It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Stacy Keck

Photographer,  Stacy Keck Photography,
Live: Mission Hills
Work: Mission Hills
How Long: 16 years

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Sacramento, a few minutes from downtown.

What brought you San Diego?
I moved to San Diego at age 17 to attend San Diego State University, living in the dorms my first year and forming some really solid friendships that continue on to this day. I’d say that they were the initial reason that I stayed here and, as time went on, I became more involved in the creative community around town through working in PR and volunteering for a local graphic design organization. I became obsessed with architecture and photography and began working on freelance photo projects for some of my artist and graphic-designer friends.

I traveled often, but never considered moving for good until I started dating someone who lived in Colorado. I moved to Boulder in 2011 for a couple years, and despite being so far away from the ocean, it was my friends and the creative community in San Diego that I missed more than anything. I’m not the first one to say it, but there’s just something really special about the way that we support each other here.

Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
It just makes me feel good. There’s just enough going on in terms of art, music, food and cultural events to be stimulating without being exhausting. I go to LA a couple times a month for work and fun, and to get a little jolt of energy — but it’s always nice to return to the calmer side of SoCal. Also, I love the proximity to the Mexican border, and have recently fallen in love with wine country in Baja. It’s especially photogenic — and the weather’s pretty great there, too. 🙂

Photo credit: Evan McGinnis