Today we’d like to introduce you to Nichole Taylor.
Nichole, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always been a visual and creative person. In fact, back in my freshmen year of high school, it was my second week, the Yearbook teacher who I had never met somehow caught wind that I was a “Photoshop Goddess.” She pulled me out of class into her office, sat me down in front of her computer with Photoshop open to a photo of a student, and asked me to digitally remove the background from the image for a yearbook spread. With no questions asked, I made quick work of it. The teacher was thrilled and impressed and told me that she could tell I had an excellent artistic eye and asked if I’d like to join the staff as a photographer. To be honest, I was completely thrown. I will never forget the moment she pulled out a shiny new Sony a200 DSLR camera and put it in my hands. Needless to say, I agreed. I’ve been inseparable with photography ever since.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a photographer specializing in capturing love and life, and all the happy, sad, messy, funny moments in between. I use a Canon 5D Mark III camera body with an array Canon lenses and a whole lot of laughter and bad jokes during my sessions. There is such a great joy for me when my clients remark after our photo sessions that they had so much fun and it wasn’t an awkward or uncomfortable experience at all. Making people feel comfortable in their own skin is fulfilling in itself for me. The fact that I also get to give them gorgeous images that make them feel amazing? Bonus! As someone who personally struggles with Major Depression and consequently with self-love and image, I strive for my clients to take away from their experience with me is that it is their authentic selves that make them beautiful, not digital airbrushing. I even make it a point to show my clients their images on the back of my camera during the shoot sometimes. Their squeal and “Is that me?? I look amazing!” is music to my ears.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I believe artists are currently in a generation where art is being incorporated heavily into everyone’s lives whether they realize it or not. The technology we have such as Instagram apps and iPhone X cameras are amazing platforms/devices to digest and create art on a daily basis. This is amazing! Expect for the double-edged sword that there is so much media saturating these platforms that the hard-hitting art tends to fall through the cracks. I don’t only capture gorgeous weddings and sunset beach adventures. I also have a deep interest in photojournalism because of my school experience on the Newspaper team, I also feature my photojournalism work on my website. I did a three-day photo essay on the flooding in Alvin, TX (my hometown) in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey. The images were picked up by local and out of state newspapers. Why? No one was covering it. The only photos you could find were days old at best, People were searching for information about the whole area that was hit, yet only a handful of cities got media coverage. When I posted the images online, I had many people comment on the images tagging friends, people saying ‘Oh my gosh that’s my aunt’s house!’ and didn’t know it was flooded because they had been evacuated.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I am located in various places on the internet. My website is clicknikki.com, Instagram @clicknikkiphoto, and my Facebook page is facebook.com/clicknikkiphoto.
- Website: http://www.clicknikki.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/clicknikkiphoto/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clicknikkiphoto/
Nichole Taylor of ClickNikki Photography