Who is Griffin Royalty
She’s a conversation starter.
Many people find Griffin to be a very unusual name for a female. And it is. Playing sports growing up, kids called me by my last name so often I eventually adopted it as my first. My mom has always been an avid believer in creating our own identities and said I could be anything I want to be, so I chose Royalty! That's right, Griffin Royalty. I was born in California and raised in Las Vegas, I’ve called Vegas home since I was 10 years old. I have always wanted to travel and see the world but never had the courage to actually leave. I started looking at pictures of all the places I wanted to one day visit and imagined how I could get there. At 18 I was given my very first real camera and off I went to burn through several rolls of film as I had no idea what I was doing. For the next several years I taught myself the ins and outs of photography with dreams that one day someone would actually want to pay for my work.
At 24 I made the scariest and most exciting decision of my life and moved away from home for the first time. I didn’t just move across town, I moved to Alaska with my camera in hand and spent six months bartending on a passenger train, falling in love with myself and all of the pristine beauty Alaska has to offer. That experience was such a thrilling, yet humbling adventure that I decided to do it again at 25. Building on my first experience, the second time around two friends of mine stuffed as much as we could into a tiny Ford Focus, joined a caravan of 5 other cars and headed "North to the Future!"
When I am not taking epic road trips, look for me in my office - you’ll know you’ve found me when you see dome windows that stretch from one end of the rail car to the other revealing a 360 degree view of majestic mountains, lush green trees and beautiful blue skies. If I’m not there, you’ll find me coaching basketball, volunteering with homeless people through Hero School and building an empire. An empire that will allow aspiring photographers to come and learn about the art and business of photography so that they do not have to endure the struggle of “getting started“ like I did. Photography is more than just a passion of mine, it is my sanity and I want to inspire others to find their sanity in this world through photography too. This will be my legacy that I will one day leave behind. However, for now I’ve gotten the travel bug and I plan on going wherever my lens takes me!