Growing up, I always had a passion for travel. In college, I did a study abroad program with Boston University in London, England. During my time overseas I picked up my first camera and fell in love with photography. Pursuing this passion I gained a desire to see the world, the landscape is my muse. Upon returning, my parents purchased my first SLR camera for the holidays. I attended photography classes in six different states learning how to master my camera, composition, creating pictures in a darkroom, and most recently post-production work. I believe that there is always more to learn and I continue my education by traveling to different countries and taking classes instructed by professional photographers in those locations. I feel honored to have the ability to travel often and continue my goal of visiting all 7 continents; currently I have visited 4. My most prized possession is my United States Passport; it empowers me, especially as a woman, to see the world and share different cultures, people and places with everyone.
Over the years my love for traveling has grown. I search out trips, adventures and locations that show me how the locals live. I am curious of my new surroundings and want to soak in all the people, tastes, smells and unique traditions. I have been invited into many homes or favorite local hang-outs to experience the true way of life in that particular country or town.
I was invited into a small winery outside San Quirico D’orcia in the Tuscany region of Italy. After sampling their bold red wines overlooking the vineyard, I was given the opportunity to taste the family’s walnut liquor. As it was told to me by my Italian travel companions, this liquor was only given to family members (an honor that I will always cherish). I can still remember the smells, tastes and experiences of that amazing evening with new friends.
I’ve had the opportunity to go shopping at a local butcher in Taroudant, Morocco. Interestingly, I was able to identify this place of business, as the head of the daily special hangs outside the window. We ordered the special and took it to a local home in the village of Tiout. Fatima and her family opened their doors to us and cooked a traditional Moroccan cuisine. It was the freshest meat I have ever tasted.
As a guest in Sheffield, England (visiting friends I met in Italy) I learned additional photography skills and the beauty of the English countryside. I had my first taste of Yorkshire pudding and was taught the art of gardening. My favorite part of this trip was hiking through the woods to see the beautiful bluebells bud.
My travels through China were some of the most stunning experiences of my life. My friend and I roamed the small alleys of Yangshuo, China where the locals invited us into their homes to demonstrate how they make their beautiful and ornate fans. This town, surrounded by cone shaped mountains, opened my eyes to a new part of the world.
Most recently, I visited a friend in Latvia and explored Riga’s historical center which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We walked down the cobblestone streets lined with pastel colored buildings displaying the largest collection of art nouveau buildings in the world.
This year I will be focusing on more domestic travel to explore and discover the treasures of the United States.
I am most humbled when I travel because I am often hosted by such gracious people who show me their world as they live and see it. I am honored to bring the stories and photographs back to share with all of you.