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.

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. 

The places I've been

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.

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.

In early 2017, I  left behind sunny California to establish a base in the Pacific Northwest and also overseas in Cairo, Egypt. For the next two years, I'll be traveling between Africa, America, and everywhere else in between. Whether I am on the road, in the air, exploring a new country or wandering a familiar trail, I aim to create & capture moments that inspire others to embrace adventure and get outdoors. 

I have had the privilege of working with some amazing brands to include Land Rover, Samsung, CLIF Bar, HSBC, The Luxury Collection, Eddie Bauer, Travel Alberta, The Outbound Collective, Fathom Travel, Beautiful Destinations, Hipcamp & more.

If you are interested in working together, I would love to hear from you.