Passionate about experiencing life to the fullest and capturing its sweetest moments, Laura’s work manifests in a similar fashion. Check out this fearless and brilliant adventurer below.
Say hello to Laura:
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I was born in Virginia, but have lived in Indonesia, London, Italy and have been to 65 countries and 6 continents through my photography work.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
It’s between Bali, Peru, and India – most of my favorite images I have ever taken have been in one of these three countries and when I step off the plane, they just feel like I am coming back home in a way. So I decided to break down WHY I find these countries to be my favorite places in the world to visit, and to actually answer this frequently asked question (for myself as well), once and for all! When I think about the similarities between Bali, India, and Peru, these common denominators pop up. All three are inexpensive to travel around in. All three have very unique and colorful traditions. All three have very colorful cultural clothing that people still wear, and the people are very spiritual. All three feel very exotic and have multiple, unique languages in their countries. All three countries feel like you have stepped back in time in certain places and you can definitely get “off-the-grid.” All three have AMAZING food! But I think my favorite reason of all is that all three countries are very diverse and have vastly different landscapes within them to go visit. There are times that within their borders, you feel like you have literally traveled to another world, yet you are still within the same country. For a professional travel photographer like myself, or really for anyone who wants to come back from their trip with AMAZING photos, look no further, because any of these places will not leave you feeling disappointed!
What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?
I would love to have an Adventure Travel TV Show where I am hunting for treasure or lost civilizations…some sort of quest to find the unknown and off the beaten path locales. I also would LOVE to create a coffee table book or documentary about wedding traditions from around the world. Every culture, no mater how primitive, has some sort of uniting ceremony between a man and woman, and I find it fascinating how similar, yet different they can all be. I think it would unite us more as a member of humanity seeing how similar we all really are no matter what culture we belong to.
How would you describe your visual style?
My style is very vibrant, bold, fun, and edgy. I like to give my clients a VIBRANT EXPERIENCE – not only through my imagery, but with the service I provided as well. I love to travel and have adventures, and I will do whatever it takes the get the shot. I LOVE to tell a story that takes them on a surreal journey of their wedding that looks as beautiful and glamorous as they have envisioned it themselves. For my couples, they are experiencing their weddings with heightened emotions, like they are on a high, so I feel like I just enhance my own images to match their vision. I am there every step of the way and filtering their own wedding through my eyes, and THAT is my selling point. So when my client hires me, they are hiring ME, not just my photography, to capture the fun, beauty, and adventure of the ENTIRE experience of the trip, not just the wedding itself. I AM branding myself as an EXPERIENCE, not just a vendor.
How do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration from everywhere. The news, current events and trends, through my travels, through color and light. I look outside of my industry often for inspiration.
Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?
Yes, I think we all do. More so, I can get writer’s block where I don’t know where to begin with writing a story about my images. I usually overcome my block with traveling, having a day to relax, exercising, and just getting out of my comfort zone or watching a documentary about a topic completely foreign to me. I don’t know why, but that always is inspiring to me.
At the age of 18, you worked in the photo department of the CIA – can you tell us more about that experience? If it’s top-secret, we understand. 😉
Yes, it was such a fascinating job, and I can’t talk about certain things, but I can say that I learned a ton and I had to go through a year of background checks to earn my top-secret clearance! I worked at Langley Headquarters and I had access to one of the most famous secret buildings in the world! I worked in a bunker underground called PPG (photo and printing group) – we did everything from develop asset photos, to satellite imagery, shooting award ceremonies for the president and dignitaries, and “declassifying images,” which meant photo-shopping things out that were “never there.”
Tell us about when your work was being published for the first time.
The first time my work got published was in National Geographic Traveler Magazine and I won Best Travel Photo for this image. The theme was Loneliness:
Tell us about your career. How did you get into it?
The entire reason I became a photographer was because I was obsessed with watching Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic channel at a young age. I actually thought I wanted to be a Zoologist or an Archaeologist my whole childhood, because to me, that meant being Indiana Jones! My three sisters and I had a very unusual upbringing. Growing up, both of my parents worked for the CIA and we were stationed all over the world. At a young age, I was lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, London, and Italy – I was constantly around new languages and cultures. I realized there was a huge world outside of my bubble and it had created this wanderlust/travel bug within me that would always influence my work. My life has been full of travel and the unexpected, and from a young age, I realized that I could combine the adventure of being an archaeologist with my obsession for National Geographic and become a photographer – nothing has gotten in my way since.
