Friday, January 23, 2015

"Love at first sight is always spoken in the past tense. The scene is perfectly adapted to this temporal phenomenon: distinct, abrupt, framed, it is already a memory (the nature of a photograph is not to represent but to memorialize)... this scene has all the magnificence of an accident: I cannot get over having had this good fortune: to meet what matches my desire". Roland Barthes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Published : Popular Photography

"Popular Photography, 
formerly known as Popular Photography & Imaging, also called Pop Photo, is a monthly American consumer magazine that has the largest circulation of any imaging magazine, with an editorial staff twice the size of its nearest competitor"

Needless to say, 
I'm estatic! 

"Sail on silver girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine"

Monday, January 19, 2015

"One of the hardest lessons we have to learn in this life 
and one that many persons never learn,  is to see the divine, the celestial, 
the pure, in the common, the near at hand - 
to see that heaven lies about us here in this world."
--John Burroughs

My photographic journey is a solo endeavor with well defined goals that have stayed constant since the start. To deftly handle my camera/photography so that capturing the visual and the emotional are paramount to the technical. I'm no way near where I see myself being but it has unfolded a passion that will last a lifetime. 
My time alone in these captivating scenes are the times, minutes and seconds vital for nurturing a sense of creativity in the composition. The countless hours contemplating scenes, angles and the light have refined a visual language and the quiet moments seek to keep a temperament grounded and grateful. All good things happen here. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary." 

— Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Published: Arizona Highways Magazine

December 2014 Issue

Something wonderful this way comes…

In a letter that reads, Dear Contributor, my mind and heart fills with so so many emotions as I'm officially published in Arizona Highways Magazine for the first time. 

2015: While The Snow Falls

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~Bill Morgan, Jr.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Published: Outdoor Photographer Magazine

Published in the Black and White Issue, August 2014

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, January 05, 2015

“I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future - the timelessness of the rocks and the hills - all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.” 
― Andrew Wyeth —

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

“One love, one heart, one destiny.” 
― Bob Marley

A recent interview for a photography magazine about my images and time spent in Sedona had me reminiscing about the evolution of my work and how without sounding cliche, it changed everything about my life. 

After my mom died, I sort of threw myself into hiking and camping and Oak Creek Canyon and Beaver Creek became my favorite areas to explore and spend time.  I decided to start a writing project to document and create trip logs for my hikes and camping  for my blog.  I always carried a little Olympus C-770 point and shoot digital camera in my backpack but my hand-held and unsophisticated images just didn't do the landscapes justice.  I wanted a much more professional look for my blog and frankly, I blamed the camera. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

"It's the heart that knows the path. 
The mind is just there to organize
the steps" 
J. Brown.

Friday, December 19, 2014

“I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light,
 things that have saved my life over and over again, 
so that there is really only one logical conclusion. 
I need darkness as much as I need light.” 
― Barbara Brown Taylor

Thursday, December 18, 2014

“In your light I learn how to love. 
In your beauty, how to make poems. 
You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you,
but sometimes I do, 
and that sight becomes this art.” 

― Rumi

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Photography is as much a journey in search of your own private truisms as it is about discovering light and composition in exquisite environments.Perhaps why I prefer those moments to be private and quite. Alone in the landscapes when the light is pure and new and you've poised yourself to be a witness to its emergence and to its dissolution calls for a certain personal honesty in those lone spaces.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Featured On Luminous Landscapes

I'm very honored to be featured on such a well-respected website as; 

This website has been an critical source of information, education and inspiration for my emerging career.  Kevin Raber has been watching my development since the very beginning so he's seen the good, the bad and the emerging. 
Kevin and Michael and Jeff have been a huge part of my development and I'm very grateful for the honor of being featured here for my work. 

Fall Color 2014 Assignment Winner Valerie Millett

Outdoor Photographer Magazine 

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

An International Affair

Interviewed by the UK magazine: On Landscape 

"There can be many reasons why we first pick up a camera, but sooner or later it takes us on a journey. A relatively recent traveller is North American landscape photographer Valerie Millett. You should not delude yourself over her apparent speed of travel, however effective her use of social media. Behind the development in her image making lies a firm determination to better herself, and a considerable amount of hard work. She is now carefully forging a path of her own choosing, travelling at her own pace. You may have come across her blog which reveals that she is as comfortable with words as with images, however created. A mix of apt quotations and her own words tell of a developing dialogue with land and light and reveal something of the soul of this particular photographer."

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This Art

“In your light I learn how to love. 
In your beauty, how to make poems. 
You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, 
but sometimes I do, 
and that sight becomes this art.” 

― Rumi

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Photographer Of The Month

I share the calendar spot-light with some of my absolute favorite photographers! 
Thank you, Aperture Academy for a thought-provoking interview and a fine platform. 
To see my name up there with the likes of  Art Wolfe, Guy Tal, David Cobb and Paul Marcellini and Stephen Oachs to name a few is just surreal. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

White Sands, New Mexico

Poetic, Delicate, Feminine and Graceful. 
I'll be back for the monsoon season. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence." 
— Henry David Thoreau

One of the most exquisite of scenes I think I've ever viewed. The perfect time of day and light created this breathtaking back-lit scene that gives way to feeling lost and small in something of a displaced  Japanese garden perhaps.  Just somewhere else bright, exotic and surreal.  Beautiful reflective canyon light bouncing off 3 canyon walls at once.  Soft and warm as the tree mimics the canyon curves perfectly. 

Monday, November 10, 2014


“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” 
― Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

“There comes a time in your life, 
when you walk away from all the drama 
and people who create it. 
You surround yourself with people who make you laugh.
 Forget the bad, and focus on the good.
 Love the people who treat you right, 
pray for the ones who don't.
 Life is too short to be anything but happy.
 Falling down is a part of life,
 getting back up is living.”  J.Harris

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

West Fork Deeply

I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” 

― William Shakespeare

Returning to the West Fork trail after the Slide Fire.
My first hike back into the Enchanted Forest since the fire. To be honest, the damage was more than I'd expected and as I hiked through my beloved trail and surveyed my old friend, I felt I was blaming myself, my kind.

The fire damage is quite evident and although the colors were beautiful and for the most part this area of the forest was not totally destroyed, I couldn't help but feel a bit of the loss. The creek is changed, the flow, the crossings, the color and sounds. The low water level has completely changed the cove. The images I've taken over the years here are of scenes that no longer exists.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hiking The Upper Blue Hills

“When I think of the wisest people I know, they share one defining trait: curiosity. They turn away from the minutiae of their lives-and focus on the world around them. They are motivated by the desire to explore the unfamiliar. They are drawn toward what they don't understand.” 
― Dani Shapiro

“Hope is a waking dream.” 
― Aristotle

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Love the world and yourself in it, 
move through it as though it offers no resistance,
 as though the world is your natural element." 
— Audrey Niffenegger

Upper Calf Creek Falls, Utah

Saturday, October 11, 2014

“She called herself an angel, 
and wandered the world from girlhood till death. 
She lived every kind of life and dreamt every kind of dream. 
She was wild in her wandering, a drop of free water. She believed only in her life, and only in her dreams. She called herself an angel, and her god was Beauty.” 

― Roman Payne