About

 Photo by Alen Palander  @alenpalander

Photo by Alen Palander @alenpalander

The one question everyone seems to ask, and I never know how to answer…Where are you from

I've packed up my life and moved on 31 occasions, and changed my mailing address, officially, 32 times. I've traveled to 36 countries, and I've lived in 5. No, I’m not a military brat. Just a restless transplant. I was born in Arkansas, grew up in Wisconsin, and then decided to leave the Midwest and everything I knew for Hawaii. I sold all but four boxes of my belongings and flew to Oahu alone, where I didn't know anyone. It felt like home.

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Over the next four years, I worked my way through college and graduated with a degree in Business and Spanish from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I began building a career with Abercrombie & Fitch by managing stores throughout Hawaii, California, Colorado, Kentucky and Ohio. At 25, I was promoted to Europe and relocated to Milan & then London to learn Italian and train as an International General Manager.  Then, after 13 wild months of full immersion in Campania, South Italy (after which I still and forever will drive like an Italian), I decided to leave my corporate position to pursue photography and long-term travel.

My passion is and always has been travel and the outdoors. The moment I was free of a corporate contract, I took stock of my savings and decided I would make it stretch. I shipped my few belongings to a storage unit, and traded my apartment in South Italy for a backpack and nowhere to call home.

The only thing I wanted was the open road. 

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For 11 months, I traveled through 5 continents and 19 countries. I traveled alone, and met up with friends along the way, some old and some new. I went snowboarding in New Zealand, bungee jumping in Costa Rica, clubbing in Dubai, brunching in Bahrain, camping in Oman and sand surfing in Jordan.  I nearly died of food poisoning in Thailand, got lost in Sri Lanka, misplaced my wallet in Australia and just barely escaped interrogation in Israel. I stayed in 21 hostels, 15 hotels, 14 homes, 2 tents, and 1 treehouse. It was 11 months of absolute freedom and reckless travel. And after that, I just couldn't go back.

The places I've been

I knew that whatever came next, needed to involve the outdoors, and time for travel. Three years ago, I moved to California and fell head over heels for Big Sur. While living on the west coast I immersed myself in wild places; trekking for 24 days along the John Muir Trail and road tripping for weeks at a time through the national parks.  I discovered that for me, few things in life compare to a night spent beneath the stars; surrounded by mountain peaks, trees and good people.

For the past two years, I've been working as a full-time creative in California, Egypt & Washington. I'm currently based in Seattle, though you are more likely to find me on the road, overseas, or wandering a familiar trail.

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I have had the privilege of partnering with some amazing brands to include: