Photography has always played a significant role in my life and has taught me as much about myself, as the people I have photographed; it has been my passport to document the human soul, the human experience. I consider it an absolute privilege.

I began my career as a photojournalist and have photographed everything from weddings to political upheavals from California to Kenya. The National Press Photographers Association selected a number of my images from East Africa as part of their Women in Photojournalism International traveling exhibit. As a result, the McKenna Museum of Art in New Orleans, La. purchased my work for their permanent collection: ctowellphotos.com. My images have garnered a number of awards ranging from the Associated Press, the William Hearst Organization, and the National Press Photographers Association, and they have appeared in hundreds of publications including, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Oprah.com, USA Today, and Stern Magazine. In addition, I have freelanced extensively for several international press agencies and non-governmental organizations.

In 1999 I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a BA in Art with an emphasis on Photography and a minor in Journalism. That same year I began working as a photojournalist at the Reno Gazette-Journal, teaching photography at UNR, and working as a freelancer. In 2008, I decided to pursue a career as a portrait, wedding, and lifestyle photographer because I have always been drawn to creative work that evokes emotion and to working in a narrative sequence.

I find solace in my yoga practice and am inspired by culture and travel. Documentary films and live music stir me, and I am a fan of massage, all forms of design, and whole grains. After photographing on assignment in Kenya, I founded The Tribe, a nonprofit empowering girls in rural Africa. I believe in the art of exploring, creating and connecting with people along the way.