At FOTO, we are committed to helping our fellow creatives flourish. In our new Q&A style blog series, Coffee with Creatives, we are highlighting the unique expertise of some of our favorite professionals, sharing tips and information on relevant topics to bring you some practical insight and inspiration for the important work you do.
Today, we are talking destination photography with professional wedding photographer, Lottie Royten.
Tell us a bit about your photography business.
Lottie: I’ve always loved photography but never thought i could make a living off of it! I went to school, got a degree in Kinesiology, and was a personal trainer and ran a health club for 18 years. I did a complete career change about 6 years ago which was both scary and exciting. It took a LOT of work to get where I am, but I also love what I do so it often doesn’t feel like work to me!
What do you love the most about destination shoots?
Lottie: The newness of the destination and endless possibilities to explore.
How do you familiarize yourself with a location you've never been to?
Lottie: Scouting when possible.
What kind of pre-travel prep do you do?
Lottie: Ohhhh lots! Research on what permits could be needed, what different culture rules are to be respected, etc. ALSO- Major gear checks and having all those extra necessities along with me I generally maybe wouldn’t back home. Extra contacts, a spare pair of shoes, an extra outfit. Bug spray when necessary. A hat. Cool clothing for hot destinations. Snacks that won’t melt in my camera bag. Rain gear. Little things that make a big difference!
Favorite place you've ever traveled to for work?
Any advice for aspiring photographers?
Lottie: Being a destination wedding photographer seemed so far fetched when I first started... keep working at your craft and cultivate relationships that last! And be nice to everyone you meet when possible.
And for fun, what Fotostrap do you wear?
Lottie: I have 3 that I love and I also love gifting them! I personally have a black one with a brown leather strap with my name on it. Also have one that says “storyteller” on it. Lastly I have an all black skinny leather one with my name on it. :)
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