Krystal Wright's Top 5 Tips for Aspiring Adventure Photographers
When we first saw Krystal’s photography a collective gasp was sounded as our minds grappled with the reality of the precarious adventure taking place in the image. When we read that she was a woman on a continual quest to challenge herself and others mentally and physically, by capturing images which bring attention to the demanding adventures and landscapes that the public is rarely fortunate enough to be exposed to, we just knew we had to meet the woman behind the lens.
- To be patient! It is never an overnight success story and it takes many years of hard work and perseverance. For me, I actually enjoyed the journey, even with all the ups and downs because I know its taught me to be what I am today.
- I was reminded by a mentor of mine to remember to always have fun and if I'm not having fun, then I need to ask why am I really there? There was one trip many years ago that I found myself not having fun, and I realised that I had to end the trip and move on as sometimes it simply doesn't work out and its okay for that to happen.
- I'd say developing a tough skin is beneficial as I've seen young photographers get way too upset when their work is criticised or rejected. Ultimately, your work won't be received by everyone. Particularly when it comes time to approaching editors, rather than take it as rejection when they've said no to my submission, instead I take it as motivation to go out there and shoot again. I then return with a new submission and keep working at it until I find a way into the magazine.
- Aside from spending time on your photography and developing a folio, its also important to be spending time developing the other skills needed to shoot certain sports. For example, if you wish to shoot rock climbing then developing rope skills is essential! Or shooting skiing obviously requires yourself to be a skier but to also develop skills in keeping yourself safe in the mountains.
- Never lose sight of what your intentions are. As a photographer, the journey is never straight and its easy to fall off the path many times but as a freelancer, its necessary to be able to be many things. However, as long as you always come back to why you are a photographer and shooting images that resonate with you and most importantly, work that makes you proud! Sometimes our passion doesn't always generate work that pays the bills but its important for our creativity to always make time to pursue a personal passion project.