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Q&A With Photographer Paolo Vallicelli

by Jessie Beyer - Thursday, January 12, 2017

Four Tips for Photographers

Q&A with photographer Paolo Vallicelli

 Based in the hills of Bertinoro, Italy, professional photographer Paolo Vallicelli has taken many of ExperiencePlus!’s travel photos. We asked Paolo to share a little bit about how his passion for photography came about and to share a few simple tricks travelers can use while taking pictures.


When did you first become interested in photography?

When I was 14 I found an old camera abandoned on a train. I took that camera everywhere with me I traveled and that camera eventually sparked my passion to leave my career in sports and therapeutic sciences to be a professional photographer.

Do you look at your surroundings differently when you’re taking photos as opposed to going about your daily life?

When I am taking photos I look at my surroundings with closer attention to detail, and I give extra attention to the light illuminating my surroundings.

What three pieces of advice would you give travelers when taking photos?

  1. Always have your camera ready to shoot photos.
  2. Don’t rush, wait for the right moment.
  3. Be respectful to who, or what, you’re taking a picture of.
  4. Get up early: sunrise hours provide the best lighting.

What is your favorite style of photography?

My style of photography is Carpe Diem.  I like shooting landscape, theater and portraits the most. Because I love traveling,  where I often encounter opportunity to shoot landscapes and people, theater photography is an attractive mix between ‘Carpe Diem’ approach and technical difficulties.

Is there a question we didn’t ask that you would like to answer?

 A question about the emotion found in a photograph: in one simple click sometimes you capture the story of a life. For example, take a photo of yourself as a child and look at it…

Thanks to Paolo for his continued work capturing powerful ExperiencePlus! moments. You can find some more of Paolo’s work (and practice your Italian) on his website:

Paolo profile

Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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