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Meet Trailblazer Zahraa Otaifah

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zahraa Otaifah.

Zahraa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m a passionate artist and local photographer based in Colorado | United States. I use my photography to support marginalized communities and societies by Auctioning my pieces for fundraising. I’m also an activist, Photographystorrytellor, and Autism Advocate.

I have a bachelor degree in science. I’m a single Austim Mom, I’m originally from Iraq, lived in the U.K for most of my childhood.. the most expensive gear I use in my work is “PASSION”

My father has two Bachelor’s degrees in engineering; the first one is from Perth – Scotland in Ground engineering and the second was from Seatle for Jet engineering. Therefore he used to travel around the world according to his work and whenever he goes he would take his camera with him, he loved taking pictures of all his trips and he had documented all of them. I still keep his footage archives from all these trips. This motivated me to value photography. It became like a habit for me when I was a kid that I carry my camera around rather than my teddy bear wherever I go. This is how it started.

 I remember that my first Camera was Sony H7. my major was a bit different than my passion. I graduated from college in Laser Physics science. But I kept looking for a job around my passion and I worked for a well-known telecommunication company as a graphic designer and photographer for eight years. I moved to the U.S in 2016 and I was trying to find an art platform that I can communicate my talent and start doing photography storytelling When I found Picture Me Here and produce my digital storytelling projects like ” Autism Mom Behind The Camera ” and other photography projects like ” Dear Younger Me Here” both were exhibited in Colorado Photographic Art Center, RedLind Gallery, the Rocky Mountains College of Art and design and Wolverine Farm in Fort Collins

I also work as a Contributor photographer selling my work at http://www.shutterstock.com and a registered photographer at Light and Composition Magazine.

I’ve got plenty of Photographic work in many worldwide photography magazines and photography communities such as- Camerapixo http://camerapixo.com Master Class Photography Magazine http://photographymc.com. Also 5280 Magazine shared my work on their Instagram page HotShot Magazine.

Through my photography, I found my purpose in life, and that’s when I started to be part of many of events in the Denver metro area contributing my photography for fundraising to support diverse communities. Like Project Worth More, Lutheran Family Services and RMIAN’s14th Annual Immigrant Liberty Awards.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s never been easy being a woman photographer in a new country who has no connections starting from beyond scratch to build up a brand and name and promote for my business. Photography is so competitive nowadays. I was volunteering my photography services for over a year to establish some connections and promote my photography. My advice for any woman who is starting her journey, never give up, you will feel some days that you lost your purpose and you’re fighting against all the challenges in the world. But it will happen once you step out of your comfort Zone the miracles happen.

We’d love to hear more about Zahraa Photography.
I have photographers friends who always ask me what kind of photography you do and my answer is always: all kinds! I love to do all kinds of photography starting from Landscape, Fine Art, Event Photography, Commercial Photography. I’m known that I’m all kind of photographer! and my prices are very reasonable. I’m proud that I started my brand Zahraa Photography out from nothing, starting from branding that I designed my logo, my websites, and all my publications. My integrity and passion set me apart cause I offer my clients more than ten shots and I spend time on editing and retouching picture and I also give them the high-resolution images on CD beside their requested enlarged prints.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
My best advice is for any beginner photographer, you don’t need to grab the most expensive camera in the store and you don’t need to fly to the end of the world to take good images, you can start from your room using your phone, the most important gear you should have is passion and most important lens in your collections is your eye! and Print out some of your work and hang it on the wall, it’d be a great reminder that you’re doing amazing every day!

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