I graduated at 17 years old and went to Syracuse University for Commercial Photography and Fine Art Photography. That same year, a book came out called, La Chapelle Land, a coffee table book by the famous photographer, David La Chapelle, that would forever influence me, my photography, and my outlook on how to create an image. I was so impacted by his work and it evoked strong emotions in me through his use of color. He was able to express motion, excitement, and glamour even in his darkest imagery. Even when he pushed the envelope with a controversial image, there was still this perfection and beauty where you couldn’t stop looking at the photo. It stood alone as a single art piece. I realized that there was just so much THOUGHT put into every aspect of the image. His use of color, the set design, the make-up and costumes, lighting…nothing in that image was an accident. As a photojournalist (and especially at a wedding), there are so many elements out of our control when capturing the day, but I found that I could still apply some of those techniques through the use of color, controlling my light and backgrounds, and in post-production, editing an image in a way that evokes the same emotions for the viewers.
At first, I funded my photography business dream by bartending to pay my bills. I even lived out of my car for a few weeks when I first moved to LA. I have always tried to focus on a life of travel and have worked hard to build my body of work and persona as a Travel/Adventure photographer. It all started with just getting out there and doing it, long before I was getting paid to shoot overseas. My twenties, I lived off credit cards to support my travel habit and it definitely paid off. I hustled and worked very hard, and then eventually, the referrals snowballed and I didn’t have to search for work anymore and people were finding me. I had a couple of breaks though including going on the TV show, Wheel of Fortune when I was 21 and won $7,000, which allowed me to buy my first camera! I fell into weddings accidentally. I was working for a headshot studio and shooting fashion, and I was asked to assist with weddings. Once I did it, I fell in LOVE. I loved that I felt like a photojournalist (which is my background), but that I was covering happy moments and not war and death. I also loved that it was a steady, lucrative job for a photographer, and that there would never be a shortage of weddings.
When I went out on my own and founded Beautiful Day Photography, I had to ask myself “What kind of business do I want to have?” If I truly wanted to be Indiana Jones and to have this life of adventure, I would have to focus on destination weddings. Since then, over a decade ago, my photography has taken me to six continents. I am presently a Los Angeles-based photojournalist, and the founder and present owner of Beautiful Day Photography, specializing in Destination Weddings. During the year, I can be seen overseas shooting weddings and fashion shoots for National Geographic, balancing language books in one hand and camera in another. While on these trips, I have been inspired to create my own travel portraiture and art on the side, satiating my inner wanderlust. I have always felt an overwhelming need to tell the stories of the people and experiences I have gathered along the way through my lens. This desire sparked the creation of my second website (www.lauragrier.com), my personal blog, focusing on Travel, Portraiture and Fine Art, highlighting the behind-the-scenes of my photography and personal stories while jet-setting around the world. It definitely felt like a natural progression to crossover from Destination Weddings and Travel photography. The two coincide frequently, and I find it very natural and easy to cross market myself between the two genres. I do consider Wanderlust a separate business. I always felt like I should keep my wedding work separate and “specialize in weddings” or seem as though that is all I do. I only launched Wanderlust a few years ago, and I think it took me so long because I didn’t feel confident in my travel work until I started really focusing more on it. My earlier work, I didn’t feel confident behind. I became more of a veteran traveler over the years, and it really influenced my work a lot. If you asked me in art school 16 years ago if you thought I would be a travel photographer or a wedding photographer, I would have had said no. I always thought I would be a celebrity or high-fashion photographer. I LOVE how my business has naturally evolved and it is exciting to NOT know exactly where it will be five years from now.
What types of photography do you do?
When I look back at my origin and my background, and how I have fused together the things that I am passionate about (color, love, travel, and adventure) into my work, it all starts to make sense as to why I have chosen to describe myself the way that I do today. I am a Travel Photographer and Travel Writer specializing in Destination Weddings and Adventure Photography. I am a thrill seeker and obsessed with travel and documenting new experiences. You could call me a Photo-Anthropologist .
What was the moment you decided to become a photographer?
