Adventurer of the Month
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. We want to get to know you!
I was born and raised in Southern California and have been living in Utah for the past five years. I just graduated from Brigham Young University in Photography. I love spending time with friends, going on hikes, listening to music, watching movies and more! I’m obsessed with dogs and I’m always down for a dance party.
2) We love seeing photos of your adventures. How did it all start for you?
It all started when I went on a trip to Washington state two years ago. Washington is such a beautiful state and I took some photos the city, of the amazing hikes my friend and I did, and some of the cool places we visited. When people would comment asking where I was I realized I loved creating something that made people want to travel!
My favorite trip was to Taiwan. My parents were born there and I went there for the first time when I was two but I finally got to visit four years ago. It was a special trip because I got to meet all my extended family and see the cities that my parents grew up in. It’s important, I believe, to learn about your heritage and know where you came from.
Composition is very very very important. Think about the place you want to photograph and find unique, interesting ways to photograph it. I like having a person in my photos (usually myself or whoever I’m with) and “poses” I do for travel photos are usually more candid/lifestyle. For example, I loved this wall that had cool windows so I had my brother stroll across it and I snapped a photo when he was right in the middle.
As for editing, I try to keep the original color of the photo but I just enhance it and I usually add some warmth to the photo. I also crop my photo and take out the unnecessary parts where it’s just distracting from the main point of the photo.
Technically my first trip I ever took was when I was 2 years old and it was to Japan. But we’re not going to count that because I was too young to remember!
I don’t remember where exactly was my first trip but my family was really big on national parks. We’ve road-tripped to most national parks on the west coast. That might be where I started my love for hiking too!
I also think traveling to new places help with creativity. When traveling in a foreign country you are really thinking outside the box. Things never go perfectly when you’re traveling so you are always thinking of new alternatives in problems that come up.
9) Where do you plan on going next? Any trips in the making?
I made a Life Resolution goal of going out of the country once a year and this summer I am going to Bali, Indonesia! I’ve never been so as you can probably guess, I’m so excited!