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

Hi Carla, how do you think about risk?
Life is a risk. Every day we take a chance with every aspect of our lives. For example, Do we work for ourselves or someone else? Do we enroll in college? Do we have children? Do we marry? The list goes on and on. Every day we are faced with making decisions taking risks to see how life’ decisions play out. Risk taking is not always easy as it takes some reflection first and foremost and then action. Some risks pay off and others do not. But, without risking, one will never know how how life’s events unfold. How do we know how life’s opportunities will work if we do not take risks? In my opinion, taking risks is healthy. But, we must be cautious about the types of risks we undertake. We must try to make smart decisions and always keeping safety in mind. Some risks have a dangerous consequence attached. Every individual must make the best choice for their life that they feel will enhance their quality of life. Each one of us is unique about what risks we choose to pursue. Some people are big risk takers who are not concerned about the dangerous consequences as they are thrill seekers and are attracted to the thrill over the danger. In my life, both good and bad risks have taught me valuable lessons. Those risks have allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. As we know some risks pay off and others do not. The ones that did not pay off still teach us a valuable lesson. Anytime a person fails, they learn about their strengths and weaknesses. We learn what we like versus what we do not like. It helps define our characters and allows us to gain wisdom. In any case, all those risks that did not succeed also taught us to keep moving towards goals and dreams. Staying persistent and continuing to persevere despite setbacks is always the best way. Eventually, life’s risks take us to the best path where we belong. Life’s journey teaches us to enjoy the ride along the way, all the experiences leading up until when we reach the final destination we know it took courage, dedication, motivation, and drive to get to that final destination. Risk taking for me has caused me to grow outside of my comfort zone. It has taught me life is full of surprises both good and bad and that no matter what, it’s the positive mind set that allows us to remain strong. It has taught me no matter what, whether you win or lose you always gain something valuable out of the experience. Taking risks is scary at times, but without them, we are not growing to be the best person we can be. I took risks in life which made me into the person I am today, a strong woman filled with many adventures, life experiences, and great wisdom to be able to share that with others. Photographing was a risk that has allowed me to step outside of myself and escape into a beautiful world that has made me feel so happy and grateful to share my passion with others. Having the ability to bring forth the beauty in the world shown to others through a camera lens is a powerful and positive experience that lasts a lifetime in the hearts of others. Photography is a healthy risk that has paid off in the way of happiness and peace I provide to other people’s lives.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I feel we as artists all have something unique to offer clients. I feel I am unique in the way that I like to photograph a wide variety of photographic landscapes. I love to represent California scenery through my photographs mainly through sunsets which inspire me so much in Southern California. I also feel it’s not just snapping photos but also connecting on a personal level with all clients always remaining professional. What gets me excited is knowing I am enhancing people’s lives through my artistic eye. I grew into the field of photography simply by being inspired by living in San Diego. This profession is not an easy field because it is highly competitive. It is rewarding but it is a field that commands constant practice and realizing beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We all have a unique talent that clients can and do appreciate. Healthy competition is always good to keep you learning and on your toes. It can be inspiring too as we can appreciate other artist’s work. I hope to become a better artist always striving to deliver beautiful and unique photography to all.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to great Mexican restaurants that define San Diego’s Mexican culture.  Also, Asian cuisine, California fare, Italian dining, or a great Seafood restaurant overlooking the water and showing off the beautiful city of San Diego.  Bottom line, I would go with the flow of the mood.

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 someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Nicole B. Is an editor at the writeplaceatthewritetime.com on Facebook She is always supportive of my work. She truly appreciates my artistic craft as I help her anytime she needs that.

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Image Credits
Carla M. Olson Photography

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