The Wandering Lens – Some of my travels so far…

“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page…” St Augustine.

I read this quote when I was 18, just before I set off on my first solo adventure to Vietnam. It made instant sense to me, still does, and I’m hoping in the years since I’ve managed to turn a few pages. Chapters even.

Travel is not all about luxe hotels, room service, tourist hot spots and souvenirs. It’s about the fascinating cultures, history, colours and the people who live their lives so differently to our own and can teach us a lesson or two.

My dream had always been to become a travel writer, roam the world and send in stories from my escapades. What could be more amazing than that?

Well, when I was 21 this dream came true. A whole lot faster than I had planned. Lonely Planet took me under their wing after I sent in a piece for a competition about flying by the seat of your pants…literally. They flew me to Marrakech, Morocco and opened my eyes immediately to the big wide world of travel media. I went into it with the intention of becoming a travel writer, and left a week later with hundreds of photographs that they seemed to prefer over my writing.

That’s when I switched. Now I take photographs and am lucky enough to photograph not only landscapes but weddings in the most beautiful locations.

I’ve photographed in amazing places, been captured by a group of Yeti’s at the annual Santa Claus gathering in Switzerland, swum with the cutest most graceful cows underwater, the majestic dugong and ran with reindeers at the most Northern point in Europe.

I’m pretty sure this all happened because I caught that first plane, cried my eyes out when I said goodbye to my family and then opened my eyes to what’s around us, after the puffiness had calmed down of course! I also met my now French partner in a dodgy Irish apartment…who would have thought.

Travel is an amazing adventure wherever you go and it’s something I believe people need to experience even just once in their life. Get out there and see the world, it’s waiting…

Come and have a look at The Wandering Lens, my guide to photographing the world that lists the best destinations, landscapes and gives you tips for how to improve your own travel photography.

A little bit of inspiration to make you pack your bags and wander this amazing world!

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Shayla - Beautiful photos! Just the inspiration I needed tonight 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

Eleni - Stunning travel images

Emily - love your snaps. i’m a young traveler just starting out, camera attached to my side. trying to figure out how I can make photography into a career. needless to say, you’re story is inspiring. do you mind sharing what camera/lens you use? and do you edit?

admin - Hi Emily, thanks for your message and great to hear you’re starting out in photography!
I’m currently using a set of Nikon D800’s with a 50mm lens and 28-300mm and a few others, these are the main two though. I definitely edit my photographs, some more than others but for the landscape and travel images most are quite natural as I don’t like to change what’s already there.
Best of luck with your photography career!
Lisa x

Chelsea - Hello there, have just seen that you travelled to Cook Islands! Amazing! What are your prices for a shot for a wedding in Aititaki?

Julie Taylor - Hi Lisa,
Absolutely beautiful photography.
You might remember me, I’m Tenneille’s Mum.
I saw your Mum today at the shops and thought I must have a look at your website and check out your talent. So I’m just saying a big hello from Australia. Just stunning photographs, wishing you all the best that life can bring.
Cheers Julie

admin - Thanks so much Julie, lovely to hear from you! I always see photos of Tenneille’s gorgeous girls on Facebook, such little cuties!

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