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Life & Work with Vilma Gjonzeneli of Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vilma Gjonzeneli.

Hi Vilma, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I have been an artist my entire life, and I’ve always known that my purpose is to inspire and empower others. I started modeling for my oldest sister as a child, and I was always just as intrigued by the role of the photographer. I loved being able to portray and express different characters, emotions, stories, and experiences; all while inspiring visions of my own. I discovered early on that this was a cathartic process for me, and that I was able to heal and understand myself through this art form. As 2019 was coming to a close, I felt a pull from the universe, and I decided to listen in and get a camera of my own. These past two years have felt like I’m truly in alignment with my dreams and my destiny. I am truly so grateful for my sister, as well as all the other artists I’ve been able to collaborate with over the years.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There are always obstacles that will come up when you are working towards what you love, particularly with art. As an artist, it can be difficult to find inspiration and remain grounded and confident in what you create. It is similar to the flux and flow of life itself – and throughout the years, I’ve learned to keep breathing through it and ride the wave. It’s easy to be hard on yourself for taking breaks between creating, especially with the pressures of social media. But I seem to always come back to the same realization – that these “down times” are a crucial part of the creative process. We need these times to take the world in, rest our minds, and subconsciously gather inspiration.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an Albanian-American photographer specializing in fine-art portraiture. My work can be best described by its ethereal, dreamlike, and emotional quality as well as our connection to mother earth. Much of my work is inspired by different emotions, experiences, and feelings, and the way nature can help us heal. I am most proud of my ability to create entire visions around a particular person, song, poem, color, etc. I aim to shift the way people feel about themselves and the world through my art, as well as holding a healing space for my clients.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I believe following my intuition and staying grounded in myself is the most important aspect of my success. I am a deeply spiritual person and I know only good things can come out of staying connected to my divine self as well as mother earth.

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