Every now and again you get to meet someone with a job so cool, you did not even know that people get paid to do such neat things. Meet Lynn Donaldson, she is a food and travel photojournalist and she does fabulous work (and she gets bonus points for being from Montana). Take a listen from our favorite food and travel blogger as we get her perspective on capturing the soul of a travel destination by getting to know the people through their food.
We talk about:
-Lynn’s experience with the MT office of tourism
-Food is what gets you out of your car and to experience the people and the places.
-How and why certain people succeed
-10,000 hours to be an expert in any field
-Growing up on a wheat farm, looking through the perspective of "farm to fork." Being connected to the food.
-Facebook and yelp to find out about a place before hand
-How to ask for where the good places to eat are
-How do you get to know a place or event while on assignment.
-Photo equipment that she uses: Nikon D700, a 20-35mm wide and a fixed 50mm. Best food close up lens 1.4, “It just makes the light sing.” I say, “Cool!”
-Lynn was not able to pick her favorite photo shoot, but she retells a story of her latest shoot up in Northeast Montana where she stumbled upon the local favorites—every place has a favorite. It is like a scavenger hunt for a photographer.
-Being a professional tumbleweed: how she explores the great outdoors with a young family. Finding and celebrating those little things about a place that make it special. Make the memories!
-Get Lost in Montana video clip—how we first found Lynn’s work.
-A travel photo piece Lynn did for Big Sky Journal
-One more video clip featuring Lynn’s great work, “Food gets me off the road and out of my truck.”
-Dusan Smetana’s work in a video clip
-Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers
-Sweetwater Travel Company (hint: check out the photo gallery)
-Another great travel food article about Yellowstone National Park by Lynn
-Lynn likes the SpoonForkBacon blog
-NY Magazine article about Brooklyn how it has become artisanal and very farm to fork focused
-Lynn recommends the Tartelette food blog as a great example of food photography
-wrap up about food and travel with Lynn
Pro Deo et Patria
All photos are by Lynn Donalson