Do you recognize this iconic look? Breakfast at Tiffany’s comes to El Paso

Have you read or watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Did you know it was a book and then a movie? Don’t worry we won’t judge if you didn’t and you don’t have to watch the movie to appreciate the absolutely adorable little girl below who mimicked Audrey Hepburn’s elegant and stoic style perfectly. This little one is a perfect model as long as you have her required items on hand such as a lovey and most importantly Doritos.

Another iconic scene from the movie includes Holly Golightly’s (Audrey Hepburn’s character) city loft where her cat keeps her company and wakes her up each morning to be fed. Our little model wasn’t crazy about the sleeping mask but she loved tucking her cat in for bed. We enjoyed this so much and minimal sets like this can be achieved easily. Call us today to discuss your idea for your next photography session (915) 637-4945

Best Outdoor El Paso Photo Session Locations! Valerie Kate Photography Location Guide

The El Paso area offers a wide variety of diverse locations perfect for your session whether you are searching for a natural environment or a more urban feel.

El Paso Municipal Rose Garden: Near Memorial Park, The El Paso Municipal Rose Garden is another option for a greener outdoor landscape. As one of over 100 certified rose gardens in the United Sates, the garden produces a wide variety of roses planted with trees, shrubs, and a waterfall making this a beautiful location for photos. Seasons: Spring, Summer


UTEP: UTEP’s urban campus area offers a beautifully landscaped backdrop that isn’t too distracting.


Memorial Park: Large and spacious, Memorial Park is a great outdoor spot for photos. The beautiful greenery and abundance of trees at this location will make you forget that you’re actually in the desert. Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall


McKelligan Canyon: If you prefer a more untouched environment, McKelligan Canyon offers a serene desert landscape. Located on the southeastern side of the Franklin Mountains, this site features robust canyon walls contrasted against the surrounding desert area. Seasons: Beautiful year-round


Trans Mountain: Another option for a natural outdoor setting is Trans Mountain. This pairs the same desert feel with a more mountainous background. The outdoor scenery changes with every season with special advantages year-round.


Upper Trans Mountain


Lower Trans Mountain

San Elizario Gazebo: Part of the historic El Paso Mission Trail, this is located in the San Elizario Memorial Plaza. Surrounded by trees and grass, this historical landmark is perfect for a tamer outdoor look.


Union Plaza: Located downtown, Union Plaza provides a charming, urban setting for photos. Remodeled from an industrial complex and repurposed for restaurants and boutique shops, Union Plaza is perfect for any El Paso native looking to capture the essence of home in their photos. Seasons: Perfect year-round


Plaza Theater Area: The Plaza Theater is a beautifully restored Spanish colonial revival structure. Originally built in 1930 the building provides a unique, older urban feel. Seasons: Perfect year-round


El Paso Train Station: Another historical landmark, the El Paso train station sports a red brick neoclassical style building with its signature bell tower. Built in 1906, this landmark is another perfect place for those who want their home as the backdrop for their photos.

Styling your family for a photo session (Tips for getting your look just right)

Styling your family for your new portraits is a little intimidating. Everybody sees family portraits involving matching sweaters, or no coordination at all, but it doesn’t have to go down like that. The right color palette, textures, and coordination will allow your family’s personality to shine through your portraits without distracting too much from what makes the portrait special: you and your loved ones.


Stay within a complimentary color palette that matches your family. When choosing a color palette, start with one color or one outfit. If you are in charge of everyone’s outfits, it’s easier if you begin by choosing your own outfit, then coordinate everyone else’s look off of the colors that you choose. Shy away from heavy or distracting patterns and also avoid large text, graphics, or logos. Also consider where you are going to display your photos in your home. If you want to put up your portrait in your living room, what is the color scheme going on in there? Take note of the wall colors, large artwork or other decorations you have displayed, furniture etc. The most important thing to remember is coordination, not exact matching. Once you have your colors pinned down, start thinking about patterns.


Notice here how everyone started with a navy or dark blue-green color. From there, Dad’s pants with Mom and Baby’s shoes add more color. Patterns are an opportunity for more color within your palette. You want your patterns to add texture and dimension to your outfit without it taking over. Individually, the family above is in their own unique outfits but can still come together as a unit and look good, which is how your family should be portrayed.

