Taken from my bio on www.ValerieHayken.com:
Valerie Hayken’s camera have taken her around the world, across varied landscapes and through boundless oceans. A graduate of one of the world’s most acclaimed photography programs (Rochester Institute of Technology), a certified open water SCUBA instructor and an avid hiker and rock climber, there is little that she won’t do for a photograph.
Initially drawn to photography in the early nineties when she was first exposed to California landscapes, Valerie’s new found passion was soon integrated into every aspect of her life. It wasn’t long after, that she ventured into the undersea world and became eager to create vivid pictures of an ecosystem that is often considered alien on its own planet.
Valerie’s photographs are as varied as the landscapes and oceans she’s explored. If there is one commonality they all share, it is that every image Valerie captures is of a scene that inspires her.