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

Hi Andy, is there something you believe many others might not?
“Be a jack-of-all-trades so you maximize your opportunities.” I disagree and think that being a specialist, instead, is one huge key to success as a photographer. Find the niche that actually inspires you, fits your skill set, matches your interests. For me it’s architecture and design – as Ace Ventura once said, “I don’t do people.”

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I didn’t start out professionally as a photographer, so I think my past work experience actually informs and shapes the way I shoot. The bulk of my career has been as a writer and editor – everything from newspaper features and interviews, arts reviews, textbook research, writing and editing, copyediting, and digital marketing consulting. An old axiom in that industry is to “kill your darlings”… maybe don’t use that sentence that you adore so much (or at least examine it further to see why you are so smitten with it). I think that applies to photography, too. That slick edit you finished and can’t wait to show off to Instagram? Breathe for a minute and see if maybe you’ve overcooked it, made it *too* perfect, or polished it differently than the other shots in the same family. Would you still want to show it off in six months after that “new edit smell” has dissipated?

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?
I’m a history buff, and grew up in New England. San Diego doesn’t necessarily have the same quantity of “really old stuff,” but what we do have is quality. So I’d definitely recommend a tour of some of the oldest buildings in town: Casa de Carillo and Casa de Estudillo in Old Town (heck, spend a few hours in Old Town anyway), Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Point Loma lighthouse, the Hotel Del Coronado (especially the lobby), and then spend a few hours walking through Balboa Park to see what a civic pride project used to look like 100 years ago. Head over to the Maritime Museum on Harbor Drive to check out the Star of India (1863) and then the USS Midway (1945), which served from 1945 to 1992. For an authentic San Diego meal with some history behind it, head down to Barrio Logan for some pork tacos at Las Cuatro Milpas (since 1933) or El Indio in Mission Hills, a favorite of the WWII-era airplane factory workers.

Alright, so let’s jump right in! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there a person, group, organization, book, etc. that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?  
I’ve been fascinated by photography for decades. In the 1970s, I received a Kodak X-15 kit for my birthday (Instamatic 126 camera, some flash cubes, a book, a strap, and some film). I carried that thing everywhere (still have it!), and there was nothing more exciting than getting my prints and negs back after having sent them away weeks earlier in a mailer envelope out of the newspaper. So blame my parents, I guess? My wife Sally was the person who pushed me to start my own business after my son was born, and she’s been my biggest supporter since the beginning. I’ve also been fortunate to have a talented circle of photographer friends on whom I can bounce ideas, troubleshoot, and sometimes just vent: John Schell and Mike Kelley in Los Angeles, and Maha Bazzari and Natalia Robert here in San Diego. There are a ton of books I love about architecture, but two I keep going back to are the classic Julius Shulman book “The Photography of Architecture and Design” and the more recent “Architectural Photography” by German photographer Adrian Schulz.

Website: andymcrory.com

Instagram: @andymcroryphoto

Linkedin: LinkedIn.com/in/andrewmcrory

Twitter: @andymcroryphoto

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