We had the good fortune of connecting with Anetta Odnoralova and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anetta, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
With social platforms being one of the main avenues for small business advertisement, I see my job as a photographer and film maker to be of extreme importance to the local and global community. A business can have incredible products however, without proper media content they may not reach their desired audience and may struggle to bring in clientele. This is where I come in! I see myself as a mediator between businesses and current and future clients. Through my lens, I have the honor and responsibility to accurately represent a business’ personality and offerings in a way that creates culture, connection, and community.
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 have always been creative and enjoyed all things beauty, art, and photography. However, in the beginning of my career journey, I chose to take the conventional, cerebral route instead. In the process of getting a BS in Biology and Minor in Chemistry, I neglected the creative side of me. I loved learning but I felt completely dead inside and hated the predictability of my future. After getting rejected from medical school (for the second time), I decided to stop conforming to social expectations and began to discover my own definition of success. It has been a long and painful journey but if I never took the leap, I wouldn’t be where I am today! To pursue photography, a seemly oversaturated field, was not an an easy decision to make. Thoughts like, “so many others can do it better” took over my mind. But what I’ve learned is, it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. All I know is that I love it and I see a need for it- that is enough for me. I still find myself not knowing what I’m doing, but I remind myself to keep moving forward, take the next step, and recommit once again to push through the obstacles. The appreciation I have for my work and my love for photography comes from a deep realization that this is what I was born to do. I was created to create and it’s reflected in my work and how I show up for my clients and to the world. I had to go through everything I went through to be here today and I couldn’t be more grateful for every step of this journey. I believe that it’s never too late to take a different road. It is challenging, but so worth it.
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?
For delicious food, I love Tokio near Coors Field. Their Japanese Katsu Curry gives me life! For a nice Colorado mountain sunset, Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder.
For a little walk in the city- Rino Art District!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to Kelly Campbell, my employer at Nurture a Health and Wellness Marketplace. Working at this start-up was the reason I decided to pursue photography and Kelly was one of my biggest cheerleaders. She noticed my eye for photography and never ceased to give me every opportunity to practice. Using my iPhone, I would make content for our instagram @visitnurture. Soon enough, a bakery and a kombucha company reached out to Kelly and she set up my very first official photoshoot (to which I showed up to with my iPhone!!) I didn’t believe in myself, but she did, and I can’t thank her enough.
I would also like to give a shoutout to Josh Pruitt, my photography mentor and friend. In the initial stages of starting my photography journey, I felt overwhelmed and defeated. I didn’t know where to begin, what camera to purchase, or how to shoot on manual mode. Meeting Josh was life changing, and I mean that with every single cell in my body. He took me under his wing and gave me all the tools I needed to jump head first into becoming a photographer. I would not be here if it wasn’t for him. I am eternally grateful!