I’m Rebecca, and I’m located just north of Atlanta, Ga. I’m a wife, mother, and a lover of all things travel. It was never any kind of plan, or dream of mine to be a photographer. I have always been artistically inclined, and actually planned on being a graphic designer. Following in my father’s footsteps, I moved to Atlanta and started school at Paul Mitchell to be a stylist. Halfway through, I took a whitewater rafting trip in Tennessee and had a complete change of heart. I didn’t want to work in a salon, or live in a big city. That day, I called and resigned from the school.
Within the next month of trying to figure out my future, I searched “cool, adventurous jobs” on google. That’s where I ran across a site that would change my life forever. I visited coolworks.com and applied for a job on the Dalton Highway in Alaska. 500+ miles from the nearest town. No internet, no cellphones, nothing but solitude. And that’s exactly what I needed. Expecting to never hear from anyone, I had a phone interview and was packing for Alaska before I knew it. Leaving behind my [now husband] and my dog, I headed off.
Yukon River Camp (pictured left) is where I spent the next several months. I met travelers form all over the world, experienced 24 hour sunlight, and discovered myself. I realized that I didn’t want to work for anyone but myself, and in exploring my newfound freedom I packed my backpack, left behind what I didn’t need and hiked north. I hitched a ride over 300 miles to get to the Arctic Ocean, and hitched back with a traveler from Sweden. It was truly the best time of my life. Henry David Thoreau once said, “I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time.” I thoroughly believe that to be true. In being alone, I found myself, and who I wanted to be.
Fast forward to winter of 2013, I’m married and expecting a sweet little girl. I purchased a Canon Rebel so that I would be able to capture moments of my daughter any time I wanted. Once she arrived, I took her monthly photos and a few people began asking if I could take photos of them. I agreed, and it really went from there. My wonderful husband had been the only one with a job, so I was excited about the possibility of making a few extra dollars with this newfound hobby. The rest is really history. In February of 2015 my husband and I went to lunch and decided that we could do this. Like..really do it. He quit his job that day, and we’ve been pursuing photography together ever since. We now own a studio in beautiful Downtown Rome, Ga and I couldn’t be happier.