Originally from Namibia, Africa, Lourika is the daughter of a successful safari guide and bed and breakfast operator. She discovered her passion for photography early in life while bushwhacking the African landscape on family outings. She studied Hospitality Management in Cape Town, South Africa and worked in hotels and lodges in both South Africa and Namibia. In 2011, she left Africa behind and traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to teach English. While on holiday in Phuket, Lourika fell in love and relocated there for 2 years to pursue her dream of professional photography. She studied the Thai language and also got scuba certified while living on Phuket island. She graduated from the MatadorU Travel Photography program in late 2012. And in August 2013 she was contacted by the Namibian Tourism Board to be the Official Trip Photographer for Solimar International‘s #GoBigNamibia – Adventure Travel press trip. In December 2013, Lourika went back to her home country of Namibia, where she is now concentrating on commercial photography work like weddings, events and corporate shoots. Lourika shoots exclusively with Nikon and processes on Lightroom with Nik plug-ins. Even though travel photography will always be Lourika’s first love, she now specialises in commercial, corporate and stock photography. She loves to capture those special moments in a unique, documentary style without personally directing the ceremony, shoot or event. She believes in creating images in an artistic way. Her style is very different from all other local photographers, and that is what makes her photography stand out. Her dream is to one day work for National Geographic, publish a book and travel to every country on the planet!! Lourika enjoys being out in nature, spending time with friends and family and have long walks with her amazingly cute, white ‘wolves’, Tessa and Trey – who came with her all the way from Thailand.