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BLOGGER 4 BLOGGER: KYLIE FROM THE FLYBIRD

It's been ages since the last B4B post, which is nothing but pure 100% blasphemy. I should set aside more time for these kinds of posts since there are so many brilliant bloggers out there. I consider some of them as role models I look up to, mainly because their work shines with such strong passion for various interests. One of the other reasons why I'm perpetually drawn to these blogs is that their posts never get repetitive or boring. There's one blog that I'm especially fond of and which I've been reading for a long time: The Flybird. The person behind this epic photography/storytelling blog is Kylie, a very talented gal from LA. She is a lifestyle photographer and a visual storyteller who owns a production company together with her husband Spencer. Her posts strongly reflect her appreciation of nature which she claims is running through her veins. She loves nothing more than feeling the sun on her face, sand between her toes, and the freedom that only traveling can offer. Here's Kylie, my favorite adventurer.

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.

Kylie, thanks for motivating and inspiring us, keep up the great work at The Flybird!



Go and have a look at The Flybird, I promise you won't regret it. You can also find Kylie on Instagram, Vimeo, Twitter, Pinterest, or investigate her work on Flickr and Society6. I know for sure that she's gonna continue to inspire and encourage us to follow our secret passions.

xxxx

11 comments:

  1. HEr pictures blew my mind! I don't think I have ever seen pictures like these :o

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  2. awesome!!!
    amazing pics, wow!
    great blog, tell me how about follow each other?
    let meknowplease, I always follow back
    have an amazing day
    keep in touch
    xoxo
    www.thegrisgirl.blogspot.com.es

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  3. OMG! these pics are beyond amazing! love them all!

    www.bstylevoyage.blogspot.com

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  4. I am on this! In love with the photography and travels, looks like someone I need to follow like yesterday.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  5. Aw I absolutely love The Flybird!! It's where I go to escape and feel refreshed. So much talent, heart and wise words in that place :) Love this interview!

    Mo x

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  6. Wow, your photography is excellent! x Frederique - http://fablefrique.com fashion blogger

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  7. awesome shots ky! also, just because i'm anal about these types of things, it's the eiffEL tower. :) can't wait to see photos from that trip!

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    1. Oops! Thanks for noticing that Janis :)!

      xx

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  8. i LOVE my sissy and her mad photography talent. thanks for this fun interview :) ky constantly blows my mind. LOVE YOU SIS so proud of you xoxoxoxoxoox

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  9. A fantastic interview, as always, and that travel photography is absolutely stunning! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  10. so proud of my sis!!!!!! thanks for featuring her :)

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