About Carmen Polanco Lugo

Carmen Polanco Lugo has had a camera in her hand for as long as she can remember. Her grandfather gave her her first camera, a basic automatic point-and-shoot. Her entire family was so happy and willing to pose for her; striking candid poses, willingly posing for birthday photos, and striking every other imaginable pose! Polanco was inspired to pursue photography by her family’s support.


Summers at the Polanco house meant planning trips to East Coast national parks. Carmen would be eternally grateful for these trips because they not only brought the family closer together, but they also instilled in her a passion for nature photography. Carmen recalls these family vacations fondly, from Acadia to Biscayne.

Photographing the Atlantic coast from Acadia National Park to Biscayne National Park’s mangroves and the wetlands of Everglades National Park was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Carmen.

Carmen has taken it upon herself, in keeping with tradition, to provide her children with the same experiences she had as a child. Trips to national parks have become a family tradition because she wants them to fall in love with nature as much as she did. This time, however, their journeys would take them to West Coast national parks.

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