Today we are bringing you the work of Hallie Bradley. Hallie is a US transplant living in Korea. We love looking through her feed and getting a taste of Korea and the surrounding areas. Her work is bright, colorful and full of life! Plus she and her daughter are adorable! You can find her on IG at @thesoulofseoulblog
I’ve always been interested in photography. My very first camera was the Pocket Fujica 350 Zoom that my mom gave to me when I was in elementary school. I took some photography classes when I could in college and then started traveling and photography goes hand in hand with that. We all want to have memories of what we’ve seen.
I have a lot of favorites, but recently we were in Bali, Indonesia and my daughter got to release a sea turtle back into the ocean. I got a pick of her shadow watching over the turtle heading to the waves. It’s become one of my favorites because I like the play of shadows and you can really see the story of what’s happening even the wind blowing her hair.
I love photographing my daughter but only really share about 2% of the shots I take of her on my channel which is more Korea/Asia focused. While she’s my favorite subject, I also just love finding beautiful, flower-filled, colorful places.
Recently I went to one of the most difficult islands to get to in Korea called Ulleungdo. It was amazing and worth all of the people on the boat with seasickness around me. Breathtaking views that were just really different from the rest of Korea.
We will be headed to Vietnam in November and then probably the US in the spring, with a stop in Disney hopefully. There are aspirations to go to Singapore and back to Japan that just need to get planned but I’m all about jumping on that planning.
If you’re interested in blogging and sharing your photography, my biggest tip is to follow your own interests and creative streaks. Don’t try to follow the crowd or take photos of something just because everyone else does. Take the photos you’ll want to keep and see again and again. Another tip, if you’re like me and want to be in the photos from time to time, don’t just hand your phone or camera to someone and expect them to know your aesthetic or what you want. I will ask friends, family, and strangers to take a shot for me. I will take the photo I want first, show them in the viewfinder and show them where I will stand before I go and twirl around. You can get great photos from strangers… if they know what you’re looking for.
I’m always finding something to see and do. The great thing about living in Seoul, Korea is that there are an amazing number of museums, parks, and things to see. And even more than that, the subway system is far-reaching so you can even get out of the city just on public transport. So even when I’m not traveling internationally, I’m definitely traveling somewhere.
Personally, my goal is to continue inspiring myself and being creative. There have been times when I need to step back, not share things in social media, and just be in the moment and those times have reminded me of what I want and have inspired me to continue creating. I hope everyone allows themselves to follow that goal in some way really. It can be hard to constantly be moving and creating and it can feel monotonous and that’s when it’s not inspiring for me anymore and I have to travel, or find something a little different and just keep it to myself.
I just registered a business in order to start planning more events and tours for people to join me on the adventures I am known for taking here in Seoul and around Korea. I’m often asked how I find the places I find and I really think it’s half Internet sleuthing and half just seeing the beauty in what others walk on by. I want to share this optimism for travel and beauty hunting with people and I’m excited to do it.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
My name is Hallie Bradley and I was born in Dayton, Ohio, USA in 1984. After graduating from Ohio University, I moved to Seoul, Korea to teach and travel. I’ve been to Vietnam, Nepal, India, Japan, Australia, France, Indonesia and eight other countries and I’m looking to add more to my list every day. I am a writer and editor and produce articles on tourism as well as ESL related topics for international outlets and Korean companies.