One day after school when I was 13 years old, my mother told me I would never have a desk job. At the time, I thought she was shattering my dreams of being a Zoologist. She simply stated that I would never have a desk job – that I can’t sit still or be quiet for any length of time, and that I shouldn’t FORCE it, if it’s not in my nature. My mother plainly asked me what I was good at – not what I LOVED to do, but what I was good at. So I said, I am adventurous and fearless, I am creative, and I am good at talking to people. Then my mother said, “Ok, based on this, I don’t ever see you being a Scientist. You have to sit in a laboratory for hours on end with a microscope. What is it about Zoology that you love?” I said that I wanted to travel the world and be around animals and study them. I wanted to experience new people and places. So then my mother said…”Why can’t you be the photographer filming the show and NOT the Scientist?” And it was like a light bulb went off. That made total sense! And from then on, I decided I was going to study photography and nothing has gotten in my way.
What are the funniest stories you have from being a photographer?
Here are some of my favorite crazy stories:
No Women Allowed
While shooting a destination wedding in The Republic of Georgia only days away from it being invaded by Russia, political protests were so intense that my taxi refused to drop me off at my hotel. After a 17 hour flight, I had to drag my bags two miles through protests just to check into the hotel. My quest to find the couple and the wedding party began… with no instructions, a driver that spoke no English, and a 3-hour drive high up into the Caucacus Mountains, my assistant and I feared that we were being kidnapped. Suddenly, an avalanche takes out the road and we see a group of people pushing a van through the snow…only to realize that the van was the wedding party! We had to abort cars and jump into jeeps. Finally, the road ended and the only way to get to the monastery perched high in the clouds was by climbing on our hands and knees up the mountain through snow. Finally, we reached the summit only to be told by the Black Monks that “no women or photography is allowed!” I was like “Oh, HELL no,” so the groomsmen had to throw a monk’s cloak over me and sneak me and my camera in!
Worth The Shot
I was inspired after seeing a photo of a petrified sand dune in Utah called “The Wave” and was determined to find this place and do a photo shoot there. I found out that you have to apply for a permit to hike there 9 months in advance, and after doing so, was mailed a wilderness map with instructions on how to find it. I drove 12 hours out into the wilderness with a team of artists and a model. Armed only with 40 yards of hot pink tulle, some granola bars, water, and a wilderness map, we set on foot with no cell service to find this place. A blizzard hit the night before, making the map almost impossible to decipher and we got seriously lost, and the sun was starting to set. In 28 degree weather, we hiked out for 3 hours, following footsteps in the snow, and praying that we would find our way out before nightfall and freezing to death…
That Time When I Lived on a Floating Grass Island
My travels don’t always bring me to luxurious places. On assignment for National Geographic, I had to travel high up in the Andes Mountains of Peru to find the Quechua Indians who live on the floating grass islands of Uros in Lake Titicaca. Feeling the high altitude, I had to live amongst them for a few days to photograph them. With no one to translate the Quechua language, I had to figure out a way to communicate and take their photos. I spent my days with the women learning how to weave grass and joined the men in their daily chores of cutting and stacking grass reeds to prevent their island from sinking. I even had to wear their traditional wool skirts and clothing and go fishing for our food. The best part is that they gave me a knitted hat to wear since I was single (only married women get to wear straw hats here on the island). I had no contact with the outside world and had to trust that the boat would come back for me three days later…
Trashing the Dress
Most of my clients hire me because I am fearless and will do whatever it takes to get the shot. So it was no surprise when I was asked by a couple to shoot their wedding in the Cayman Islands and then shoot the “Trash the Dress” in the waters of stingray city. At times, I found myself covered by stingrays sucking on my legs and stomach while I was trying to get the shot! I had to be careful not to spook them while trying to focus on getting the shot, or else I could have had a fatal Steve Erwin-style accident…
The All-American Safari
I was asked by the South Dakota Board of Tourism to photograph the 50th Anniversary of the Buffalo Roundup in Custer’s State Park. This event is huge and in order to be one of the lucky cowboys that get to ride out and rope in these huge beasts, you have to audition and it is a huge honor. Only 20 journalists from around the world were chosen to ride out with them, and I was honored to be one of them. I found myself off-roading over the plains in the back of a pick up truck with the cowboys searching for the herds of Buffalo. At times I was holding on for dear life as these huge beasts charged at us. After the roundup, I felt my leg swollen and felt ill. Turns out a Black Widow Spider had been hiding out in my cowboy boot and I had only a few hours to make it to a hospital…
Finding Victor the Medicine Man
