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

Hi Ian, what principle do you value most?
Operating in a conscientious manner, both in fulfilling promises to clients, and protecting our beautiful planet. Good planets are hard to come by, and the more respectable we treat others, the more good that will come our way. Consequently, people want to look out for you after a really great business experience.

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’m a nature photographer, specializing in wildlife! I absolutely love sitting in the wilderness, watching wild creatures do their thing! It’s fascinating to watch animals go about their lives, and sometimes quite insightful as far as how it applies to myself or other humans.

The most important lessons I’ve learned in this journey regard showing respect to Mother Nature, becoming increasingly more careful to not disturb the landscape or stress out the creatures I’m observing. It’s also very important to not become excessively caught up in the finished product. Many photographers also have a tendency to, over time, become far more enchanted with their gear than the experience, itself. Good equipment helps, but the more it becomes a material pursuit, the more one’s artistic perspectives diminish.

As I become better at manifesting these principles, the more beautiful the experiences have become. When a wild creature is unthreatened by your presence, not only is the experience more joyful, but the pictures tend to be far more unique as well!

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?
Great question! Due to my bias, a hike in wilderness would always be the top choice! Season-dependent, perhaps exploring Madera Canyon, meandering down the Douglas Springs trail, or rock-climbing in the Catalinas? For food, Tumerico is always my go-to (delicious and nutritious)!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
How can a fellow attribute success to just one factor? I am extremely grateful for many blessings life has provided. First and foremost, my family has been extremely supportive in my endeavors. My mother, in particular, has always encouraged my love of nature and taught me wonderful values which have been critical in my personal growth and self-confidence. Many of my friends have also been beacons of positivity for which I’m eternally grateful. The natural world has also been a source of endless inspiration. Recently, the book “The Power of Now,” by Eckart Toole has also been a beautiful teacher in how to seize the day, spread more kindness, and not live in the past or future.

Website: IanNaturePhotography.com

Instagram: @iannaturephotography

Facebook: facebook.com/iannaturephotography

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