I’m a freelance writer and photographer. Those two passions infuse everything I do, whether I’m exploring and learning about my island home or the rest of the world. I hope you’ll join me as I share the places I’ve been, the experiences I’ve had and the things I’ve learned and am learning every day. Life is a journey, and journeys should be shared.
I’m a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association, where you can find some of my credits. My two photo websites are Jennifer Crites Photography and Photoshelter, with images also available from two international photo-stock agencies—Photo Resource Hawaii and Photographers Direct—and on FineArt America.
It’s been suggested that I go into a little more detail about myself, so here goes:
I’m a former managing editor at Davick Publications’ ALOHA magazine, where I researched, wrote and edited articles about Hawaii’s culture; people—artists, politicians, actors, musicians and other prominent newsmakers; and Hawaii as a travel destination. Since then, my work has covered a wide range of subjects from culture and traditions to contemporary lifestyles, health, business, film, travel, nature and science, and has appeared in magazines such as Travel+Leisure, Islands, Hawaii, Honolulu, Island Scene, Island Home, Hana Hou!, the University of Hawaii magazine Malamalama, The Hollywood Reporter, Location Update, The Rotarian, NatGeo Kids and The New Yorker, among others, as well as books published by Dorling Kindersley, Oxford Press, Aboard Publishing and HCI Publications.
Before all that, I was a portrait and wedding photographer, and along the way I ghost-wrote a book about estate planning, and co-authored and photographed a nature book called Sharks and Rays of Hawaii (Mutual Pub. 2002).
My most memorable assignment was covering an archaeological dig on the remote Chilean island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), where I also documented the local lifestyle and landscape.
I’m originally from a region in England called The Potteries, home of England’s fine-china factories. My parents immigrated to the U.S. when I was seven, and I have become thoroughly American, except for a slight British accent that pops out when I’m listening to Brits on the telly.
I love to travel, even when it means stuffing my 5’10” frame into a Hobbit-sized coach seat for two nine-hour flights from Hawaii to Europe. Recent trips include Norway, Turkey, France, the Greek Isles and New Zealand, all of which I blog about so that I can share the experiences.