We had the good fortune of connecting with Valencia Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Valencia, why did you pursue a creative career?
One of the reasons I pursued an artistic career was because my mother and I went on a mini road trip, so she could get her military id card. As we approached this bridge I just snapped a picture of it and put a filter over it that made me post it on Facebook. The feedback that I got back from that image was so good but I didn’t pay that much attention to it then. What really made me pay attention was when I went to my hometown Port Arthur, Tx and I saw this little pond with fish in it. I snapped a picture of the pond once I printed it out and hung it on the wall every time someone would visit me they would always ask where did I get the picture from. I would always say I did the image and they would say oh you have a good eye, so that is what really made me get invested in it. I started to look at things differently from that day.When people would stand in certain lighting I would try to pose them in my mind. So my creative process was starting to be more open. Once I started talking with more photographers about the equipment they use and the edit they applied to the pictures they did it made me love photography so much more.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I’m most proud of is that my brand is still growing and I’m learning more and more every day. The thing that sets me apart from other photographers is because I want my clients to love the pictures I take and we create momentos from the images that we take. You get further in life by never giving up even when things get challenging and always stay motivated. What I want other people to know about my brand is that we provide reasonable rates for our images and momentos for our clients with the images that we do.
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.
I would take them to almost every photography spot I know starting with the woodlands waterway area and we would have lunch at Landry’s seafood and dinner at the Cheesecake factory. I would tell them to stay at the Marriott marquis downtown because of the lazy river that is located in the hotel as well as the downtown views from the hotel. We would either go to This is it or Esters because all my friends love good soul food places and spend the day walking around McGovern Centennial Gardens just talking about life. If my friend wanted to do some pictures then we would do some pictures around the gardens while we are downtown. The next day we would have breakfast at the Toasted yolk and spend the morning into the evening in between the Houston Zoo and Hermann park. If we could go to the stadium and see a game until and then hit the bar and hang out. The following day would most likely be a day of just sitting by the pool or going to Galveston and sitting on the beach because we love water and just going to Subway for sandwiches for lunch. For dinner on that day we would go to hearsay for dinner and relaxation time. The next day we would go on a nature walk at the Mercer Botanical gardens and see the tunnels in Houston because it would be a good sight to see. For the final day we would go to the house of blues or find something in the museum district to do. For lunch we would go to Irma’s south western grill and finish the week off going to Houston Funplex after walking around the museum district.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people that I want to send a special shout out to is Adrianna, Mary, and Brandon. These people always show me amazing support and if I show up to sessions and I need extra advice on what I am trying to capture Adrianna is the one that is basically my mind reader. She is my amazing make up artist/ co creative director and when we are in a room together its like magic just happens. Mary is my best friend/ assistant because she calls the venues and always has great ideas, helps takes pictures at the sessions. Mary is basically my life saver when it comes to making things happen. The next person that deserves credit is Brandon because he does all the shirts that I need for the business or the sessions that I do with the quick turn around process that he has. He always helps with editing and feed back to help with my brand.