Travelling the world, chasing summers, and getting paid to photograph stunning landscapes – it’s the dream lifestyle! Regular Homecamp photographers, Bec Kilpatrick and Andrew Pavlidis, took the time to share their globe-trotting lifestyle with us…
"We are so lucky to have the flexibility to move and see as much as we do, but it means that our life is always packed into bags"Bec and Andrew on life on the road
Before we launch into some questions, can you tell us a bit about yourselves? Where are you both from and when did you first start taking photos?
Bec: I grew up on a sugarcane field just outside of Byron Bay, Australia and Andrew grew up outside of Toronto, Canada in a suburb called Pickering.
Funny enough, we both took interest in photography in the same way. We begun taking pictures through playing around with our parents’ film SLR cameras and the magic of developing black and white photos. We then started documenting our travels as it became a good way to share our experiences with our family and friends back home.
You both spend a lot of time on the road – tell us where you are right now and where you’ve been recently.
At the moment we’re in Calgary, Canada which is our home base for a little while. We book weddings throughout the year as our main income which makes it easy to plan our lives around travel. As wedding “season” is in summer we travel between Australia and Canada every 6 months, so we haven’t seen a winter in a while. This year we’ve decided to stick around in Canada for the winter so I’m sure we’re in for a shock!
As creatives you both must find so much inspiration during your travels. What are some of the most inspiring places you’ve visited so far?
Andrew: For me, Nepal has been one of the most amazing places I’ve been lucky enough to travel to. The size of the mountains there are incomparable to any other mountainous region that I’ve had the chance to explore. It’s humbling to stand among a landscape where nature dominates your surroundings. It’s that sense of awe and amazement that inspires me to travel to unique landscapes, and to try to share these special places as best I can through my photos.
Bec: That’s such a hard question as every place has its uniqueness and with that, inspires me in different ways. Any time I’m in the mountains I feel inspired by my surroundings. Hiking really helps you appreciate a sense of place. When you walk through a landscape you understand it more, especially when climbing mountains. There’s no better feeling than being up high and having that great perspective of the peaks and valleys that envelope you. I also always feel at home when I’m near the ocean. I think that’s why I love New Zealand so much – the mountains are so unique but I’m never too far from the sea.
It seems like the dream job, travelling the world capturing beautiful places – what are some of the positives and negatives of life on the road?
There’s definitely positives and negatives to our lifestyle. We are so lucky to have the flexibility to move and see as much as we do, but it means that our life is always packed into bags. It’s also hard to build solid relationships with friends and gain referrals for work when we’re moving so much, but it’s really nothing to complain about when we get to see so many amazing places while doing what we love.
You both focus on capturing landscapes and nature, what is it about the natural world that you find so compelling?
Both of us love hiking and being out in the middle of nowhere. It’s like a form of meditation where you can shut your mind off and reduce your thoughts to their basics. Only thinking about the next step and focusing on the landscapes and details surrounding you. Taking photos makes you notice things in a different way, almost with more care and attention.
"We are so lucky that we are able to reach so many people through social media, but with this you can lose control of where you work ends up. But without taking this risk, you're not able to share what you love doing with other people"Bec and Andrew on Instagram
We first discovered your work on Instagram which has become an incredible valuable platform for creatives to promote their work, however with re-posting many creatives aren’t getting credited for their work. What’s been your experience with the platform?
Instagram has been a great platform for us to share our photos and get our work out to a wider audience. More importantly, it has allowed us to connect with amazing and talented people that we would have never met without it. We haven’t really had any negative experiences with re-posting as, for the most part, everyone has a solid edict for crediting the photographer. We actually think it has taught a lot of people the importance of sourcing the origins of imagery. We have even had cases where someone has recognised our photograph on another page and requested it to be credited properly, which is amazing!
Do you have any advice for other photographers looking to use Instagram for self-promotion, but are concerned about losing control of where their work ends up?
The best advice is just to not take it too seriously.
Instagram began as a platform for people to share their lives with one another and it promoted a really supportive community between photographers. Although it’s evolved quite a bit since people realised it’s potential for marketing, the values of the community are still there.
We are so lucky that we are able to reach so many people through social media, but with this you can lose control of where you work ends up. But without taking this risk, you’re not able to share what you love doing with other people. It’s just the world we live in today, for better or for worse. We could write a paragraph on the negatives and how it’s devaluing photography as a whole, but we like to see the positives in it.
Finally, you recently spent a morning road-testing our new Camp Coffee Kit and Nipomo Mexican Blankets – tell us about that morning, where were you and what was it like having your morning cuppa in such a scenic spot?
This was such a special morning. We have always wanted to stay at this camp site in the Spray Lakes which runs alongside a lake surrounded by mountains. We had a day off and packed the Homecamp goodies along with us. The morning was cool and foggy, revealing the mountains slowly as it cleared. It was perfect to sit on the shore and make a delicious coffee while watching it all unfold.