• Starting out as a professional photographer – Interview with Valérie Jardin

Starting a career as a professional photographer – my interview with Valérie Jardin

Starting a new career is always hard. And starting one as a travel photographer is no exception, I can tell you that. A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss it all in an interview with Valérie Jardin, a great photographer whose work I’ve been following for quite some time.

I’ve also been a regular listener of Valérie’s “Hit the Streets” podcast for a long time, so it was both exciting and a little bit intimidating to find myself in the shoes of the guest instead of those of the regular listener I’ve always been.

In fact, Valérie’s is one of the photography podcasts I recommend in the bonus section of my free ebook on travel photography. The book is packed with tips and tricks to improve your travel photos so, if you haven’t downloaded it yet, head over to my home page and get your free copy. But read on first, if you will.

Intermingled with regular episodes on her podcast, Valérie runs a series of features called “Case Study”, where she interviews photographers to talk about their journey and discuss some of the challenges faced and lessons learned along the way.

I thought my own story would be a great fit for this series and Valérie’s listeners might find it interesting, so I contacted her. Luckily, she agreed with me and we arranged a date to record the interview.

Personally, I really enjoyed our conversation, even though I was bit unnerved by the fact that it was being recorded. That’s something I’m really not used to. From a personal perspective, it was a great opportunity for me to obtain invaluable advice from such an accomplished and successful photographer as Valérie; particularly at this early stage in my career.

I think I also managed not to ramble on too much (something I’ve been known to do) and Valérie’s team made a great job with the editing. The end result is a good listen, judging from what some of you have already told me.

So, if you’d like to know more about my journey and my struggles so far, since I made the jump to work as a full-time travel photographer in early 2017, give the interview a listen here:

You can also listen to it on Valérie’s website, along with every other episode of her podcast. Or just download it for Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, or your favourite podcast app.

I hope you enjoy it!

I would love to hear your thoughts and address any questions you may have, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

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