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The Senior Gallery

past sessions in urban or rural settings, primarily outside sessions
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The Studio Gallery

past sessions in the studio with various backgrounds
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The Styled Gallery

past sessions that should off hair and makeup in a styled, themed setting
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When you choose Valerie Ott Photography, you are choosing the BEST senior experience in Kalamazoo! Our clients choose us because of the incredible statement our images make. If you love hair and make up and clothes and accessories, then we will be a good fit. We recognize we can not be all things to all people, and afterall, photography is about art.
  • Located on the West side of Kalamazoo.
  • Typical senior sessions last about 4-5 hours.
  • Typical senior sessions have 3 outfit changes.
  • We usually book about 2-3 months in advance. (Tip: don't wait until the last minute to get it on your calendar!)
  • Our packages start at $1,000 and we offer a variety of speciality products that will make your portraits become heirlooms.
  • We only book sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, typically at 1:00.

Please contact us to receive your senior magazine that is packed with all the details about your session.
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When I came to my session with Valerie Ott Photography, I was nervous and unsure of exactly what to do. I walked into this studio that is decorated so perfectly reflecting Valerie and what she can do. I brought a huge bin of clothes not having any idea of what I wanted, but Valerie worked her magic to put together some adorable outfits that I would have never even thought of! So for starters, I absolutely LOVED my outfits! Then there's Sarah. You tell her what you want and she will make it ten times better. My curly hair and soft makeup made me feel confident and gorgeous! The team that Valerie and Sarah form is incredible, making you feel like this is the easiest thing in the world. You just have to listen and look pretty, then you will have no stress and the perfect look. They make sure that your clothes are straight, your hair is the way it should be, and your makeup is flawless to avoid those awful "I wish that one hair wasn't in my face" kind of picture. I chose Valerie Ott Photography because I had no idea what to do for my pictures, clothes, or hair. They definitely exceeded my expectations and I would go back to do it all over again in a heartbeat! If you are thinking about booking a session with Valerie and Sarah, DO IT! You will not regret it, I promise.

Senior Megan

5.0
2017-04-25T18:30:55+00:00

Senior Megan

Valerie worked her magic to put together some adorable outfits that I would have never even thought of!

My daughter, Phylicia, begged me for weeks to have Valerie Ott photograph her senior pictures. I had been planning on having my sister take some shots for her senior picture, as she dabbles in photography…I thought it would be good enough. I have to say, I am SO GLAD we decided to go with Valerie. From the moment we secured Phylicia’s session, Valerie wanted to know more about Phylicia’s style and what makes her “tick” The day of the session, Sarah did a fabulous job with Phylicia’s hair and makeup.  She asked her lots of questions about what she wanted, and the result was natural and beautiful. Phylicia LOVED it! Valerie’s eye for what photographs well, and her styling was amazing. I liked that she used social media, like Pinterest, to get an idea of what Phylicia’s style is and put together the outfits for the shoot. During the shoot, Valerie made Phylicia feel really comfortable, with good instruction on how to get the best pictures possible. We are so excited to see the final results! I would highly recommend Valerie and Sarah for any photography needs, especially seniors!

Senior's Mom - Heidi

5.0
2017-04-25T18:35:59+00:00

Senior's Mom - Heidi

From the moment we secured Phylicia’s session, Valerie wanted to know more about Phylicia’s style and what makes her “tick”

When it came to Senior pictures, I knew I had to have Valerie!  Not only did I get a Dream Session, I got the "Dream Team" to work with. Starting the day off with the fabulous and fierce Sarah working on my hair, nails and makeup really let us get to know one another.  Sarah did a fantastic job of taking my thoughts and ideas into her own work. When Valerie arrived, I loved the energy she brought with her.  While picking out beautiful outfits, making me laugh constantly and having an artistic eye for poses and scenery. Both Valerie and Sarah have such natural talent and a passion that brought out the best in me.  I can't thank either of you enough!  Every expectation I ever had was exceeded.  Can't wait to see the final product!

Senior - Cassie

5.0
2017-04-25T18:39:46+00:00

Senior - Cassie

Both Valerie and Sarah have such natural talent and a passion that brought out the best in me.

