4th Annual Portraits With Pets | September 2012

August 1st, 2012

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):

Saturday, September 8 from 9 am–5 pm at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park.

Saturday, September 22 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.

Class of 2013 Senior Portraits

May 29th, 2012

Jesse Valley Photography is now booking fun, outdoor sessions for the Class of 2013. Book your session now to take advantage of these special deals:

  • If your session is in June, get $100 off the session fee.
  • If your session is in July, get $50 off the session fee.

Sessions are by appointment only, and will fill up fast.

Call 612-382-2867 today to ensure your spot.

For more info, visit my Seniors webpage by clicking here.

Fine Art Photo Response

April 19th, 2012

Below is my second contribution to The Art House Co-op. It is for “The Photo Response Project,” wherein 1000 artists were asked to make a visual response to one of five photos. The exhibition will explore each photograph and its responses.

The photo I responded to is this:

And here is my response, which I took with my iPhone 4s using the Camera Awesome app:

Celebration of Smiles at Jesse Valley Photography

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.

Fine Art Photo for “The Meal”

February 24th, 2012

Today I made my first contribution to The Art House Co-op, for a project called “The Meal.” Basically, there is going to be an exhibition of self portraits of people and their meal from February 24th at 12 pm EST. According to the website, there were over 4400 contributors to this project, which will be exhibited in Brooklyn, NY and made available online starting April 5th.

My meal was a breakfast quesadilla, and Toby was eating his dog food.


Class of 2013 | High School Model Call

January 23rd, 2012

We’re looking for a few top-notch Models for the class of 2013 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:

A FREE Model session

A FREE Buddy shoot

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

A FREE Family session

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

And that’s not all.

After your model shoot, you’ll also receive JVP materials to hand out to your friends and classmates. Plus, you can earn cash and prizes (including an iPad 3!).

REMINDER: Deadline for applications is March 7, 2012.

Interested? Think you’ve got what it takes?

Go to www.jessevalley.com/models to apply.

Fine Art Photo at Lutsen Resort

November 16th, 2011

I was recently informed that the following photograph I took at the Lutsen Resort was selected to be displayed in the Superior Ballroom. I had submitted it for a contest earlier in the year, and I am excited to see it the next time we visit Minnesota’s North Shore.

UPDATE: I also found out that they used a picture of the wedding party skipping rocks that I photographed in their current brochure! Here is a photo of it that I just took with my iPhone.



Sarah + Vic’s Wedding by Jesse Valley Photography

October 6th, 2011

Photographing Sarah and Vic’s wedding was a lot of fun. It was a hot and steamy day (so much so that my camera lens fogged up when we left the reception), but they were great sports as we trekked through downtown Minneapolis for some last pictures. I always love it when I get to do some special portraits with the bride and groom alone, and I know it is memorable for them too. The other fun thing from this wedding was doing my first PhotoBooth (which you can read about by clicking here).

Bark at Art PhotoBooth

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.

Family Portrait Month at Jesse Valley Photography

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.