“Hello! My name is Valen Kester. I am a 23 year old photographer in the Hudson Valley. I've had an interest in photography for a long time, but I never had my own camera until I was 17. I love all animals, and photography for me, is the best way to meet new animals and people every day. I find that there is a connection between humans and animals and it is through pictures I try to capture the meaning of this relationship. When I'm not working or taking pictures of peoples’ companions, I am volunteering at Pets Alive in Middletown NY or Suruluna in Pine Bush, NY. I try to give shelter dogs another chance at life with my photos. By capturing the pup's spirit in each photo, I find that the future owner gets a better understanding with just one look. I look forward to meeting you and your companions!" 

Val is a full time accountant with an MBA degree. She is a large animal advocate and has recently transitioned to being vegan. Living in NY with a 2 year old Standard Poodle, Chloe, she is living her passion for photography and continues to advance in it every day.

In remembrance of Sugar Pie, the one who gave me my passion.