I consider myself a third-generation photographer, following in the footsteps of my father and great-grandfather. My earlier years were spent in darkrooms and photo studios. What better playground? There’s always been a gravitational pull to capture an experience and give it emotion through photography.

In my sophomore year of high school I took my first photography class - armed with my father's film Canon AE-1 (and the zealous teenage dreams of being the next Dorothea Lange) I was ready to make my mark on the world. 

As you can already guess, the path hasn't always gone according to plan. There were detours, roadblocks and times I had no sense of direction - I call it my early 20s. Now, by divine intervention, luck, and perseverance, I find myself where I always intended to be - blessed with a career traveling to incredible destinations, meeting extraordinary people, and fully enjoying the remarkable experiences that come my way.


Bachelors of Art, Photography | Savannah College of Art & Design

11+ years freelance photographer & graphic designer

7+ years marketing in the travel & tourism industry

Certified Drone Part 107 Remote Pilot

Software | Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Premiere & After Effects

Equipment | DSLR cameras (Nikon & Canon), drones (DJI), GoPro,

studio lighting equipment (hot lights & strobes) , mics

& motorized gimbals


Proud 5th generation Kansan 

I geek out over history & treasure hunt reality TV (think Curse of Oak Island)

Favorite Drink - Bloody Mary | Least Favorite Drink - Coffee

Favorite Travel Location - Lake Louise in Banff | Least Favorite Travel Location - O'Hare Airport in Chicago

Andrea LaRayne Etzel aka AdastraExplorer

Andrea LaRayne Etzel Photography