What you do: I’m a multimedia travel journalist who specializes in the Caribbean.
Location: I live in Miami, Florida but I’m in the Caribbean three times a month. Sometimes I feel as if I live in airports and on the beach!
Tell us how you got into photography: As a staff editor on a travel magazine I was accustomed to traveling with a photographer so I never really concerned myself with images. But once I became a freelancer roaming solo and creating my own on-the-go content, the value of a “hero image” really came home. I’ll always be a “words” person, but a photo has the power to tell a story – or at least a part of the story – in a single glance. I’ve realized that in our social media-centric world, an image is the fastest way to connect with your audience. And I’ve also realized that I really enjoy creating photos!
Define your photography style: I’m ALL about bright, saturated color! And I love to incorporate iconic tropical motifs such as palm trees and umbrella drinks into my images. My photographic style reflects my own personal taste as well as the locations I’m lucky to live in and travel to.
Describe your favorite photo: Any simple and colorful image catches my eye. And when it comes to my own stuff, asking me to pick a favorite is like asking me to pick a favorite child. I’m connected to them all, and each reminds me of a particular moment in time.
Tell us your most memorable photography story: I love post-running jumping shots, and on one of my trips to Jamaica this year I thought it would be a good idea to do my star-jump into a plunge pool that was only four feet deep. Needless to say I landed badly, injured my foot, and couldn’t run for three days after. But the photo was worth it.
Are you an Early bird or Night owl? Definitely an early-bird! Most mornings I get up and go running before the sun comes up, and capturing the sunrise from my route has become part of my morning routine.
Who is your favorite photographer? It’s gotta be my former travel partner-in-crime and shooter for Islands magazine, Zach Stovall. Anything I know about composing photos I learned from six years on the road in the Caribbean with him.
What is your favorite Mod product(s)? When I finally bought a DSLR and was searching for a cool way to carry it, the drop-in camera pouches were the first things that caught my eye. I love how they look NOTHING like a boring, basic and black camera bag, and that you can customize a look by buying straps that match or coordinate with them.
What’s the one camera/camera accessories that you can’t live without? I joke with my husband that I’d marry my iPhone 6 if I could. ‘Nuff said.