From North Carolina to Saudi Arabia: A journey of exploration

“My 20’s have been a whirlwind of truths – and I’m only halfway through.

The most damning truth I’ve learned is that we are all capable of intolerance and from the moment we open our eyes to this complex yet beautiful world, we are taught to trust those who are like us and be wary of those who are not.

When I was 12, I moved to Saudi Arabia with my dad and brother from North Carolina.

Before moving, I can’t remember ever meeting a non-Christian or even a non-white person. As a kid though, the ignorance and lack of worldly experience didn’t really matter. I quickly adjusted to life in Saudi Arabia and even fell in love with it – and with someone, as shocking as that may be.

Photography has always been an outlet for me to explore my identity and to make sense of the things that I see and experience. It’s only recently however, that I’ve been courageous enough to start building a business out of my passion. Over the last year, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing bridal showers to citizenship ceremonies, and capturing brief moments of love and hope.

The latter half of my 20’s will be an exhausting trek navigating my family, my nationality, my identity and my relationship, but it will also be an exciting time as I turn a life-long passion into a sustainable lifestyle. A trek inspired by all of the women who proudly call themselves female entrepreneurs.”