Hi, I'm Linka

Originally from Texas... the South continues to beckon me, returning to my current home of New Orleans in 2016. This after adventuring all over the world, including living in Berlin, The Netherlands, Los Angeles, Colorado, Florida and NYC... I believe in continually challenging myself and seek constant adventure through travel, dynamic relationships and pushing out of my comfort zone. An optimist at heart, I aim to connect, open minds and inspire. Life is wild, weird, simple and complex, and I truly enjoy reflecting back what I see to the brides, grooms, families and individuals that invite me to share both small or really big days in their lives. It's a once in a lifetime chance to capture a fleeting moment that will live on forever!

How I found photography...

I went to NYC to study fashion at Parsons School of Design. After only two days I knew fashion wasn't for me and in a panic I went to the Dean asking for a transfer, he offered the one and only opening - in beginning photography. That first roll of film was life altering. I still recall the image coming to life in the darkroom. It was the first time I felt really good at something, I was 20 years young. I went on to earn a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in Photojournalism from the University of the Arts London. Over the years I have explored my trade, working in professional photo labs, shooting travel for Getty Images, teaching kids photography, and winning incredible awards from great organizations like Smithsonian Magazine, Santa Fe Photo Workshops, and Getty Images Creative Grants. In 2010 I became a full time freelance photographer/artist. I love people and find them utterly fascinating. This is how I became the photographer I am today!

Linka Odom Artist and Photographer
As Seen on The Knot