We had the good fortune of connecting with Yalda Yusufi-Atta and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Yalda, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
If I had to sum it up in one concept, I would say the most important thing we’ve done as parents is provide plenty of exposure to all of her senses with a focus on cognitive development. She’s been exposed to sounds, sights, smells, tastes, places, people, and textures. This has helped her be more calm, independent, comfortable and curious. In terms of tastes, all of her solid food has been made from fresh ingredients at home. We prepare her fresh food every day and freeze the excess so it’s always ready and we know exactly what’s in it. This keeps her insides as happy as her outside, and that’s makes us very proud.

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.
My passion for animals and nature really stands out in my artwork. I love to highlight the details that get drowned out by the overwhelming beautiful and picturesque San Diego scenery we’re blessed to live amongst. That could be capturing a hummingbird hovering for a moment while it collects nectar, a squirrel taking a moment to enjoy a morsel of something it found, or zooming into a singular flower that stands out for its symmetry amongst a natural bouquet. I like to remind people through my art, that beauty is not only in the eyes of the beholder but it’s everywhere should one take the time to seek it. The technical skill that I use most to bring focus to these passions is photo manipulation. I take pride in taking the raw images I use in my work. I think it’s important because being there in the moment and seeing your subject live amongst its surroundings, brings an element and depth to your art that could not be easily recreated with use of a stock photo.

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?
Assuming they would be arriving in the morning, our day would have to start off with breakfast at Snooze in Hillcrest! Their eggs benedict is everything. From there we’d head over to Balboa Park. BP has so much to offer, my favorites are the Art Museum, the Japanese Gardens and most of all the San Diego Zoo. For evening dinner plans, I like to take my friends from out of town to C-Level on Harbor Island Drive and have an amazing meal and take in the breathtaking view of the beautiful San Diego skyline.

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 would like to give a special shoutout to my husband for pushing me beyond my comfort zone towards success. Flaws are not always apparent and having a strong relationship where you can share positive feedback just makes you twice as strong.

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