All The Valeries, Kansas City, 2014, Self-portrait.

your waitress is a photoblog, portfolio and playground to share the photographic journey of Valerie J. Cochran. The first version of the photoblog began on May 13, 2004. The photographs today explore people and places in the urban landscape. All of the images here were captured with film cameras. The main camera is a Canon AE-1 35mm SLR from the 1970’s with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. Post processing is minimal as she strives to get it right in the camera.

After living in Berkeley, then Oakland, California for a decade, Ms. Cochran returned home to the Kansas City, Missouri metro in June of 2011. She has been fortunate to travel to several photographic cities over the years such as New Orleans, Chicago and New York City. Currently, she resides in beautiful downtown Kansas City, Missouri with her photo editor. Please send all questions, comments and inquiries here

Shadow Goddesses Collage, 2016 from original photo Berkeley, 2005. From the Multiple Exposures Project.

Exhibitions and Publications

Last. Oakland. – Solo show, March-May 2011, Commonwealth Cafe and Pub, Oakland
Visitations – Solo show, July-August 2009, Boxed Foods Company, San Francisco
23 Months – Solo show, November-December 2008, Mignonne, Oakland
Book – 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 - Flak Photo - SFist
Interview – PetaPixel

License and Usage

All photographs, templates and text from are subject to United States and international copyright laws. All content copyright © 2004-2017 Valerie J. Cochran, unless otherwise stated. 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.