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

Hi Sydney, why did you pursue a creative career?
Since I could put a pen to paper, creativity has been a huge part of my life. Before I could write, my favorite thing to do was doodle. By third grade, I was making “magazines” for fun, creating illustrations and writing stories to go with them. Of course, I would be incredibly embarrassed if anyone besides my family laid eyes on them, but at the time, I thought I was a true artist. School put a damper on my urge to create, between the social aspect of it and the academic rigor and pressure to pursue something STEM related. However, it also jump-started my love for photography with my very first Photo 1 class during my freshman year of high school. Since that point, I’ve experimented with many different types of photography, from travel and adventure to product and portraits. It’s not something I have to do to maintain an audience; it’s the thing I’m most excited for in almost any situation. To this day, I continue to write as well, crafting short stories, brainstorming for novels, and constantly searching for inspiration, and I hope to one day include this in my career as well. The way I look at it, I am going to create whether I make money or not. Why not turn it into my lifestyle?

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
This is a great question because I often find myself comparing myself to other artists, wishing I had a niche as defined as theirs. However, I’ve come to love the diversity of my work. When taking trips, I capture the landscapes and nature of the location, but I also attempt to focus in on the details of our way of life during that time. My love for this type of photography doesn’t stop me from styling my favorite products as advertisements and still life; and creating portraits of seniors and models, or successful women is something I enjoy just as much.

One thing I stand firm in is that I will not photograph or share anything I don’t believe in. We all have different life experiences and challenges that we’ve overcome. Every person, every object, and even every piece of nature has a story to be told. Therefore, I strive only to emphasize those stories rather than falsely representing them. For example, the portraits I take will portray my client in the best possible light without changing them into someone they’re not. The products I choose to advertise will be those that I truly believe will better the world.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in San Diego, it’s difficult to narrow this down but I’ll try my best.

A few of the days, I’d take them to grab breakfast. My favorite spot in the city is The Original Pancake House, which sits farther inland, followed by The Stratford Cafe in Del Mar, and Breakfast Republic. For midday coffees, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters and Lofty Coffee are my go-tos. For lunch and dinner, Village Pizzeria in Coronado, as well as Davanti Enoteca are my favorite spots.

Now for the fun part. If I were to bring a friend to San Diego, we would spend a day in Coronado. The beach is somewhat unique, and shops/restaurants are walkable. It’s enough of a tourist attraction while being a spot that locals visit as well. I prefer to be downtown during the daytime, especially Little Italy, where the farmer’s market and Morning Glory restaurant serve as a full morning plan.

As far as beaches go, you can’t strike out. Some of the most interesting spots are the La Jolla Cove, Torrey Pines–where a four-mile hike will show you everything you could possibly want to see– and the various spots of North County that are definitely worth exploring.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Not to be cliche, but of course my parents have been here supporting me every step of the way. By attending an academically rigorous high school, most encouragement urged students toward becoming doctors and engineers. My parents never fell victim to this mindset, though, and continue to tell me no career is off the table. Still unsure of what I want to pursue as my main profession, they’re incredibly patient with my indecisiveness.

Aside from the most important figures in my life, Instagram has created a platform to find other photographers and creative with minds much like mine. Through social media, I’ve been exposed to people that serve as a direct representation of loving your work and finding happiness in every aspect of life.

Website: https://www.sydneyeminhizerphoto.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sydney.eminhizer/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sydney-eminhizer-625981240/

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