We had the good fortune of connecting with Abbigail Ledet and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Abbigail, how do you think about risk?
Risks can be absolutely terrifying, but you know what? They’re necessary! We have to take that leap, take that risk, for even a slight possibility to succeed. If we don’t, we will always be wondering what could have been or what could have happened if we had. Maybe it won’t work out but what if it does? The way I see it, there are so many many wonderful things we have in this world because there were people behind the ideas that were willing to take that leap and risk it all.

There is uncertainty in everything we do, but it’s that voice in the back of our minds saying, “well what if it does work out,” that pushes us to keep going and take the risk. Because at the end of the day, it’s better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all. Now you know what NOT to do and next time you can do it better with that knowledge. You’ll never get it right on the first try so you just have to keep taking those risks.

It’s this mentality that has continued to drive me to pursue something I love. I used to let fear control me, I would get complacent in a role but then that voice was always there… What if I had taken that class, what if I tried applying to this position, what if I just did what I wanted to do? All of these what ifs always ran through my head. The fear was there too, always trying to push those questions back, you wouldn’t make it in that position, you don’t qualify, you would have failed that class, you don’t have the funds to start your own business.

I would stay in roles that didn’t make me happy. I wouldn’t let myself grow because I let that fear control me and I wouldn’t just take the risk.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always dabbled in photography. Mainly I’ve always captured nature. I love our beautiful planet and all the amazing things in nature. I feel like I would always see these tiny details in things that other people wouldn’t notice or I would see something so stunning that I wished I could share it with everyone who wasn’t able to be there at that exact moment. I’ve almost always had a camera in my hand.

I realized it wasn’t just nature that I loved capturing, it was these beautiful moments in time that I could freeze forever and the story behind it. I used to write a lot when I was younger and photography was an extension of that. I would definitely say that my photography is better than my writing skills, but I still love to connect the two.

Whenever we were at family gatherings or when I was with friends I was always the one snapping pictures in the background and then the next day I would show everyone the pictures. Everyone would always be so happy and excited that I was able to get a picture of this or that happening or of this person or that person doing something funny or capturing a happy moment. It would make me feel so happy that I was able to capture these memories for us all that we would be able to look back on one day.

I love capturing all these special moments and being able to share with the world all these beautiful moments in time that I see. That’s why I do what I do and why I feel like this sets me apart from others. That’s what we do as photographers though, we each have our own visions that we want to share with the world.

I’m extremely proud of myself for taking this next step in my journey and actually turning this into a business. I’ve had so many fears and doubts in my abilities, but what I’ve learned is that I can’t compare myself to others and I can’t base my success off what I see from others. I have to continue to grow how I see fit in my own way. Because the point of this isn’t to be like everyone else but to build something new and unique. It took me a long time to see that. This is a journey that won’t ever end but that’s the best part!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Day 1 – exploring San Diego. First stop would be to Seaport Village to walk around the shops, try some fudge, get a margaritas and some tacos or maybe some pizza from Mr. Motos. There are gorgeous views at Seaport and you can see The USS Midway. Explore the city a little bit, visit Little Italy, Old Town and maybe tour the Whaley House, and end the night exploring the nightlife in Gaslamp Quarter.

Day 2 – exploring La Jolla, because you can’t visit SoCal without seeing The Jewel of San Diego. There’s so much to do in La Jolla, we could start the morning going on a beautiful coastal hike near Torrey Pines and visit Black’s Beach and maybe wander down to see the Mushroom House. I’m bad at breakfast and I personally go to the same restaurants in Carlsbad but I’m sure we could find something delicious in La Jolla. For lunch we could walk around Prospect and then go to Duke’s or even Jose’s, both are great spots with great views to relax before more adventuring. Of course you have to visit the coves and see all the seals and sea lions! Maybe visit the Cave Store to walk down the famous cave of 200+ steps. Kayaking or Snorkeling if they want to explore the beautiful sea life up close and personal. Lounge on the beach at beautiful La Jolla Shores with the softest sand and walk down to see the iconic Scripps Pier. If they’re looking for a fancy dinner we could make reservations for The Marine Room, hopefully it’s high tide!

 

Day 3 – Del Mar/Solana Beach
It’s always fun to visit the Del Mar racetrack, hopefully we could catch a race or maybe one of the fairs will be in town. Strolling down the shops in Del Mar and seeing the beautiful peekaboo views of the ocean through the trees. We can then venture down to Cedros Avenue Design District! Solana Beach is very walkable and has so many beautiful areas and little hole in the wall shops that you wouldn’t know about unless walking around.

Day 4 – Encinitas/Leucadia
Encinitas is such a busy little surfer town but that’s what makes it so much fun to visit! There’s so many great restaurants in downtown Encinitas it’s really hard to just pick one. The meditation gardens are definitely a must to visit!

Day 5 – Carlsbad/Oceanside
Now we are down in my neck of the woods. These are two of my favorite cities in North County. Carlsbad village is my absolute favorite place, I wander around there all the time and the beaches are gorgeous. My favorite spot to get a good filling breakfast with some mimosas is The Daily News Cafe! For lunch I love Knockout Burger, everything made fresh to order and locally family owned. You have to try the strawberry shakes at the Strawberry Shack, promise these are hands down the BEST strawberry shakes you’ve ever had. There’s so many different options for dinner but let’s head down to Oceanside for that! Craft and Brew has some of the best tacos in North County (personally I think in the majority of San Diego) and really great craft beers on tap. Oceanside is lively no matter what time of the day it is and you have to walk the pier!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband and my mom have always been my two biggest supporters. There isn’t a day that goes by that they don’t remind me that I can do absolutely anything and my talents are good enough. They have never let me give up and continue to push me.

My husband and I have been bestfriends since we were 12 years old and he’s always encouraged me to follow my dreams no matter what and to do what makes me happy.

My mom has supported me always and has been a big drive for me to succeed and live my dreams.

Website: lostinparadisephotography.com

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