Erin McGradyCaroline Whatley

Erin McGrady + Caroline Whatley

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Email:hello@authenticasheville.com

Website: www.authenticavl.com

Bio: Caroline and Erin are freelance photographers, writers and web designers. They are currently on a cross-country road trip looking for LGBTQ+ friendly places and spaces. When they’re not traveling you can find them on the trails in Asheville, North Carolina. Join them for one of the #AshevilleInstameets, a free photography meet-up that they host that’s open to everyone from beginners to professionals.

Photography Genre: Adventure/Travel + Food Photography

Hometown: Erin: Damascus, Maryland Caroline: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Resides: Asheville, North Carolina

Career Highlight #1: Erin: Being chosen for the #FindYourPark Expedition (2016) and getting to adventure in Yosemite and San Francisco Caroline: Shooting photos in the hutongs of Beijing, China

Career Highlight #2: Erin + Caroline: Shooting photos and writing for the one of the top travel blogs in the world, Local Adventurer

Career Highlight #3: Erin + Caroline: Going on a four month cross country road trip while on assignment for dapperQ

Q&A WITH Erin + Caroline:

Favorite BLACKRAPID product: Erin: Wrist Breathe Caroline: Curve Breathe

Age you took your first photo? What camera did you use? Erin: I was 8 years old and snapped a photo with a plastic point and shoot Vivitar that was given to me by my grandmother. Caroline: Somewhere around 7 or 8 years old I took a photo with a Polaroid camera and watched it come to life.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a professional photographer? Erin: In 2012! Caroline: In 2017!

Who inspires you? Erin: My friends. I didn’t go to art school and have learned almost everything I know from friends and trial and error. Caroline: Erin!

What camera do you use to capture most of your work? We both shoot with a Fuji X-T2

If I could photograph anyone in the world, alive or deceased, it would be…. Erin: My grandparents. Caroline: My grandmother Adoline’s hands.

What do you do when not taking photos? Erin: Play outside and have a Fun Time Caroline: Sip on an IPA and dream about building another tiny house.

Favorite place on Earth? Erin: Anywhere with Caroline! Caroline: Running with Erin on a new trail.

One piece of advice for someone at the beginning stages of their photography career? Erin: Experiment with all the buttons on your camera and try to figure out what they do to your images. Caroline: Try not to get discouraged when your photos don’t turn out how you see them in your mind.

How do you "Live The Moment"? Erin: By staying as present as possible in every single moment Caroline: By trying to be positive and hopeful rather than discouraged by the unknown.

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