I am a Kiwi-born photographer, journalist and communications consultant with a passion for storytelling and media. In 2016, I made the scary decision to leave my high profile career in fashion media PR in London, UK to pursue my love for wildlife photography and Africa (you can read my story here).
Before I quit, I studied photography at night classes and spent weekends photographing wildlife at nature parks in the UK. I hired a career coach, went on a life course in Italy and with no real plan in place, took the leap.
That rash decision completely changed my life.
For the first three months, I volunteered. I photographed wildlife for organisations in Africa including elephants in remote Northern Kenya and worked on hyena and cheetah research projects in the vast Namib desert in Namibia. I also photographed mountain gorillas high up in the Virungas, Rwanda for a story on the 50th anniversary of the Dian Fossey International Gorilla Fund.
Overnight I went from living and working in Central London to photographing and studying wildlife in Africa. I swapped my clipboard, heels, designer dresses and celebrity parties for a camera, flip flops, shorts, and dancing at ‘parties’ with Samburu warriors on hilltops in Northern Kenya.
And I never looked back. Years later, I’m still in Africa and still pinching myself every day at how my life has turned out.
I have based myself in Kenya where I work as a communications consultant for conservation organisations including Save the Elephants, Elephants & Bees and the Elephant Crisis Fund. I have also photographed elephants and anti-poaching operations in Zambia and Malawi.
In my capacity as a consultant, I also work as a field photographer and content creator at Save the Elephants’ research camp in Samburu, Northern Kenya. My media consultancy business, Jungle Jane Communications, operates out of Nairobi.
I have always been happiest in the natural world so I guess it’s no surprise I’m now working in conservation – still in media of course!
My travels over the years have seen me skiing the mountains of Transylvania, New Zealand, Canada and Japan, driving cattle on horseback from Wyoming to Montana and white-water rafting in Costa Rica. I’ve also ridden horses up the volcanic mountains of Iceland, fished for piranha in the Amazon and surfed in Morocco, India, Australia, New Zealand, Bali and Brazil.
My photos and stories have been published in the Times UK, global fashion/lifestyle website, Refinery 29, The Australian newspaper, New Zealand’s biggest weekend broadsheet, The Sunday Star Times, monthly magazines – Planet Mindful and Emirates Woman, the Daily Mail and Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper.
My work has also been published on websites for Save the Elephants, CNN.com, The Elephant Crisis Fund, Wildlife Conservation Network and The Elephant Queen, amongst others.
In May 2017, I was named by global luxury hotel CitizenM as one of five inspirational women to have quit their corporate jobs to chase their dreams.
I hope you enjoy my view of the world and are inspired enough by my story to follow your own heart, chase your dreams and visit as much of this beautiful planet as I have.
And in case any of you were wondering about my logo created by my talented friend, Wynter Blathwyt from Gyroscope, who is also responsible for this entire site! It represents my love of surfing, horse riding, travel and photography. Just need to add elephants to it and we have the perfect combination. 😉