How do you afford to travel all the time?
I am a freelance photographer, digital creator, and blogger, so I essentially travel for work. 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?
Take a look at my in-depth blog post, A Look Inside My Camera Bag, on everything I use for travel and adventure photography.
What do you bring hiking and camping?
Everything I use is in my Summer Backcountry Gear Guide (which includes a downloadable checklist to help with packing).
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?
There’s no doubt that social media, specifically Instagram, has led to certain outdoor spots being negatively impacted (overcrowded, vandalized, trashed, etc.) and for this reason, I rarely share/geotag locations on Instagram. That said, I want you to explore, make memories and develop a connection with the outdoors. My mission is to inspire you to go outside after all. So, instead of geotagging on Instagram, I choose to share blog posts where I can include information on how to recreate responsibly, stay safe and educate on the Leave No Trace Principles. Along with reading my blog posts, I encourage you to research yourself. Use Google, explore Google Maps, read books, ask rangers questions, etc.. get curious. Put the work in. The information is out there. Researching is how I found the places you see on my Instagram so I can tell you that it works! David Attenborough has said, “no one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced” and I couldn’t agree more. When people are immersed in the outdoors, they are more likely to become advocates for it and hopefully inspire others to do the same—so happy researching!
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. Keep growing.
– Create a community and 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.
– Save your money and be frugal. Invest your money in things related to travel or photography.
How do I start hiking and 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.