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

Hi Crystal, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Quote by George Bernard Shaw The idea of “finding yourself” implies that you don’t know who you are. It brings about a feeling of being lost. But if we view the journey of life as a time to create whoever we want to be, it gives us the freedom to change and grow along the way. I see this as an opportunity to be the best version of oneself and not settle for the person you “found.”

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.
When I’m creating portrait photography, I am imagining it hanging on the walls of my clients’ homes as wall art. I want to create a portrait that will grace their walls for years. I direct a family or couple into a pose and then ask them to modify so that they feel comfortable and genuine in their natural posture. I get excited when they tell me that the final edited images exceeded their expectations. My business reached where it is today as a result of perseverance. Even when I don’t feel like it, I force myself to put time into marketing my company. I post on Instagram/Facebook, send an e-newsletter, or follow up with an inquiry. I believe the saying you get out what you put in. If you want more, give more. My business also thrives when relationships are made. I love to get to know people and have fun during photo shoots. I hope people who know me or follow my work see how much I enjoy that aspect of my job. Not only do I love creating images, I love spending time with people.

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 LOVE San Diego! There is so many fun places to go and delicious food to eat. If I had a friend visiting for a week, I’d break the city up into parts. Day one would start with breakfast in Hillcrest, a half day trip to the zoo, followed by lunch and a beer at Panama 66, then a visit to the museum of their choice at Balboa Park, and a fancy dinner at Born and Raised in Little Italy. Day two would be breakfast in Point Loma, a walk along Shelter Island, lunch in Liberty Station followed by a movie at The Lot, and dinner on a sunset boat cruise in San Diego Bay. Day three would be a bike ride around Mission Bay, lunch in Pacific Beach, boardwalk games and ice cream at Belmont Park, and time at the beach. Day four would be a Brewery Tour in Miramar! Day five would be a day trip to Julian including a hike in the mountains and definitely apple pie. Day six would be a day in Old Town. Lunch and margaritas at Old Town Mexican Cafe, shopping, and a Trolley Tour. Day seven would include kayaking into the sea caves in La Jolla and looking for leopard sharks. Maybe squeeze in a visit to the USS Midway Museum. The last day would end with an upscale dinner downtown with a view of Petco Park.

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?
Shoutout to my friends who support my business every chance they get! Whether they are booking a family session, or telling a friend about my business, they are showing me lots of love. I’m more grateful than they know.

Website: https://crystellaphotography.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crystellaphotography/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/crystal-carr-21774957/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Crystal_Carr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrystellaPhotography
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/crystella-photography-san-diego
Other: https://g.page/CrystellaPhotography?gm

Image Credits
Photo of me by Hillary Lachman. I took the rest.

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