Meet Valerie

Valerie Jirik

As a portrait photographer and photographic artist, I find uniqueness and beauty in each person God created. My specialty is photographing high school seniors, however, I love to create family portraits and provide business professionals with executive headshots and staff photos.

Although my style of photography is characterized as classic and timeless, I also offer fashion model style, as well as edgy, fun, sports photography. VJ Photography specializes in digital art montages for high school seniors reflecting their style and interests.

Portrait photography is a beautiful outlet for my creativity, as well as a challenging technical skill to master. I believe God instilled in me a passion for the creative arts; everything from working on craft projects with my grandma as a child, to performing in plays, scrapbooking, and photographing family and friends. Creating a beautiful image is much more than just taking a “snapshot”. It requires a creative eye and a creative “vision” for the image, as well as proper lighting, expression, background, and posing. I spend time scouting locations for clients to find the best backgrounds and lighting. During my outdoor portrait sessions, I use a mix of natural light with reflectors and diffusers, as well as off-camera strobes when needed. If a client prefers indoor portraits, I have a studio in my home and also have my “portable studio” to go on-location wherever needed.

Each person brings his or her own story to tell and unique personality. During our free consultation, I enjoy developing a vision for the photo session. We collaborate on the selection of clothing, location, props, accessories, and style, as well as discuss where and how the portraits will be displayed. I pray before every photo session for God to reveal all I need in order to get the perfect images for my client. It is such an honor for me to tell their story with portraits to hang on their walls, share with family and friends, and cherish forever.

Continuing education is very important to me. I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Professional Photographers Association and take many classes sponsored by them each year. I feel like each day is a learning opportunity as I explore new Photoshop and photography techniques. I am grateful that so many photographers are eager to share their secrets to success with others in the industry.

I invite you to meet with me for a free consultation to see if my style, personality, product selection and pricing fit your needs. God bless you and have a great day!

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