Pictured above: Heather Kuhlman (bottom left) photographing former President Barack Obama during his commencement speech at Lake Area Technical Institute
Heather Kuhlman, Gifted Travel Network’s (GTN) Membership Development Coordinator, heads to Botswana and Tanzania on a GTN-led hosted experience with preferred partner, Hills of Africa.

“I seriously have the best job ever,” said Kuhlman. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I cannot wait to be there.” 

Kuhlman has been photographing and creating art for over two decades. Before her career started here with GTN, she owned and operated her own professional photography business. Her impressive accolades range from state and national titles to large international awards. Primarily a self-taught photographer, throughout the years, she has been selected to photograph major events ranging from former President Barack Obama’s commencement speech at Lake Area Technical Institute to a Sturgis motorcycle rally legend, Puppy, moving a Panhead Harley going past Devil's tower in Wyoming.

“Every time an opportunity has presented itself, I’ve pinched myself that I’ve been allowed to be the storyteller, humbled at the moments, and thankful to have been trusted with the opportunity,” said Kuhlman.

Joining Kuhlman on this trip of a lifetime include GTN advisors and Hills of Africa Chief Experience Director Sandy Salle. This trip is 27 days overall but split into two parts. The first is 12 days in Tanzania, and the second is 13 days in Botswana, with a two-day break in between.

Beyond this being a trip of a lifetime for many, the opportunity to travel with a professional photographer will allow our advisors to immerse themselves in the experience. The moments and memories captured can be used for future marketing material, advertisements, and social media posts. This is truly an invaluable resource for advisors when they are curating custom itineraries for their clients or even speaking on this region using their expertise and experience.  

“I’ve been asked before what my favorite image is, and I always say- the one I haven’t taken yet. I live for the adventure and the next moment!” 

Be sure to follow along on our social media channels for updates throughout the trip!