Testimonials - Val Dostalek


I constantly strive to give the best service possible, it means so much to receive such great feedback from couples after all the hard work is done on their photos. Read what others are saying. Your feedback is always appreciated.

My husband and I are so happy we chose Val as our wedding photographer! He was friendly, polite and professional throughout the entire experience. Val showed up on time and did a great job capturing all of our favorite moments from the big day. When we asked if we could meet separately for extra shots he gladly did so to make sure we got what we wanted. His photography is simply beautiful and he captures great candid shots!!

- Amy and Dylan, Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego, CA


Finding the perfect photographer for our wedding was one of the challenging tasks. Both my husband and I were meeting with bunch of different photographers but none of them clicked. A friend of mine recommended Val after seeing his photo exhibit from a cultural event at Balboa Park in San Diego. After meeting three other photographers, the same day that I met Val, he was an absolute delight. Where other photographers talked about themselves and showing tons of their previous work (each with very similar shots), discussing picture sizes, quantities, fees and other additional extras I should get at an additional charge and the timetable how they prefer to take pictures throughout the event, Val was focusing on getting to know us as a couple, asking how we have envisioned our special day and we spent a good hour discussing the theme alone. Our wedding had a fairy tale theme where all guests were dressed in their favorite fairy tale character and Val was genuinely excited and supportive of it. He came up with some amazing photo shoot ideas to capture the moments. I am an extremely difficult person to photograph - a "photographer's nightmare" - uptight, self-conscious with closing my eyes the moment one presses the button and asking "how's my hair?" for every single picture, Val managed to take and retake necessary pictures and after our "newly wed photo-shoot" I didn't even notice Val taking pictures anymore. He blended with the environment and was almost invisible throughout the event. He was able to capture some amazing details without disrupting the flow or asking people to move, and when I asked him to capture a certain scene he did it right away. We were also looking for a videographer that would capture at least some parts of the wedding - we were planning to play bunch of games, surprise entrance of the evil queen during the ceremony, etc. but I didn't like the filming styles from the ones that I met and they were overly overpriced! During the wedding I asked Val to video record a part where we played games and he took it to the whole different level and created an amazing 10 minutes video with highlights of the whole day and all that for no additional charge! In addition, he designed a beautiful canvas painting/print that I can't even begin to describe (check out his webpage!) we hang it in our living-room and it is incredible! Val has an amazing eye for even the smallest details and keeps calm through pretty much anything - from excited and screaming bridesmaids, demanding family members and crying little children to dropping parts of his equipment into the lake (there were some unexpected winds at the lake during our photo shoot). We highly recommend Val and plan on using his services for every possible occasion!

- Edita and Maxwell, Fallbrook, CA 


Val is amazing! He worked with us for our engagement photos and produced phenomenal work. He was super friendly, his ideas were great, and everyone was really impressed with the quality and artistry of each shot. We have already decided that Val is a family photographer for future events!

- ‎Eric and Crystal, Silver Strand, Coronado, CA


Val took so many quality photos considering he was alone and not working with a team. He was punctual and gave us the photos right away!

- Frangelica and Gibson, Pine Valley, CA


Rob & I want to thank Val for the amazing photographs that he took of us on wedding day! Val is such a kind and sweet guy. He was super helpful and had such great ideas. We loved, loved, loved all of our pictures. Every single shot was absolutely amazing and with excellent quality. Our original photographer cancelled on us and at the time it seemed like the worst thing that could have happened to us, however, I am so happy that she cancelled because it allowed us to find Val! Thank you so much for capturing such beautiful memories of our big day! Much love,

- Cecilia and Robert, San Diego, CA


Val is an excellent photographer and is very reasonably priced! I am so happy with how my wedding and reception photos turned out. I will cherish these memories for years to come.

- Aja and Jeffrey, Riverside, CA



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