Archive for the ‘Portraits of Babies’ Category

Baby Henry’s Cake Smash

Wednesday, 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!


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.

Leo’s Cake Smash | Jesse Valley Photography

Monday, 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.

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.

Babies & Tots at Uber Baby

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Yesterday was the free mini sessions I did at Uber Baby. It was so beautiful outside that only a few people came in and took advantage of the free 8×10, but those that did turned out great. Keep tuned to my blog to learn about future events, and like my Facebook page.


Portraits at the Uber Baby Summer Event

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Jesse Valley Photography will be at Uber Baby in the West End on Saturday, June 4th from noon to 2 pm. Come shop the sale and get a free 8×10 portrait of your baby or toddler.


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


Minneapolis Maternity and New Born Photography | Kelsey & Jake + Baby Brody

Friday, March 25th, 2011

I went to church and high school with Jake (he was even an usher in my wedding), and Jesse Valley Photography (JVP) photographed his Minneapolis wedding to Kelsey in 2007. Needless to say, it was very exciting to hear that they were expecting a baby!  They asked me to get some pregnancy pictures for them, so I brought my camera and lights to their house for a maternity session.


I love the portrait directly above, because it reminds me of a maternity version of American Gothic. Also, we found out that Kelsey often stood that way and used her belly as a shelf.


I love how their dog Shelby rested her head so sweetly on Kelsey’s belly—it doesn’t get much cuter than that. And their other dog Toby wanted in on the photo action, too.


Not long after their session, and in an ironic twist, they would find out after the delivery that the bun in their oven was a boy—not a girl, like they thought! And he was named Brody. Here are some portraits from his new born session:


Congrats you guys! You have an adorable little family. Thank you for having me photograph it!

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.