Who

I am an observer and a storyteller who sees the beauty in the everyday.

I’ve always been an observer, ever since I was a little girl. I’m drawn to studying people and cultures and to seeing events as they unfold around me. I love immersing myself in foreign cultures, surrounding myself with people I can’t understand but manage to communicate with anyone, eating food I’ve never eaten before, and living a life so drastically different than my own.

I used to think I was going to change the world in a big way. I worked with various nonprofits throughout the US and abroad on projects related to affordable housing, economic security, ecotourism, environmental stewardship, youth development, and disaster relief and response. I committed myself to a life of service, moving nine times in the six years after I graduated college in the pursuit of my passion in the hopes of making a difference.

I learned that life doesn’t always turn out the way you expect. Sometimes it’s better. Three years ago, I stumbled upon the book It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario at my local library and it changed my life. I picked up my camera again and discovered the wonderful world of documentary family photography. I fell back in love with the simplicity and beauty of every day life.

I’m one of three, the middle child sandwiched between two brothers. We got along decently well when we were younger, so no horror stories of pushing each other down the stairs for us. I never wanted any sisters but consider my closest friends to be just that, some of whom I’ve known for twenty years.

I’m mildly obsessed with my furbaby, Burt. He’s a rescue from a local shelter. Our once shy, scared, snappy pup has turned into a Grade A snuggler who loves to defend the homestead, play with his humans, and eat all the snacks. It has been one of the greatest gifts to see him come out of his shell and live his best life.

I once considered drastically changing career paths to become a wilderness EMT. I was in a job that wasn’t going anywhere and sick of working at a desk everyday, staring at a computer day in and day out. Instead, I joined a local wilderness search and rescue team in 2017 and have been able to assist in bringing closures to families in the Austin area.

I met my husband within the first three months of grad school. I wasn’t looking for a relationship but we went on a date and he made me laugh harder than anybody had in a while. I also kicked his a** at darts and the rest is history. Five years later, we got married in the Texas hill country.

I love traveling but don’t care much for sightseeing. My favorite trips have been the ones where I’ve been able to stay for a prolonged period of time getting to know people and communities on a deeper level: living with an elephant-keeping community in northern Thailand, getting to work with women farmers in India’s northern mountains, being an expat in Cape Town for a year and a half.

Road trips are my favorite, especially when they include camping. I road tripped across southern Africa with one of my best friends – South Africa {multiple times}, Namibia, and Lesotho, and most recently we did a road trip across Uganda and Rwanda. There’s something about the open road that just calms my spirit and makes me feel at home.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. -Rumi