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Social Media Spotlight: Enjoy The Mesmerizing Magic By Melissa Vincent

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | March 11, 2016

Social Media Spotlight: Enjoy The Mesmerizing Magic By Melissa Vincent

Photos courtesy Melissa Vincent

It’s been an absolute pleasure touching base with artists and photographers from around the world. This week we stop by Mississippi.

That is where we find the vibrant and intoxicating work of Melissa Vincent, who you can meet by way of her images on Instagram and Facebook.

The former, by the way, is where over 400,000 followers head to find some truly brilliant photographs of Mississippi as well as myriad stops around the world.

What follows are just a few to intrigue you faithful readers. And, thankfully, Vincent was kind enough to offer up some tips to enhance your own photographic endeavors.

TravelPulse: First off, your images are so very captivating. What tools do you use to capture them: camera, in-phone editing and the like?

Melissa Vincent: Thanks! I use an iPhone 6 to capture and apps to edit. I use the native camera app or Procamera to shoot. Some of my favorite apps for post processing are Snapseed, Superimpose, Retouch, Enlight, and Facetune.

TP: Your images typically depict the power and grandeur of nature. Has that always been a passion for you?

MV: Nature inspires me to create. I've always been drawn to photograph the natural world over people and buildings.

TP: It's mentioned that you are based out of Mississippi. What tips do you offer someone visiting the area for the first time? What are some must-see places that might leave a lasting impression?

MV: My number one tip to anyone wanting to visit Mississippi is don't come in the Summer. The heat and mosquitoes are relentless. The Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, MS should be at the top of anybody's list of must see attractions. Book a room at the Shack Up Inn for the weekend. It's an unforgettable and unique experience with photo opportunities and amazing music around every corner.

TP: How often can you get out and photograph the world?

MV: Instagram has allowed me opportunities to travel more than I've ever had in my life. Last year, I went to Northern Ireland with Tourism Ireland to shoot some of the Game of Thrones film locations and also attended the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival with Nat Geo WILD. I rarely turn down the chance to see something new.

TP: What places have resonated with you as a photographer?

MV: I traveled to Botswana with Nat Geo WILD in October 2013. We stayed at Duba Plains Camp, which is home for Great Plains Conservation co-founders Dereck and Beverly Joubert. I was fortunate to spend my time there with Dereck and Beverly and listen to their stories of their life in the Okavango. It was an eye-opening experience for me on so many levels.

TP: Any places or landmarks you are dying to capture with you camera?

MV: The Northern Lights are at the top of the list, but I absolutely get a thrill from capturing any natural wonder or landscape I haven't yet seen.

TP: Where would you like your photography to take you in the next five years or so? You already have an amazing following on Instagram.

MV: I want to keep exploring the world with my iPhone and creating images for people to enjoy. My main hope going forward is to still have the passion and love I have now for the art.

TP: Is it ever odd to have that many followers?

MV: Sometimes it hits me and I find it surreal to have such a large audience. I try not to focus on numbers though because I find it affects the authenticity of my posts to Instagram.

TP: Lastly, is there anything you would like our readers to know about you?

MV: You can find me on Instagram here and on Facebook. I also post to Snapchat as @misvincent.


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