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Meet Kristin McGuire of Squirrelly Squirrel in Carlsbad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin McGuire.

Kristin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started taking pictures when I had my first daughter… I wanted to be able to have those framers without paying for a professional. I have always been a nature and water lover. I’m a Pisces and I’m truly a fish. So naturally, that led me to take pictures of things I love… I love the contrast between manmade and mother nature working together to make something unique like we all are.

I love trucker hats so I wanted to make my own so started playing… then had some other products made, including t-shirts, mugs, hoodies, tote bags, etc. Then decided I wanted to start officially and came up with Squirrelly Squirrel.

Squirrels are known to be mischievous and curious and found along the coast begging for treats. I am also known to be a little squirrelly but my treats and the views and the birds and the people I meet along the way.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely been challenging not to know a clear path or goal of where I wanted to be when I started over 10 years ago now. I have taken portraits and headshots and volunteered at numerous events for advertising and experience, edited lots of free photos and tagged away trying to be seen. Being a creative person and putting yourself out there for people to judge is always a very hard thing to do… there are times you feel like no one sees you or you second judge yourself, maybe I’m not very good at this… but I just kept shooting and creative and doing. And now, I believe being vulnerable makes us strong and more human. I have faced a lot of fears and just kept on going. I didn’t always know what my path was or feel completely confident doing photography so wanted to do something creative in my way and I will continue to learn and grow in this life as much as I can.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Squirrelly Squirrel – what should we know?
I make stuff!! 🙂 That’s what I tell people. I like to create. I like to make comfortable, creative and artistic clothing and accessories. Whenever I have something of mine on someone compliments it, I can’t say how proud that makes me feel. It is my work and I can hold it in my hand, give out gifts, create what my mind is thinking and that makes me very very proud.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Creativity, vulnerability, connection with nature and or the subject.


  • I can take family portraits for $150 Headshots for $50
  • I can create a custom product for you! For events or if you have something creative I can create and promote. Pricing depends on needs
  • And I can sell you my creations, pricing also varies but T-Shirts are around 15 bucks.

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Kristin McGuire

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