Recently I was asked to write a short bio about myself for a magazine. This was a challenge until I finally started writing and well it needs to be shortened… I use this blog as a way to express myself usually through my photographs. But if you are interested feel free to read a little more about me. Where I have been and where I am headed.
In 2003 I was bit by the travel bug after studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I knew very early on that I wanted to make travel a part of my life and career. A few years later I lost my job during the economic crisis and decided to follow my dream job of being a travel photographer. I took airline miles from my previous job and the little cash I had and booked a trip to Paris. I spent 10 days photographing the city from morning until after dark. I spent my evenings at a local restaurant close to my hotel tasting French delicacies like escargot and practicing French. Paris was better than I had imagined.
I rushed back to the States to put my photos online to start selling them. At that time I started a shop on etsy. My Paris photographs had a great reaction and I had some standout best sellers right away. I contacted One Kings Lane about selling my work and they were interested! The next few years were filled with Summer Shows, Markets, Etsy, One Kings Lane. In the same year I struck deals with Papyrus and Pottery Barn. A dream come true in my book.
Over the years of building my business I continued to travel back and forth to Paris, and other cities including Lisbon, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Zurich, and the south of France. I loved the other cities don’t get me wrong but Paris had a way of calling me back. In late 2012 I decided to pack up my apartment put everything in storage and move to Paris for three months. This was the longest you can stay without a Visa. I rented an apartment in Montmartre with a balcony from February until April. I watched it snow over the rooftops, rain for days on end and just before I was about to leave my cherry blossoms bloomed all over the city. Leaving Paris was harder than I ever imagined. When I spoke to my Parisian friends and vendors they reminded me that I would be back and to not be sad.
Lucky for me they were right. Since then I welcomed an amazing niece into my family and found my way back to Paris just in time to watch the leaves change color. Autumn in Paris is such a beautiful time. The early days were filled with mild weather and long walks through the city. The city quickly grew cold as the ivy changed from green to red. I still have my favorite secret spots in hidden courtyards. The once lush trees were bare and the parks were filled with a coating of crunchy brown leaves. As the city turned colder it was time to return back to the States. More friends to leave this time around but I always find a way back.
I have become a nomad in the last few years jumping from house to apartment between family, friends and Paris. I am extremely lucky to have such patient friends and family that support me. When I look back over these past couple of years I wouldn’t have had it any other way. This has been an adventure of a lifetime. Of course I am not quite ready to put two feet on the ground just yet. There is still more to explore and a book to finish. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this crazy adventure. I treasure each and every one of your comments!