Photograph of Valerie McIntyre

The Photographer

My name is Valerie McIntyre and I have been a professional photographer for 39 years. I won my first camera at age 9 in a foot race in Illinois. Ever since then, I have loved photography. I used that camera to record the gorgeous scenes I saw during my travels throughout the world. One day, a friend asked me to photograph her wedding. After that, I started to add portrait work to my photographic repertoire.

By 1986, I had opened and operated a successful studio, with work encompassing weddings, portraits, and commercial photography. In 1994, I moved my studio and home to Columbia Falls, Montana in the Flathead Valley – only 14 miles from Glacier National Park – so I could continue my original love of scenic photography in addition to my portrait work. You may have seen my notecards and wall portraits for purchase around town of the various scenes around Glacier National Park and the Flathead Valley. I live with my husband, son, 5 horses, 4 dogs and 2 cats on 20 breathtakingly scenic acres.

I continue to study with the top portrait artists in the country to keep up with the current cutting edge trends in the portrait world.

I photographed all newborns at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Montana for 3.5 years. You can also find me on Facebook, where I regularly share my latest portraits.

The Studio

My private 20 acre outdoor studio includes a beautiful flower garden, large weeping willows, split rail fences, large pine trees, a magical birch grove, a 1913 barn, a Rocky Mountain backdrop with beautiful grasses as the foreground, a Montana buckboard wagon and so much more. My 1,000 square foot indoor studio has warm, heated floors, a changing room and restroom, a new, beautiful, rustic background to accommodate large groups and lots of unique props and other backgrounds to choose from.

All these different settings to choose from makes my studio a very special place to have a portrait done. We love what we do and want to make sure you have an enjoyable time with us!