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Is your social media your day job/side income or hobby? If a hobby, what do you for work?
Photography/travel blogging is my side hustle; by day I work in marketing for a tech startup.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
My everlasting passion for travel, to discover new places and cultures.
What is one goal you have for the next year?
I want to visit the arctic circle and experience the arctic night in winter.
What’s one way you’ve been challenged in the last year?
Improving my fitness so I can complete more adventure travel and hike to more remote locations.
What is the main focus/topic of your content?
Both my Instagram and blog are focused on travel. I explore everything from different architecture to the mountains and everything in between.
What influenced you to start your page & blog?
It began as a personal venture, but I soon realised my audience was growing and people were interested in what I was sharing, I began to take it more seriously.
How have you improved the quality of your content since you began?
I’ve focused on creating themes and capturing more shots that work in portrait, compared to my older work that was regularly shot landscape.
Who or what inspires you the most?
There are so many travel photographers I admire which I’ve mentioned here. I’m also inspired by my dad who ignited the love of photography in me. I learnt a lot about light from here, in particular when we spent hours watching the colours change as the sunset over Uluru in central outback Australia.
Who are some of your favourite Instagram accounts?
Hayley Anderson (@haylsa), Melissa Findley (@melissafindley), Johan Lolos (@lebackpacker) and Benjamin Hardman (@benjaminhardman)
Who are some of your favourite Bloggers?
Lisa Hamilton (@seewantshop), Geneva Vanderzeil (@apairandaspare), Pip (@wander_pip)
What’s the best piece of advice you have gotten in regards to your accounts?
Follow a theme or have consistency, this is what will have people follow you because they know you’ll produce great content time and time again.
What’s your advice for the solo traveller who still wants great shots of themselves on the road?
A tripod will become your best friend; this also provides versatility for shooting more than just yourself though. I will use it in lowlight situations, or long exposures particularly at sunrise and sunset.
What’s one insecurity you have about yourself?
That I’ll never be quite good enough at any of my passions.
What would be the ultimate end goal with your social media? Is there something you want to work towards?
I’d love to simply have an engaged audience, primarily on Instagram. It’s less about follow counts and more about real engagement with my followers.
I think this is a great way for people to emulate styles they like in their own work, and helps provide consistency as I mentioned before. I’ve bought presets in my early days, and now create my own as well as my style has evolved over time.
Have you met anyone through your social media? How did that go about?
Of course! I’m actually part of an awesome group of creative women (@creativegalgang) which has been so beneficial in founding new relationships with incredible, like-minded women.
What camera do you use?
Canon 5D mkiii, and my most used lenses are the 24-70mmL series and 16-35mmL series canon lenses.
What software do you use to edit your photos?
99% of my work is completed in lightroom these days, occasionally I’ll jump into Photoshop to remove something that is a distraction or impedes the quality of the photo.
Which accounts would you love to collaborate with?
Any of the accounts I’ve mentioned previously would be amazing!
What is your top pick for a solo traveller on New Years?
Definitely stay in a hostel, that way you can meet plenty of people and that is half the fun!
Where is your next travel destination?
The Norwegian Fjords!
What destination is still on the top of your bucket list?
There’s so many, but equal first are Antarctica and Patagonia!
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.
I actually thoroughly enjoy the planning stages of a trip, almost as much as the travels themselves! My top tip is to know what you want to get out of a trip, that way you can plan length of stay, activities and more to suit your desires. No point in planning a hiking holiday if you’re looking to relax poolside.
What is your top travel hack?
Roll everything in your bag, so much more room that way!
What is one thing you take with you on all of your travels?
A good book!
What has been your favourite destination so far? Why?
This is hard! I loved Iceland, Italy is always a good choice and Costa Rica has wildlife unlike anywhere else I’ve been.
Travelling solo or with friends?
Both are great, but I do love sharing my adventures with other people.
Group tours or your own itinerary?
A bit of both is nice. If it’s really hard to get around a country without hiring a car, which can be very expensive when you travel along, then a group tour is great. Otherwise I love to craft out my own itinerary.
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