Hi! I'm Valerie. Nice to "meet" you. If you're not familiar with me, most folks probably know me as an AEA actor and producer based in New York City, which is where I've lived and worked the past 10+ years .
I've always had the photography bug for as long as I can remember--I would steal my dad's DSLR on vacations when I was younger in hope of capturing the perfect sunset. But once I got my own DSLR, it's safe to say I became obsessed. I carried my camera literally EVERYWHERE with me--bars, dates, or just on my way to yoga class or work- trying to capture the energy of this crazy city and the people I came across in it.
Over time, I started to use my camera to capture the energy of another dimension of the work I was doing as an actor behind the scenes on sets and in rehearsal rooms/backstage. I believe it's my love of storytelling as an actor than translates into my desire to capture people and events not just by documenting them, but by making unique, raw, intimate, and alive photos of people, events, theater, film sets, and more.
When we work together, I bring that obsessive passion for capturing the perfect, expressive image that represents you, your show, or your brand in a way that will stand out and elicit emotions and feelings. But what's just as important to me is bringing a positive, fun, relaxed and professional energy to every shoot. If you are a portrait or headshot client, we'll have fun hanging out and getting to know each other, which will help get you the most authentic images for your marketing. If we are working on an event or other project, I'll bring positivity and professionalism to the environment so you can focus on the work you have to do, knowing your photographer will help keep things fun, not add to your stress!
But don't take my word for it, listen to the 70+ five star reviews on Google Business, or any of the dozens of clients who have become regulars and work with me again and again and again because building a creatively open and trusting relationship is the foundation of my work!
I hope this has helped you learn a little about me, but I love getting to email, talk with, or meet folks interested in working together so we can get a sense of what it will be like to work together. Don't hesitate to email with any questions, or just to say hello!I'm looking forward to making great pictures with you soon!