Meet Sammie: adventure photographer and conscious consumer

Recently I was lucky enough to interview adventure photographer, social media influencer and my digital friend Sammie Chan for The National Student.  We talked photo editing tips, favourite travel destinations and Instagram. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“I recently had the pleasure of talking to Sammie Chan, an incredibly talented adventure photographer, social media influencer, and self-proclaimed conscious consumer based in Toronto.

 

Sammie and I connected through a blogging group about a year ago and since then I have eagerly followed her travels via Instagram and her website. In her bio Sammie says that she is, “just an adventurous soul living her best life”, and this couldn’t be more evident than on her Instagram. She pairs a keen eye for beautiful aesthetics and compelling photographs with an authenticity and thoughtfulness that is often rare on the social platform these days.

In our interview, we discuss everything from favourite travel destinations, to the pros and cons of Instagram as a platform for influencers and travellers:

What sparked your interest in travel photography?

I’ve been fascinated with my parents’ film photos since I was a kid – I always found myself flipping through old photo albums to relive those golden moments, they really tell a story. Funnily enough, I think I really dove into travel photography by appreciating my surroundings where I grew up – in Vancouver, BC. It’s hard not to be inspired by nature there! 

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What tips do you have for aspiring travel photographers? 

I am definitely no expert, but to those who are just starting out and picked up their first camera, I would recommend looking at your surroundings with a different perspective and trying to capture that….”

To read the full interview check it out here

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Interview with ‘She Is Not Lost’

Hey everyone, I am thrilled so excited to share with you my ‘The National Student’ interview with Carina Otero, founder of the Instagram platform + online travel community ‘She Is Not Lost’. I have followed and wanderlusted over ‘She Is Not Lost’s stunning Instagram feed for years and so I was beyond thrilled when Carina agreed to do an interview with me. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

What started out as a personal collection of travel inspiration has turned into She Is Not Lost’s Instagram account, the ultimate wanderlust collection which features incredible travel pictures taken by women all around the world. She Is Not Lost also has its own website that helps women book and plan their travel adventures, shop for must-have travel items and share advice.

Carina and I talk solo travel, saving money, unforgettable experiences, Instagram tips and more…

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What inspired you to start She Is Not Lost?

I always used Instagram as a tool to find inspiration and scout beautiful locations in areas I wanted to travel to. I came across so many images taken by inspiring female travelers and would save them to a folder for myself to look at later. One day I thought of sharing this great collection in hopes of inspiring others, and She Is Not Lost was born!

What do you enjoy most about connecting with such a large community of female travelers?

What I find it amazing is that I share of images of dramatically different locations from travelers all over the world, yet the sense of community within She Is Not Lost makes the world feel closer and more connected, with so many women sharing a single interest in appreciating its beauty.”

To read the full interview check it out here