I am usually known for my pastels & foodie shots but wanderlust was once my middle name and it was actually on a 6 month hiatus to Kenya I discovered my passion for photography now the rest is really history. I like to now think of myself as an occasional wanderer and LOVE how the excitement bubbles inside whilst I am scrolling through my feed, archiving dreamy destination shots on Insta, pinning the top 10 foodie must eats, and scrolling through Airbnb likes its the new Vogue living mag. Creating content while you’re on the road is a whole different kettle of fish and I thought I would share with you my top 5 tips to taking amazing shots whilst on the road!
1. Tell a story
I must admit that I do take some props from home on my journey. I love taking a net bag to carry groceries in, a linen tea towel usually in pink, and a couple of my favourite accessories like a monogrammed pouch or a boater hat as they all tie the story back to my own brand. Also, a great way to tell your travel story is to collect up ticket stubs, travel guides, hotel pamphlet, cool little post cards and even cardboard coasters… you can use them to create flatlays on the go and add a personal touch to your images.
2. It’s ALWAYS about the light
And hotels don’t always have the best light so sometimes you need to get creative! We’ve all ogled those incredible “on the bed” shots with the beautiful big windows and views for miles. Most hotel beds are of course pushed up against a main wall so sometimes we need to relocate the “bed” to the window/view/balcony to make the most of the light! I love to take my room service shots on my “faux bed” by the window. Simply relocate the bed sheets/pillows to a table or the floor near the window, add some texture to the sheets and use the beautiful props you’ve brought from home or collected on your journey to create the scene and tell your story. As the light can be a bit unpredictable on the road I always have my Pentax K-3 DSLR, Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 and my iPhone 6s (soon to be upgraded) on hand!
3. Do your research and plan
I love trawling through Instagram, Pinterest and Airbnb before I visit a destination and mark off places I want to photograph. As a freelancer my budget doesn’t always extend to the beautiful hotels I love to photograph BUT the good thing is most hotels have services open to the public and this allows you to get some nice shots without the expense. My best example is my favourite pastel hotel in Cape Town - you can pay $600+ for a room per night or you can enjoy their incredible high tea with dessert buffet, unlimited scones & tea, and you can then wander the beautiful grounds for approx. $35!
4. Don’t be fooled
You may have seen the insta famous spot in a street just off Venice Beach, California. I dragged my sister from Weho all the way down to Venice to get the shot of the beautiful bunting that spells Venice and the pastel coloured buildings in the background. On arrival I was quite taken aback to find the building that I had thought was pink was actually a deep tone of burnt orange! My shots needed a good dose of Lightroom to calm the burnt orange down and I put a disclaimer on the image to let people know that the buildings were in fact grey and burnt orange not pastel purple and pink. We are all guilty of a bit of colour tweaking here and there but I do recommend finding some original images of your dream destinations and places you’d like to photograph so you know what the original looks like!
5. Remember to be spontaneous
At the end of the day my most loved travel images are my most spontaneous! It can sometimes be easy to get wrapped up in getting the a beautiful shot but remember to enjoy yourself, explore and discover new places you’re travelling to!