How do you afford to travel all the time?
I am a freelance photographer, digital creator, and blogger, so I essentially travel for work. A lot of my trips are self-funded, but the money I use comes from the brands and tourism boards I work for. These companies pay me to share a product or destination with my audience—whether that is on my Instagram feed, blog, TikTok, etc.. Read this blog post to find out more about how I’m able to travel full time and how you can do it, too!
What is your camera set up?
I currently shoot with the Canon EOS R and use 15-35mm f/2.8 and 24-105 f/4.0 lenses. I love the weight (it’s lighter than other options on the market), viewfinder, weather sealing, colour profile, and that it is mirrorless. In terms of memory cards, I use Lexar Professional.
Who takes photos of you?
My friends, some of which are photographers, take photos of me when I am traveling and/or hiking. Majority of the time, I find the composition I’d like, set my camera up with the proper settings and then ask them to take the photo. I also reciprocate this and help them do the same! Other times, my friends have their own vision and take images with me in them. I sometimes use a tripod but it is rare as I don’t like to travel or hike with one. All photos I share are edited by yours truly!
How do you find hikes to go on?
To find hikes, I use AllTrails, The Outbound, blog posts, forums, Instagram, Facebook (local hiking groups) and Google Earth. I also stop by visitor centres to talk to rangers and chat with locals or people on camping/hiking trips.
Why don’t you share locations on Instagram?
In order to avoid overcrowding and misuse of natural spaces, I don’t share specific locations on Instagram. Geotagging can lead to the destruction of many beautiful locations. I recommend doing your own research and finding locations to travel to and hikes to do on your own—as I do. When someone takes the time to research, it is more likely that they learn details about a particular area, encounter the Leave No Trace Principles and are less likely to harm the land.
How did you go full-time freelance?
Take a look at this blog post to read about my journey so far.
Any tips for people wanting to start a career in the same field (ie. travel photography, content creation, blogging)?
– You’ll work harder than any 9-5 job, so make sure you have a true passion for travel, the outdoors, photography, etc.
– Don’t stop practicing, researching and learning.
– Connect with people who are doing the same thing as you via Instagram. It’s so much easier when you have people to bounce ideas off of and ask for different opinions.
– Always prioritize your work.
– Save your money and be frugal. Invest your money in things related to travel or photography.
How do I start backpacking?
I get questions like this all the time.. and the short answer is.. just start! I’d suggest going on day hikes to get your mind and body ready. Then, or if you’re already a seasoned hiker, pack your bag, grab a friend, do your research and hit the trails. Start small, then increase the difficulty as you get more experienced. Remember, you don’t need to hike fast when you have a 30-40L backpack on. Take your time. Enjoy yourself. Backpacking is incredibly rewarding and I can’t wait for you to get out there! Check out what I bring on every backcountry adventure here—there’s also a checklist you can save to your phone to help with packing.
Do you host group trips?
Yes, I am hosting a group trip to New Zealand in November 2021. If you’d like to find more information, please click here.