Sometimes you only need a little luck and have to be in the right place at the right time. The photographer Freya Fenwood and her boyfriend Leif wanted to tour through America and promote the kayaks built by Freyas’s father and Leif’s new book. Leif is not just an outdoor enthusiast, he is also a writer. They were planning their road trip when they ran into a friend at a dealer exhibition who works for the shoe manufacturer “Superfeet”. They talked about the planned tour and that they were still looking for a partner with a van. Superfeet then provided Leif and Freya with a Sprinter. “It was simply perfect. The Sprinter has everything we wanted and needed”, reminisces Freya.
Leif and Freya’s journey takes them thousands of miles through ten federal states and six national parks. The natural environments they explore on their road trip create the perfect backdrop for Freya’s photography. The 29-year-old specializes in outdoor and lifestyle photography. This is her dream job: “I love discovering new places and telling the story of my experiences with my pictures. This job is something special”, she says enthusiastically. But the couple’s trip is about more than just beautiful photos and hiking: 17 events each month are scheduled. Because Leif’s book is about his father, Jim Whitaker, the first American to climb Mount Everest, Freya and Leif travel to new mountain villages every day, to sell the book.
Keep on going, keep on dreaming and keep on working hard for the dream.
Leif and Freya have returned from their tour. This was not their first road trip, but their first in the Sprinter. “It was so comfortable having everything we needed all in one place. We have travelled a lot but we were never as well-organized as with the Sprinter”, reports Freya. Freya thanks the fact that she can spend months travelling and combine this with her job to a lot of hard work and a stroke of luck. “Especially as a freelance photographer you have to find a niche and be very good at your job.” That is why she recommends that young photographers create a good business plan and look for a mentor. She advises them one thing above all else: “Keep on going, keep on dreaming and keep on working hard for the dream.”
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