freelance writer : author : photographer



2007 to Present :   Freelance Writing & Photography        

Author of “Mixing New Orleans, Cocktails & Legends” (July 2007) and “The Hotel Monteleone, the Heart of New Orleans Since 1886” (January 2011) 

Editorial Director at Robb Vices 2016 - 2019: Responsible for producing a 50 page, small-format magazine every month, as well as all newsletters, blogs, digital advertising copy, and the social media strategy for the company.

Contributor to: National Geographic, BBC TravelImbibe, Hemispheres and Rhapsody for United Airlines, Condé Nast TravelerNational Geographic Traveler, Afar, Budget Travel, Celebrated Living and American Way for American Airlines, Bloomberg TravelGarden & GunYahoo TravelTravel & Leisure, Robb Report, Coastal Living, Arrive, Where New Orleans, Where New York, Food RepublicFood & Wine, SurfaceMen’s Journal, DRAFT, Private Clubs, Time Out NY, Outside, NUVO, Black Card, Hook & Barrel, The Local Palate, Sierra, Paste and Catfish Alley

Community Outreach Director for MOTAC (The Museum of the American Cocktail)

Miami Herald monthly bar columnist/photographer for travel section 2008 - 2015

Creator of Buddha Drinks Fanta - a humor travel blog about personal triumphs and frequent mishaps

Photographer for Herradura Tequila, Hook & Barrel magazine, Mount Gay Rum, Lucas Bols, Cointreau, Ruffino Prosecco, The Wayland cocktail bar, Afar magazine, Hemispheres and Rhapsody, National Geographic TravelerRobb Report, Robb Vices, Travel & Leisure, Garden & Gun, Miami Herald, Imbibe Magazine, Yahoo Travel, Lion & Lamb Communications and Andaz Hotels


2010 to 2013       Project Writer, Expresiones del Corazon Tequila

Produced copy for the launch of a luxury tequila brand including the entire web site, staff bios, written histories of the brand, marketing slogans, press releases and copy for the labels on bottles. This project included multiple trips to Mexico to study, as well as independent study of agave and spirits distillation


2007-2009           Edibles & Elixirs Editor, Portico magazine

Researched, pitched and wrote monthly food and beverage features. Attended bi-monthly staff meetings and attended local and regional food and beverage events for publication


2004-2007          Associate Editor, Nightclub & Bar magazine

Progressed from staff writer to editor, assuming responsibility for editing and copy flow, multiple feature stories and the cover story each issue. Produced over 36 issues of the publication and authored 27 of the cover stories.

Maintained contacts with extensive international network of bar and restaurant operators, photographers, marketing and public relations firms. Planned and represented the magazine at both annual tradeshows in Las Vegas and Atlantic City


Education:   1998-2002 College of Charleston – Charleston, South Carolina

        B.A. Corporate Communications & Eastern Religious Studies



Ann Shields

Managing Editor, AFAR magazine

Nicholas DeRenzo

Senior Editor, Hemispheres magazine