What is your name?
Laura Jayne Austin
What do you do for living and where do you do it?
I shoot photos for a living, of subjects ranging from lifestyle, travel, sports… anything that is appealing to me really. As far as where, I am based out of Los Angeles, but I try to keep the places I shoot as diverse as possible.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
There are a lot of things I enjoy about what I do, but to sum it up I would probably saw the opportunity for new experiences. Every shoot is different from another, I’m constantly meeting new people, and am very fortunate to get to travel to new places on a pretty regular basis.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Most of my photo work that pays the bills is quite commercial, so when I have some free time I try to plan little adventures to set out on and just shoot photos for fun. I think it is important to have that balance so that your passion doesn’t just turn into a job.
What was your last travel destination and what will be the next?
Well… my last one was Uruguay, which was incredible. But I am currently in Colorado visiting family, and I’m going to try to buy a car while I’m out here and drive it back to California. But the next trip I am planning is my “Solo Road Trip” that I always do over New Years. However this time I am changing up the mode of transportation… I think I am going to ride a road bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
That’s impossible for me to answer since every city has it’s own thing going. But my favorite city I visited recently is probably Istanbul, Turkey. It was amazing to be immersed in a culture that is so different from what I am used to.
Are you on Instagram, if yes can we follow you? 🙂
Haha, yes I am. You can find me at @laura_austin… and of course you can follow me!
Show me your 3 favorite Instagram images you took!
There are way too many to go through, but here are some of my recent favorites…
Who do you like to follow on Instagram and why?
Oh man, another tough question. My favorites aren’t just people who take pretty pictures… a lot of time a lo-fi honest look into someone’s life can be just as intriguing if they have an interesting perspective on the world.
Summer or Winter?
Both… you need contrasts in life to appreciate what you have now or what is to come.
Dress or Jeans?
Jeans for sure, their more functional… I’ve always been a bit of a tom-boy anyway.
Tv-Show or Movie?
Depends. TV Shows these days have reached a movie quality so I think they are kind of interchangeable at this point.
Cheese or Bacon?
I’m lactose intolerant, so I’m going to have to say bacon.
Ocean or Mountains?
Mountains… I grew up in the mountains so they are pretty nostalgic to me.
Name 5 things you can’t live without, when you are going on a road-trip!
Podcasts (they help pass the time on long stretches of driving), my camera, sunrises, my phone to help navigate and have some contact with the outside world when I am on long trips by myself, and an open mind.
Ok, last question: if you could be an animal, what would it be? (Unicorns and dragons are counting as well!)
Anything that could fly… maybe an eagle. It would bring my travel expenses way down 😉
Anything else you wanna say?
Pursue your interests… not a career. Don’t be afraid of change, it is at the edge of uncertainty when some of your most important decisions are made.