Since you all got to know me last week, I thought it was only fair for me to interview my lovely photographer and blog mastermind Andrea. You can read a little about us on our About page — but this is intended to give you a more in-depth look at the ladies behind this blog. Andrea — our photographer, behind the scenes doer and my editor (thank goodness for that, you wouldn’t want to read my first blog draft) for this site by ‘night’ (and weekends), and a marketing coordinator by day. Enjoy!
This isn’t your only blog (check out World Walk About, it’s focused on travel). What got you interested in blogging and writing down your thoughts and experiences online for the world to see?
My husband and I moved to South Korea for a year to teach English, and then we traveled around Asia for another three months before coming home. I started the travel blog as a way to keep friends and family back home informed about our lives, but then I started getting a wider audience, of other people interested in travel or looking for tips. It was a good way to both record the things that were happening in our lives, to store our travel photos and to (hopefully) inspire others to take similar travel adventures!
Since your other blog is about traveling, what’s your favorite place you’ve ever been? Why is it your favorite?
This question is so hard for me, because I can find something good about just about every place I’ve been. My overall favorite place though is Rome, Italy — it’s simply a magical city. I love that the city is steeped in history and culture, and the food there is to die for! Other favorites include Hong Kong (my favorite really big city), Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Phnom Penh, Cambodia for medium-sized cities, and Hoi An, Vietnam and Cannon Beach, Oregon for small cities. I could keep going but I’ll stop now…
How did you get started doing photography? Do you have any formal training?
I’ve always been interested in photography, and did a little in high school for yearbook. But it wasn’t until I started grad school at the University of Washington in a digital media program that I finally invested in a DSLR camera, which I needed to record HD video for some of my projects. I took a class at the Photographic Center Northwest on Capitol Hill here in Seattle to learn the ropes of how to use my camera, and I’ve since taken another class at a local community college, but a lot of it was self-learned, through trial and error. I’m still learning, and this blog is a great way for me to practice my skills!
We both love fashion, it’s one of the things that brought us together (we showed up with the exact same American Eagle outfit our first day of school junior year). What’s a trend you’re loving right now? And how would you describe your style?
But seriously, we literally wore the EXACT SAME outfit. We both apparently shopped off the mannequins! One trend I’ve been loving is the long vests — like a long blazer, minus the sleeves. I recently got one at Nordstrom Rack, and I’m loving how it makes a sometimes otherwise boring work outfit fun, but still professional. I would describe my style as classic with a touch of boho!
Since I’m about to get married myself, and you and your husband have been married over four years, how did you know he was the one? And what’s one piece of advice for a happy marriage?
I just remember feeling so comfortable around him, comfortable and confident and like I could be completely my real self. He just fit into my life and my family perfectly from early on, and at some point I started to realize he was my person and I wanted to keep him around! My tips for a happy marriage are have adventures together and be chill. I think we work well together because neither of us gets our feathers ruffled easily, and we’re both happy to just go with the flow, whether that’s a spontaneous dinner out or on an epic adventure in Asia.
What’s one of your fondest memories from childhood?
Camping with my family and cousins and our dog around Washington and Idaho — picking berries, hiking, campfires. So many good times!
You’re always reading, what’s your favorite book?
This is as hard for me as choosing my favorite place! So here are a few: the entire Harry Potter series, The Poisonwood Bible, Three Cups of Tea, Half the Sky and I Am Malala. There’s a million more I’m sure!
Since we have both lived here over ten years, what are some of your favorite spots around the Seattle area?
My favorite restaurants are Perche No Pasta & Vino in Greenlake, Thai Toms in the University District and Old Village Korean BBQ in Shoreline. I’m also obsessed with the food court at the Korean grocery store H Mart in Lynnwood…but let’s see, other than food, I like Nordstrom Rack for shopping, Cinebarre in Mountlake Terrace for movies + booze, Twist Vinyasa Yoga in Edmonds for brain and body exercise, and Walnut Street in Edmonds for coffee, the Ballard Farmers Market for delicious produce and other goodies and Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Shoreline for the beach!
If you could have your dream job, what would it be?
Anything that involves taking pictures, writing and being creative!
Who is someone that inspires you and influences your life?
Ohhh, my recent obsession is Mimi Ikonn. She’s an entrepreneur with a really good head on her shoulders, and I find her so inspiring! Start watching her YouTube videos and you’ll be addicted too…
Thanks Andrea! Do you have any other questions for Andrea that I didn’t ask? Leave them below in the comments!