Elmir Valley has graduated Simon Fraser University with a BA in Media Arts in 2012. It was there that he learned to use a camera and all the editing software (photoshop and lightroom). In 2013 he found out the kind of joy he had being behind a camera taking photos and is when he started working professionally. Through the years he has become very comfortable doing any type of photography and working with all kinds of clients. Most of his work is with couples. Weddings, engagements, family photos (lot of it being repeat business). But he also enjoys doing events and even concerts. Some of the more interesting ones being metal/rock music shows. He gets to experience different kinds of environments because of his open mindedness and curiosity to experience different things and meet a variety of people.
Photography is about stories of course. Freezing an image for eternity. A single image of let's say a portrait of an elderly citizen, can tell you a hundred stories. A single moment that can capture an emotion and feeling, that would let the person relive that moment and feel that emotion many years later. I love my job for so many things. It doesn't even feel like work when I do it. I just feel like I'm living through the best human experiences and get to be a part of so many special moments, meet many different people and learn many different things. I love being able to create and share something people will cherish. Create stories, create art.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done many weddings and engagements, family photos, boudoir shoots and portraits in general. I'm a very easy going person, and I make sure the people in photos are relaxed and themselves. I love to capture true moments and people are really themselves of course when they don't feel the pressure of the camera. I am very personable and can keep a conversation with people to feel a bit more of a connection as well.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Just online awards on viewbug.com. I don't really apply myself for any of that stuff. The best reward for me is when people tell me that they love their photos.
A fun fact about this photographer
I was born in Soviet Union, a country now called Azerbaijan. I grew up there as well as Switzerland and Kenya before moving to Canada 15 years ago. I'm a big traveler.