With senior year approaching it was no question for whom I'd have do my senior pictures. My cousin, Hope, is the person I look up to most in my life. She is so many things a girl wishes to be. So, when she got her senior pictures done by Valerie Ott I too wanted mine done by Valerie, and who wouldnt, every picture is absolutely breath taking.  We scheduled an appointment with Valerie Ott Photography as soon as the topic had been brought up. I knew by looking through Valeries work that I wouldnt be disappointed, that I would have senior pictures that I was proud of. I wanted to not only look beautiful in my pictures but to feel beautiful too. I wanted pictures that would make people look at me and think 'wow I wish I could look like her' or 'she is so beautiful.'  So far I think I will get that. I had my appointment with Valerie on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, and though I have not seen any of the final products yet I know they are going to be absolutely stunning. Why? Well looking in the mirror I, for the first time in a long time, felt beautiful. I had no shame in my complection, I didnt worry about acne, and I have never felt so beautiful in my life.  Sarah did an absolutely amazing job I could not have asked for anything better. I had the right amount of makeup  to fit me, and I didnt look like I should live in a brothel. I came in knowing I wanted my hair to have beach waves, I've had my hair styled for beach waves before and it looked great but not as great as Sarah did it. It was elegant yet fun and it was great for playing with during the shoot later.  Both Valerie and Sarah made the room so comfortable to be in. It didnt feel awkward at all, I felt like I was talking to friends rather than adults. They both were so friendly, it was easy for me to be myself with them. This atmosphere that seemed to follow them everywhere made the experience all the more spectacular.  When we started to take pictures I was all for letting Valerie put me in odd poses that would turn out great. Every once and a while I would move my body and use my hands like i always do and Valerie would stop me and have me do it for a photo. I loved being infront of the camera it made me feel more alive and free to express who I am.  I found that I was slightly disappointed once the appointment came close to an end. I loved being around Valerie and I enjoyed the attention I got, maybe a lil more than I should. It was such a great experience to have and I hope to be a client with Valerie again in the future. I am so glad I chose Valerie Ott Photography for my senior pictures.

Senior - Mackenzie

5.0
2017-04-25T18:40:55+00:00

Senior - Mackenzie

With senior year approaching it was no question for whom I'd have do my senior pictures. My cousin, Hope, is the person I look up to most in my life. She is so many things a girl wishes to be. So, when she got her senior pictures done by Valerie Ott I too wanted mine done by Valerie, and who wouldnt, every picture is absolutely breath taking.  We scheduled an appointment with Valerie Ott Photography as soon as the topic had been brought up. I knew by looking through Valeries work that I wouldnt be disappointed, that I would have senior pictures that I was proud of. I wanted to not only look beautiful in my pictures but to feel beautiful too. I wanted pictures that would make people look at me and think 'wow I wish I could look like her' or 'she is so beautiful.'  So far I think I will get that. I had my appointment with Valerie on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, and though I have not seen any of the final products yet I know they are going to be absolutely stunning. Why? Well looking in the mirror I, for the first time in a long time, felt beautiful. I had no shame in my complection, I didnt worry about acne, and I have never felt so beautiful in my life.  Sarah did an absolutely amazing job I could not have asked for anything better. I had the right amount of makeup  to fit me, and I didnt look like I should live in a brothel. I came in knowing I wanted my hair to have beach waves, I've had my hair styled for beach waves before and it looked great but not as great as Sarah did it. It was elegant yet fun and...

My experience with Valerie Ott's senior session was amazing! The hair and makeup done by Sarah brought out my inner confidence that will for sure show through in my pictures. I didn't have any idea on how I wanted my makeup, but Sarah made the final product more than I could ever image!!! Next, the actual session. Valerie made each pose something that is comfortable and gorgeous, while encouraging me along the way with the sweetest compliments and the silliest jokes. I would recommend Valerie Ott for any senior session 100%. The whole experience is something that boosts confidence while bringing out the inner you!!

Senior Reaghan

5.0
2017-04-25T18:14:09+00:00

Senior Reaghan

My experience with Valerie Ott's senior session was amazing! The hair and makeup done by Sarah brought out my inner confidence that will for sure show through in my pictures. I didn't have any idea on how I wanted my makeup, but Sarah made the final product more than I could ever image!!! Next, the actual session. Valerie made each pose something that is comfortable and gorgeous, while encouraging me along the way with the sweetest compliments and the silliest jokes. I would recommend Valerie Ott for any senior session 100%. The whole experience is something that boosts confidence while bringing out the inner you!!

Valerie and Sarah we just can't thank you enough for making the entire experience amazing in every way! Not only did you make Reaghan look so gorgeous but you also made her feel gorgeous! The entire photo shoot was a truly positive experience. From the gorgeous hair and make up tailored to Reaghan to the hand picked outfits you choose for her specifically it could not have been more personal yet truly professional. We can NOT wait to see the photos as there's no doubt they'll all be beautiful and artistic. It's going to be impossible to choose! You're work is over the top amazing and we couldn't be happier we got to work with you and will be definitely working with you in the future. You're AMAZEBALLS!

Senior's Mom - Renee

5.0
2017-04-25T18:25:26+00:00

Senior's Mom - Renee

The entire photo shoot was a truly positive experience.

I chose Valerie Ott Photography after seeing some of their photos on social media. I thought they looked really good so I would try it out! While getting my makeup done, Sarah made me feel comfortable and only did things that I was okay it. She asked me about all the different kinds of makeup before putting it on to make sure that was what I wanted. The hair and makeup both looked great and stayed looking fresh throughout the whole session! I felt relaxed and comfortable during the photo-taking process and I had a lot of fun filled with a ton of laughs. Valerie made sure to ask me what kind of pictures I wanted to take to make sure I got everything I wanted. Overall, I had a great experience. I loved getting my hair and makeup done, picking out my outfits at the studio, and getting creative with taking the photos. I can't wait to see them all!

Senior Caitlyn

5.0
2017-04-25T18:27:23+00:00

Senior Caitlyn

I felt relaxed and comfortable during the photo-taking process and I had a lot of fun filled with a ton of laughs.
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