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

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.

What Does Photography Mean To You? – El Paso Family Photography

el-paso-family-photography-studio-sessionI remember being five years old, putting on my favorite outfit, and going out to have professional pictures taken with the entire family in tow. As a little kid I took everything very seriously. I sat extremely still exactly how the photographer told me to, and I gave my cheesiest smile with all my cousins and my sister neatly placed around me. Now that I’m grown up, I’m extremely grateful for my behavior since these are the pictures that everyone outside the family gets to see.

el-paso-family-photography-valerie-kateFamilies have many different types of photos, all are priceless. Walking through my parent’s house I find Disney vacations, the Grand Canyon, or my first day of kindergarten. I see the high top sneakers I chose to pair with my catholic school uniform, my awkward years, fancy senior pictures, countless holidays, and birthdays. These pictures are unique and capture a memory, which a family understands to be special.

Families exist as a unit, providing unconditional love and support no matter how big or small, or far apart. The photographs taken of the family serve as insurance for an individual’s most prized memories. Getting professional pictures taken is an investment worth every penny. When I look back on those cheesy smiles and remember how serious it was to me, I know I’ll never regret being a part of those photos.

el-paso-family-photography-studio-valerie-kateAt Valerie Kate Photography we strive to document these family moments just like you do. Whether it’s a smile or a laugh between brothers and sisters, or a quick glance between mom and dad, they capture the way your family exists together, resulting in beautiful family portraits that you can proudly show off on social media as well as covering all your walls at home. Over the years the dynamic of a family changes, new loved ones arrive and others part, but a simple photograph remains forever.

As the spring returns we are preparing to release our family photography session location guide for 2017! Join our mailing list by filling in the form at the top of the page to receive your copy this Sunday, February 19th. El Paso offers a variety of beautiful locations to have your family photographed, or you can take it indoors for studio portraits. Call us today at (915) 637-4945. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Pretty In Pink – El Paso Children Photography


Before this adorable little girl was even born Mommy and Daddy knew just how precious she was going to be. They scheduled her appointment from the hospital and we fell in love as soon as we met her too.


The Itty Bitty Collage will help you see how quickly your little bundle of joy changes over the first few months. You will remember the days when they fit so perfectly on your chest and so tiny in your hands.


Making Memories, Telling Stories – El Paso Studio Photography



Making memories is a special series where our families can relax and enjoy a fun-filled photography session that is different from the traditional way of doing things. Everyone is encouraged to bring a plush character for some jumping on the bed! We just fell in love with this little guy and his Batman.

The best part of these sessions is the pillow fight!!!! Get ready, aim, and go crazy! Don’t fuss over the mess we will clean it up. With these amazing sessions come many laughs and giggles. Let’s make some memories. Mom and daughter just couldn’t stop smiling and laughing either.


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.