We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Yingyi Bradley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jen Yingyi, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Growing up, I’ve always been really independent. I’ve never had to rely on lots of help from others in order to get things done. This came in handy when I wanted to start my own freelancer side business. It’s almost impossible to accomplish something without motivation, independence, and creativity. It’s really important to build good habits and to not let procrastination affect your life and your goals.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a high school senior photographer, I’ve already met so many wonderful and creative content creators. I’m so grateful that I’ve had opportunities to work with amazing people and to gain inspiration from like-minded artists. Growing up in San Diego all of my life, I have a deep connection with the beach. I take most of my clients’ photos at the beach during golden hour because that’s where I feel I can capture the most for their photos. It’s taken me three years of networking and practice with my camera in order to take the reigns and figure out what I wanted to do. It was a journey of trial and error, with figuring out who I wanted to be online and how to do that. Balancing school, work, and then this passion of mine was not easy. It takes a great support system in order for success but I’ve learned to not take advantage of it. Being authentic to yourself is one of my greatest lessons and I think everyone should learn how important it is. Taking risks and reaching out to people in your same niche is highly important, don’t be shy. It takes motivation and courage to make big steps.

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 know almost every area in San Diego. If a friend was staying for the weekend, I’d bring them to Downtown San Diego the first day, show them Harbor Island, and take them to dinner at an ocean-view restaurant like the Brigantine. The second day I’d take them sightseeing in La Jolla Village, Scripps Beach, and even Mission Beach. Shooting photos at Black’s Beach and showing them the Scripps Pier before having dinner in La Jolla. Third day and last day, I’d show them Kearny Mesa where all of the Asian food is at. We’d get food at Chopstix and then I’d bring them to Balboa Park for some photos before bringing them to Kate Sessions for some Boho-styled photos!

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?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my sister, Lauren. She’s been with me through thick and thin. She’s the reason I’m the person I am today and I’m eternally grateful.

Website: itsyingyi.com

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