Hi, I am Tatjana

Thank you for stopping by! The desert has captured my heart (and a lot of spots in front of my camera lens). Born and raised in Germany, I developed a quest for adventure and traveling early on in my life. Most of the time I had a camera in my hand to capture a moment.

My career in digital marketing allowed me to take my skills to different places and work and live in the UK, Michigan, Texas, California Bay Area and now Southern California. I first discovered the desert for myself when I lived in Texas and drove out west towards Big Bend National Park. That’s when I decided I wanted to have a home in the desert. It took a decade to make this dream come true. And here I am now, roaming the Coachella Valley and the Mojave and Colorado Deserts.

In 2018 I made a pact with myself to either sell my DSLR camera or finally take it out for adventures. So of course, I took it out for adventures, and we have been inseparable since.

The desert has captured my heart. The changing seasons and bright colors at times, elusive to the casual visitor. The way the sun breaks on the cholla cactus at sunset. The long shadows that change the landscape. Every now and then I crave water and head to the ocean or a lake or a river. It’s like a cool-down for the soul after hot summer days in the desert.

My photography is inspired by light and color, and how moods change in black and white. But mostly it is inspired by nature and how we all see nature in our own way. You and I could stand on the same spot, and I can almost guarantee that we take totally different photos.

I am currently working on a few different creative ideas, so watch this spot and come back soon.


2022 Jul – Sep | Group Show | Joshua Tree Distillery. Joshua Tree, CA

2022 Jul – Aug | Artist Guild Members Summer Show | 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms, CA

2022 Jun | Artist Guild Group Show | 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms, CA

2022 Jun | Group Show – Expo at JTAG | Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA

2021 Dec | Artist Guild Group Show | 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms, CA

2021 Nov | Juried Show – Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo | 29 Palms Art Gallery, 29 Palms, CA

If you are interested in purchasing a print of one of my photos, head over to my store Tatjana Kudla Photography.

My adventure and lifestyle blog No Heels Just Sneakers explores some of the beautiful areas I have traveled to and hiked in.