I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

the blog!

If I had to choose:

Embracing Oneself

This weekend was a bit of a breakthrough for me – I have finally begun to create a post-processing recipe that I love and plan to start using very, very soon!!! This may not sound as exciting to you, but as you can see from all of my exclamation points (I originally typed “explanation” and it took about 10 minutes of rereading out loud to realize that it clearly wasn’t the word I was looking for) it is a huge deal for me. Entering into this business, I had no idea what I was doing when it came to editing. I would stay up for hours and hours watching youtube videos, googling ways to edit, and researching, researching, researching. And then a photographer friend introduced me to the world of actions. If you’ve never heard of them, actions are Photoshop recipes of post-processing developed by other photographers/designers. You buy them, upload them into Photoshop, and then press “play” to see magic happen to your photos in the blink of an eye. My photos went from dull and lifeless to vibrant, vintage, hazy, or whatever else the actions did to them. I lovemy actions that I bought and I still do. However, about a year ago I began wanting to do my own editing – I didn’t want to only depend on actions to create the look I was looking for. I really wanted to know how to work every single tool in Photoshop. I wanted to know everything about Photoshop. So I took online mentoring sessions, practiced, practiced, practiced, researched, researched, and did a little more practicing and researching until I was fully able to break away from using actions. I created many different recipes and jotted them down in my notebook for safe-keeping. I kept going back, re-tweaking, deleting, adding, etc. I have used Pinterest for inspiration – pinning photos that make my heart flutter and make me feel some emotion.

Aside from my editing, I am giving my whole branding a renovation. Initially when I first created my blog, I thought I wanted my look to be ocean-y, beachy, etc. But as I’ve gotten to know myself and my style better I have realized that just because I love the ocean and everything about it, doesn’t mean every part of my life has to portray that (crazy notion, I know). Finding my style has been such a struggle for me throughout the past year. I have never felt consistent or truly myself with my work. But lately, I think I’ve figured out what I want my work to say, look like, and feel like. I’ve bounced ideas off of people that truly know me and I am just thrilled with what I think I have come up with. I shan’t show you yet – it will be a lengthy process – instead I will just leave you with this lovely quote that shall soon be hanging in my office for a daily reminder. :)

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” – Brene Brown

Happy Monday, friends! :)

  1. Liz says:

    Wow!! Well, the way I see it, the “actions” are very helpful tools to get one started on the way to processing beautiful photographs. And just like all things in life, the more we learn, the more we progress. Now that you’ve mastered how to use “actions” to enhance your photos, and to learn what you like and dislike, the natural progression would be you branching out on your own and creating your own “edited” photos. The thing is, I have been having such a blast watching you take baby steps, to progressing into this INCREDIBLE photographer, and now, with your God-given talent and creativity, I am so excited to see what come next! Keep on keepin’ on, honey, and I so look forward to your next chapter. As Dr. Seuss once said, “Oh,the places you’ll go”, truly applies to you!

  2. Yay! I’m so excited to see what you come up with for the rebrand! :)