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

Hi Natalia, how do you think about risk?
You can’t make a change in your life unless you risk something. I like to think of it as two roads, you can take the road of no change, continuing the same lifestyle/cycle as you are for the next 50 years or you can take road of risk, learning who you are down to the core and creating a life of things that make YOU happy. The key to starting your craft or getting anything done for that matter is solitude.

You’re going to have to risk getting used to that feeling of being alone because not everyone will understand. Let people misunderstand and think what they want about you.

I spent 5 years in college only to come out with a degree that didn’t really make me happy because I picked it at 18. The problem was I was trying to make other people happy by picking a career that sounded better on paper. When I was growing up I would bring up my interest in the arts but I would hear things like “Artists don’t make any money”, “Don’t you want to be able to afford nice things?,” “There’s already so many photographers out there” “Why don’t you just use your degree and take vacations”. No one understood obviously.

Say it with me “Other people’s opinions don’t matter”

It took me a while to accept the fact that a lot of people will be triggered by your accomplishments. Ignore those people who don’t want to see you happy so you can make room for new people in your life who support you.

I ditched that degree of mine, moved to Alaska to get a fresh start with a friend I had at the time (I’m super thankful), I lost more than 100 pounds, I picked up my camera from high school, I found the love of my life, and now I am a fresh resident of Arizona. I look back at my old lifestyle of binge drinking and eating my feelings and wish I had the confidence I do today. I didn’t have any confidence back then because I was looking for my happiness through other people. One day I started doing more for myself and haven’t looked back since.
I’ve been on this risk ride for a couple of years and It has only benefited me and made me happy in so many ways I didn’t think was possible. If you don’t take that risk, you’re only giving someone else the opportunity that could have been yours. The hardest part is starting!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is the fact that I LOVE to see natural beauty. I don’t like adjusting the way people look and I try to be gentle with airbrushing my photos because I don’t think getting rid of every blemish, scar, or freckle is really showing the beauty of that person. I think everyone has cute/unique characteristics that should be photographed because they make you YOU! Whenever I am shooting, I hear things like “can you make me 10 pounds skinner?” ” Can you edit out my double chin?” “My arms look fat so make sure you hide them” It really saddens me sometimes. The hardest challenge for me is knowing when to not overwork myself. I get in these moods where I don’t think my photos are good enough and I will nitpick my work for days. I’ve learned that your work is not everyone’s style and that is ok!! I want everyone out there to know that if you can envision a lifestyle you want, get to work because it’s already yours!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I just moved to Arizona but my idea of the perfect weekend is packing up the car for a little road trip to Sedona, get a burger at the Outlaw, go to a crystal shop, and spend the day getting lost in the trails with my camera of course. Stargazing is a must for me!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Alexis, my friend from high school who saw my talent and gave me the confidence to start my business. I would not have had the courage to do it if it weren’t for her <3

Website: https://www.nataliarubyphotography.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nataliaruby_photography/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nataliarubyphotography/

Image Credits
Image credits to Natalia Ruby Photography

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