Jeff Bartlett is an Adventure photographer & writer based in the Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. His biggest passions are cycling, skiing, hiking, mountain life and active travel.  He is a contributing writer and photographer for Canadian Cycling Magazine and has been published internationally in magazines including Discover, Home & Away, travelsquire, and Afar; as well as commercially for destination marketing organizations like Travel Alberta, Tourism Quebec, and Visit Finland.


Jeff in Jasper National Parks’ Tonquin Valley

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The Finer Details of Episode 33 with Jeff Bartlett ! He shares his journey into travel writing and travel photography and what it takes to get sponsorship’s as well as how to properly pitch an article. He also explains why being a adventure travel photographer is the coolest job ever! We also talked about:

  • How he can live in a National Park.
  • Why he transitioned more to photography and less travel writing.
  • Why he’s battled with the importance of photography school.
  • Why every travel photographer should take a business course.
  • How you can teach yourself travel photography with Youtube.
  • Why the Nikon D810 is unrivaled for landscape photography.
  • Why the type of camera is less important than learning to properly use it.

Jeff and I also discussed how he has turned adventure travel and photography into a full time career as well as these topics:

  • How he leverages his social media accounts and blog audience for paid assignments with DMO’s.
  • What it’s like to work on assignment for a print publication.
  • How to pitch article ideas to a print magazine.
  • His query approach and why you shouldn’t us a shotgun approach.
  • His process of writing after finishing the travels.
  • How to pull a story out of the experience and not just write about your weekend visit.
  • How to meet the right people during an assignment for the best research and quotes.
  • Why he prefers to write in 3rd person.
  • How he organizes social media FAM’s as a source of income.
  • How he has created a niche of opportunites with his own FAM’s.
  • Why it’s not about the number of social media followers, but about the number of likes and comments.
  • The magic numbers you need on Instagram to start getting approached for sponsored posts.
  • A sponsored post vs. a sponsorship.
  • Why payment is sometimes just a matter of finding the courage to ask.
  • Why a good sponsored post should look organic and not like an ad.
  • How to set a rate for sponsored posts.
  • Why you must know your web numbers and demographics.
  • Why you must offer multiple versions and angles of photos for a publisher.
  • How to pitch a DMO correctly.
  • Why determination is the key to success.
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask why your query or pitch got rejected.
  • Why you can’t build an Instagram Audience if you aren’t consistent.
  • Why you must have self imposed deadlines.

Episode Resources

Viva Guides
Canadian Cycling Magazine
D750 Nikon
D800 Nikon
A6000 Sony
Morocco Photography Workshop
Tourism Jasper
Tourism Alberta
Aspiring Travel Writer Facebook Group

People Mentioned on this episode:
Naomi Figueroa
Brendan Van Son
Kyle Kiper (Katie Kiper)

Connect With Jeff
Jeff’s Websites &
Jeff Bartlett on Instagram
Jeff Bartlett on Facebook
Jeff Bartlett on Twitter
Jeff on G+

Connect with Break Into Travel Writing
The Aspiring Travel Writer, the Facebook group

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How to Leverage Your Social Media Accounts and Blog Audience For Paid Assignments with Travel Photographer Jeff Bartlett

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