If you have ever browsed Instagram for inspiring pictures from Vancouver or B.C. in general, chances are you have come across Emi’s account. She is the photographer behind @vancouverlife and #myvancouverlife. Her pictures inspire some serious wanderlust and when we met up in Germany last month, we conducted this little interview. She also gave me some beginner photography tips, which I might share in a seperate post. But now, all eyes on Emi!!
When did you start your photography?
Four years ago (2013), in April.
Is photography your job?
Not for now. I just finished school and am taking the next year off before going to university. Throughout the year, I’ll work and also spend more time on photography. I’d love to make it my job one day, maybe start out being a photographer for a newspaper or freelancing entirely.
What camera do you use, and what do you recommend for beginners?
I personally use a Canon 5D Mark II, with a Sigma 35mm lens. It is a full-frame camera as well as a full-frame lens. For beginners, a good point and shoot would be the Canon SX50HS, or a Canon 60D (crop-frame) with a 50mm, 1.8 lens.
Do you edit your photos? And if so, how?
Yes, I edit them. I’d say I mostly use apps like Snapseed or VSCO and sometimes also Lightroom.
Would you consider to sell your filters/pre-sets?
Maybe one day.
How did you learn photography?
I’d say it was a lot of trial and error. I am self-taught, I simply looked up YouTube tutorials, took my camera with me everyday and shot pictures until I was satisfied with them.
Who inspires you and with whom would your dream collaboration be?
What would your dream photography trip be?
How did you gain recognition?
Most of it came from Instagram honestly. My username, @vancouverlife, helps, as it is very central to what my pictures are about. When I started my account, I followed people with similar interests, liked and commented on their pictures and I became more and more exposed to others with similar interests. Eventually, other opportunities presented themselves, but it all came through my Instagram.
Do you have any tips for others to get their work recognized?
I think you need to post everyday and experiment with different editing techniques. You can teach yourself a lot of things via YouTube, so I would recommend doing that.
Have you considered/would you consider starting your own blog?
Yes, I’d say if people want to read it, I would.
What was the coolest thing you ever did that came out of running @vancouverlife?
Hm, there were a couple. I had some of my work featured in an exhibition in Vancouver, I went on a yoga retreat in Nicaragua and recently, I got a message from Cole Sprouse about cool places around B.C.
What is your favorite place to shoot at?
Do you prefer shooting people or nature?
Nature, closely followed by people in nature.
What was your most memorable photography experience?
I once hiked up Cypress Mountain at 3am, to get sunrise pictures and those turned out amazing. Also, I went on a Greyhound Bus across Canada, which was another unforgettable experience.
What are some of your must-sees in and around Vancouver?
Oh, there is a lot. Granville Street, Lighthouse Park, Gastown of course, Granville Island, Lonsdale, Quay, English Bay, Spanish Banks, Whytecliffe, Lynn Valley and Capilano, the top of Grouse Mountain, walking across Granville Street Bridge and Stanley Park.
And now, final question: What do you have planned for @vancouverlife in the next year?
I definitely want to do a few daytrips around B.C., and hopefully a road trip to Alberta. I am sure it won’t be the only things, but those are the only ones actually planned.
*All images in this post are by Emi*