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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

- Helen keller

                  I'm Valentina Glidden and I'm a wedding and portrait photographer. Capturing the love and emotions of those around me is my passion and I cherish getting to capture it through my lens. My style is romantic, soft and elegant and my favorite medium is film. I love the depth, richness and feel it provides. 

I have a deep love for relationships, laughter and good coffee. Born and raised in Colombia, I now live in sunny Southern California with my handsome husband, Matt, our baby Elijah and our puppies, Jack and Ellie.





                           I'm Valentina Glidden and I'm a wedding and portrait photographer. Capturing the love and emotions of those around me is my passion and I cherish getting to capture it through my lens. My style is romantic, soft and elegant and my favorite medium is film. I love the depth, richness and feel it provides. 

Photo by Jose Villa

I have a deep love for relationships, laughter and good coffee. Born and raised in Colombia, I now live in sunny Southern California with my handsome husband, Matt, our baby Elijah and our puppies, Jack and Ellie.

"Valentina was a total pleasure to deal with! She was very communicative and collaborative throughout the entire process. We knew we were going to love our wedding photos since we already had seen what Val could do when she shot our engagement photos. But when we received the images from the wedding we were absolutely blown away. She provided us with the most beautiful portraits, some very editorial shots, as well as fun candids from the event. The only problem we have now is trying to decide which pics to frame-- we love them all!" 
                                                                                                                                                          Dana & Ryan

"Valentina was a total pleasure to deal with! She was very communicative and collaborative throughout the entire process. We knew we were going to love our wedding photos since we already had seen what Val could do when she shot our engagement photos. But when we received the images from the wedding we were absolutely blown away. She provided us with the most beautiful portraits, some very editorial shots, as well as fun candids from the event. The only problem we have now is trying to decide which pics to frame-- we love them all!" 
                                                                                                                        Dana & Ryan

"We absolutely LOVE Valentina! We have done two family sessions with her and I just can't say enough about how amazing she is. Each time, I told myself I'd be happy to get one good frame-able photo because photographing babies is hard, but every single photo was just stunning! As I looked through them I couldn't believe how she managed to capture so much peace and beauty. Valentina has such a gift and works with such joy and patience that it just overwhelms me. She was amazing with our kids and worked so happily and professionally. Valentina is AWESOME and I just so appreciate how effortless and JOYFUL she was amidst our crazy, making the experience so wonderful instead of tense and frustrating - and our photos are PERFECT!" 
                                                                                                                     Adamian Family

"We absolutely LOVE Valentina! We have done two family sessions with her and I just can't say enough about how amazing she is. Each time, I told myself I'd be happy to get one good frame-able photo because photographing babies is hard, but every single photo was just stunning! As I looked through them I couldn't believe how she managed to capture so much peace and beauty. Valentina has such a gift and works with such joy and patience that it just overwhelms me. She was amazing with our kids and worked so happily and professionally. Valentina is AWESOME and I just so appreciate how effortless and JOYFUL she was amidst our crazy, making the experience so wonderful instead of tense and frustrating - and our photos are PERFECT!" 
                                                                                                                                                      Adamian Family

"Valentina captured our wedding day so beautifully. Her work is stunning, and on top of that she is so sweet and easy going. She always made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, which was so important since my husband hates taking pictures. She was very fun to work with. We just loved her and her work so much that we hired her again for our maternity, newborn and first year shoot of our daughter. She never disappoints!
She has captured so many beautiful moments of our lives and I would recommend her to anyone for any type of shoot. She knows what she is doing and is so good at it." 
                                                                                                                                                         Alicia & Jesse

"Valentina captured our wedding day so beautifully. Her work is stunning, and on top of that she is so sweet and easy going. She always made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, which was so important since my husband hates taking pictures. She was very fun to work with. We just loved her and her work so much that we hired her again for our maternity, newborn and first year shoot of our daughter. She never disappoints!
She has captured so many beautiful moments of our lives and I would recommend her to anyone for any type of shoot. She knows what she is doing and is so good at it." 
                                                                                                                        Alicia & Jesse

