Smiling couple hold baby and laughing little girl

Heartwarming family photography for laid-back families in Great Falls, MT

Mom and daughters kneel together and laugh
Three brothers hug each other at Giant Springs State Park
Family holding hands stands on the bank of river with fall foliage in background
Baby looks up at camera
Baby and little girl peek out from around parents' shoulders

A time to savor every little moment


There are so many precious moments of childhood, like a toddler's mischievous smirk, the 7 year old's gap-toothed grin, or that instant when your moody teen lets a smile slip. Somehow it's all too easy for these to be forgotten in the busyness of everyday life. But wouldn't it be amazing if you could capture some of these moments in heartwarming family photos so you can remember them forever?


Creating heartwarming family photos is what I do best!


As a photographer, I love capturing authentic, connected family portraits that document the moments and reflect your family's love & personality. And as a mom of 6, I specialize in wrangling energetic kids! I have a few tricks up my sleeve for coaxing kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens, into cooperating for photos...and for getting great photos even when they don't. After all, some of the absolute best memories (and photos!) come when kids are just being themselves.

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Mom and two kids tickle each other family photographer Great Falls MT


"Valerie had us laughing which made all the images authentic and candid."

-Jesika L.

Here's what you can expect when you book a family photo session with me

Smiling mom cuddles toddler while two older brothers lean in to them
  • Relaxed sessions with gentle posing, fun prompts, and playful games to capture connection along with natural smiles & expressions


  • Session prep guide makes getting ready easy for busy moms, with tips on preparing kids for your session & more


  • Styling tips make outfit selection simple


  • Complimentary outfit consultation (optional)

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Hi, I'm Valerie!


My goal as a family photographer is for everyone in the family to enjoy themselves while we can create natural, heartwarming photos that reflect who your family really is. There's no worries about any shenanigans your kiddos might pull-I have six kids of my own, so I'm not bothered by kid antics.




Family Portrait Prices


Tailored photo collections let you select your favorite photos.


I'm all about giving choices, so there's no need to choose a package with a set number of images before you even see them. A small session fee secures your date & covers your photo session. Then, once you see your photo gallery, select & purchase just the photos you love for a perfect-for-your-family photo selection.


Family session fee - $100

(Does not include any images)



Photo Packages - $200 to $400

(Choose a package after viewing your online photo gallery)


More photos from recent family sessions

Family with two toddlers and baby surrounded by fall foliage
Mom holding toddler tickles laughing son
Five teens link arms and smile
Little girl in white dress
Mom kisses toddler son who is sitting on her lap
Dad wearing cowboy hat tosses happy baby son into air
Mom and dad simultaneously airplane two toddlers
Family hugs each other surrounded by fall foliage
Family holds hands and smiles at each other Giant Springs State Park

Ready to book your session? Or have questions? I'd love to talk with you!