Thanks for popping by to read my very first blog post! I’m so stoked to have a place to share more about my adventures—along with some tips and tricks about hiking and travel that I’ve learnt along the way. My hope for this space is to inspire you to get outside and explore.
For those of you who don’t know, I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently am living just outside of Vancouver, BC. I am 25 years old and have a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Communication. I have a full-time job and on my days off, you can usually find me hiking, camping and traveling with a huge smile on my face. To kick off my first blog post, I am going to answer a few questions that I receive on the daily.
How and why did you start your Instagram page? When I created my account in 2015, it was just a place to share my weekend adventures with friends and family. I would head to the mountains to hike any chance I could, and when I started posting more and more, my following began to grow. I never took it too seriously until 2 years ago, when my sister sat me down and made me realize what I had—an opportunity to influence people to get outside, be active and live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Is photography your job? Photography has always been a side hustle for me as I’ve had a full-time job since I graduated university! This past year has been a challenge with juggling my growing business and working 40 hours a week. Even though I’m crazy busy, I truly love both jobs.
How do you travel all the time? It’s simple—I take every opportunity I have and spend it outside. All my weekends and vacation days go towards my adventures. I thankfully have the ability to work remotely, so that makes it a bit easier for me to go on road trips and spend more time outside. It’s also good to note that I don’t constantly travel (even though my feed may make it seem like I do). I post photos 5-6 days a week and they are usually from my weekend adventures and full-send road trips.
What camera gear do you use? Who takes your photos? Do you edit your own photos? Right now I shoot with a Sony a7iii with a 16-35mm 2.8 GM lens. It is an unbelievable set up and I’m so happy with it. I made the jump from crop sensor to full-frame just this year—and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. In terms of my photos, I’m lucky to be friends with a lot of talented photographers and influencers. So, I work with them when I have an image in mind that I want to capture. I also collaborate with other photographers I meet via Instagram or set up my trusty tripod. Finally, I do all of the editing myself in Lightroom and Photoshop.
That’s all for today, but if you have any burning questions let me know in the comments! I’m excited to share my next blog post with you all. If you always wonder what to pack for an adventure and how to start backpacking, you’ll want to stay tuned for it.