One of our favorite things about photography is the way that it can enable you to live vicariously through another person; for example, a chance to see the ups and downs of la vie in Paris. Lindsey Tramuta is the writer and photographer behind Lost in Cheeseland, a blog that documents her life as an American expatriate married to a Frenchman in Paris. Filled with amusing anecdotes, mouthwatering pastry photos, tales of weekend jaunts around Europe and glimpses into the backstage at Paris Fashion Week, Lost in Cheeseland is a wonderfully honest look at life in the world’s most beautiful city.
ONA: How did you get into blogging?
LT: I have a glut of time and a series of frustrations about Paris to thank for my foray into blogging! No really, it was all about timing for me and a desire to start storytelling. I try not to look at the very early posts because they feel so unpolished compared to my current style but everyone has to start somewhere!
ONA: What’s your favorite thing to photograph?
LT: Food (how original!) and people.
ONA: How does photography play a role on your blog?
LT: It’s become crucial – as soon as I imposed a rule that all photos, as much as possible, be my own, I raised the bar for myself and for what I wanted the site to become. Now, I believe my readers stay both for the stories and the photos that accompany them. It’s no surprise that beautiful photos capture attention and with a home base like Paris, the job is hardly difficult.
ONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?
LT: Right now I shoot with a Canon 60D and almost always a 50mm but I’ve enjoyed playing with my wide angle as well. So many people insist that investing in lenses is the way to go, but I’m really eager to upgrade to a Mark II or III.
ONA: What inspired you to start your blog?
LT: A moment in Paris (that was frustrating) that ignited a fire. Why that moment over others, I still don’t know, but that instinct to get something going changed my life.
ONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?
LT: Write for yourself, first and foremost, and produce the best possible content you can because it can and will carry you far.
ONA: What’s your favorite post on your site and why? [i.e. the best “introduction” to what your site is all about]
LT: It’s very challenging to pick just one as for me, ‘favorite’ is determined by how much it resonated or appealed to readers; what sort of conversation it spurred. This glimpse into my home (and marriage!) was one of the most popular earlier this year: and the collaborative posts I occasionally do are also fun to put together and a hit among readers, like why Paris is better in winter.
ONA: How did you hear about ONA?
LT: I saw a photo of a bag on Pinterest a couple of years ago and never looked back!