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Aloha! My name is Valerie Taylor-Shackleford. I'm a proud military wife, a devoted mother and a very blessed grandmother. And, I'm one of 'those' know the ones: always has a camera wherever I go.
I received my first digital camera at age 17 and, before long, had thousands of photos in print. I spent years photographing everything from weddings to musicians to sporting events. But, it's the precious moments of 'family'(whether it be moms, dads, children, pets, or all of the above) that are most special to me. I LOVE capturing people, places and things in their natural elements-candid and full of life-and my style reflects that.
After spending the past decade working countless hours of overtime, in offices with no windows, I decided it was time for a big change. So, last Christmas, my amazing husband gave me a DSLR camera, and I haven't looked back since. ​As a Coastie couple, we move every few years. But one thing remains common to each new location - we're always near the ocean, sand and surf: hence the name Salt Shack.
Fortunately, we landed in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii in 2012: a true photographer's dream. No studio is required when you are surrounded by paradise! Now, I get to live my dream of capturing the beauty of the world around me, every day.


Lifes passes by so quickly: treasure each beautiful moment. I would be honored to capture beautiful images for all of your beautiful moments.

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