Meet Your Staff: Capital Region Photographer Chelsea Lynne Valente

Chelsea Lynne Valente joined the UpsateLIVE team in 2012, taking pictures for shows around the Capital Region, also writing reviews on local shows from time to time. She had previously been covering shows in the Albany area for State of Mind Music, based out of Vermont. Chelsea has grown up listening to classic rock, her father being her largest influence, introducing her to Led Zeppelin before she could even walk. This early rock influence has shaped her musical preferences as she began inserting herself into the music scene at a young age. After being discharged from the Marine Corps in summer of 2011, she purchased her first professional camera the week before Camp Bisco X and began to experience music in a whole new dimension. Some of her favorite bands include Led Zeppelin, Phish, Sound Tribe Sector 9 and Pink Floyd.

Chelsea is also currently attending school for Computer Information Systems and has helped pioneer a Veteran Mentor program aboard Hudson Valley Community College. In addition, she also tutors programming in Java between classes. Recently, Chelsea has been delving deeper into the local art community and will be partnering up with other artists to complete murals for various businesses around the Capital Region this summer. She currently lives in Albany.

Chelsea’s Musical Bucketlist includes: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, The Chemical Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Talking Heads and Prince.

We will be featuring more on the staff throughout the summer and fall months.