Q & A with Chloe Hall - solicitor turned photographer.
Q: What is your name?
A: Chloe Hall (I'm eternally grateful to my parents for not giving me a middle name at all)
Q: What's your special skill?
A: People photography both portraits and documentary. I love the interaction with my subjects - if you travel 3000 miles to a great location, it's a shame to spend all of it behind a telephoto lens. Also Street Photography. Sometimes it's great just to be an observer, to try to capture the day to day goings on and the energy on the streets.
Q: Why do you love being a tutor for Authentic Adventures?
A: I get to visit fabulous locations and be part of the process of people learning to develop their photographic skills. It's incredibly rewarding to see beginners being able to grasp the technical aspects of photography over the course of an AA holiday, and when we share our images I get to see how imaginative everyone is - we visit the same places but everyone sees and captures it in a different way. Plus the clients are great company so the social aspect is great fun too.
Q: What's your top tip for future clients on an Authentic Adventures trip?
A: If you have never been aon a group holiday before and wonder what it will be like, or worry that you'll be our of your depth, or have never travelled alone before then you could not have picked a better company, and dare I say it, a better tutor! From a teaching perspective nothing give me more pleasure than helping beginners master their cameras and develop their eye, and the groups are always a friendly sociable bunch so there's nothing to worry about. You will have a wonderful time and come back with happy memories and some photographs to be proud of.
Q: Which Authentic Adventures trip are you most excited about in 2014?
A: That's impossible to choose between - I've never been to a Greek Island (ridiculous, I know) so am excited about the visual possibilities of Santorini. But I've also had a long term love affair with Asia - the people, the culture - so I'm more than a little bit excited about exploring Sri Lanka.
Q: What has been the best holiday you've worked on for AA and why?
A: Will you stop with these difficult questions?! I've love many of my trips, each one is so very individual. But to try to narrow it down - the very first in the Alpujarras in Spain was special because the group was so diverse and so enthusiastic and it was my first trip. Many of those clients have come on subsequent trips with me. In terms of location and photography I think it would have to be Kerala - I had a wonderful group there too, but India in all it's visual richness and diversity was a treat for any photographer.
Q: Holiday tales - funny, anecdotes, memories - weird moments!
A: As they say - what goes on tour, stays on tour. I'm too discreet.....sorry!
Q: Tell us something we don't already know about you.
A: I also teach group fitness - indoor cycling (spinning) and something called Body Balance which is a class blending tai chi, yoga and pilates to music.
Q: Where would you like to travel to next with AA that we don't already go to?
A: I visited Mallorca on holiday last year. Whilst most of it I spent horizontal enjoying the sun and pool, with a bit of exploration I would find some great photographic locations. Plus the food is wonderful.
Q: Tell us about forthcoming exhibitions, masterclasses that you are running.
A: I recently had an interview with Outdoor Photography Magazine so will be their featured photographer in a forthcoming edition. Once Spring arrives, my London Street Photography workshops will kick off, as will a masterclass on Lighting I run together with a corporate photographer. Get in touch if you'd like to come along - you'll be able to practice what you learn on your next Authentic Adventures holiday.
|Chloe in Kerala|
|Chloe and her photography group in Kerala 2013|
Chloe is leading groups to Santorini and Sri Lanka in 2014. Sign up to our newsletters to find out about her forthcoming trips in 2015.