My name is Valerie. 22 trips around the sun later, & here I am! Eager to take my life experiences, things I have learned (& things I’m still learning), & share them to inspire others. Take all of that good stuff, sprinkle in some of my passions, a little dash of faith, & well-ah! The art of this website.
A B O U T M E
The last six years I have been a photographer. When I was little, one of my all time favorite things to do was to look through our family’s boxes of photo albums. As I got older, nothing changed. Though we had all grew up, & life took us all different directions – the photos remained. The photos of our genuine smiles. The ones of our over the top laughter. The photos of our precious, precious memories.
I got older, & had the opportunity to pick up a camera. Taking photos gave me the same feeling I had when I looked at old family photos. I loved reminiscing, I loved creating, & photography was the perfect combination of the two. I was hooked.
Shortly after I had started really getting into photography, I started to travel. Let me tell you- if you have never gone somewhere completely new & different before- do it. When I flew across the country for the first time, stepped out of that airport, & the crisp winter east coast air hit me- I felt something change within me. I felt excited. I felt hope.
I started to dabble in outdoor photography, & ended up falling in love. There was something about not being in control of nature, [the lighting, weather, etc] & having to learn how to let it speak for itself. When mother nature has a plan of it’s own, you’re left with nothing but your own creativity. Learning how to appreciate the beauty of art has taught me how to appreciate the the beauty of life.♡
I used to just have “photographer” in my title, but over time I realized my passions have always gone deeper. Yes, I have adored photography since I was little- but that’s not all.
I also have always loved to write. I remember when I was younger, I would sit in my bedroom, & spend hours writing short stories for fun. English was always my favorite class growing up. Even now, since my freshman year of high school, I’ve acquired multiple journals where I document the deepest parts of my soul.
Creating things in general has always interested me. In fifth grade, I started my first Youtube channel. Middle school came around, & I was always behind the camera. Making “scary movies” with my friends every sleepover, hosting another Youtube channel, joining a collab, spending hours editing videos; I was always known as the camera girl.
My last passion- is helping & inspiring others. Overcoming depression is something I am really proud of. I know what it’s like to feel like nobody cares. & I also know how much it meant to me when I realized people did care. Those people who pushed me through depression inspired me to want to inspire others as well. All I have ever wanted to do was positively impact at least one person. If I could help one person find life’s true beauty, just one, I will know I did not fail what I was put on this earth for.
SO- Now what? I asked myself when I realized I wanted to pursue all of the things I love the most. I have all of these passions burning fiercely inside of me, but how can I somehow combine them all? How can I wrap my love for photography, writing, video production, and inspiring others all into one? Simple. Right here.
I have decided that I am not just defined as one of my passions, but all of them. I am an artist. An artist who chooses to share her passions with the world.
Through photos, so you can see how amazing this world is through my eyes; so you can see life that way, too. Through writing, so you truly get to know my soul. & Through videos, so you can join the adventure, & experience it with me.
So let me inspire you. I want to show you that life is so much bigger & greater than just the tough experiences we go through. I want everybody to see it’s beauty.
See my photos, read my words, watch my videos & find the good in the world with me. ♡
♡ Valerie Karen.