After being given her first camera at age seven, Valerie's first subject was her dog Taffy. Twenty years later she was taking a picture for a friend and the result was magical; a gorgeous portrait of her friends dog, Cocoa.
For years Valerie took photos of dogs but she is now turning her attention to horses! (See commissions).
Valerie says, "I have a way with the 4-leggeds. People watch me work and comment about how much patience I have. It's the only area in which I have it. When I photograph animals I have a lot of focus and that yields patience."