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Freya Dowson

Editorial documentary photographer ✧ restless traveler ✧ based in London ✧ new mama 🌱 | this is my life at home and on the road.

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This girl ✨ a month old today! I know she’s going to be watching my every move as she grows, and I so want her to grow up seeing what it’s like to chase what’s important to you in life, and work hard at what you love. For me it’s my photography but for her who knows what it’ll be! I can’t wait to find out. • Kind of a literal interpretation of #WHPmirrorimage • p.s. if you remember me talking ages ago about wanting to buy a new, smaller camera, I got the Fuji xt2! Adam and my dad pitched in to get it for my birthday and I love it so much. • #awakethelight #alifeofintention #lightinspired #posttheordinary #ofsimplethings #travellifestyle #lifelivedbeautifully #documentlife #quietthechaos #livesimple #momentslikethese #thesweetlifeunscripted #notonlymama #thehonestlens #childhoodunplugged #littlepiecesofchildhood #themindfulapproach #gritandvirtue #lifelivedbeautifully #calledtocreate #bloomyellow #bedeeplyrooted #wearethecreativeeconomy #youbelong #encouragementgallery #wearethewild #liveyouradventure #radgirlslife #wildernessbabes

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Today is world food day and I’m working with @ShareTheMeal and the World Food Program to tell you about an app that allows you to share a meal with a kid who needs it somewhere in the world 💛 Its such a simple way to make a real change to someone’s life and you can do it by just downloading the @ShareTheMeal app! #sharethemeal#awakethelight #eyeson #lensculture #one_shot_ #passionpassport #peopleoftheworld #magnumphotos #lonelyplanet #lovetheworld #natgeo #everydayeverywhere #worldcaptures #documentaryphotography #documentaryphotographer #reportagespotlight #travellifestyle #thephotosociety #gettyimages #everydayeverywhere #senegal #lovetheworld #alifeofintention #travelwithintention #whyweadventure #camp4pix #whywecreate #quietthechaos #people_infinity #beautifulmatters

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It’s rainy here in London today, a very different picture to this winter evening in Marrakesh from earlier this year. I’m thinking of attempting a Marrakech trip in a month or so, to introduce Rumi to the medina and maybe sneak in a hammam for me 🐪✨ #awakethelight #alifeofintention#beautifuldestinations #awesomeearth #whywecreate #passionpassport #worldcaptures #thisisafrica #welivetoexplore #amazingplaces #everydayeverywhere #beautifulviews #recklessimage #eyeson #camp4pix #untoldvisuals #lightinspired #moodcollectors #athomeintheworld #inspiremyinstagram #followmefaraway #posttheordinary #placestovisit #africalove #travelafrica #quietthechaos #guardiantravelsnaps #natgeotravel #documentlife #marrakechstyle

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It’s an all day every day snooze fest over here, just Rumi and I in our newborn bubble ✨🌱 Also thank you to anyone who sent me messages after seeing my story this morning. I’ve cried happy tears on more than one occasion today. Internet friends really are some of the most amazing people 💛 • #awakethelight #makemoments #holdthemoments #seekmoments #alifeofintention #lightinspired #posttheordinary #ofsimplethings #travellifestyle #lifelivedbeautifully #documentlife #livebeautifully #liveunscripted #quietthechaos #choosejoy #simplejoys #livesimple #finditliveit #momentslikethese #hurrayforplay #slowlived #theartofslowliving #thesweetlifeunscripted #notonlymama #thehonestlens #the_sugar_jar #childhoodunplugged #littlepiecesofchildhood #themindfulapproach #gritandvirtue

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Sometimes the pictures I take while I’m waiting for a shoot to start are my favourite. Standing on the side of the road in Senegal, waiting for the person we were meant to interview to show up, instead we got to hang out with these kids who took having their photo taken extremely seriously. • #WHPunusualportraits #awakethelight #eyeson #lensculture #one_shot_ #passionpassport #peopleoftheworld #magnumphotos #lonelyplanet #lovetheworld #natgeo #everydayeverywhere #worldcaptures #documentaryphotography #documentaryphotographer #reportagespotlight #travellifestyle #thephotosociety #gettyimages #everydayeverywhere #senegal #lovetheworld #alifeofintention #travelwithintention #whyweadventure #camp4pix #whywecreate #quietthechaos #people_infinity #beautifulmatters