"There's a reason why we don't use anyone other than Val to take our family photos - quality. Her attention to detail and her ability to capture candid and authentic moments between poses is unmatched. She knows what looks good and can portray you in your best light. She's one of the only photographers I've worked with that guides the entire session so you aren't left with awkward pauses. Instead, you're left with an enjoyable experience, and better yet, beautiful images that will last a lifetime!" 
                                                                                                                        Rietze Family

"There's a reason why we don't use anyone other than Val to take our family photos - quality. Her attention to detail and her ability to capture candid and authentic moments between poses is unmatched. She knows what looks good and can portray you in your best light. She's one of the only photographers I've worked with that guides the entire session so you aren't left with awkward pauses. Instead, you're left with an enjoyable experience, and better yet, beautiful images that will last a lifetime!" 

                                                                   Rietze Family

"My experience with Valentina was wonderful! She is sweet and personable. My husband hates taking pictures and he felt comfortable and had nothing but good things to say. We loved our experience and our photos! She definitely makes you feel like you have a new and forever friend." 

                                                               Rachel & Bassam

"My experience with Valentina was wonderful! She is sweet and personable. My husband hates taking pictures and he felt comfortable and had nothing but good things to say. We loved our experience and our photos! She definitely makes you feel like you have a new and forever friend." 
                                                                                                                    Rachel & Bassam

"Valentina has taken photos of my family for the last 5 years. We have such sweet images of our family from when it was just my husband and I to photos of our little newborns in the first days of their lives. She has such a gift for capturing candid but beautiful moments, making us feel comfortable, and we know we will always receive beautiful images to cherish forever. Looking forward to many more years of our growing family being photographed by Valentina because she really is the best!" 

                                                              Chakerian Family

"Valentina has taken photos of my family for the last 5 years. We have such sweet images of our family from when it was just my husband and I to photos of our little newborns in the first days of their lives. She has such a gift for capturing candid but beautiful moments, making us feel comfortable, and we know we will always receive beautiful images to cherish forever. Looking forward to many more years of our growing family being photographed by Valentina because she really is the best!" 
                                                                                                                    Chakerian Family

"Val goes above and beyond to create cherishable memories on your wedding day. She's on top of her game 100% of the time and she pays strict attention to details.
Our wedding was in Florida and Val traveled from California to shoot our wedding. (She came back a year later to photograph our growing family). And that's what I love about Val, aside from her photography, she becomes a friend for life. Everyone advised me that you don't skimp out on the photographer when it comes to wedding planning. I cannot stress this enough! Val's photography is an investment worth making!" 
                                                                                                                       Erin & Thomas

"Val goes above and beyond to create cherishable memories on your wedding day. She's on top of her game 100% of the time and she pays strict attention to details.
Our wedding was in Florida and Val traveled from California to shoot our wedding. (She came back a year later to photograph our growing family). And that's what I love about Val, aside from her photography, she becomes a friend for life. Everyone advised me that you don't skimp out on the photographer when it comes to wedding planning. I cannot stress this enough! Val's photography is an investment worth making!" 

                                                                 Erin & Thomas

"When the time came to have our very first family session, we knew we wanted Val to be our photographer and the end result was even better than we hoped! The session itself was very smooth, primarily because Val was very calm and in control, despite trying to wrangle eleven-month-old twins. We trusted her vision throughout the process and in the end, every single photo she took became a favorite. We particularly love how she was able to bring our kid’s personalities to life through film, as well as the bond we each share with one another.
We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Valentina and I would highly recommend her for any event you want to remember forever!" 
                                                                                                                       Aquino Family

"When the time came to have our very first family session, we knew we wanted Val to be our photographer and the end result was even better than we hoped! The session itself was very smooth, primarily because Val was very calm and in control, despite trying to wrangle eleven-month-old twins. We trusted her vision throughout the process and in the end, every single photo she took became a favorite. We particularly love how she was able to bring our kid’s personalities to life through film, as well as the bond we each share with one another.
We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Valentina and I would highly recommend her for any event you want to remember forever!" 

                                                                  Aquino Family

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