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

6 Hidden Instagram Hotspots in Peru

Hi guys, I finally got my life (relatively) in order and wrote a new article for the National Student on six incredible hidden Instagram hotspots in Peru! Here’s an excerpt from the article, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it:

“With the likes of the stunning Amazon rainforest and the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu in its borders, Peru is already renowned for being one of the most picturesque and photo-worthy countries in the world. However, if you step off the beaten path in this South American country you can discover remarkable hidden gems just waiting to be photographed, taking your wanderlust and Insta stream to new heights.

 

1. Huayllay stone forest

In the open Peruvian fields of the Huayllay National Sanctuary, you can find a forest of stone, towering pillars rising impossibly into the sky. These incredible formations have existed for thousands and thousands of years and now host rock-climbers and visitors alike who come to bask in this otherworldly landscape…”

You can read the full article here. If there are any places you think are worthy additions to the list let me know in the comments below!

Six Unforgettable Experiences in Peru

I’m really excited to finally share with you guys my first article about Peru for The National Student. I spent two weeks in Peru in the beginning of August and it was a life-changing experience for me. Even in this article, I couldn’t adequately put into words the vast wonder and overwhelming beauty of this country.
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There was so much more I wanted to talk about, which I intend to do in further articles, but these are 6 of my favorite and most memorable experiences in Peru. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

 

“This summer I spent two weeks in Peru, and it was easily the most remarkable place I have ever traveled in my life. From the otherworldly deserts on the coast to the lush tropical rainforests of the Amazon there are so many incredible places to see in Peru, and such a rich culture present in everything from their beautiful woven tapestries to their delicious food.

During the two weeks we were there I felt like we had just scratched the surface of this country, and I didn’t know how I could possibly consolidate everything we had experienced into a single article. After much deliberation I’ve complied the 6 most unforgettable experiences from my adventure in Peru here (with more articles to come):

  1. Walking tour of Cusco

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Once the capital city of the Incan empire, the mountainous city of Cusco is now a cultural hub where people from around the world come to marvel at Peruvian culture, explore the city’s winding streets and colorful markets, and even try some roast guinea pig…”

To read the full article, check it out here. I am currently trying to decide what will be the topics of my next articles about Peru, so if there is any focus or area that you would really like to hear more about, leave a comment below.