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Meet Valerie Lendvay

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

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Art is something that has always been an incredibly important part of my life. Growing up, I was constantly drawing or painting (I was that annoying student that doodled on any blank space a piece of paper had to offer), so a career in the arts was a no-brainer for me. I got my first camera when I was about 12 years old, and snapped a few photos here and there, but my focus was definitely on my passion for drawing and painting. After graduating high school, I studied art in college, and eventually purchased my first DSLR (a Canon Rebel). While at the time I was still focused on drawing and painting, I always had a love for photography.

At the same time I was studying art, I was also a competitive tennis player. I absolutely loved the sport, but ended up suffering from a wrist injury that I had to get a pretty invasive surgery for. While it definitely took the constant pain away, it also changed the way I wrote, painted and drew (I still wake up not knowing what my handwriting will be like that day). This was pretty heartbreaking for me, but I was determined to keep creating art. I found out that my school offered an incredible photography program, so I signed up for a black and white film class, and absolutely fell in love.

I ended up landing an internship at a local photography studio, and started out with tons of assisting, second shooting and helping any photographer I could annoy enough to let me tag along, and then ended up booking my own shoots, and quickly realized that I what I wanted to capture and create the rest of my life: people’s love stories.
I now own my own business, Valerie Lendvay Photo, and travel around the world taking photos of wild, fun, and incredible couples in some of the most beautiful places on earth. My journey to this point was long, but every part of it was crucial to the photographer I am today. I still have to pinch myself sometimes, and am so grateful to be able to do what I love for the rest of my life.

Please tell us about your art.
To put it simply: I help you tell the REAL story of your love. To me, the most important photos are the ones that capture true emotions. They’re the ones that you will be able to look at years later, and be transported back to that specific moment in time and almost feel like you’re reliving it. I’ve always been fascinated by psychology and the psychology of human relationships, and that has had a huge influence on my work. I get to truly know my couples before I shoot with them so I can figure out what makes them tick and what’s special about their love, so that I’m able to creatively and accurately translate that into my work.

My background in the visual arts has also had a huge impact on my work, making me obsessive that the work I’m creating is not only capturing the moment in an authentic way, but also in an artistic and beautiful way. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to composition, color and detail in my photos; making sure that everything that I am controlling during the process is effectively and honestly telling the story I’m trying to tell.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success isn’t a destination, it’s a journey, and a deeply personal one because of how subjective “success” is. Happiness in both my career and at home, a healthy body and healthy mind, and adventure throughout my life are my ideas of success. Determination is without a doubt the most important quality an artist should have. Every artist faces rejection, disappointment, and heartache in this line of work, and without determination or persistence, these can end up crushing your spirit. Facing these obstacles in the art world is a different kind of challenge as well because artists put their soul into their work, so although it’s in the name of “business”, every failure feels personal. Having the ability to be honest with yourself about your emotions, but then shake it off and keep going is what defines a successful artist.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My website is www.valerielendvayphoto.com, and my Instagram is @valerielendvayphoto! Support comes in so many forms, from something as small as giving me a follow-on social media, to referring me to a friend who’s in need of a wedding or elopement photographer!

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Valerie Lendvay Photo

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