Influencers: Interview with Octavia Spiker

Interview with Octavia Spiker
Octavia Spiker

Octavia Spiker is a freelance photographer working to elevate adventure, travel and lifestyle content. She joins the Influencers interview series to discuss her photography.

You can find her on Instagram here: @octaviakathryn

Elite Mindset: When did you start your Instagram profile? What inspired you to start building a following on social media?

Octavia Spiker: I started my photography business and the Instagram profile that accompanies it, nearly two years ago.

EM: What is a personal favorite post of yours on Instagram? Is there a story behind it?

OS: The Bonneville Salt Flats photo is my personal favorite post.

Octavia Spiker Instagram

We were there during Speed Week and were able to see Triumph motorcycles break the world record. The photo captures the authentic feeling of adventure, excitement, and unlimited possibility that materializes when you race a motorcycle.

EM: Who are your top influences or sources of inspiration on Instagram?

OS: Every time I scroll and see National Geographic’s posts (@natgeo), I can’t help but feel inspired. I also love @alexstrohl and @chrisburkard.

EM: How do you find brands to work with? Can you give us an example of a sponsored post you have done as an influencer?

OS: Through Instagram of course! Every brand I work with, I personally believe in so I usually already know of the company because I follow them or use their product.

Octavia Spiker Instagram

The example above is when I worked with @landroverusa and @thebucketlistfamily and is an example of sponsored content that I truly love.

Every brand I work with, I personally believe in so I usually already know of the company because I follow them or use their product.

EM: If you were to give one piece of advice on how to build a following, what would it be?

OS: Quality, consistency, and optimism.

EM: What is a favorite tool or technique you use to grow your audience?

OS: Tagging brands or pages that may feature a photo you post has been extremely effective for me.

EM: Before we go, what is an interesting fact about you that your audience may not know?

OS: I love reading. My degree is in English, so I have more books than I can count and I read a new novel (on average) once a week.


Many thanks to Octavia for joining us. You can find her on Instagram.

Influencers is an ongoing series exploring the mindset of top influencers.

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