Inspiration from seclusion.
A gentle transition into self-employment.
Independently around Europe.
The biggest hurdles according to Julia are, on the one hand, the bureaucracy involved and, on the other hand, generating the necessary amount of energy to get things up and running. One of the things which helped her in making her decision was a one-year funding programme from software giant Adobe, which enables a number of hand-picked artists from around the world to set themselves up for their line of work. For Julia, that meant she was able to spend more time in "Emil" discovering Europe by herself and thus being able to unite her passion for photography with her fascination for nature. What she especially likes about her Sprinter is its discreet exterior look which means it's not immediately recognisable as a camper van. "Plus, Mercedes-Benz quite simply stands for very reliable vehicles," she continues. "And with me travelling alone, I don't particularly fancy having to deal with a breakdown."
Take the leap.
"I like to have a certain degree of security. But from an early stage, it was clear that I didn't want to be an employee for eternity. Working freelance does mean that you have to deal with some level of uncertainty – and accepting that took quite a while."
Julia Nimke – a photographer and her van on their roadtrip to self-employment.
Julia tends to advertise her work using Instagram and on her own website where she posts not only work-related but also private projects. She wants to find more customers who will help support her lifestyle: "I travel a lot and when I travel, I do a lot of photography. And that means I can offer truly authentic travel photography." The style of her photos has become increasingly more simple over the past years – a trend which is also reflected in her daily life: "When I'm touring with 'Emil', it always becomes clear to me that I actually don't need much."
Julia's top 5 tips for better photos:
|1. Photograph as much as possible in order to really sharpen your perspectives. The eye can be trained just like any muscle.|
|2. Don't use zoom lenses, but learn how to create your pictures with a fixed focal distance. That will teach you about how to use distances and relationships in creating your pictures.|
|3. Become so familiar with your equipment that you can operate it intuitively.|
4. Show and share your work. Learning is a process and as part of it, we shouldn't restrict ourselves solely to supposedly perfect works. It's much more interesting to see how you arrived at them.
|5. Don't compare yourself with others. There's always someone who can do something in a better or more attractive way. Comparisons only serve to make you unhappy.|
Everything has its price.
During her last tour in the Dolomites, Julia had to deal with temperatures of –20 °C overnight.
Her motifs often portray the so-called blue hour.
Nature at its finest.
Julia loves the fact that her photography allows her to discover places full of ambience.
A Sprinter called Emil.
Thanks to her mobile office, she can work from any location.