A long time ago, Ira was born in the Netherlands. In 1999 she gave up her management job and most of her earthly belongings to travel the world, starting in South-East Asia. She instantly fell in love with the culture and its people and she never made it to the next continent or back to the Netherlands.
She transformed herself from a passionate amateur photographer into a professional photographer. She worked as a voluntary English teacher in Myanmar and from 2003 to 2013 she was based in Chengdu, China. She shoots mostly lifestyle, travel and culture. In 2010 she took the plunge into writing. That changed the way she works on her stories profoundly. Writing touches different aspects of a story than photography and they compliment each other perfectly. Currently she is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and works mostly for Asian travel magazines.