Shannon and I were on assignment in the Peruvian Amazon covering a story about the Rainforest cruises and the Treetop Lodge deep in the Amazon jungle. There are no roads to get there and the nearest village is a 2-hour boat ride. Every evening, we made friends with the locals and joined in their evening jungle soccer games. One night, Shannon twisted her knee badly and the nearest doctor was 3 hours away, so the locals told us that we needed to find Victor, the local medicine man, and he could cure her. Thus, our quest to find Victor began. Shannon and I set out in a small dug out canoe with a motor on it to reach Victor’s village, about 15 minutes down the Amazon river. We kept on seeing these whirlpools in the water around our boat and the locals explained that the anacondas swim in a spiral under the water to create those ripples. As if the thought of being in anaconda-infested waters wasn’t horrifying enough, then the worst-case scenario happened. Our boat broke down and we would have to swim to shore! Making matters worse, I already have a fear of swimming in murky water. The muddy waters of the Amazon hosts lethal creatures like Piranhas, electric eels, giant carnivorous beavers, anacondas, and crocodiles just to name a few! Shannon and I felt things brushing against our legs as we swam as fast as we could to shore. We were beyond relieved when we finally touched land, but our quest to find Victor was FAR from over! We had to walk another two hours in the heat across dried out river beds and sinking into quicksand to finally make it to Victor’s village. We finally found Victor! Using my Spanish, I was able to explain Shannon’s ailment to him. Victor then prepared special herbs from local plants and tree bark and performed a shaman ceremony to help heal Shannon’s knee… He even whipped out a jug of Ayahuaska for her to drink. Healthcare, Amazon style!
Of the photos you’ve taken – what are your three favorites?
My three favorites are ones that are associated with a few of my crazy stories above. I think they are so meaningful to me, because of the back story attached to it and knowing what it took to get that shot!
What has been your biggest setback as a photographer?
Saying NO. I need to value my time at work and out of work. I try to do it all and I spread myself too thin, sometimes. Hiring assistants or interns to help, making sure you have days off, and that your clients value and respect those days off is super important. Your clients will appreciate having your full attention when they do have it, and so will your friends and family.
Photography is competitive. How do you stand out?
My energy and my crazy ideas!
What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?
My first piece of advice is more for women photographers – that being a woman doesn’t have to be limiting, and at times, it has it’s advantages. In my industry of Weddings, it is easier to take photos of a bride getting ready as a woman. It is easier to establish a bond and connect with my client’s and their emotions as a woman. In my profession, your work speaks for itself and not your gender or age. I was never told that I could start my own business and be powerful and successful. I was never told how many types of creative jobs there are out there or how to start my own business. Also, there is a lot of financial assistance for women out there and for college scholarships. But the BEST advice I ever got was from a conversation I had with my mother when I was 13, and I would like to share this. She taught me that I should create my dream job around my strengths, weaknesses, and passions, and not feel like I have to be forced to pursue a specific job.
What’s your philosophy when it comes to being a great photographer?
My best advice, in one sentence, for launching a venture and becoming an expert in your field is… You have to LOVE it and you have to be prepared to focus a lot of energy on it. If you go into it thinking it is a “side project,” it will never grow larger or be more successful than that vision.
What do you think is the biggest thing holding you back in your photography?
I believe for all of us, not just me, that our fear and lack of confidence is usually the only thing that holds us back from the dreams we aspire to achieve in life. Nothing else. I have had to learn time and again that you can overcome those obstacles and use your photography skills to create the life you want; how to turn envy and comparison into inspiration, and how to own your dreams so you can build your work around them.
What photography advice do you wish you had when you were first starting out?
I wish someone would have told me… That I had more control over the types of jobs I wanted and to go brand myself from the beginning. Also, I wish someone would have explained that “success” is not based on getting the most money or celebrity jobs, but based on if you are doing what you love. I would have been less hard on myself. Also, to not compare yourself to others and be ok with being unique.
What are 3 tips you have for aspiring photographers?
1. OWN YOUR OWN STYLE – BE CONSISTENT– SO what if my work doesn’t look like Style Me Pretty, or if I don’t have the most likes on FB. Trends come and go, but your style should stand out and be your own. Don’t force yourself to bend with the trends if it is not you. Your clients will find you and you will be happy and proud of what you’re doing rather than fighting the masses upstream. Again, if you are constantly changing your work to match what is the newest trend or hiring people that don’t share your vision or style, your work will be disjointed. Clients are hiring you based on your work and style, so be consistent.
