Jaime Kowal co-led the recent journey, Capturing Cambodia's Spiritual Past & Present, October 2017.
Jaime’s 15-year career as a freelancer photographer and multimedia producer has taken her to 23 countries spanning seven continents, providing travel and lifestyle imagery as a Creative Contributor for Getty Images, and she has been published in The New York Times, Wallpaper, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, and Vogue Living Australia.
She has been a guest speaker on photography and sustainability at distinguished events including the 2010 Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver to a sold out audience of 2200 people, the City of Vancouver Ideas Slam hosted by CBC's Bill Richardson, and the Green Living Show, where she shared the main stage with Canada’s former Ambassador to the UN Stephen Lewis. She taught travel photography to students in the Himalayas on her global photography tour Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon in 2008.
Her award-winning book Waking Up the West Coast: Healers and Visionaries was a three-year project where she photographed and interviewed 118 experts throughout British Columbia, Canada in the categories of social responsibility, politics, education, arts, culture, and health.
New Society Publishers distributed Waking Up the West Coast in 2006 throughout North America. It won a Bronze Medal at the 2007 Independent Publisher’s Awards, and was named a 2007 Nautilus Book Awards Finalist. The foreword was written by Dr. Andrew Weil, named by Time magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World. She has photographed the Dalai Lama, worked for the Goldie Hawn Bright Light Foundation, and developed editorial content for a private foundation that supports development work in Liberia, where she met the country’s first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Jaime currently lives in Palm Springs, CA where she is actively engaged in her community simultaneously shooting for clients such as Palm Springs Tourism, Palm Springs Life magazine, and Chris Pardo Design while also applying her energy to launching a number of community and design-oriented projects including the boutique hotel property The Amado, Ernest Coffee, and Bootlegger Tiki.
Jaime was recently nominated by Palm Springs Life magazine as a "40 under 40”.