For this month’s photographer profile, I’m so happy to feature a close friend. Jessica Jackson and I have been friends for over 10 years and I’ve always been inspired by her infectious, creative energy. We also share a love of travel, so when she planned a trip to Australia earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to see pics and hear all the details. With her Roma camera insert tucked into a Longchamp tote, Jessica explored the land down under, snapping photos with Instagram and her new Nikon D3100.
I’ve been interested in photography since I was a teenager and took my first photography class at school in 10th grade. Back then, I learned a lot about the basics and loved shooting in black and white and developing in the darkroom. But I didn’t have a driver’s license, so most of the things I took photos of included stuff like my mom’s plants or the trees in my front yard. Today, I thankfully get around a bit more, and I find myself taking lots of photos of people and the interesting places I visit — and still the occasional flower or tree.
Life moves very fast, and I love the things photography can capture and preserve. Photographs communicate feelings, stories, beauty, truths. And I love how a photograph can take the seemingly mundane and transform it into something captivating.
I spent two weeks in Australia this past January. What a beautiful place! Climbing over the Sydney Harbor Bridge and holding a koala are two of my favorite memories. I’m looking forward to getting back over there to explore more of the country.
It’s so hard to pick a favorite photo, especially since I tend to take 500+ photos whenever I travel. But my favorite from my Australia trip is one taken with my iPhone on Instagram. The photo was taken on a whim by a new friend I made on my tour bus. It captures a story and inspires me for the future.
The Roma is great for carrying around my Nikon D3100 and Nikon 55-200mm zoom lens. The equipment stays protected, and the pockets on the insert are perfect holders for my phone, passport and other documents I need to access regularly. I even stored a couple granola bars in there for my 14-hour flight! It was so easy to drop the insert in my bag and go, which made capturing photos pretty convenient.
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I’m certainly far from being an expert photographer, but I’m learning that–as with most things in life–practice makes perfect. That means taking my camera with me more often and making a habit of capturing the things I see. My Roma insert makes that a lot easier and keeps me from looking like the ultimate tourist.