When planning your family portrait session, you’ll definitely want to look nice, but also remember to be comfortable in what you are wearing. If you’re comfortable during your session, then you’ll be more natural. Don’t worry, it is definitely possible to look nice while remaining casual.


Uncomfortable temperatures make even the best of us cranky so remember to dress for the weather if you choose an outdoor location, especially if there are little ones involved. If there is the potential for chilly weather, layers actually add a whole new layer of dimension to your outfits. Coats, printed scarves, or chunky sweaters add dimension, texture, and change of color. Since these items can be taken on and off they also help add variety to your shoot. We watch the weather very closely and if you are from El Paso you know how quickly our weather can change. Customer experience is everything to us. Your pictures won’t look good if you are not comfortable. We will not shoot in wind over 20mph, or snow or rain, and if driving conditions are too dangerous we will reschedule. Your safety is our number one priority so so in these circumstances photos can wait.



Make sure to leave plenty of time to get ready so everyone has the opportunity to look their best, including yourself! You know your family best, so if somebody is spill and/or stain prone, pack an extra set of clothes just in case. There is really no need to run out and purchase brand new outfits for everybody. The clothes you already have and are comfortable in will translate your personality through your photos the best. If you have any questions about dressing your family for your shoot, just ask! Here at Valerie Kate Photography, we want your portraits to turn out as perfect as possible.


Baby Vintage Session at Railyard Studio – El Paso Texas

This session has that nice vintage look and Baby Boy loved it as much as we did. He probably liked scooting around the floor and running away from us but hey whats the difference, right? Everyone is happy and he melted us with that smile!

We provide a consistent variety of images for you to choose from. The reveal session is lots of fun and Baby Boy’s mom totally cried when she saw these photos. Don’t worry we have tissues on hand though! Give us a call today to discuss your vision for your child’s custom photography session (915) 637-4945

One Year and Cake Smash Studio Session – El Paso Children Photography

Cake smash sessions are lots of fun but we always start with the outfit first just in case our little birthday celebrants aren’t into the cake so much. That was not an issue with this adorable little one! She loved the cake and she ate a lot of it too.

Sister helped us get the lighting just right. Siblings are always great but sometimes older siblings need just that little bit of extra attention to feel like they are still part of everything. The excitement of a new baby and the first year changes everyday life for everyone in the house so we strive to include siblings as much as possible. Give them that extra boost in confidence and an opportunity to help out.

Family Photography Session El Paso Ranch

As the spring approaches many El Paso families take their photography sessions outdoors. There are so many great locations in our beautiful city in west Texas. This ranch is just one of the many options for outdoor family photography sessions.

This family had a blast hanging out and running around. Family sessions are always fun and choosing a location can be really hard sometimes. We always ask if clients are wanting a nature look or an urban look. Where would you go? Join our mailing list to receive our El Paso Photography Outdoor Session guide for 2017 in two weeks!

Christmas at El Paso Childrens Hospital

Although not quite Christmas the amazing staff of El Paso Children’s Hospital and volunteers came together to bring Christmas to the children who would not be able to leave the hospital this Christmas. The children were very happy to see Santa and have their photograph taken but they were even more excited when we all started walking around and delivering presents.


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Siblings Having Fun – El Paso Sibling Photography

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Sometimes kids take a little while to warm up to us and that is ok because we love their intense little stares. This brother and sister were a lot of fun once they got into the session.

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Lots of future Fighting Irish in this city, and these are probably the cutest so far! Sister will be an excellent cheerleader and takes posing instruction very well.

Brother is absolutely stunning below. He didn’t give us much but that small smirk and connection with the camera had us all swooning with heart filled eyes.

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Baby Blue – El Paso Baby Photography


Future Fighting Irish picture for Dad but Baby boy kept pulling the hat off to make us laugh. We just love when their personalities start to shine. This little guy is a huge flirt and captures you with his smile.


The cute bow tie matched perfectly for the Messy Eater portion of the session. This session lasted about an hour and we were able to get a lot of variety.

We discussed a few outfit options with Mom and she brought us three options to choose from. These overalls were definitely a must and we are loving the blue on blue.