I see myself as a storyteller.
Nicole, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I'm passionate about telling compelling stories with interesting people. I think I always was intrigued with people and where they came from and their journey. I got my first camera when I was 14 and became fascinated with street and documentary photographers, i.e. Mary Ellen Mark, Sally Mann, Walker Evans, Annie Lebovitz, Fred Herzog. They went deep; their work wasn't just visually appealing it took you somewhere mentally and spiritually. I wanted to do that! But then I discovered Steven Meisel andEllen von Unwerth and the world of fashion photography and the colours and storytelling in this genre also inspired me.
Who is your inspiration in life Nicole? How do you keep inspired?
Creative people, books, nature, music
We all make mistakes Nicole; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Not taking things so personally sometimes.
Nicole, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I think deadlines are a huge part. I like to get work done and sent off.
Please tell us, Nicole, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Schedule, keep a calendar and map out every day.
Nicole, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
It's always nice to talk to clients on the phone rather than just email; you can both get your points across.
Nicole, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
When I sold my first gallery print. I didn't know the buyer, and they didn't know me. They loved the shot, and they wanted it enough to buy it and it up in their home. I still wonder about that print and if they still have it up?
Nicole, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Recently I worked with singer/songwriter ChÃ© Aimee Dorval. When we've worked together, she lets me fly with ideas, its always nice working with someone that wants the same thing, awesome photographs and understands that by letting me be creative with ideas is when we can create something awesome.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Shoot all the time and try to ask for feedback even though it's sometimes scary to hear.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes. I'd love to work more in editorial and lifestyle.
Diva Magazine, ChÃ© Aimee Dorval, Key Marketing