Amazing Azores: Top Places to Visit On the Island of São Miguel

Amazing Azores: Top Places to Visit On the Island of São Miguel

I knew very little about the Azores before I ended up there. After having spent 6 weeks exploring the big cities and small towns of Spain and Portugal, I was in need of some “nature therapy”, so heading to the lush green hillsides and dramatic beach cliffs of the Azores seemed the perfect way to scratch my outdoorsy itch. With that in mind, I booked a flight on Azores Airlines and found myself flying to the island of São Miguel.

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Through the Lens: Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Spain

Through the Lens: Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Spain

Holy Week (Semana Santa) is the biggest religious celebration of the year in Spain. It is a time for Spaniards to take to the streets and watch elaborate reenactments of the Passion of Christ, as well as enjoy some time off work in the company of their families and friends. I was very curious to witness these celebrations for myself, so during my month of traveling around Spain I decided to spend an entire week in the lovely university town of Salamanca, Spain - directly in the thick of things!

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LALIBELA: Faith and Devotion in the Mountains of Ethiopia

LALIBELA: Faith and Devotion in the Mountains of Ethiopia

I am fascinated with the idea of faith. Specifically, I am drawn to places where I can witness and capture the power of faith. Devotion, spirituality, worship - whatever you may call it - I am intrigued by people with high levels of reverence and enthusiasm for something beyond the physical. Religious observances are particularly interesting to me, so it only made sense that I head to Lalibela, Ethiopia to photograph the celebration of Orthodox Christian Christmas. 

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ETHIOPIA'S OMO VALLEY: Enlightening, Challenging, Humbling

ETHIOPIA'S OMO VALLEY: Enlightening, Challenging, Humbling

I feel like I’ve been seeing photographs of the tribal people who live in Ethiopia since I was little. As a young girl growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I had no idea where these people lived, but I was fascinated nonetheless by the women with the lip plates, all the colorful beads they wore, their seemingly easy way of life. When I decided to go back to Ethiopia earlier this year, I knew I had to visit the Omo Valley and photograph these interesting people for myself. I wanted to truly live out a “National Geographic moment.” 

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ON SAFARI IN KENYA: finding peace in the stillness

ON SAFARI IN KENYA: finding peace in the stillness

Some three weeks ago, I returned from a week on safari in the Maasai Mara of Kenya. The trip was everything I had hoped it would be -- and more. I didn't just come home with 4,000+ images; I also came home with a newfound appreciation for the calm I've created in my life since I stopped working. Read more about the unexpected ways in which this trip moved me - and why I still can't stop thinking about my time there.

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2016 HIGHLIGHTS: An amazing year of travel

2016 HIGHLIGHTS: An amazing year of travel

Whew - 2016 was quite a journey! I was on the road for nearly half the year, traveling to 11 countries (5 of which were new to me). I found myself at sea level and at 18,000 ft — and at lots of points in between. This last year of travel was a near-perfect combination of solo adventures and shared experiences with old and new friends. It was also my most aggressive year of travel yet: at times I was exhausted, lonely, and/or sick — but honestly I wouldn’t trade any of those moments for anything!

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MYANMAR: Visiting the Remote Tribes of Burma

MYANMAR: Visiting the Remote Tribes of Burma

In early 2016 I had the good fortune of returning to Burma (Myanmar), this time on a photography trip where we focused on the fascinating - and vanishing - minority tribes of Burma. We visited with several remote tribes, taking planes, boats, and car, as all as hiking, to reach these folks who typically live far removed from the mainstream. These are their portraits.

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