I am a West Coast based writer slash photographer who accidentally became a travel blogger.
My work for mainstream publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times as well as various online outlets and the alternative press kept me on the road at a steady clip. Because of that, I started writing about my travels for the Huffington Post and the Tablet Hotels’ Tablet Talk Blog.
To be honest, it’s not always work that gets me on a plane. Show me an interesting event in a far-flung destination and I am there. I’ve flown to Iceland for a Foo Fighters concert and made my way to Pyongyang, North Korea to see the Mass Games. I’ve visited 81 countries and hope to increase that number to at least 100. In my travels, I’ve always tried to chronicle my experience through words and images so I could share them with family and friends back home and around the world.
Inevitably, this led to the creation of my own online multi-media Diary – My Life’s A Trip. In our first year, we’ve been cited as one of the best new Travel Blogs of 2011 and in February of 2012 year, we were named Blog of the Month by Süddeutsche.de.
A major component of my work is Mobile Photography and I’ve been lucky enough to be featured on many websites including the Instagram blog and EyeEm Spotlight, as well as amazing shows like the Mobile Love (MLove) Confestival in Berlin. Recently, I was beyond thrilled to have received two awards in the 6th annual IPPAs (iPhone Photo Awards) in the travel and lifestyle categories. In August, 2012 five of my instagram images were featured on the cover of TIME Magazine’s Wireless Issue. In February 2015 My Life’s A Trip was named as the 2014 NATJA Awards Competition Silver Prize Winner in Independent Travel Blog category.
I continue my involvement in this exciting aspect of mobile technology movement by contributing articles to Gadling/AOL travel as well as speaking about mobile technology and photography at conferences such as the IEOTI Digital Tourism Conference in Cairo, Egypt and the 2012 San Francisco Fine Art Fair. I love that mobile technology has allowed me to interact (both online and in real life) with other mobile photographers whose work I admire. I’m also co-hosting an EyeEm Meetup and Photowalk in Los Angeles to meet and help other mobile photographers in the community to capture the City of Angels on their smart phones.
There is no doubt that I am addicted to travel and I have no intention of getting into recovery for it. The more I see, the more I want to see what else is out there. Although I have picked up degrees from some really awesome film schools (NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program), travel is still the best form of education I’ve ever received.
I’m a huge fan of film, music, pop culture, soccer, and style.