Dominique Granger | Photographer

From Canada

What is your role?

I was the first photographer for Salty Souls during the 2015-2016 El Salvador Season, and I’m glad to be now back for some of the retreats (Ecuador, Bali)! My role is to really capture the essence of what the Salty girls are going through during a retreat, to provide lasting memories and images that will make you dream for a quiet meditation on the beach, froth to dive in the sea and drool over the delicious food!     

What’s your background and how did you acquire those skills?

I am an autodidact photographer, which means I learned on my own. I did a ton of different jobs (kitesurf coach, magazine editor, to name a couple) before diving into photography fully. I learned by asking LOTS of questions, trying LOTS of stuff, making LOTS of mistakes! And mostly, I learned by taking LOTS of pictures 🙂 The best thing with photography is the more I do it, the more I realize I have to learn. This means it never gets boring!

What’s your biggest challenge?

I would say my biggest challenge was always to come up with new angles, and to provide material that we haven’t done before. After doing a few retreats at the same place, it would be easy to settle into a photo routine, but for me it’s important to capture the uniqueness of each group and moments. For sure I have my go-to shots, but it’s cool to try to think outside of the box!

Ninja super skill people don’t know you possess?

I can take pictures with my eyes. Oh wait… you mean in real life? Then I would have to say, I think I’m a pretty damn good cook!

Favorite place in the world? 

Hardest question ever. I’ve lived in so many places, it would be hard to pin point…! It depends on my time and mood… I have to say that Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, USA, holds a special place in my heart.

What gets you the most excited in life?

Good light!! Oh and delicious food 🙂

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I would have to say, the craziest thing I have done was to follow my gut feeling, and learn to kiteboard to get over a deep fear of water at 22. It literally changed my whole life – it’s not even an exaggeration! Over ten years later, I have to say, it’s the best decision I have ever made.