The wonderful Jeannine Tan; creative, curious and all things Contiki. So we thought we'd send her off to explore New Zealand! Taking the "Sweet As" South tour starting today (!!), she'll be exploring the beauty of Wellington, the adrenalin of Queenstown and all the amazing-ness in between. We had a chat to Jeannine before she left to find out a little more about the girl behind the lens.
Where were you born?
I was born in steaming hot Singapore but moved to Australia with my family when I was 4 for a more laid back lifestyle.
Where’s the best place you have ever travelled to?
Everywhere is great in its own way but my favourite place so far would have to be New York. How large and busy the city is was quite overwhelming and every time I walked out of my hotel I felt like I was in a movie. There are also a lot of fashion labels and amazing models in New York. Loving to photograph fashion just drew me to the city.
Where’s next after NZ?
After NZ I will hopefully be shooting the fashion weeks in Melbourne and Sydney for Papertissue if everything works out! Other than that, just freelancing as a photographer and travelling as much as I can.
What got you into photography?
I picked up my parents digital camera when I was 7 and took photos when we would go on little road trips around Australia. It was really just a hobby until I realised people would actually pay for my photographs. I'm very lucky that I get to do what I love as a living.
What inspires you?
Simplicity, wonderful colours, beautiful lighting, old film photographs, movies, nature... everything inspires me in some way.
What's your life motto?
Carpe Diem/Live life to the fullest.
What's one weird fact about you?
I have a collection of animate salt and pepper shakers. I have swans, owls, clowns, pigs that are paired forever in their ceramic world... they're really cute!
What's the last book you read?
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.
How would your friends describe you?
Having good intuition and being adventurous. I trust my intuition way too easily and am not sure how I haven't been kidnapped or haven't even broken a bone yet.
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