Born and raised in Southern California, James was introduced to travel at an early age. After spending nearly two decades as a city and urban planner, in 2012 he exchanged his cubicle for a passport and suitcase, pursuing a new career as a travel, active lifestyle and conservation photographer. Two years later, James has visited ten countries and even set foot on Antarctica. He is fluent in Spanish and focuses much of his travel photography and conservation work in Latin America. Besides photography, James has a passion for outdoor adventure sports, books, music and gelato. See more of his work at www.jameskaofoto.com.