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Life in High Definition
Friday 16 August 2013

We all know that London is a hot-bed of creative talent and we are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a photographer for family functions, photo shoots and various celebrations. That is why we never felt a recommendation from us would be needed, as surely everyone knows a friend of a friend who is just brilliant. But then we started to hear whispers of Valentina, the founder of Photograface, who takes the art form to a whole other level.

Not only is Valentina an ace maternity and child photographer, but she is also a true artist who makes every portrait look like a piece of art, rather than just another snap. What appealed to us the most was her quirky but thoughtful composition – wisely chosen colours, unusual props and everyday backgrounds were all carefully used to create the most original, fun and endearing images.

Having been born and raised in Italy, in a family of artists, there’s no doubt that creativity is in Valentina’s genes. She takes great pride in her work and before every shoot, meets with the family to get a feel for their personalities, wishes and the environment where her photographs will be displayed.

‘I try to establish where the photograph will be hung in order to advise on the right canvas, theme and colours. A photograph is a piece of art. The worst thing that I could think of is for the photographs I take being uploaded onto a CD and thrown into a drawer.’

Valentina’s commitment to her craftwork and artistic excellence has blown us away. Admittedly, all we initially wanted was a few family shots so that we could frame one as a gift for granddad’s anniversary. Yet, not surprisingly, we have signed up for much more! This includes a collage for our bedroom wall and a beautiful canvas for the grandparent’s house. Not the cheapest option, but then we believe in the old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ and in this case you are paying for a piece of original artwork that is going to be cherished and looked at every day for years to come. Surely money well spent?

Curious Mum