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We’re Changing Our Perspective: Introducing #DTBehindTheLens

Many years ago, Dame Traveler began as the first female travel community on Instagram. Our mission was simple – to spotlight the bold, badass women traveling the world. And, as years have gone by, we’ve realized that what we originally set out to do has become something of a cliche. A small, yet dreamy female figure staring off into the skyline in juxtaposition of the grand landscape that surrounds her. It’s a repeated image that we love dearly, but we’ve found ourselves struggling with. That’s why we’re shifting our perspective (physically and philosophically). Introducing our newest series #DTBehindTheLens.

We want to celebrate the women behind the lens just as much as the women in front of them. And even more importantly in terms of this new series, we want to showcase the photographic work and imagery created by these women!

The idea of #DTBehindTheLens came from our frustration of seeing hundreds of male photographers’ work being shared across social media… and only seeing a smattering of female photographers being shared. Sad, right? With the many women traversing the world and capturing its beauty, we want to highlight the work of female travel photographers out there. And that’s why we’re shifting our perspective and celebrating the women behind the lens too.

#DTBehindTheLens will celebrate the artistry of female travel photographers around the world. Our goal is to elevate the incredible craftsmanship of female image-creators traveling the globe. You’ll see incredible landscapes and the stories of women who captured the essence of their environment with artistry and intentionality. So, yes, you’ll still see our beloved Dame-Traveler-esque images with a woman in the frame, but you’ll also see epic landscapes captured by badass female photographers.

Let’s celebrate women’s work. Let’s spotlight their artistry. Let’s prove that beauty comes from so, so much more than the perfect dress and flowing hair. Let’s show the world through the lens of the women who explore it. Join us on this journey.

As we start this new series, we’d love to know the female travel photographers that inspire you. Let us know your favorites in a comment below. We’d love to share their work!

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  • Erika March 8, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I am so excited to hear this! I love all the beautiful shots of women posing at beautiful locations around the world, but I myself am just not that girl. I’m so glad that you are going to be expanding the scope of Dame Traveler. I’m off to follow #DTBehindTheLens right now!

  • Silly Little Kiwi Blog | Tara March 8, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I would absolutely LOVE for Carmen Huter to be featured! She uses her platform of beautiful photography to promote responsible, thoughtful travel!

    • Nastasia March 14, 2019 at 8:25 pm

      LOVE Carmen! We have an interview with her on the blog… but we’d love to feature her again 🙂

  • Natalie March 9, 2019 at 3:50 am

    fellis.travels on Instagram is my beautiful best friend who is travelling the world for 18 months taking beautiful photographic reports of hers and new husband’s visited places. Lauren is the photographer in our group of friends… always keeping the memories alive and loves nothing more than reminiscing at her super organised photo albums.
    Follow her journey around the world capturing some amazing sights!

    • Nastasia March 14, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      Awesome! We’ll definitely check her out 🙂

  • Julie March 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Thank god. I found myself unfollowing because I was tired of the same repeat image of some exorbitantly dressed woman standing in front of a landmark. It sets unrealistic expectations for what traveling women should look like & therefore everyone feels the need to post this picturesque outfits and ball gowns in front of Petra. Like did you do an outfit change in the middle of the desert, surrounded by tourists- because no one is schleping up a hillside or through the jungle looking like that. I’m glad to see that you’re finally deciding to honor women’s talents, rather than just looking pretty.

  • REBECCA DOUGLAS March 14, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Such a fabulous idea as the photography industry is one where women are not as visible as men and this needs to be highlighted and challenged. A great way of doing this is to cheerlead the work women do. I was proud to write the article about travelling with your drone, aerial and drone photography is so very lacking in visible women…..I am all for #DTBehindTheLens

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