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

Hi Gulnaz, what makes you happy? Why?
Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy or contentment. This is how happiness is defined in dictionaries, but this word is so complicated and unique to everyone of us. To me, happiness comes from simple things such as waking up, being healthy and knowing that my family is safe and well. This knowledge makes me feel strong and encourage to new actions and achievements. Another ingredient of my happiness is a love of my husband and son, their smiles and success. And, of course, being busy with my favorite work. I’ve started my professional photography career not so long ago, but already have more than a hundred of happy customers and many publications in various fashion and art magazines: Vogue, Ellements, Feroce, Mordant, Style Cruze, Sguardo, Iconic Artist Magazine, Dreamy magazine, Art of portrait, Bring Me magazine, Emote, Picton, New Face, Shuba, etc. Overall, I enjoy many different and simple things, such nature, traveling, painting, cooking delicious food, knitting, cross stitching, hiking, sports, music and reading books. So, there are many ways to be happy for me. Wish you all find something for yourselves from my list.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve started to work in a very busy, even I can say crowded art niche – photography. Besides this art is very subjective. I always must explore new trends, customer wishes, study new methods, tools, gear, etc., yet I cannot lose myself, my style and the core idea of my art. What makes my work exceptional? In every photoshoot whether it’s for fashion magazines or for families, I never call people “clients”, I always say “heroes”, because every photoshoot is a story that we tell, with its unique style, idea and meaning. I’m always exited about meeting new heroes and getting to know them. So, sometimes it’s not easy to keep going. Sometimes I want to give up with professional photography and start something new. But I remember that I love photography. I enjoy the process and love my results. So, I just do it. And this is my message to all creative people. If you enjoy doing your art, keep going. No matter if you do it just for yourself, don’t give up. You will find your heroes and soulmates.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Arizona state for its wide variety of sightseeing and unique nature, entertainments. I would take my friends and travel all around the state through all national parks and monuments, visit little towns, eat local food, take a boat trip by lakes and Salt River. It’s so much to see here: the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Petrified Forest, Sedona, Mogolon Rim, Havasu, national monuments of ancient settlements, also remarkable places like Old Tucson, Tombstone or Goldfield Ghost town, Biosphere 2, Titan Missile museum, San Xavier mission and others. But if you ask me about more local activities I would choose hiking in Superstition Mountains, San Tan Mountains, boat trip by Saguaro Lake, visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum etc. If you ask me about the best place to eat and drink, I will tell it’s home. In my family we love to cook at home. And love to gather our friends for dinner. But sometimes, when we go out for lunch or dinner, we choose Brio for Italian food, Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers for burgers, Hight Tide for seafood, Uncle Bears Brewery for beer.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My journey in photography had started long before I moved to US. My father had a 35mm film camera Zenith, and usually processed and printed photos by himself in a little home-based photolab. We had a lot of books about photography, its main principles and collections of best pictures from the history of photography. I love our family photobooks that my father made. They are full of our real feelings, emotions, of our story and life moments. My father made me love lifestyle photography, which I try to bring to my clients. However, for quite a long time a photography was just a hobby: capturing nature, sightseeing’s during travels, making photos for my friends and family. When I moved to US, I had a chance to become a professional photographer. But without my husband, who supports all my ideas, it would be just a dream. His love and encouragement make me strong and passionate in my work.

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Image Credits
All images made by Your Stories by Sabirova Gulnaz.