Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"I do not exist to impress the world. 
 I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy. " 
Richard Bach

In these places and these moments are where I find my happiness. 
I photograph them to remember them. 
That's pretty simple. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Grand Canyon 

"Beautiful doesn't begin to describe it. A flower is beautiful. But this is beautiful the way that a person is beautiful- terrifying with its jagged edges, yet seductive with its crevices that hide so many secrets." 
— Jeri Smith-Ready

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Hint Of Grandeur

“Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.” 
― Arthur Schopenhauer

The Grand Canyon at sunrise 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

"This is how I would die 
into the love I have for you: 
As pieces of cloud 
dissolve in sunlight." 
— Rumi

Desert View, Grand Canyon

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The Grand Canyon

“Beautiful doesn't begin to describe it. A flower is beautiful. But this is beautiful the way that a person is beautiful- terrifying with its jagged edges, yet seductive with its crevices that hide so many secrets.” 

― Jeri Smith-Ready

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Published : Popular Photography Magazine

"Popular Photography Magazine, 
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! 

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

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. 


For You
In another lifetime...

Sunday, January 18, 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

Thursday, January 15, 2015


I had a couple of hours to come up with a bio and photo of myself for a photography project I was working on.  To be truthful, I knew I had to do it but procrastinated hugely.   I was actually on my way out to hike with my dog and had to turn around when I got a email  to "get it done" today.

Even though at one point in my years as a California beach girl, I did print work. I was never prepared for the industry.  I'd been "scouted" one day at a gym and didn't give it much thought.  A "particular" shot went viral on AOL and driving one day in my car, I actually heard the local DJ's talking about my photo, I became suspiciously fearful of attention.

 I loved the photography but after a while, the act of having the camera pointed at me created a full-blown phobia. I have no idea why, I just know the anxiety it produced. If you want to get rid of me, you'll never have to insult me, just aim a camera at me and  I'm gone.

  How do you explain such a fear.  At a breakfast meeting with a group of photographers, one literally sat across the table and aimed his camera at me while I tried to eat.  I left.  I now found myself avoid meetings, meet-ups, anything like that, and yes, I know it's my loss.  I'm trying to work through it. 

After delving into a crash course in self-portraiture this weekend, I realized the whole time, my heart was pounding!  I'd get the camera in focus and my face wouldn't be. I'd get my face in focus and my tripod wouldn't be. I had  a tough time with focus and this is what I got!! . I know I had this naive notion that as my photography was getting more and more exposure, I could still live in an anonymous role as just the person behind the camera or  behind the pen. My theories were starting to break apart, into reality. Especially with the advent of social media, obscurity is an obscure notion.  Recognition happens, albeit uncomfortably. 

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

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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However the features and images always appear at their best in the PDF which subscribers can download (soon).

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