Philippa Stannard was born to British parents in North Carolina, USA and grew up in Arkansas as a first generation American with her twin brother Robert. She graduated with a Bachelors degree from Stetson University and continued her studies at Florida State University with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography.
Philippa loves experiencing new cultures and traveling off the beaten path. Her journeys include traveling solo in China where she lived with nomads, experienced the open-hearted hospitality of complete strangers and was bitten by a dog that, thankfully, did not have rabies. Philippa is also an accomplished cook and certified sommelier. She currently teaches photography at the Umbra Institute while also studying at the Pro-Civitate Christiana in Assisi to become a certified Art Therapist. Philippa lives in Perugia, Italy with her husband Massimiliano, their daughter Lisa, Bella the dog, and Ciccio the cross-eyed cat.