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Postcards From:
Byron Bay with Emily Yates

Meet Emily Yates, the Byron based multi-hyphenated creative whose travel escapades go far beyond the eye can see. With an endless list of desirable destinations travelled and an organic flair for photography, Emily reminds us that at the core of all she does, she remains grounded with her authentic, laidback lifestyle in the Byron Hinterland.


We sat down with Emily on home soil to discuss her natural progression into photography, the pieces that make up her holiday wardrobe and a closer look at an upcoming project she is working on alongside her husband.

Tell us about your natural progression into photography and what inspired you to begin capturing work through your journal My Visual Currency?

Taking photos for Instagram for me was always primarily about the joy of creating and the art behind it. So I naturally began to test out different forms of photography, and when I stumbled into film, I fell in love. I would photograph all my friends all the time, learning and evolving. Slowly, over time it became a viable career move!

What does a typical day look like for you and how do you balance work and motherhood?

You know, the balance is tough. We’re still figuring it out. We're on the road a lot with my job so our weeks often don't look the same. We usually wake up, and all go for coffee together though, that's a staple. Will and I take turns working and having the kids - which works well for us. It means we both have the joy of being present as the kids are growing which is really important to the two of us.

What values do you live by in your everyday lifestyle?

Be kind. Be present. And never go to bed angry.

You captured our premiere swim and resort collection, ‘Tropico’, which is responsibly designed in ECONYL® nylon. This is part of our Second Nature journey, what does sustainability mean to you?

I feel like I'm always learning something new about sustainability. We try as much as possible to be sustainable wherever we can in our lifestyle. We have solar, we carbon offset, we try to buy local, we don't buy fast fashion. But of course, we're not perfect. For me it's about trying to do as much as you can within your individual limits.

We’d love to know a little bit more about the project you and Will are working on. What can we expect and how do you manage work and life alongside your husband?

Myself and my husband Will have been working on our dream home Komorebi for the past 5 years, and it's finally come to fruition. It's been such a labour of love and sacrifice for us, so it's incredibly exciting to see it come together. Will often works as my assistant when you can steal him away from plumbing. He's the very best to have on set, because he knows me and how I work inside out. He can predict what I need before I even need it. But when we're not working together - we take turns individually working so that one of us is always present with the kids.

How would you best describe your personal style and share your essential holiday wardrobe pieces?

Comfortable, quality and timeless. I feel like if you invest in quality clothes, you can get a lifetime out of them. My essential holiday pieces are a great set of bathers, a sarong, a day to night dress and sunglasses! Always!

Best addresses to eat, sleep, shop and play in Byron.

Eat: The Hut, Light Years, Kouzina, Ciao Mate.

Sleep: Rae's, Sunseeker, Airbnbs!

Shop: Jonson Lane and The Industrial Area.

Play: Clarkes and Tallows are our favourite beaches. It's a must to do the Lighthouse Walk, and to visit some of the waterfalls like Killin Falls.

Best destinations for those chasing the sun and best time to visit?

I will always love Indonesia - especially the Gili Islands and Lembongan. You can visit all year round and it will still be beautiful. The Greek Islands are my ultimate summer destination. For me you just can't beat them. Also Zanzibar. The culture - the colours and the people. Just incredible!

What is it that influences your love to travel? Are there any specific destinations you are drawn to that keep you going back for more?

We tend to chase the sunshine. But this year I'm being drawn to more sculptural, natural places. Lanzarote, Norway and Scotland are on my list of places to visit. I love to be inspired by new cultures, and so see how different people experience life. It really fills my cup.

Where can we expect to see you over the next few months? Are there any exciting travel plans on the horizon you’d like to share with us?

I have quite a few really fun shoot locations booked in for the new year - back to Indonesia, the Caribbean and absolutely a stop in Europe over summer. The best part about my job is never really not knowing what country you will be going to until a few weeks before. It definitely keeps life exciting!


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