Q&A with Lisa Michele Burns

From deserted beaches to icy mountainous landscapes, there's never a dull moment for Lisa Michele Burns from The Wandering Lens. We caught up with Lisa between trips to chat about her 2017 travel plans, her favourite places to visit and the inspiration behind The Wandering Lens.

What has been your favourite place to visit so far?

I've always loved warm, tropical destinations but it took a visit to Swedish Lapland in the middle of winter to completely wow me. The temperature hovered around minus 26 degrees each day with frozen forests, snow covered cabins and dancing aurora making it a photography trip like no other. Iceland was my next stop after this trip and so began my obsession with colder climates and outdoor adventures.

What inspired you to start The Wandering Lens?

Prior to becoming a professional photographer, I worked as a journalist, so writing and publishing is something I've always enjoyed. Starting The Wandering Lens came after a few years working as a freelance photojournalist for Lonely Planet and a host of travel magazines. I wanted my own part of the online world to share adventures and to inspire others to travel and photograph the world. While it's classified as a blog, I like to think of The Wandering Lens more as a website filled with travel photography tips and guides, more than a personal journal.

What are your top tips for aspiring photographers and travel bloggers?

I'll keep it super simple – just do it. If it's an industry you're truly passionate about, go for it and get creative. Learn how to use your camera, practice writing then repeat and keep going, it's a never ending learning curve. There's no set career path as they're both relatively new professions so it's a matter of carving your own journey and seeing what fits and works best. The opportunities are endless and the industry is only growing so get out there and amongst it.

What are 5 things you can't live without when travelling?

It might be a little obvious but my cameras come with me everywhere. The other four would be my underwater housing, a waterproof/wind protecting jacket, fouta (multi-purpose towel) and my phone inside a waterproof case because part of my job is sharing the trip.

What do you have planned for 2017?

This year I'll be aiming to visit some remote locations like Svalbard, Greenland and more of Iceland and Lapland…if all goes to plan I will also venture to Canada, Japan and then back to Australia and the Pacific Islands to host some photography workshops. A lot of my trips though are planned very last minute due to the weather, so anywhere is possible!

You can follow Lisa's adventures on Instagram, Facebook and her blog to keep up to date with her latest travels. Read The Red Jacket Journal so see our Transient Jacket exploring the spectacular landscapes of Queenstown and Wanaka.

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