Val Weston has extensive experience in creating images that capture unique details and emotions that others miss. She loves the challenge of taking pictures in rapidly changing conditions that she cannot control but can respond to with technical expertise and broad experience. She is comfortable, confident, and capable shooting events, action sports, architecture, and travel photos. Landscape, nature, and history projects bring her personal joy. Her technical skills include infrared photography in which she uses light from a portion of the spectrum that is not visible to the human eye to capture unique images. She also loves diving deep into the minute details of the world through macro photography. She has trained with some top-level photographers through workshops in places like the Great Smoky Mountains and Death Valley as well as through seminar-based professional photography events.
I love to capture small, intimate moments that are strong enough to stand alone and rich enough to be a part of a much larger story. When a client says “That’s exactly what I wanted,” I’m happy with the project. When they say “This is beautiful! I didn’t even see that when we were there,” I am ecstatic.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
When I shoot events like a motorcycle rally that draws 400,000 people, the Virginia City camel races, the Reno River Festival, or the Nevada Day Parade I strive to capture spontaneous moments in time that illustrate the authentic humanity and the richness of the world around us. People tell me that I’m approachable and that they have fun when I take their picture. Working in the studio, or outdoors shooting still lifes, I dive deep into my technical expertise and am able to amplify and emphasize subtle details in that other people miss.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Published in BMW's ON Magazine and Traverse Magazine. Winner of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont annual photography contest. Selected for several shows at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Georgia. Various awards and honors in local club competitions.
A fun fact about this photographer
I’ve explored the backroads of all 48 contiguous states and most of the Canadian provinces by car and motorcycle and I’ve been blogging about my travels and experiences for nearly ten years.