"I'm a big fan of people being exactly who they are." --We Bought a Zoo
First and foremost, I am a storyteller. But even cooler than that, I am a storyteller with the special power to freeze time.
You see, your story matters. Your story is worth telling. I know that as we get caught up in our everyday lives, we tend to think, "I don't have a story. I work, come home, clean/cook/do laundry/go to bed. There's no story there." Ahh, but let me let you in on a secret: our real, authentic stories lie in the seemingly mundane.
Because the little things...those are actually the big things. It's the dimples in little chubby baby hands where there will someday be knuckles instead. It's the way your eyes light up as your daughter twirls in her favorite sun dress dancing to a melody that only she can hear. It's the way the the sunlight kisses your son's perfect features, and makes you wonder what you ever did to deserve something so perfect. It's in these little things that we hide that the biggest amounts of our love.
It's in these exact moments that we write the pages of our stories, and (whether you think so or not) your stories will go on to become legacies that you will tell your children and they will tell their children.
Your story is worth its weight in gold and should be celebrated as such, and I can help you do exactly that.
I'm not sure where my love of stories comes from, or if it even matters, but it's been a pervasive theme my whole life. When I was a child, I remember being SO excited to read the Sunday comics. Before long, I started drawing my own comics, and the exhilaration I felt knowing that I could tell ANY story I wanted for my characters--it was intense.
Later in my high school/college years, my friends would often tell me, "Nicki, tell us one of your stories!" Everyone who knew me then and knows me now, understands that I have a story for just about any situation. Depending upon how much time you have, you might hear several from me.
I returned to school in my 30s to be an English teacher (surprise, surprise, eh?). But my dreams absolutely came true when I was offered a job right after I graduated--a position teaching 7th graders literature. Literature! I got to read and talk about stories all day--it was such an amazing experience and I am beyond grateful for it.
But as life goes, something else started happening. Photography came back into my life (I had always "done" photography, just not professionally) and it immediately took control of my life. (Not kidding--once I started taking formal portraits of people, I have lived and breathed photography every day.) . If you've ever heard someone say, "and then it just clicked. I knew it was the absolute right thing." Yeah, that's exactly what happened to me.
For me, photography is creative expression + visual story. Literally...the most perfect pairing you could give me in life as a profession.