School photos with personality

School photography for daycares, preschools, and schools.

School photos don't have to be boring!

Every child is unique, so why shouldn't their school photos reflect their own

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What's different about school photos with Valerie Smith Photography?

  • Customizable - Individual, sibling, and staff photos are available.
  • Multiple poses - each child's gallery contains 2-5 poses, in both color and black & white
  • Indoor backdrops that are simple and classic
  • Outdoor option - portraits can be done outdoors during the fall or spring.
  • Online ordering - no need for envelopes or pre-payment

Hi, I'm Valerie - photographer and mom to six kids

I specialize in beautiful, authentic photos that show off a child's unique personality. I'm a mom of six kids, one girl and five rowdy, what-on-earth-will-they-think-of-next? boys.

Here's how you can get those photos

Step 1: Redeem your gift voucher

Choose the package that you'd like to apply your gift voucher towards, and let me know what your preferred days and times for your session are. Then we'll get started planning your family's photo session! You can choose your location from a list of my favorite locations, or request a particular location that's special to your family.

Step 2: Get ready for your session

Once your session is booked, you'll receive a session prep guide with tips on choosing a location and outfits, getting the kids in the right frame of mind, & more. A complimentary wardrobe consultation is also included if you need a little extra help selecting outfits.

Step 3: Photo day!

During your session, you can relax and enjoy your time with your family as I use flattering posing, fun prompts, and playful games to capture your connection with each other along with natural smiles and expressions.

Step 4: Gallery delivery

Two to three weeks after your session, you'll receive an online gallery full of beautiful, authentic photos of your family for you to download, share on social media, or purchase prints from. A print release is also included with your gallery.

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

-Jesika L.

But what if my kids don't cooperate?

I'm a mom of six myself--five of them energetic, rambunctious, slightly crazy boys. I have lots of tricks up my sleeve for getting kids of all ages to cooperate for photos...and for getting great pictures even when they don't. Some of the best memories (and photos!) come when kids are, well, kids--just being themselves.

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"We loved working with Valerie. During our session she was so friendly and made us laugh...alot! She captured some really great moments."

-Melissa Z.




-20 minute session

-Location: Garden Home Park

-10 digital images

-Print release



-Up to 40 minutes of session time

-Location of your choice

-20 digital images

-Print release



-Up to 60 minutes of session time

-Location of your choice

-Full gallery of 35+ digital images

-Print release

Frequently Asked Questions


What's the best time of day for our photo session?

The light is best for photo sessions one to two hours before sunset, or during the first few hours of the morning. If you have small children, they often are at their best in the morning. I am flexible with session times, so if the morning or the last couple hours of the evening don't work for your family, just let me know and we'll find a time that does.

can we include grandparents in our session?

Absolutely. I am happy to include grandparents in your Standard or Deluxe photo session. For more than one set of grandparents, or additional extended family members, contact me about custom pricing.

When will our gallery be ready?

You'll receive a link to an online gallery of all the best images from your session within 2-3 weeks. From your gallery you can download photos, share directly to social media, and purchase professional-quality prints.

Do you travel?

Yes, I travel around Cascade County and the surrounding areas. A travel fee will apply for travel to locations more than 30 minutes from Great Falls.

will our photos be posed or candid/lifestyle?

Your session will include both posed and more candid/lifestyle shots. If you have a preference for one over the other, just let me know.

Can we purchase additional photos?

Yes, if you purchased a Basic or Standard package, you'll have the option to purchase additional images or upgrade to the full gallery.

Ready to redeem your voucher and book your session?

Just fill out the form below and I'll respond within 24 hours on normal business days.