WANDERLUST TRAVEL, OWNER
Wanderlust specializes in my fine art travel photography and storytelling.
BEAUTIFUL DAY PHOTOGRAPHY, OWNER/FOUNDER
Specializing in destination weddings.
ANDEAN HATS, OWNER
My passion project that I am most proud of is launching Andeana Hats (www.andeanahats.com) in February 2019, a sustainable fashion company working with indigenous female artisans in the Sacred Valley of Peru. The passion and mission behind the creation of Andeana Hats is to empower women and help support global artisans to continue their vanishing crafts and enabling them to support themselves and lead their communities out of poverty.
JETSET COLLECTIVE MEDIA, OWNER
Jetset Collective Media is a collective of travel influencers across many mediums who work as a team on travel media jobs. During the year, I can be seen overseas shooting weddings, fashion shoots, and sourcing artisans with National Geographic’s catalog.
Laura Grier known as the “Indiana Jones of Adventure Travel Photography” was named on Discovery Channel UK’s “20 Richest People in the World List”; people who are rich in life experiences. Living overseas and working for the CIA by age 18, began what would become a lifelong wanderlust for Laura. As a photojournalist for the past 19 years, she has photographed weddings and travel on all 7 continents making a career out of exploring and documenting the world. Laura’s most notable work has been shooting for Novica, National Geographic’s catalog that represents global artisans practicing “Vanishing Arts”. Passionate about mentoring, women’s education and empowerment, photography and travel, Laura leads workshops, expeditions, and has recently launched Andeana Hats her passion project with National Geographic. The mission behind Andeana is to empower women and help global artisans continue their cultural traditions; enabling them to support themselves and lead their communities out of poverty.
Marina Del Ray, CA
Q & A
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My fearlessness, ability to adapt, and handle challenges and problem solve. Because if that the chaos of traveling and shooting large events has never stressed me out. I thrive in finding the beauty and calm in chaos. I am adventurous and willing to take leaps of faith!
WHAT IS ONE (BIG OR SMALL) THING YOU’RE HOPING TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR BUSINESS THIS YEAR?
I want to grow my hat business, Andeana, into a global brand that helps to empower and employ multiple indigenous communities and women around the world to sustain their artisan crafts and traditional ways of life.
WHAT DOES BEING LIBERATED MEAN TO YOU?
Freedom is everything to me. I have built my entire career around this notion. To be able to choose the jobs I want, to go to the places I am inspired to travel to, to work for myself, to have the freedom make my own hours and to value my personal relationships, and also to have full creative freedom in my work and who I work with. I couldn't imagine a life where I didn't have these freedoms and to be able to make a living by combining all of my passions and to live this lifestyle of freedom and creativity is my dream. I love what I do and I love collaborating and working with other people who have also created lives and careers out of their dreams and passions.