Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie Trotter.
Leslie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up, I had always had a passion for photography, writing, and culture. Traveling was also a big part of my life, but once I started to travel internationally as a teen, I knew that I didn’t want to stop. During my years as a university student, I heavily integrated myself within the international community and took a chance on photography with a simple point and shoot camera.
When I was accepted into the gallery on campus without even submitted my work, it inspired me to continue. Once I graduated, I thought about ways I could integrate my interests. So, Traveling Curiosity was born. I bought a DSLR, created a blog, and went abroad. I captured what I wanted and wrote about what I experienced, books that I have read, and international films that I have seen.
Going into the new year, I will be branching out and working with local artists and people in the community on different projects along with expanding my business to photographing events and portraitures.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have had a lot of anxiety. I didn’t know what people would think or how I would be received. Networking was also something I have also always struggled with. It has been and still is a learning process for me. Learning how to put myself out there, finding my voice in writing, and trying to make it all make sense together has been hard, but an incredible journey.
Please tell us about Traveling Curiosity.
Because my interests and curiosities are varied, Traveling Curiosity was created. If someone wants to know something or have something reviewed, I will do it. This has led me to trying some great restaurants, reading some very interesting books, watching incredible films, and seeing places I wouldn’t have originally thought to go.
I also collaborate and take pictures of others. I don’t limit myself, and if I had done so, I don’t think I would have been able to discover or share these things with others to provide new information or clarity.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have created a more detailed plan and paced myself instead of jumping straight in. I’m still in the process of organizing myself because of that.
- Photography bookings: $50 per hour
- Prints: $10+
- Website: https://www.travelingcuriosity.com
- Phone: 8172713182
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/lilweisel
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/travelingcuriosity/