Hi, I’m Sivani.
I’m an award-winning travel writer and nature photographer with a sometimes-unhealthy fascination with extreme landscapes and weather.
I grew up surrounded by the natural grace and beauty of California’s Central Coast and a family that gave me a love of exploration, of nature, and of storytelling. My adventures have taken me to all 50 states and all seven continents, sailing across the towering seas of the Drake Passage, kayaking with gentoo penguins in the glassy waters of Neko Harbor, Antarctica, chasing storms through Tornado Alley, and road tripping across the United States with a former teacher of mine from high school. I have yet to find a place that doesn’t spark my curiosity.
With a JD from the University of Pennsylvania and an AB from the University of Chicago, I served as a Teach for America corps member and later spent a number of fulfilling years representing indigent defendants as a federal public defender before leaving the law to pursue my current career. You can still find me reading judicial opinions, though, because, as it turns out, you can take the girl out of the courtroom, but you can’t quite take the courtroom out of the girl. From time to time I return to my legal roots and write about the law.
My work has appeared on BBC Travel, CNN, and the Adventure Collection as well as in Backpacker Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Photographer, and Bay Nature.