F.A.Q's about Tolula
Why did you name your van Tolula?
Why not... Okay fine, when I first got Tolula I took a trip to Sequoia National Park with my buddy Andy and asked him what I should name my van. Initially it started off as a joke but by the end of the trip the name had stuck and now I own a van named Tolula.
How long did it take you to convert the van?
The entire conversion took approximately 5 months. I still had a full time job throughout most of the conversion so most of the work was done on the weekends and after work.
What type of van do you have?
Ford Transit-150 3.7L V6 with a Medium Roof.
Why did you get a Ford Transit and not something else?
For me it ultimately came down to budget + reliability. Compared to Westfalias, Sprinters and Econolines the Ford Transit was the perfect balance between reliability, fuel economy and price.
How much did it cost to convert the van?
The total cost to convert the van was about $4,500. I tried to keep the conversion as cheap as possible by doing all the work myself and with the help of my family/friends. The most expensive part of my conversion was the solar kit that set me back approximately $1,500. I will say that conversions vary and so does the cost. I have friends who have spent over 10k on a conversion while others spend less than $1,000.
F.A.Q's about me.
How old are you?
I've rotated around the earth 23 times.
How long have you been taking pictures?
Not that long honestly. I first picked up a camera in late 2013, but didn't really start taking it seriously up until 2015.
What do you shoot with?
I would say that a good 90% of the work I do is shot on the Canon 6D with a 17-40mm f/4L. The other 10% is shot on a combination of Canon 70D, 24-105mm f/4L and the 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens.
How do you make a living on the road?
Over the last couple of years I've built really good relationships with outdoor brands that have made my lifestyle possible. I'm a brand ambassador for a few companies for which I do content creation work for and I also do freelance photography on the side.
Did you go to school?
Technically I did but I didn't graduate. I attended Chabot College and Arizona State University before ultimately dropping out of school in 2016 to pursue photography and content creation full time.