About Me

Portrait by Matt Drown

Thanks to a somewhat nomadic childhood, I gained a passion for travel and connecting with people from different cultures. Now I am an adult who is living as a nomad and exploring the world with my camera. While doing so, I photograph anything that catches my eye. It could be a local festival, people waiting for a train, a funeral procession, an elephant taking a bath in the river, a beautiful flower in a garden. I am a bit of a magpie, always watching the light as it moves across the scene revealing something that inspires me to make a photograph. 

Before leaving the San Francisco Bay Area to travel full-time, I studied photography formally, earning a degree in both digital and traditional photography. I assisted various instructors in the dark room as a dark room tech and in the professional lighting studio. Before studying photography, I was an event coordinator and donor relations manager for an international policy research institute at a university in Palo Alto, California. 

My skills and experience in creating fine art, street, and travel photography translates well to personal and professional portraiture, event, and lifestyle photography. My biggest kick is to educate and inspire others to make beautiful photographs. Teaching photography workshops that I create in the US and in Europe is what I truly love. 

If you are interested in discussing your portrait or event photography needs, or are interested in my workshops, please send me an email at neeley@drown.com. Let’s discuss how we can work together.