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Life and Work with Valerie Pallatt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Valerie Pallatt.

Valerie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up in the mountains of Central City, I found myself drawn to two things – helping others and capturing the memories of all our adventures. From a young age, I knew I was going to be a nurse. So, I left the mountains to start my nursing career. In the midst of life as a nurse, I became invested in capturing moments of different stages of life. I was shocked at how many friends and families didn’t have pictures taken that weren’t on cell phones. This made me want to provide this service to others who generally wouldn’t get their pictures taken because of the cost or the awkwardness they might feel in front of a camera. I wanted to be the one to capture memories to hang on their walls in their home, send them to loved ones, or just look back on those moments and feel the emotion. Creating unique scenes so that individuals feel important and worthy is what I strive for. There is nothing better than seeing and hearing your customer’s response to the photos you captured of them. With both passions, nursing, and photography, I am able to do intentional living and serve others. Both of which are very close to my heart. Meeting new people and sharing experiences is what life is all about. So, that’s my life now. Nurse by night and photographer by day!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No road worth traveling is smooth. I’ve had plenty of struggles. The questioning, the doubt, the fear, it all comes. Nursing and photography do not carry the same skill set necessary, so there was and still is a learning curve. Comparing myself to other photographers is also a big struggle. But if I have learned anything, it’s that the resistance is what has made me strong and more confident. If I could have told myself anything, it would be to embrace the struggle and trust the process. God made you do things that only you can do.

Please tell us about VP Photography.
I am a full-time Internal Medicine/Oncology RN and I do my photography business on my days off. 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! Or my new favorite is getting into the boudoir scene! 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.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
Fortunately, in both of my professions, I have not run into female leadership having any barriers. I have been and continue to be a leader in my nursing profession. However, I would encourage women to not strive to please everyone. It’s impossible. As long as when you go to bed, you are proud of your work and how you spent your time that is all that matters. Be confident in who you are and your actions. Trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be in this season of your life.

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