06/05/2012 10:42 am ET

Annie Griffiths, National Geographic Photographer, Talks A Life In Photos (VIDEO)

After discovering a passion for photography in college at age 25 Annie Griffiths found herself employed at National Geographic as one of its first woman photographers. "It was pretty meteoric," she admits.

In the years that followed, Griffiths travelled the world pursuing great pictures, with "diapers...right in the camera bag" for part of that time, as she raised two children on the road. She also founded a nonprofit group, Ripple Effect Images, which brings together photojournalists with scientists and NGOs to support efforts worldwide to empower women and girls.

She appeared on "TODAY" to discuss a life spent pursuing her passion and the stories behind some of her most famous photos. Check out the video above for the interview.