about 


bio

your waitress is a playground, portfolio and portal to share the photographic journey of valerie j. cochran. the first version of this site began on may 13, 2004. my photographs today explore people and places in the urban landscape. all of the images were captured with film cameras. the main camera is a canon ae-1 from the 1970’s with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. post processing is minimal as i strive to get it right in the camera. after living in berkeley, then oakland, california for a decade, i returned home to the kansas city, missouri metro in june of 2011.

 

exhibitions

last. oakland. - solo show, march-may 2011, commonwealth cafe and pub, oakland
assorted photographs - loose prints for sale, june 2010-february 2011, blackbird east, oakland
monthly print show - group show, december 2009, collect annex, oakland
visitations - solo show, july-august 2009, boxed foods company, san francisco
23 months - solo show, november-december 2008, mignonne, oakland
picture the cure - group exhibit/auction for canadian cancer society, 2006, toronto

 

publications

book - the shakey photo project, december 2009, contributor, blurb, usa
book - your waitress | 2004-2005, february 2007, self-published, blurb, usa
print - jpg magazine - cinesource magazine 
online - the bbc - file magazine - flak photo - filmwasters - sfist
interview - petapixel

 

sociables and kudos

sample client work - commonwealth cafe & public house, oakland, california
find yw @ - twittercool photoblogs
finalist - best street photography, 2011 photoblog awards
finalist - best american photoblog, 2009 photoblog awards
hall of fame member - photoblogs.org, february 19, 2007
winner - best local blogger, 2006 east bay express awards

 

license and usage

all photographs, templates and text from yourwaitress.com are subject to u.s. and international copyright laws. copyright © 2004-2014 valerie j. cochran. all rights reserved. no text or image may be reproduced, copied, stored, manipulated or used whole or in part of a derivative work without the written permission of valerie j. cochran. please contact ms. cochran with any inquiry to license or use the images. not all images are available for license or usage.