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Today was the last day of Adam’s paternity leave from work and tomorrow it’s just Rumi and I for the time being. I wish I could say I feel confident and that I’m not worried, that the two of us will be just fine and that our days will consist of more than just bed, books and eating (and pooping if you’re Rumi) - but that would be a lie. • I’m sure this is something you get used to, but every day I dream of a life where we have more freedom to be together when we want and need to be. I don’t know how that will look or how it would be possible, but I don’t think you need to have all of the details figured out before you start working towards a life you want. • Sometimes it seems almost impossible, but in my experience the impossible happens every day ✨ all you have to do is want it, ask for it and keep asking for it. • #awakethelight #alifeofintention #mountainstones #mountainescape #keepitwild #westy #alpinebabes #themountainiscalling #tumblraesthetic #mountaingirls #adventuregirl #dametraveler #oceaneyes #gritandvirtue #wearetravelgirls #sheisnotlost #darlingescapes #seekthesimplicity #thesweetlifeunscripted #stillswithstories #themindfulapproach #girlswithgypsysouls #roamingwomen #beautifulmatters #visitwales #thewalescollective #kindredmoments #instawild #autumnmornings #aseasonalyear

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I cannot tell you where tomorrow will lead, or what will be difficult or what will come with ease, but I can tell you, you are Loved, and you will have what you need, and you are still being guided right where you need to be. I can tell you that even when you feel that you have lost an irredeemable amount of time, all that time, you were blooming, and not a stage of growth was missed, and you have been growing ever since. You have been growing since. And I just hope this reminds you, your story is far far from finished yet and you are allowed to find peace here, even before you know what happens next. — Morgan Harper Nichols Shot on assignment for the @dswt#Dswt #athomeintheworld #travelwithintention #whyilovekenya #antipoaching #neverstopexploring #eyeson #lovetheworld #magicalkenya #huffpostgram #welivetoexplore #roamtheplanet #wildernessculture #nakedplanet #natgeowild #protectthewild #saynotoivory #stoppoaching #ivoryfree #stopthetrade #savetheelephants #lensculture #nakedplanet #livemoremagic #roamnation #mynaturestory #forgeyourownpath #gritandvirtue #naturallyimperfect #beautifulmatters

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I’m already thinking of all the places I cant wait to travel with Rumi, some of my favourite countries in the world... places that feel like home. India is of course top of the list along with Kenya, but then there’s Iceland, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Nepal, France... and so many others. • But then there’s the countries I’ve never been to but I’m excited to see for the first time with her - Peru is up there along with Sweden, Bhutan, Patagonia, Namibia, Mongolia, Ethiopia... I mean the list is endless! I can’t wait to show this girl the world ✨🌱🌍 • #awakethelight #eyeson #lensculture #one_shot_ #passionpassport #peopleoftheworld #natgeoyourshot #magnumphotos #lonelyplanet #lovetheworld #natgeo #everydayeverywhere #worldcaptures #documentaryphotography #documentaryphotographer #reportagespotlight #travellifestyle #thephotosociety #gettyimages #everydayeverywhere #pakistan #lovetheworld #alifeofintention #travelwithintention #whyweadventure #camp4pix #whywecreate #quietthechaos #people_infinity #beautifulmatters

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Having a baby feels to me like growing a new chamber in my heart. Every day it’s increasing my capacity to love and feel while at the same time it’s so raw and uncomfortable, sometimes painful in how it’s expanding and stretching. I didn’t realise my own capacity to love until she arrived, it’s beautiful and it aches. #WHPmatching#awakethelight #botanicalpickmeup #ofsimplethings #gritandvirtue #plantlife #naturallyimperfect #mynaturestory #plantsmakepeoplehappy #the_gentle_manifesto #mountainstones #mountainescape #keepitwild #westy #dowhatyoulove #outbackcollective #peoplescreative #discoverglobe #ourplanetdaily #travelstoke #themountainiscalling #letsgosomewhere #roadtrippin #tumblraesthetic #bevisuallyinspired #themountainsarecalling #kindredmoments #instawild #autumnmornings #aseasonalyear

