I was born in Southern California, and lived there until I was 10. A part of me always feels instinctively at home there when I visit. Most of me doesn't.

When I was 22, I took a six-week backpacking trip through 7 countries in Europe with a friend. Easily the most influential days of my early adult life, as cliche´ as that is.   So much of who I am today was born on this trip. Character that was deep in me came a little closer to the surface. Most importantly it spawned an insatiable need to travel and experience new things; to be uncomfortable and to understand ways different than mine.   I'm forever in debt to these days spent learning with one of my best friends.

When I was 22, I took a six-week backpacking trip through 7 countries in Europe with a friend. Easily the most influential days of my early adult life, as cliche´ as that is. So much of who I am today was born on this trip. Character that was deep in me came a little closer to the surface. Most importantly it spawned an insatiable need to travel and experience new things; to be uncomfortable and to understand ways different than mine. I'm forever in debt to these days spent learning with one of my best friends.

I've kind of always been the one with the camera in my hand (and ,  back in the day, 20 rolls of film in my bag). Look at me now. Chase your passions, kids. Don't not. Just, don't not.

I've kind of always been the one with the camera in my hand (and, back in the day, 20 rolls of film in my bag). Look at me now. Chase your passions, kids. Don't not. Just, don't not.

I'm a low key hippie. I like organic things, and granola, and wilderness. I try not to squish bugs. Sometimes, I hug trees. I recycle. I drink out of mason jars and grow my own food. (Disclaimer: I still use AEROSOL HAIRSPRAY. I'm sorry, planet. I'm sorry.)

I'm a low key hippie. I like organic things, and granola, and wilderness. I try not to squish bugs. Sometimes, I hug trees. I recycle. I drink out of mason jars and grow my own food. (Disclaimer: I still use AEROSOL HAIRSPRAY. I'm sorry, planet. I'm sorry.)

It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid to ride a camel around the Pyramids in Egypt. This fall I crossed it off my bucket list. If you ever get the chance to go to Egypt, TAKE IT! Better yet, make the chance. I can't wait to get back to the Middle East. It's welcoming, inspiring, delicious, and warm.

It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid to ride a camel around the Pyramids in Egypt. This fall I crossed it off my bucket list. If you ever get the chance to go to Egypt, TAKE IT! Better yet, make the chance. I can't wait to get back to the Middle East. It's welcoming, inspiring, delicious, and warm.

I love being active and doing hard things. I stumbled into marathon running a few years back (and by "stumbled into" I mean, thought: "well, I just started running, and I kind of like it! I can run a couple of miles. I should try a marathon or just give up." In hindsight, that was probably real stupid, and definitely not sanctioned by any running professional. But I did it, and have kept on running them when time and (let's be real) lack of injury allow.

I love being active and doing hard things. I stumbled into marathon running a few years back (and by "stumbled into" I mean, thought: "well, I just started running, and I kind of like it! I can run a couple of miles. I should try a marathon or just give up." In hindsight, that was probably real stupid, and definitely not sanctioned by any running professional. But I did it, and have kept on running them when time and (let's be real) lack of injury allow.

Now I live here, in the grand PNW. A different beauty than Southern California, for sure. Both places have played a role in shaping my perception of beauty and sense of self. My perfect utopia would be the warmth and beaches of SoCal with green views like this. #keepdreaming

Now I live here, in the grand PNW. A different beauty than Southern California, for sure. Both places have played a role in shaping my perception of beauty and sense of self. My perfect utopia would be the warmth and beaches of SoCal with green views like this. #keepdreaming

In 2008, I spent 3 months in Nicaragua, becoming fluent in Spanish, and mostly learning that I don't actually know everything, that there are at LEAST two sides to history, Central American insects laugh in the face of DEET ,  and the Central American sun laughs in the face of SPF 30. My time here would come to influence my decision to finally finish my Bachelor's degree with a focus on the issues and cultures of developing nations.   It would also cause me to go into a frenzy whenever I find legit Jamaica juice in the States. (And yeah, the blisters from this sunburn were REAL.)

