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

Hi Iris, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that risk is necessary for growth. I wouldn’t be the creative, open minded and vulnerable person I am today if I didn’t believe in myself outside of my comfort zone. I take risks everyday in my career as a photographer. I wouldn’t have half the opportunities I’ve had without taking a risk to introduce myself, reach out to respected models / brands and even moving halfway across the country. Taking risks means believing in myself and my ability to make the best out of any situation.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Taking photos of myself and others has always been my favorite way to express myself. After capturing memories and moments for 6+ years I have gone so many places, worked with so many talented people who I look up to and created things I only saw in my dreams as a little girl. I would say I am most proud of my bravery to conquer vulnerability as a super-power and not a weakness. Even as an (almost) full time photographer and editor in every spare moment I have I am always learning more about my craft and staying open minded new ideas. Professionally, I am still learning the ins and outs of a very complicated and risky industry. I had to teach myself how to create, operate and maintain my own business at very young age with no financial support. Although it wasn’t easy, it kinda sounds like it when I say I just wanted to learn and watched a lot of YouTube videos. I overcame the challenges because I wanted more for myself as a person and had support of my chosen family and loved ones. I want the world to know that in 5+ years I will be a household name and I promise you’re gonna want to know about me before that happens.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite part about living in Denver was that not only did you get a city experience but also had opportunities to develop a relationship with nature. My besties and I would usually take a scooter from our place into the city, grab some food from the local food trucks (the tortas are my personal favorite) and go to any park with a view of the mountains and just listen to music, eat our food and enjoy each other’s company.

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?
Madi Hadley may be my younger sister but I am constantly looking up to her. Ever since we we’re younger our friendship and bond has always been strong. She always has my back and I always have hers. Throughout my entire life she was the first one to not only accept me but support me wholeheartedly in everything I did. And when she didn’t, she kept me accountable. I love you sister.

Website: IrisDelany.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/IrisDelany

Twitter: Twitter.com/IrisDelany

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb9eH_7wS7jY1aLdUX7NPzw

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