Even though I’m just a girl from Kansas, traveling has been a part of my DNA ever since I had my first taste of the ocean. The morning after I graduated from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!), I flew to Italy to study photography … and my journey began.
After returning home, I spent my first year in California as an edit/art apprentice at SouthCoast STYLE magazine in San Diego before moving to Los Angeles as a photo assistant.
The best part about my tiny studio in Venice Beach: You could see the ocean from my window (if you stood on a chair). That everyday access to the sea, and my love for the water inspired me to become an expat. So I earned my PADI Divemaster certification with the hopes that one day I could move to the Caribbean. But not before I went back home to Kansas City. Once there, I had the opportunity to work as the studio manager for the award-winning photographer, Ron Berg.
It was four years after graduating college, and I had already learned how to fit all of my belongings in one little Jeep.
That fall, I accepted a job as an underwater videographer in Grand Cayman where I lived on PB&J and rode a bike to work. A year later, Hurricane Ivan had other plans for me as I watched my house, possessions, and job, disappear. So, I sent my clips, one of the only things that survived the hurricane, to Sport Diver magazine. One day I got the call from the Ty Sawyer, and before I knew it, I was on my way back to the U.S. It was there, that I coupled my love for photography with the world of journalism and writing.
Since then, Florida has been my home. I’ve studied Digital Marketing at Full Sail University and worked my way along the corporate ladder at Bonnier. I’ve learned to adapt to my surroundings whether it be playing the part of a writer, editor, producer, stylist, beauty editor, or digital guru at brands that include Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Spa, Organic Spa, AFAR, ROVA, Orlando Magazine, and PADI.
Today, I’ve ditched the 9-5 lifestyle to follow my passion for writing and creating. But whether I’m covering a remote destination, researching conservational efforts, or exploring yoga retreats, traveling is always on the agenda, and ready to fill the well-worn pages of my passport.