In 2008, I spent 3 months in Nicaragua, becoming fluent in Spanish, and mostly learning that I don't actually know everything, that there are at LEAST two sides to history, Central American insects laugh in the face of DEET, and the Central American sun laughs in the face of SPF 30. My time here would come to influence my decision to finally finish my Bachelor's degree with a focus on the issues and cultures of developing nations. It would also cause me to go into a frenzy whenever I find legit Jamaica juice in the States. (And yeah, the blisters from this sunburn were REAL.)

I'm somehow the biggest hater of anything that resembles a suitcase when I travel (budget backpacking fo' lyfe), which has led to all sorts of completely ASININE   packing scenarios, like this 17 tote sitch in NYC. In theory, a good idea. In reality on the 10 block walk from the parking garage to the hostel, a poor idea. I'm always toying with the idea of traveling with nothing more than my purse, but I never quite achieve it. The 12 lbs. of camera gear I never leave home without destroys my dreams (delusions?) of minimalism...

I'm somehow the biggest hater of anything that resembles a suitcase when I travel (budget backpacking fo' lyfe), which has led to all sorts of completely ASININE packing scenarios, like this 17 tote sitch in NYC. In theory, a good idea. In reality on the 10 block walk from the parking garage to the hostel, a poor idea. I'm always toying with the idea of traveling with nothing more than my purse, but I never quite achieve it. The 12 lbs. of camera gear I never leave home without destroys my dreams (delusions?) of minimalism...

Speaking of growing my own food. My sister and I are pretty passionate about real food. We're foodies to the core. Six months out of the year you can find me digging in the dirt and photographing the literal fruits of our labor.

Speaking of growing my own food. My sister and I are pretty passionate about real food. We're foodies to the core. Six months out of the year you can find me digging in the dirt and photographing the literal fruits of our labor.

Coffee is my jam. I started working in coffee right out of high school, and it's been a pretty central part of my life ever since. Experiencing cafe culture around the world is one of my favorite pastimes. Sipping this Arabic coffee in Jerusalem is top of the charts: cardamom and ancient streets, amiright?

Coffee is my jam. I started working in coffee right out of high school, and it's been a pretty central part of my life ever since. Experiencing cafe culture around the world is one of my favorite pastimes. Sipping this Arabic coffee in Jerusalem is top of the charts: cardamom and ancient streets, amiright?

I've always been one of those people who swears by Odin (insert Norse god of choice here), that I'm not photogenic. Aided in part by my tendency to do ridiculous things and get caught on camera doing them  (it's a good thing faces don't actually "freeze like that" can I get an amen?) , and I'm sure, in part by the culture of beauty in this world we live in. Nonetheless, I'm on a mission to change my perception of myself, and ultimately, people's perception of themselves. I'm starting with me, but I've got my sights set on YOU. Not to sound a bit too "peace, love, and harmony," but we are so miraculous, each of us. We are beautiful and should be showcased. My confidence in front of the camera ebbs and flows, much like my confidence to wear red lipstick, but it's a process. And I won't stop until you feel like the gorgeous miracle you are.

I've always been one of those people who swears by Odin (insert Norse god of choice here), that I'm not photogenic. Aided in part by my tendency to do ridiculous things and get caught on camera doing them (it's a good thing faces don't actually "freeze like that" can I get an amen?), and I'm sure, in part by the culture of beauty in this world we live in. Nonetheless, I'm on a mission to change my perception of myself, and ultimately, people's perception of themselves. I'm starting with me, but I've got my sights set on YOU. Not to sound a bit too "peace, love, and harmony," but we are so miraculous, each of us. We are beautiful and should be showcased. My confidence in front of the camera ebbs and flows, much like my confidence to wear red lipstick, but it's a process. And I won't stop until you feel like the gorgeous miracle you are.