5-Minutes with Grace 

AKA: Shotbygrace

Describe your job… I work as a professional photographer, covering a few fields such as travel, fashion & weddings. I recently finished up working as an assistant with celebrity fashion photographer Todd Barry, which was a wonderful experience learning from one of the worlds best photographers in the fashion industry. Now I’m purely focused on building my own business!

How did you get into blogging/social media? I begun blogging since late last year after meeting my travel buddy Liss, who really taught me the importance of social media. Since collaborating with her as a travel team, social media has been the reason behind all our travel work and sponsorship. It’s such a great tool to use everyday as a creative person/business owner, being the main platform of marketing for my work… and hey, its free!

Take us through your typical day: A typical day at home would include waking up very early for sunrise to take some photographs alongside my dad who is a landscape photographer (@jimpicot), then attending to photoshoots/ meetings/doing editing work on my laptop/ answering emails. On my days off, I’m usually still doing photo related activities, such adventuring locally, trying to scout good locations for photoshoots!

If you weren’t a photographer what would you be doing? I often wonder about this question. I think I’d be at uni studying psychology, which is what I started doing before photography took over. I’m sure I’ll continue studying one day.

What is one thing most people wouldn’t know about you? Hm. Probably about my strong beliefs with God, its not something I usually talk about, even though God is the most important part of my life.

Favorite travel destination? The west coast of Papua New Guinea. An untouched tropical paradise, full of deserted islands, pristine coral reef & lots of whale sharks!

Who inspires you? My dad, for sure. His profession as a photographer is the reason why I begun my photography journey. I also look up to Dad as a person, he is the most patient, humble & kindest person I know. I’m very lucky to have grown up with a great father who is also the biggest role model in my life..

Favourite Instagram moment? Scrolling down and seeing @beigecardigan’s instagram posts each day, I love memes, and that account has some of the best!

What are the 5 things you pack when you go traveling that you can’t live without? Paw paw ointment, my valley sunglasses, my phone, bikinis, and my cameras!

Parting words of advice…. If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life – Marc Anthony