Van Valen Photography: Behind the Logo
It should be pretty obvious that the tails of the swallows form the two Vees of my last name. But...
Why the birds?
I have a tattoo on my left arm, and it also features two swallows. They were originally favored by sailors, as an omen, a good luck symbol, meaning "home" or "going home." I love the symbolism, and as my last name features not one, but two letter Vees, it sort of evolved.
No matter where my travels take me, no matter where I leave bits and pieces of my heart, I will always return home.
My tattoo (by Mat Clarke of Midnight Moon in Meredith, NH) is in honor of my first husband, David. He passed away at the age of 34 from Marfan's. It was his heart that took him home; the Sacred Heart reminds me of this. But it's the swallows that give me hope