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    January 1, 2018

    Hi Hope!
    I am so inspired by your photography and video editing skills. I have probably watched your Italy Travel Diary like one million times because it’s so good. I love traveling and I’m sure you do too! I actually went Italy for Thanksgiving this year and also Iceland In the summer. I know I’m young (freshman in high school) but I would really love some
    advice on how to start a website and go into photography / YouTube as a possible career. I really want to be able to work with others but I want to learn the basics and build my portfolio!! If you can give me some tips, that would be amazing!!
    Thank you for inspiring me!!

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      January 4, 2018

      Hello Angie!
      Thank you so much for reaching out to me. I’m so happy that I was able to inspire you in some way. Seriously it’s so cool. I’m actually leaving for Iceland very soon and I’m so so excited to see how beautiful it is! But anyway…so you want to start a website/YouTube channel/photography! First of all that’s very exciting that you already have something that you feel passionate about at such a young age. I’ll try my best to offer some advice: First, just get out there and start creating content. Shoot pictures of everything. It takes time to find your style so the sooner you begin practicing/experimenting, the faster that process can move along. I feel like I’m still trying to figure out my style of editing so be patient with yourself. The way I got most traction to grow my name was by word of mouth. So the more work you put out there, the more you’ll get noticed and the more your audience will grow. Beginning to form local connections (like with small businesses) can go a long way too. Second, don’t compare yourself to others. This can be so easy to do especially when you’re just starting out but don’t fall into that trap. Look to others for inspiration but make sure to focus on your own progression and style. Third, spend time learning as much as you can. YouTube is a beautiful (and free) tool where I learned so much on my own. Follow professional photographers and see if they have workshops or YouTube series (most do) you can watch. Learn something new and then go out and apply it yourself. Fourth, it’s not all about the equipment. Yes you need a camera but you don’t need a $5,000 one. Even just shooting on your phone at first can turn out beautiful. If you focus on your style first, the equipment will follow. And if you let your individuality shine through your work, people will take notice and be more inclined to work with you. So start a website, Instagram page, Youtube channel, start it all! The more you shoot, the more you learn, the more you grow. Focus on your work and where you dream about going with it and the audience will follow. It can be hard to see yourself growing when you’re starting out but trust me, one day you’ll get there and look back on the early years and smile about how far you’ve come.
      I hope this helped a little! I wish you all the best with everything you dream of doing with your life.