Valerie Steele Photography | About
Welcome and thank you for viewing my portrait photography.

I adore taking portraits - from the traditional to the less-traditional.

Photography comes naturally to me because I am a visual artist. I have a degree in Art from UCLA, where I studied painting, photography & printmaking. I was a theatre scenic artist for ten years combined, here in my hometown of San Diego, at the La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance and the San Diego Opera Scenic Studio. My art experience & art education informs and enhances my photography. I have been photographing portraits of friends, family and co-workers, as well been shooting other types of photography with traditional and digital cameras, for over 20 years. For many years I loved using an Olympus OM1 35mm camera. I also now use my iPhone camera all the time.

BEAUTIFUL PHOTO BOOKS: I also design very beautiful & customized photo books, of your photo session or other special event or for special gifts. I have printing, publishing and graphic design experience which helps me create professional and beautiful books for you.

Comments are welcome!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions.


Portrait Sessions - individual & groups
Family Portraits
Senior Sessions
Website Photos - Head shots, portraits, buildings, outdoor views
Engagement Photos
Couples & Friends Sessions
Head Shots
Ocean views
Other photography experience:
Yearbook design of 50-60 page books. Private high school, 2007-2011. Five years.
Senior high school portraits & other yearbook photos for the yearbook.

I have a strong artist's eye & work professionally & comfortably with all types of people & situations, from formal to the not-so-formal, & I thoroughly love what I do. Photo sessions are easy & fun - and we easily communicate by phone, email and/or in person afterward. Please contact me with any of your ideas and/or questions about price, locations & photo sessions.