We had the good fortune of connecting with Valerie Pallatt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Valerie, what’s your definition for success?
Success is to me celebrating small victories. Any time an obstacle is overcome or a goal is accomplished it is a reason to celebrate no matter how big or small. Never let the fear of being unsuccessful rob you of the experience at stake. Always be willing to learn new things, the more you know and all your experiences make you more successful as a whole.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
VP Photography specializes in lifestyle photography. I love capturing couples who are expecting and following them all the way to an in home newborn session. Individual and family portraits. Engagement/Wedding combos! I love making people feel comfortable in front of the camera. Many don’t get professional photos done, so I really try to make it an experience they enjoy while individualizing the session for who and what I am capturing. My intentions are to not simply get a shot, but to really share someone’s story through the pictures I take. One of my favorite parts of this business is I grow with the families as I take their pictures. It’s amazing to watch life unfold through my lens! There are no limits when it comes to capturing the right moment. One day pictures will be all you have. I am most proud of the fact that everything I know about photography and my camera I taught myself. I am also proud of the fact that I am a full time float pool registered nurse while also running my photography business. I have been slowly growing my business over the last couple years and taking any and all opportunities to get better. I would say one of the most important lessons I have learned along the way is to stop comparing myself to other photographers and to give myself credit where credit is due. Everyone has such a unique style of photography, and it is so important to not focus on changing my work to match others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friends were visiting for a long weekend I would for sure take them down to the Rhino District in Denver. We would ride scooters around the area to see all that it has to offer. Experience all the murals on the buildings and enjoy all the breweries. We would stop into the Denver Milk Market and get some fresh pressed juice. Afterwards we would walk to Avanti’s and get some awesome food from any of the food trucks in there! And then end the day with some Little Man Ice Cream.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family and my husband John
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