Van Valen Photography
in your backyard, or around the world


Surprise Parties, Turning 40, Mexico, and Framily

I’ve done a lot of thinking about my Big Birthday, the Over the Hill Birthday, the Big Four Oh. I planned and planned a major trip to Mexico, to swim with whale sharks, to spend time with family, friends…my chosen family.

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On The Road in Chiapas, Mexico

A photo essay of our trip from Cancun (state of Quintana Roo), to Villahermosa (state of Tobasco), to Palenque and beyond (state of Chiapas). DSLR photos, and iPhone snapshots. You can get the gist from the photos and captions, or you can read to learn more about traveling in this unique, beautiful, sometimes overlooked part of Mexico.

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Colleen & Justin Say I Do

Colleen & Justin said I do in July at Plaza Del Toro in inner-Southeast Portland, surrounded by their family, friends, with funky oldies spun (on 45!), a sunset walk on the Eastbank Esplanade, and so, so many laughs.

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