Hi Kylie, how are you? What's been on your mind lately?
Hello! :) I am 26 years old. Lately I've been daydreaming about my Spring trip to Europe! I finally got tickets for the trip I've been talking about since I was a little girl. We will be going to Switzerland and France, and I can't stop thinking about the twinkling Eiffel Tower and Nutella crêpes and the glorious Swiss Alps!
When did you decide to start your gorgeous blog, The Flybird? What encouraged you to start it?
Thank you so much! :) I started my blog in 2008 when I first got married and moved to China. I was far, far, far away from family and my triplet sisters and a blog where I could share words and photos was a great way to keep in touch and keep everyone updated. It started out as a journal to dump my reflections on the adventures I was having abroad, and has grown into an ongoing story about my life and adventures!
You're a photographer and a videographer and you do both with great passion which shows through your work in both areas. When were you first introduced to cameras?
I bought my first SLR (a Nikon D40, to be exact) when I moved to China in 2008. That's when all the magic started happening. I realized how amazing it felt to be behind a lens and capture intimate moments that seemed so special to me. I'll never forget my first batch of photos where I snapped a man washing his clothes in a river in China and thought: "that was such a cool moment." I'd always played with film cameras and disposables growing up, so to have a digital SLR camera in my hand felt pretty amazing.
How did you get to the point where you can do what you love for a living?
Throughout college I would shoot photography all the time. That's when it all started as a business on the side. Once I graduated I was able to jump in full time for my career and dedicate all my creative energy towards it. I never let anything get in the way of shooting. When you love something, you make time for it.
You're also a traveler. Sweet baby Jesus, I love your travel photography, it makes me want to go places! What was your absolutely favorite spot you encountered on your travels?
Ha! Thank you so much! I would have to say my favorite place with some of my most memorable memories is Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand). China takes the cake because I lived there, but I had some amazing adventures in Southeast Asia. We backpacked all over and rode elephants, swam in crystal clear water, stayed in beach huts, played with monkeys, explored ruins and ate more Nutella banana pancakes than I can count. It was a slow and easy life, and I didn't mind the sun tan either :).
Where do you go for a little road trip when you're feeling a bit "blah"?
I love that question. I go to the mountains. There's a couple places within an hour of where I live in LA: Mt. Baldy is a good one. It's quick and just up the mountain, and has beautiful views and great hikes. If I need to get further out and have the time, I'll go to Big Sur. That's always a good idea. Eastern Sierras is another favorite. Can't beat it!
What would you say is the key for creating an interesting blog?
Stay true to yourself and share what you love. There's nothing more authentic than that.
Can you tell us something about yourself that nobody knows? It's gonna be our little secret, I promise.
Few people know that I once rode in a rodeo on a steer and got 2nd place. I was beat by a real cowgirl who grew up doing rodeos, so I felt pretty dang good about myself. There may or may not be a video floating around of my ride on YouTube...
What makes you smile the most?
My sisters and the mountains. Both make me all kinds of happy.