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

Hi Ricky, what principle do you value most?
The principle that matters most to me is, intention. Be intentional with your work and your passions. Be intentional with the people you care about. And even those you may not know very well. Be intentional with yourself. Our intentions set off what gets put out into the world. Ill-intentions, is what causes the downward spiral of non-progression. We owe it to ourselves to be well intended for the small amount of time that we are alive.

I don’t ever want to be seen as living a life of ill-intentions. Every person I interact with, I want them to know that I am taking into account their best interest. As I would want for myself from those that interact or work with me.

Alright, Tira, let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I grew up as a third culture bi-racial Thai American. I was born in Thailand and lived there, Japan, and Korea, before moving to the US for the first time to go to boarding school in Upstate New York and college in Los Angeles. After so many years living and working in the biggest cities in the world, the time came to find stiller waters where I could peer into the world with a quieter eye, and dream more powerful dreams.

With a sense of my place as a global citizen, a perspective that is focused tighter with age, and a joy in this terrain I call home, I’m called to create. I’m a passionate storyteller who knows how to generate powerful visuals that have soul, whether it’s fashion, food, or travel.

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?
We would eat eat eat eat! Los Angeles is one of the best eating cities in the world. Tsujita Ramen, The Park’s Finest Filipino BBQ, Soot Bul Jeep Korean BBQ, Hama Sushi, Din Tai Fung, Animal, Night Market, Pho 79, Empress Pavilion, Yang Chow, Sonoratown, Pie n Burger…there’s so much deliciousness!

Then we’d roll ourselves over to the Getty Museum to look at their amazing photography collection, and enjoy the gardens and incredible views. We’d have to fit in stops at the Annenberg Space for Photography, LACMA, and Moca Geffen as well to soak in some culture, before catching a show at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA

Website: www.tirahowardphotography.com

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