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

Hi Starla, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
One thing that truly inspires me, and this might seem a little strange given my body of work, but osteology. When someone looks at my images whether they are enjoying my more commercial/lifestyle family sessions or my fine art and double exposure images, I really hope they can see and sense the skeletal structure of the whole process; the form and function of all the moving pieces that hopefully build a stable body of work.  

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel like I’m still learning lessons every single day. I’m trying to learn new techniques and editing styles. Photography trends change every couple of years, so seeing trends and being able to market that is important. When it comes to photography, I’m learning to separate fine art work from marketable work. Not every client wants the same thing. I’m still learning to tell the difference between when someone is hiring me to provide a service and when someone is hiring me to be a creative. There’s a difference!

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.
Being that most of my friends are visiting from Alabama, Tennessee, or the east coast we go right for the coast! I love Woody’s for breakfast and people watching on the beach. I take literally everyone who visits to The Taco Stand in La Jolla and the Torrey Pines Glider Port, its has some of the best views and its especially magical on days where the sky is littered with gliders. A close second, and at the fault of Beers and Cameras, another go-to touristy thing we do with friends and family: Drinks and snacks at Carnitas Snack Shack followed by a ferry ride to Coronado, drinks, dinner, hot chocolate at any of the restaurants and shops there on Coronado, and time your ferry trip back across the water at sunset or better later in the evening to take in the city view on the water at night. It’s a cheap way to make guests oooh and ahhh.   

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Where I am right now is thanks in part to the friendships I’ve cultivated in the film community. 202 Film Collective in D.C. turned me on to Beers & Cameras here in San Diego. That group has brought me the most beautiful collection of friends and peers a person can have; it’s completely made living in San Diego worthwhile. Success to me isn’t about money or material things but a life well lived and shared. I have met so many cool creatives here that inspire me endlessly because of that group.

Website: starladawnphoto.com
Instagram: instagram.com/starladawnphoto
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