Mia was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1980 and has lived in Africa for most of her life. Mia’s grandfather was a photographer and when he died he left her with his lenses and cameras. She became passionate about photography- having her first exhibition at 18, documenting her life living in a small village in the mountains of Nepal.
Mia majored in anthropology and at the same time took to the film world. She worked on four series of Survivor for CBS in remote parts of the world, produced and directed 2 shorts independently and then went on to assist award winning photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith and later on Martin Parr with projects in Africa.
In 2010 Mia worked for IMAX/Warner Brothers as their Kenyan production manager on a 3D cinematic release about orphaned orangutans and elephants. "Born To Be Wild" is now showing in IMAX Theatres worldwide-see trailer here. Mia currently works as a photographer & is part time production manager for Viewfinders the documentary/wildlife film company. Clients from 2011/12 were Disney’s ‘African Cats’, National Geographic’s ‘Bones of Turkana’ and the BBC’s ‘Planet Earth Live’. Mia went on to see the launch of the book "Women are Heroes-Kibera" she worked with a team on the book in collaboration with French artist/photographer and 2011 TED prize winner JR.
Her recent photographic work has appeared in CNN's photo blog,NYT Lens Blog, Today’s Zaman, WLT Magazine, Global Post , PBS News Hour, USAID Front Lines-(cover photo), EGPAF, United Nations World Youth Report and most recently represented twice in National Geographic’s Traveler contest as ‘Editors Pick’.
Mia will travel soon to Madagascar to begin the next 3D movie with IMAX about lemurs.