I’m happy you’re here. I am a traveling photographer and writer who believes that images and words have the power to inspire meaningful change. Through my channels, I hope to spark curiosity and conversations around the outdoors, culture, empathy, wildlife, conservation and an overall sense of connection to this world and each other.
I’m originally from a suburban town in Connecticut. Growing up, I was not outdoorsy. I didn’t know anyone who traveled regularly. I didn’t have a role model who was exploring the world. But throughout school, I had a curiosity about the world that would not go away. I wanted to travel and explore, meet people from other countries who had a different life experience than mine.
I picked up my first camera at 15 and learned how to process film. Photography was a creative outlet for me, and gave me a way to document things as I saw them. In college, my love for photography faded into the background while I discovered my passion for the outdoors and environmental science. When I was 19, I went on my first wilderness expedition. It was one of the more challenging things I’d ever done. It changed my life and I’ve been hungry for more ever since.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts & Environmental Studies in 2012, I spent three years living out of my backpack, traveling and leading teen adventure programs in 9 countries. My love for personal growth through travel and the outdoors led me to start a blog, and later come back to photography. I am now a full-time travel photographer and writer, focusing on stories of culture, wildlife, and conservation.
I am currently based in Los Angeles, spending about half my time on the road. My photography aims to communicate the wonder of this world and the stories that can be found within it when you ask good questions.
WHY THIS BLOG?
This blog started as a way for me to share my time spent in the outdoors and traveling. Here you will find pieces that challenge you to be real, explore this world, and live your life like you mean it. I also write about photography and share my advice when it comes to gear and more technical aspects of the craft.
Thanks for stopping by.
Photos by by Ali V. and Renee Hahnel.