Welcome to the new section of my blog where I highlight some of the talented creatives that I’ve followed from around the world. These fortnightly posts will highlight a small amount of the talent that is already out there, and hopefully promote more collaboration, rather than competition between creatives.
This week we’re highlighting the work of Lola Hubner from Sydney, Australia. Lola runs an Instagram and blog focusing on travel and photography. I’m so excited to show have gotten the chance to ask Lola about her content as I’ve been following her travels around South East Asia for awhile now!
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Is your social media your day job/side income or hobby? If a hobby, what do you for work?
Social media is more my hobby but I’m working towards earning money and making it a job. I currently don’t have a job, I’m using my savings to travel south east Asia with my boyfriend.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
The first thing that comes to mind is my eye for photography. I might not be amazing at it but it’s something that I’m proud to tell people about and is probably my favourite thing about me.
What is one goal you have for the next year?
I’d like to still be on the road traveling wherever I want, wherever I want although by then I’d like to be making some sort of money and finding job opportunities through my blog and Instagram.
What’s one way you’ve been challenged in the last year?
My main challenge in the past year has been being away from home. I’ve been on the road 6 months and get extremely home sick. It’s hard to be away from home especially when I have young siblings who I miss a lot, although I keep in close contact with my family.
What is the main focus/topic of your content?
My Instagram and my blog are both focused on travel and photography. My blog is shared with my boyfriend @lifeofjira and we create travel guides and inspo for people who are looking to travel. Our Instagram is mainly just somewhere we can share our photos and engage with other people who share the same interest
What influenced you to start your page/blog?
I was working 6 days a week, doing long hours and I felt like an absolute zombie. Every day flew past and I wanted to start doing something that I actually wanted to do, so my boyfriend and I started our blog once we started traveling.
How have you improved the quality of your content since you began?
I’ve learnt so much about photography and editing while being on the road. I think it’s a combination of being better behind the camera and editing in Lightroom that’s helped me improve my quality of content. There’s no real secret to it, I just google and research everything I want to know.
Who or what inspires you the most?
I wouldn’t say one particular thing inspires me, I think anyone who is out there doing what they love inspires me. I look up to people who risked everything to be where they are because that takes a lot. You should always follow your passion!
What’s your advice for the solo traveller who still wants great shots of themselves on the road?
Be confident when using a tripod! People might look at you weird because you’re setting up a tripod, but they don’t see the final product. You want the perfect photo so you shouldn’t let people looking at you, stop you!
What would be the ultimate end goal with your social? Is there something you want to work towards?
The ultimate goal for me and my Instagram would to be to find a way to sustain myself so I can travel for as long as I want. I don’t want all the followers, I just want to keep traveling!
What camera do you use?
I use a Nikon D7200 and an 18-140mm Tamron lens.
What software do you use to edit your photos?
I use adobe Lightroom to edit all my photos. I use adobe photoshop to remove any people from the background of the photo or if I need to fix anything
What destination is still on the top of your bucket list?
I have so many! Morocco, Iceland and Egypt or some sort of desert are probably at the top of my list because they just look insane!
What is one piece of advice you have for someone who wants to travel but is overwhelmed by the process of planning and choosing the right trip?
Take it easy! I haatee planning onward travel cause it’s so stressful but that’s something you have to do to get to these incredible places. You shouldn’t let something small like that stop you from seeing the world. Take plenty of time planning and picking somewhere to go and research more than you need to.
What has been your favourite destination so far? Why?
It’s so hard to choose but I think Bali has been my favourite. I loved the vibe, the beautiful accommodation, the food, and there were endless amounts of photography spots. Philippines is a close second with their insane blue water.
Travelling solo or with friends?
With friends! I don’t think I could ever travel alone. I’m super shy and scared of walking around by myself, although plenty of people do it and I think that’s so amazing.
Group tours or your own itinerary?
Own itinerary for sure!! I hate any kind of tours that baby me, tell me when to leave, when to walk, when to do anything. I think group tours can baby you sometimes and I like to adventure off with my camera and explore around. If you’re not a big traveller then I would recommend tours to help you out.