We had the good fortune of connecting with Sabrina Shabica and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sabrina, why did you pursue a creative career?
I never would have thought that I would be a photographer. I remember my husband dropping subtle hints about how creative I was, how good a photographer I could be, how I should pursue photography, etc., but I never truly listened to him. I did not have any experience in photography, besides taking the occasional photo with my phone or Polaroid camera. I would brush it off and just smile, not thinking much about it after. We had a good friend come to visit us, a well known photographer in Orange County, CA, and my whole perspective changed. I took some family photos for her and her family, and she immediately talked me into purchasing my first camera. Later, I found out everything she told me, my husband had been telling me for years…sorry babe!
After purchasing my first camera, I tested it out with my family and friends to fully understand how it worked, and the rest is history! I have been self taught throughout my whole career, and I could not imagine my life without photography.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am definitely not the type of photographer to get in and get out. I am all for investing in my clients, making sure they are getting the experience of their dreams, and creating lasting friendships. I love being able to capture such special moments in peoples lives, whether that is their wedding, family photos, engagement photos, maternity or newborn photos, or any other type of session. I am there to be their best friend, supporter, encourager, or even cheerleader! I am so passionate about what I do, and I love showing people how radiant they are, from the inside out. It is an experience, and something I want my clients to look back on whenever they want. It was not easy to get to where I am today professionally. There are a lot of hoops to jump through as a small business, especially during Covid-19. However, my husband has helped me so much with keeping my eye on the end goal, and seeing the good in what I do. A lot of what I have overcome goes to my husband for his endless encouragement and support. It is so important to have a support system to back you up. Not every day is going to go according to your plans, and that is okay. I have learned to keep my eyes focused on my passion and love for photography, no matter what. I remind myself why I started in the first place, what I want to accomplish, and how I am going to get there.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them all around Phoenix, Arizona. Show them the heart of Phoenix, first, starting with downtown. We would go all around downtown, checking out the Stadium, historical sites, and of course, food! If we are feeling risky, go on a helicopter flight around downtown Phoenix, or keep it casual and check out areas such as CityScape, Roosevelt Row, or Heritage Square. There are amazing museums, such as the Phoenix Art Museum, or even the Science Center. Arizona has some of the best mexican food I have ever had, so we would of course be sampling all across downtown. Some breakfast spots we would check out would be Matt’s Big Breakfast, Snooze, Hash Kitchen, or even the Breakfast Club. Lunch and dinner would include Monroe’s Hot Chicken, Cornish Pasty, The Grand, or even the Arrogant Butcher. If we had time, I would take them around the Piestewa Resort for some lazy river floating, or even take a trip up north to see the Grand Canyon, the red rocks in Sedona, or the Antelope Canyon.
Arizona is known for their tourists, especially in places such as Scottsdale, or more up north. There are tons of food spots, as well as many shops and boutiques all around. There would be plenty to do, and so many characters around the valley to meet on our adventure.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The biggest shoutout throughout my whole career goes to my husband. He believed in me long before I believed I could run my own business, or even pursue photography in the beginning! He has been my solid rock and encourager throughout my whole business, continually pushing me further and helping me keep up with all the changes occurring for small businesses. He pushes me every day, and I could not be more grateful for him.