I get a huge range of questions every day and try to respond to every message, comment and email, but I really appreciate it if you read these first!
Do you accept guest posts or back-linking?
At this time I am not accepting guest posts unless you have recently converted your car into a camper. I am featuring car to camper conversions like this one here and there.
Where have you worked/traveled to?
What do you do for work exactly?
I am an adventure blogger and photographer. I also lead trips & workshops, coach, and model occasionally. I work on projects with mainly outdoor, travel and personal development themes.
How did you get to where you are in your career now?
Long-term vision has been the most important thing for me. Everything I do is linked to the big picture–– how I want to impact the world, the way I want to connect with people and the story I want to tell. The successes I have experienced have been due to a combination of hard work, time, and creativity. Do your thing, pay attention to what works, and stay committed to the long-term vision.
How did you get started doing what you do?
I started this blog in 2014 as a way to share my experiences as an adventure trip leader. For the first 8 months that I wrote on this blog, I also had a full-time job. I got fired from that job unexpectedly and started doing freelance work– some jobs paid, and some did not. I learned along the way. I invested in myself, my skill set and my gear. I worked hard, consistently, for a long time, and I still do. My advice for anyone who is looking to do something similar is to get yourself in front of the people who are doing what you want to be doing– be an intern, get side jobs, do the busywork. There isn’t a magic formula. Trust yourself and learn as you go.
What cameras and lenses do you use?
My main camera and preferred lens is the Sony A7Rii and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G-master lens. I also have the Sony a5100 and the Sony RX100V, which I use primarily for video and/or stuff for YouTube. I am a Sony ambassador in the Alpha Collective.
How did you become a part of/How can I get into the Sony Alpha Collective?
I joined the Alpha Collective in April 2017, purely as a result of getting my best work in front of the right people. If you would like to apply, please find the application on the Sony website here. Unfortunately I am not able to put in a good word for you. My advice is to put only your best work out there, try to understand what they are looking for based on what you already see out there, and figure out how your work is unique.
I am looking to buy a starter camera. What would you recommend?
This totally depends on your budget, but if you are looking to go with a mirrorless digital camera, something from the Sony a5000 or a6000 series will be great. I recommend getting it with the kit lens (the lens that comes with it) first and going from there. Note that the a5000 cameras do not have a viewfinder. Overall I recommend using what you have and upgrading once your gear starts limiting you.
How do you fund your travels?
Most of my trips have a work component– I am not on vacation all the time! This wasn’t always the case, and before I worked as a photographer and writer, I funded my travels myself in-between adventure guiding jobs. I made it a priority, and my finances reflected this. I invested in quality gear and things I needed, but other than that I did not spend money on things that weren’t a necessity. I used to work in exchange for room & board, I took cheaper (but more complicated or slower) travel options, I traveled slowly. I used to work in the places I wanted to travel so that when I wasn’t guiding a trip, I could explore nearby.
You used to be an adventure trip leader. How do I do that?
In my opinion, the number one way to get your foot in the door is by working at a summer camp. Then work your way up to harder jobs, getting new qualifications as you go. In my eyes the most important thing about guiding is the way you interact with people. The second most important thing is your experience traveling or in the outdoors, or otherwise, dealing with dynamic situations and being able to keep your shit together! See my post on the reality of being a trip leader here and my tips on breaking into the adventure industry here.
How do I build my Instagram following?
Post cool stuff consistently, engage with your community (like and comment), use relevant hashtags, and be true to your voice. If you’re not passionate about it,
think about doing something else do something else. In general, my advice is to make sure you have something you can control more than your Instagram following. Use Instagram as a way to display your skill set, sure, but don’t let Instagram be your skill set.
I want to travel/blog/do photography but I have NO idea where to start!
I hear ya. Neither did I. I wrote out some tips here, but the best advice I can give you is just start. You will learn as you go. You will probably have to work for free or for super cheap at first, and there will be many bumps along the way. You will most likely never feel like you have it all figured out. But you don’t have to know exactly where you are going in order to head in that direction. Follow your first hunch and get started. Stop overthinking it.
Who takes your photos?
Photos are taken by me unless otherwise mentioned. If a photo is not taken by me on my website or social media, the photographer is credited in the caption or below the photo.
How can I travel with you?
I lead trips and host events throughout the year. To stay up to date, check in with my Trips tab, above, and make sure you are subscribed to my email list (on the right).
Can my company send you a thing in exchange for photos, a blog post, or posts on your social media channels?
No. This is my full-time job– I’m not able to work in exchange for product or exposure.
How can I support you/this blog?
Without a doubt, the number one way you can support me is sharing my stuff with your network. I believe in the stuff I write about on here– that’s why I do it. So if my message resonated with you, please share it with your network!
Thank you for reading. If your questions isn’t here, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.