We had the good fortune of connecting with Shirin Nahvi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shirin, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Cleanliness. Allow me to explain. While your initial thought about cleanliness may be tidying around the house, I mean it in regards to every aspect of life. A clean space, mind, design, and outfits all contribute to my happiness. I think more clearly and feel relaxed in an organized and clutter-free living area or workspace. Listening to music frees my mind, whereas meditation and exercise allow me to put in work to actively achieve mental clarity and boost endorphins. When it comes to art, I am a huge fan of clean design, which is influenced by principles of graphic design, and that is reflected in my photography and videography via effective use of negative space, symmetry, or balance; creating and looking at these visuals brings me a sense of harmony and joy. Another art form that brings me happiness is the art of getting dressed. I like to stick to clean outfits, meaning my go-to black and white color scheme, monochromatic neutrals, or bold, colorful, statement pieces with complementary jewelry. Wearing clothes and accessories that make me feel most confident is an instant way to boost my mood. Thus, cleanliness helps me be my best self, and that certainly makes me happy.
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.
When it comes to my photography and videography, what sets me apart is my creative eye. However, there is also much to be said about practice, practice, practice! Ever since I was in middle school, I began teaching myself Photoshop and I am still learning various editing techniques in the Adobe Suite to this day. Picking up new skills and concepts comes relatively easy to me, but of course, I also face obstacles. My biggest challenge is wanting to go from 0-100 real quick. I’ve been like this since childhood. Just ask my violin teacher who always told me to slow down and practice tricky spots in songs as I tried playing them at full tempo when sight-reading music. Over the years, I learned to ask questions when I don’t understand a concept as well as take time to research and practice what I’ve learned without rushing to be perfect on the first try. One lesson I want to leave you with is to lean into your challenges and make them your strengths. I am a huge advocate of lifelong learning and evolving into the best version of yourself, so I hope to inspire others to do the same.
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?
Pack your bags and bring sunscreen because we are going straight to Zenyara luxury villa in Palm Springs, California. Being in the desert—surrounded by cacti, the warm sun, and an enchanting skyline with magical hues of orange, pink, and purple at sunset—makes me feel free and alive. There’s something about nature that recharges my batteries, so to speak, and I think it’s important for us all to take moments to pause and enjoy the little things in life. Our week would be planned with daily activities like chill hangs by the pool while music plays, hiking in Joshua Tree, a sound bath at the Integratron, photoshoots at cute hotels like The Saguaro and Parker Palm Springs, and dinner at Mikado Japanese Steakhouse.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Herman Kim from Overflow Productions mentored me over the past year as we worked together on creating cinematic, documentary-style wedding films. Not only was he a wonderful hands-on teacher, but he also made time from his busy schedule to give me critiques on weekly photography assignments to help me develop a stronger understanding of lighting and composition. Herman also introduced me to David Hobby’s Strobist online lighting courses, which taught me how to use off-camera flash. I am thankful for Herman’s support and encouragement because his guidance helped me grow a lot as an artist. I also need to give a shoutout to Teni Panosian and Gina Shkeda because their creative approaches to filming beauty content constantly inspire me to think outside the box.