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I’m beginning to recognise that real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead but something small, numerous and already here. The smile of someone you love. A decent breakfast. The warm sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row. - Beau Taplin • #passionpassport #thisismykingdom #englandtourism #whywecreate #photosofbritain #travellifestyle #holdthemoments #searchwandercollect #agameoftones #chasinglight #hurrayforplay #simplejoys #peoplescreatives #lovelysquares #liveforthestory #makemoments #inspiremyinstagram #thehappynow #adventurethatislife #theartofslowliving #livemoremagic #roamnation #mynaturestory #forgeyourownpath #gritandvirtue #naturallyimperfect

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Not long to go now ✨ This little girl is so strong! She regularly leaves me winded with her pushes and stretches. If such a thing were possible I’d swear she’s punched me squarely in the heart on more than one occasion! Photo and edit by @taniajoyfjane - this is the first time I’ve ever posted a photo not edited by me on my Instagram feed!!💛💛💛 • #awakethelight #alifeofintention #mountainstones #mountainescape #rei #keepitwild #westy #alpinebabes #themountainiscalling #tumblraesthetic #summerlove #mountaingirls #adventuregirl #aeriereal #gritandvirtue #wearetravelgirls #sheisnotlost #darlingescapes #seekthesimplicity #thesweetlifeunscripted #stillswithstories #themindfulapproach #girlswithgypsysouls #roamingwomen #beautifulmatters #notonlymama #thehonestlens #thesincerestoryteller #pursuewhatislovely #seasonspoetry

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This time last year we were planning our Norway road trip from Bergen to Oslo ✨ this year we are making very different plans 🍁 Two very different kinds of adventures but I can’t wait to bring them together. I’ve already printed out this little one’s passport applications (she gets two, lucky thing!)... But first we need to decide on her name! It seems so presumptuous to pick a name for someone you’ve never met before, don’t you think? We’re stuck on two and usually when I can’t decide something I’d just do an instagram poll and get you guys to decide for me... but that feels a little unreasonable under the circumstances 🙈😂 • #passionpassport #visitnorway #whywecreate #landscapesofnorway #lonelyplanet #untoldvisuals #beautifuldestinations #beautifulviews #awesomeearth #modernoutdoors #visualscollective #discoverearth #awesome_earthpix #seekthesimplicity #greatnorthcollective #travelstoke #travellingthroughtheworld #goexplore #thelifestylecollective #adventurethatislife #norway #awakethelight #alifeofintention #naturallyimperfect #mynaturestory #mountainstones #themountainiscalling #roadtrippin #mountaingirls #adventuregirl

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I’ve been hearing a lot of people on Instagram say that they would like to start posting work this is more meaningful to them, rather than work they feel will get them more likes and followers. I’ve seen others debate setting up separate accounts because they just don’t feel like they can share what they want on their main feed without losing their following. • I totally understand this and agonised over what I posted for so long because I love my portfolio work but I also love the personal, behind the scenes stuff too. I like talking about serious things that matter to me but I also like talking about the lighthearted things that matter to me too. And my photos represent those different sides of me. • Of course it hurts when I post something personal like my thoughts on having a baby and I lose nearly 100 followers in one evening, or when I post a photo like this and I know it won’t get as many likes as a classic Instagram aspirational/inspirational photo. • The thing is, I’d rather share a more whole version of myself than keep things back because they’re not styled. I share on Instagram as a platform to display my work as a professional photographer, but I also share to connect with others. I’ve met lifelong friends through this app and I wouldn’t change that for any amount of likes. And personally my favourite accounts on here aren’t the highly curated, constantly amazing, always on brand and styled ones - they’re the real and honest ones with beautiful photos and honest captions that show the diversity of a person. #WHPperspective#behindtheshot a coal miner in Pakistan taking a break before he starts the mile long walk down into the side of the Chakwal mountains. • #awakethelight #eyeson #lensculture #one_shot_ #passionpassport #peopleoftheworld #natgeoyourshot #magnumphotos #lonelyplanet #lovetheworld #natgeo #everydayeverywhere #worldcaptures #documentaryphotography #documentaryphotographer #reportagespotlight #travellifestyle #thephotosociety #gettyimages #everydayeverywhere #pakistan #lovetheworld #alifeofintention #travelwithintention #whyweadventure #camp4pix #whywecreate #quietthechaos

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