I started taking photos when I was about 6 years old. A family friend had given me a Kodak Brownie camera to thank me for being a flower girl in her wedding, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. I thought that camera was the Best Present Ever, and took pictures as often as our film, developing, and flashbulb budget would allow.

Skip forward to another big turning point: I travelled back to Côte d’Ivoire when I graduated from high school, three years after I’d permanently moved to the US. While there, my new-fangled point & shoot Olympus was always within reach, and for the first time I returned with some photos I was really proud of. Some of them were published in a college journal, a couple years later. This fueled my passion and my confidence; my skills were very rudimentary, but I suddenly had the feeling that I could actually do something with that.

Several years later, we were given an SLR (my first!) as a wedding gift, and I shot 19 rolls of film on our honeymoon in Italy. Some of those were chosen for publication in several art journals, again inspiring further pursuit of the passion. That camera took us to Paris and to Thailand, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and finally a big move across the country to California.

When the digital imaging technology reached the point that I could afford a camera that would be able to capture images that I’d be just as happy with as film, I made the switch to my first  DSLR, and haven’t looked back. I’m still using that same DSLR, which has travelled with me up and down the Pacific Coast of the US, to Death Valley, Yosemite, & Mono Lake, to Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii, and to Italy again. My learning curve has jumped exponentially in recent years, and I plan to keep pushing that higher.

Much like my passion for photography, this blog is a journey, one that I hope you’ll join me for. I’ve always hated when my passport expires and I have to start using a new one, because I lose all those old entry/exit stamps in the passport. Having a record of the journey – whether it’s around the world or on my doorstep – in photographic form helps reclaim some of that well-travelled feeling.

Come travel with me?