 value—and more!

If you have ethnic children (age 0–5 years, black, Latino, Asian, Indian, Native American, mixed) or know someone who does, I’d like to have them in for a free photo session this coming weekend (October 23rd and 24th). In addition to the free session, you’ll also get a free 11×14 portrait ($105 value) and 2 free tickets to the Science Museum ($22 value). The only thing you have to do is sign a model release form that allows the Science Museum to use my photos in their display.

See your child’s face on display at the Science Museum

Please call me at 612-382-2867 to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. And forward this message to any of your friends who have or might know someone who has ethnically diverse children. I’d like to see you this weekend.

Thank you!

To see some samples of my baby and children photography, click this link.

Free photo session. Custom card designs. Instant gratification.

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Announcing a special offer that will make your season brighter.

But only for a limited time.

On December 5 and 12, you can take advantage of this special offer:

• $25 for a one-hour photo session (FREE when you order 50 or more holiday cards)

• Review photos on the spot and select your favorite

• Choose from several custom card designs to go with your photo (see a small sample of the designs below)

Your custom cards will be ready to pick up the following Wednesday. Plus, your portraits will be posted online for 48 hours after your session for you to view and order additional prints from home.

Sessions start each Saturday at 9 AM, and each available time slot must be reserved in advance by prepaying the $25 session fee (if you order 50 or more holiday cards, the session fee will become a credit toward your purchase). The minimum card order is 25, and they are $2.35 per card.

Make this season extra special. Call 612-382-2867 to prepay your session fee and reserve a session today.

The following is just a small sample of the many custom card designs that you can choose from:




FREE Photos on Halloween!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Bring your kids (or pets) and a food shelf donation to the studio on Saturday, October 31 from 2:00–5:00 pm. We’ll take some photos of your costume clad kids (or pets) and you’ll get one FREE 5×7! Tell your friends!

Click here for directions to the studio.


Spring Portrait Day + Food Drive

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

We had so much fun photographing Spring portraits! For these sessions, we asked people to bring food donations for STEP in St. Louis Park, MN. We’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended our one day photography event! We collected 5 full bags of food donations! Thank you for your generosity. Below are some of our favorite shots from the day.