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

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, and I consider it an absolute privilege.

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 and wedding 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: helpthetribe.com. I believe in the art of exploring, creating and connecting with people along the way.