We had the good fortune of connecting with Guzel Khosnullina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Guzel, how do you think about risk?
I took the biggest risk when I moved to the United States by myself. I was 21 years old. Since then, risk has always been by my side, it became an essential part of my life. I had to learn a new language and a new culture from scratch, by myself. That said, going out of my comfort zone and embracing risk has also been the main driving force of my life and career. Moving to San Diego and starting my career as a photographer was one of the hardest, but very inspiring moments in my life. I decided to spend all my time learning photography and grow my creative social media channel. The main risk was that I had no stable income and no secured future – but I did it anyway.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
A freelance photographer is what I’ve always wanted to be. Earlier I didn’t really realize how much I love taking pictures, selecting them, editing, making a set, working with models, and other creatives. It is also very touching to see those other people resonate with my work. And this what makes me happy & what inspires me to do more and more in this field – in photography. Becoming what I am right now was not easy. I had to drop my prices to the floor and accept absolutely any work, any gigs – as long as that brought income. But I am grateful for those experiences – they shaped me as a person and as a creative. I am not yet where I want to be ideally. I just started my journey. I still am and will always be a student, who keeps learning and growing. Photography requires me to keep experimenting as well as trying new things.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Haha, actually best friend did visit me just recently. And when she left, she said she had the time of her life while with me in San Diego. When someone visits – I’d take them to Ocean Beach Mikes Burrito, they have the best California burrito in the city. Then I’d walk around OB, because it has its own hip vibe. (Btw – they have farmers market on Wednesdays) – I also love the little drum circle they organize at night – this is where I would take my friend dancing. I also have a couple of fav hidden places and beaches. I’d take my friend to watch sunsets every day in different locations. We’d go whale watching or look at sea lions — anything, as long as we can be by the water. The best part about San Diego is that even without a plan – you will have a great time. Every little corner of this city is filled with adventures that are waiting for you.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For what I am right now and for what I am becoming – I want to thank my dearest friends who I met here in San Diego. They are creative, determined, ambitious, and inspiring human beings. They make me smile, while also make sure I am moving towards my goals.
Models: Evgenia Pateeva Ashlyn Lie Sergey Bazilevich Helena Cosentini Bernie Colon Julie Deandrade Viktoria and Denis Vibly