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

Hi Ian, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued photography because it started out as a creative outlet from my regular job as a scientist. It has brought me joy and allowed so many opportunities to meet other creatives. 

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.
I got to this point in my photography by just trying things and shooting as much as I can. It was definitely hard because I was all over the place in my subject matter. I have to definitely thank all the other creatives from the models, makeup artists, hair stylists, and stylists for taking a chance with me when I wanted to pursue other types of photography outside of portraits. I feel that is the one thing that sets me apart from everyone else is my natural style and intimacy in my photos. Whether it be with portraits or fashion photoshoots, the photos tend to be more natural and real. I hope that is what people connect with when they look at my photogrpahs.

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 am from San Diego, but for the most part I grew up in the suburbs. So I definitely appreciate the more hidden gems of this Southern California city. I really love downtown and one of the most underrated drives is taking highway 163 to the city. Another great view is going to Coronado and go to the Ferry Landing to see Downtown San Diego from across the bay. Any and every Mexican restaurant will be the best food experience.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to recognize the photography community in San Diego. Being surrounded with likeminded creatives has allowed me to learn and grow in photography. From Beers and Cameras to The Portrait Culture, those groups have been a great support group.

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