2. ALWAYS CREATE – Constantly CREATE and do inspiration shoots to hone your craft or stay relevant. If you’re struggling with a trend, create a new one. HAVE SOMETHING TO OFFER. Suggest story ideas or an interesting approach to your shoot and it will come back to you tenfold. Become a thought expert to further your brand. Magazines and blogs are always looking for article ideas and you want content or pitch ideas for magazines and blogs to make yourself stand out.
3. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND FIND A WORK/LIFE BALANCE – All of the perks of owning a business, the freedom, flexibility, creative power and pride of seeing your work and business come to life…sort of comes with a price and a constant struggle to find balance between work and your personal life, since it is such a fuzzy gray line as to where one begins and one ends. I am never able to turn my brain off or “clock out,” which is a blessing and a curse at times. I have learned that I need to be ok with relaxing and turning off my work sometimes. That taking care of yourself (even though it takes hours away from you actually getting some work done), in the long run makes you far more successful and happy, and in turn, a better, more successful, more well-rounded business owner.
What kind of gear do you have?
What’s in my carry-on: CANON 5D MARK iii, CANON 600 FLASHES AND TRANSMITTER, WESTCOTT RAPID BOX OCTA KIT WITH BEAUTY DISH, GO PRO AND SELFIE STICK, MEFOTO TRAVEL TRIPOD, STELLA 2000 PORTABLE WATERPROOF LIGHT, LOWELL GL-1 GUN LIGHT, MY LENSES: CANON 16-35mm L , 24-70mm L , 70-200mm L , 50mm 1.2 L, UNIVERSAL ADAPTORS AND POWER STRIP (2-3 PRONG), LA CIE RUGGED MINI HARD DRIVE, LOWE PRO PRO ROLLER BAG, LONG FLOWY VIBRANT CLOTHING OR COLORFUL SARONG.
Being a travel photographer, what are some tips/tools you would like to share?
1. Snapseed app – I edit ALL of my photos from my phone on this before it gets to Facebook or Instagram. It allows my work to look vibrant and consistent whether on my phone or my real camera.
2. My google calendar – It syncs with my smart phone and I can’t live without it. It sends me alerts for meetings, how long based on traffic it will take me to get to my meetings, reminds me of my upcoming travel, and I can invite people to events, or best of all, share my calendar with my boyfriend so he can invite me out on dates and knows my crazy schedule in real time!
3. Dropbox – I use it to share high-res files and my work with people, magazines, blogs, and my assistant. It is a lot easier for people who are not photo-savvy and don’t know how to download photos from other websites or emails. It can also be accessed through my phone and networked to any computer.
4. Adobe Lightroom, forget Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Lightroom is way friendlier and you can work on one photo and then sync 5000 others to it, and instantly, the changes you make to one photo are applied to all 5000 of the others. I also use the gradient tool and luminance to really bring out my dramatic skies. This software changed my life and my business, allowing me to shoot and edit a lot more and a lot faster.
5. Zenfolio!!! As a photographer, they have been an invaluable asset for me. Not only do they back up and store all of my images online indefinitely, which has helped me when I have had hard drives crash, but they do album design for me, help with a business/invoicing software, market to my clients for me, and make me money on prints while I sleep, and I can also order prints and work on albums from foreign countries. They have allowed me to travel and still be able to provide customer service and printing needs to my clients right away.
6. SKYPE!!!! And WhatsApp. I travel a ton, so being able to be in contact for free with my family, friends, loved ones, and prospective clients is a must. I have booked weddings with clients across the world by meeting them on Skype. It is just so much more personal than a phone call or email. Also, WhatsApp has made texting and getting around in foreign countries so easy and free!
7. Finally, my T-MOBILE global plan. I now can use my Waze and navigation, have unlimited data and roaming, and make calls from any country to the US, as if it were a local call without any extra charges. This plan has saved my life and has allowed me to handle a lot more business matters and emergencies while traveling.
Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?
My James Bond-themed Road Trip across the Czech Republic. As a duo with a shared sense of adventure, my boyfriend, Winston, and I were looking for inspiration for a romantic getaway to Europe. While there’s nothing wrong with finding a desolate beach somewhere to park ourselves sipping drinks for days, some couples like us crave a cocktail of thrills and adventure instead. We didn’t really know where or how, but as a travel photographer, writer, and jet-set junkie myself, I find my inspiration for my adventures in many different ways.
