My Journey So Far

 Gian Valdivia is a Fine Art Wedding and Portrait Photographer based in Virginia Beach, VA.  

Gian Valdivia is a Fine Art Wedding and Portrait Photographer based in Virginia Beach, VA.  

 

 

 

 

My name is Gian and I'm a 32 year-old, Star Wars and sci-fi nerd, as well as a coffee and beer snob.  Pizza is also my love language.  Born and raised in Manila, Philippines until I was 11, Virginia Beach is my home.  Most importantly, I'm married to the love of my life, Pattee.  

My love affair with photography started back in 2008 when I picked up my first DSLR camera: a Nikon D40.  The feeling of looking through the viewfinder (nerdy term alert) while pressing the shutter button to capture a moment just felt so fascinating compared to a point-and-shoot.  It felt natural to me.

Ten years later, with photography courses, internships, 29 weddings (and going) and many portrait sessions later, I finally developed my WHY.  To me, photography used to be about creating beautiful art and capturing moments that matter. However, I’ve found that photography is not so much about creating beautiful art but more about building lasting relationships, loving on my clients, and capturing moments that matter to tell stories that last.

Will you allow me to tell your story?