The first time I left the country I was 21 years old. I had just graduated from college and my mom and I took a whirlwind tour of Europe. I was amazed at all the new sights, sounds, smells, and tastes we encountered. The centuries-old architecture fascinated me. I was intrigued by the people we met along the way. That first trip gave me a glimpse into the greater world out there. I developed a hunger to explore more of the world, meet more people, and discover their cultures. I've been fortunate to travel to many places since those early days. Everywhere I go, I find that my camera builds connections. Although there's often a language barrier between myself and those I meet, a smile is universal. I hope you enjoy a few of the images I've been privileged to capture along the way.