I am always looking for a great story to tell, so it was no surprise that the idea for our next adventure would come to me one night while we were cuddled up in bed watching the James Bond movie, Casino Royale. Let’s just say that watching Daniel Craig on the screen is sort of a win-win situation for us both. James Bond, AKA 007 and possibly the world’s best known spy, is just a ridiculously sexy character. He gets all the women, the spy gadgets, races the best cars and boats, has friends in high places, and can kick ass like a hero. But what really got to me while watching Casino Royale was the epic scenery in this film. All of the castles and quaint villages, opulent casinos, luxurious hotels, and Italian coastline gave Winston and I some serious wanderlust wanting to jump into the scenery ourselves. I immediately googled where the scenes of the movie were shot and was surprised to discover that most of them were filmed in the Czech Republic, as well as the UK and Italy, even though the movie was supposed to be placed in Montenegro.
As an American, the Czech Republic is a country that really hasn’t ever been on my radar to go to, but after seeing its beauty on the movie screen, I knew that an epic idea for our next adventure trip had been born. “Babe, what if we did a James Bond-themed adventure road trip across the Czech Republic to visit the scenes from Casino Royale? Let’s rent a bad-ass sports car and you could be James Bond!” Winston’s immediate response was, “Well who would be my other Bond Girls?” Seriously, such a guy thing to say, but then a light bulb went off! “Wait, Babe, I can be all of your Bond girls! I am going to need some wigs and some amazing outfits, but let’s do some James Bond movie poster-style photo shoots at each location.” I mean gorgeous locations, fancy cars, luxurious clothing, and a chance to play dress up with your love? What’s a better way to add some daring, intrigue, mystery and James Bond sexiness to your romantic getaway or Honeymoon? For a couple of adrenaline junkies like ourselves, we knew we had to make this mission happen. In order for Operation Shaken Not Stirred to go off without a hitch, we would quickly have to go through a Bond Bootcamp to become more “Bond-like.”
Here are some ways that we found to master the art of becoming Bond… James Bond. A trip like this takes prep and research. We needed to know where to go and how to get there. This is where contacting the Board of Tourism of the Czech Republic turned out to be an invaluable asset. I emailed them our trip idea, and not only did they LOVE the concept, but they helped us research the locations, set up English speaking guides and transportation for us to get there, helped get us special access to take photos in some of their country’s most elite locations, and FUNDED our entire trip! The trip hadn’t even started, and already, we were being treated like celebrities! What would happen next would be an epic adventure across 4 countries, all expenses paid to photograph and write about what it was like to take a James Bond trip across the Czech Republic…..
What has photography done for you as a person? How has it changed you?
I am a very happy person. I truly feel like I am “living the dream.” Living the dream means to me that I can blend all of my passions into one AND get paid for it! I get to travel, create, go on adventures, shoot beautiful images of exotic places and real life emotional celebrations of love and life, AND I can make a living doing this. Not only do I feel like what I am doing is relevant and important to my clients, but I feel a lot of love and appreciation for what I do. I am capturing memories that will be cherished for many lifetimes for some people and for the most part, I am always surrounded by happiness, beauty, and love. It is truly special what I do, but THE BEST part of all, as if that wasn’t enough, is that I get chosen to be an artist, to shoot in my style and with my eye and creativity. and I can set my hours, standards, and have full creative control with my business. There are not many jobs where you not only have the freedom to make your own schedule, but you have creative freedom as well. THAT is why I feel very blessed everyday to be doing what I love for a living. I also love that my career and business are constantly evolving and I get to grow as a person and an artist through my craft. I get to challenge myself and introduce new technology and experience new things on a regular basis.
What’s something no one knows about you that you’d like to share?
Fun fact, I love to sing and play the piano. I made it to the top 30 of the first season of American Idol with Kelly Clarkson!
Who’s your biggest hero in your life?
Malala. She got shot in the face at point blank range by the Taliban for being a girl trying to get an education and survived. She has now used that to fuel her mission to help spread women’s rights and education around the world. She is a hero and is half my age! Also, Richard Branson and Elon Musk. What their inventions are doing about changing the world, the way we travel and live in it, space travel, and helping save the planet and promoting renewable energy is inspiring. All three of them are fearless innovators, changing the world and making it a better place, and defying “normal” thinking and beliefs. I hope that I can leave as important of a legacy behind in my lifetime.
What will you be doing five years from now?
Teaching international photography workshops, living and working abroad while splitting my time between Europe and the US, selling more fine art, having a TV show about my exotic travel adventures in photography and life with my husband and maybe a family.
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