Born and raised on the Riviera, in the South of France, internationally known photographer Valérie Berta Torales studied English in Paris and photojournalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. For years she worked as a photojournalist, traveling worldwide on assignments for numerous media outlets including the Agence France -Presse in Paris and Hong Kong.
In 2000, she met her husband, an acrobat from Peru. Later on she joined him on the road with the circus, where she raised their two boys and started a personal documentary project, The Mudshow Diaries, about her life and family in the circus, and the extraordinary life of circus families.
Now based in Columbia, Missouri, Valérie owns a photo studio focused on natural light portraiture and lifestyle photography. Her editorial work is represented by The Story Institute (New York, London.)Photo Copyrights Monique C. Woo (2017.)