Jules Ingall – Life in Adventureland

Hi Jules! Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Jules Ingall, and I have always loved travel, photography and capturing the essence of a location. I met my husband when I was 17 years old, starting out as a motorsport photographer back in the pre-digital age.  He was an aspiring racing car driver so we were the perfect match. Not long after we met, he moved to Europe to chase his motorsport dreams so somehow, along the way, I stopped the photography and travelled the world with him – going to some crazy amazing destinations and meeting the most diverse and interesting people. Fast forward nearly 20 years, and my husband settled back into a racing career in Australia and after our children started to get a bit older, I picked up a camera again. My passion for photography returned quickly and over the last few years, I have built my own career out of tourism and travel photography.


Where are you from?  Where have you been?

I was born in Darwin, Australia, but have moved around a lot in my life. The longest I have ever lived in one place is my current home, The Gold Coast. I lived all over Australia, England, Germany, Japan and Europe.

What’s your favorite place in the world?

It has to be Australia.  There is no greater country to live. I love this place and focus most of my photography on sharing our great country with anyone and everyone. Saying that, there are so so many amazing places in the world, thus my passion for travel.

What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?

I want to spend more time “underwater.” I have recently obtained my PADI dive license and have always been a keen snorkeler, so creating more underwater pictures and improving my style in this area is a definite goal. It also complements my tourism work as I love tropical destinations and Queensland.


How do you find your inspiration?  

One of my greatest inspirations is in finding something beautiful and sharing it. In this digital modern world, there is so much negativity on social media, so it is my constant goal to find something great in everything I do. I love nothing better than searching out a new location and finding the best and hidden gems of that place, hopefully for others to be inspired and follow in my footsteps.  Get people off the couch and out exploring.


Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?  

NEVER get photographer’s block. Offer me a location and I’m there. I love travel and capturing places through photography. The day I get photographer’s block, I think is the day I hang up my camera for good. I do, however. get frustrated on occasion when you go somewhere and have ideas in your head and the weather ruins your plans. As I focus on tropical and landscape destinations, the weather plays a key part. Not much you can do though, just try and rethink your plan and shoot a different style.


Tell us about your career.  How did you get into it?  

If I’m totally honest, growing up, I was a massive motorsport fan and was inspired by the late Ayrton Senna, Formula One driver. I wanted to grow up and be a formula one photographer. I kind of got my wires crossed when I married a race driver instead, but my passion for photography just evolved into other things.  


What types of photography do you do?

I am a destination and landscape photographer. I love going to a new place, seeing it for the first time and finding the best of the destination. I love to capture the best of a location and share it with my social media followers, hoping it inspires them to follow me!


What has been your biggest setback as a photographer?

My biggest setback I think is coming back into photography later in life. I have noticed there is a real trend for “The nomadic traveller,” young people who are basically prepared to backpack their way around, not worry so much about making a living or paying the bills or having a home base. I feel like being a bit older and hopefully wiser, I am missing out on opportunities because I can’t just pack up and leave for months on end.

What are some of your favorite photos you’ve taken?

That is such a tough question because I have so many favourite photos, and all for different reasons. Each photo represents an event for me and I have been so fortunate in my life to have had so many amazing experiences that to pick just a few is almost impossible.

I love my “LOVE” shot. This picture has been sold, shared and featured hundreds of times which makes me so happy. It tells me that there are plenty more people out there like me that want to share positive messages.

The Spit is one of my favourite places on the Gold Coast – it’s so peaceful and beautiful, and sunrise is my favourite time of day. It’s like you have the world to yourself while everyone else is still sleeping, so I always love shooting from there and it’s probably my most “shot” destination.

Photography is competitive.  How do you stand out?

I think I stand out because I am honest with my craft and I don’t take on work I’m not passionate about. If I accept a job, it is because I love the sound of the destination and it inspires me, and that in turn, reflects in my work.


What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?

Wow, that’s an easy, but also really difficult question. I think there are a few things – first, decide what it is you are trying to achieve. Stick with a style that you are passionate about and it will translate to your images. Also, try and find a local photography group. It’s a great way to learn and get to know others with similar interests. I learned a lot by just asking questions in my early days and I found most people are more than happy to share. Most importantly, get out there and shoot as much and often as you can.


What’s the funniest story you have from being a photographer?

There is another photographer from where I am from called “Jules” as well, but when I was just starting out, she was (and still is) a really big name. I used to go to meets, etc. and when I said my name was Jules, people would fall all over themselves for me – I found it so strange. Took me a while to work out they thought I was “the other Jules.”

If you could photograph anywhere in the world, where would it be?

The more I travel, the longer my bucket list becomes, not shorter, so this is a really difficult question, but I really want to go to Canada. I think for any landscape photographer, it is a no-brainer – a holy grail of places, so that’s mine.


What’s your philosophy when it comes to being a great photographer?

I think a lot of it is, you either have it or you don’t. Great photography is not something that can be forced. Everyone has their own unique style, but to be a photographer, to make a living out of it, other people have to like your style too. So my philosophy is, I do my thing, my way, and if people like it – which so far they do, that’s great and I can make money out of my photography, but I never change or compromise my style for anyone else.


What’s a deal breaker for you when deciding to do a shoot?

Flat out easy – I have to be interested in the shoot.  No questions asked – if it’s something that doesn’t inspire me, I don’t accept the job. I’m not here to just make up the numbers.


What do you think is the biggest thing holding you back in your photography?

Time. Wish I had 24 more hours in a day!


What’s the most inspiring photo you’ve ever seen?

I am constantly inspired by photos, but I think the best photos I have ever seen, and the ones I love the most, are when the photographer was pretty much in the right place at the right time. They are nature shots where nature just cooperated as the shutter clicked. I love natural, unforced, and un-posed images. I can’t handle selfies!


What are 3 tips you have for aspiring photographers?

  1. Stay true to your style.
  2. Ask lots and lots of questions.
  3. Shoot whenever you can, as much as you can.

What kind of gear do you have?

Canon 5Ds plus lens’ 14mm, 16-35, 24-105, 70-210, GoPro Hero 4 with Knekt dome. Love them both in different circumstances. The GoPro, I mainly use underwater, and the Canon for landscape shots.

What is your most life-changing event?

Two events have pretty much shaped my whole life. First my mum died when I was 10. Things pretty much fell apart for me after that. I moved out of home at 15 and really struggled with who I was as a person. Then at 17, I met my now husband and he turned my life around. Without him, I honestly don’t know where I would have ended up. He has let me share his dream and passion, and has supported and encouraged mine.



What has photography done for you as a person?  How has it changed you?

Photography makes you see the whole world differently. Everything I look at, I am trying to find the best in it, and instead of staying home and doing nothing, I am always out, exploring, travelling, meeting new people and finding new things to photograph.  It is such a positive thing.  


What’s something no one knows about you that you’d like to share?

Despite some of the crazy things I have done trying to capture the perfect photo, I’m terrified of heights – although that never stops me.

Who’s your biggest hero in your life?

I would say my husband, because he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him, he does it his way and is the most passionate and driven person I have ever met, “Win or nothing,” but that would sound sappy – right!


What will you be doing five years from now?

Hopefully, exactly what I am doing right now. Enjoying my family and friends, and getting to photograph as many beautiful places as I can squeeze in.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?

Travel to Canada.

For anyone who wants to get in touch with Jules, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Website: www.julesingall.com

Facebook: Profile

Instagram: @julesingall

Jules, thank you so much for giving us a view into your beautiful life! 🙂

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