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!

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Following Your Passions

In the world of photography, there’s always some sort of pressure. There’s pressure to do well, to live up to your standards, to live up to other people’s standards, to fit in, to not fit in, to be yourself, to be original, to keep learning, to never be in a rut, to stay creative, to think outside of the box, and of course for some, to earn a living. Sadly, I feel these pressures more than not and I guess that’s just part of the job and I should be grateful that I get to do what I love to do.

As a wedding photographer I’m expected to showcase weddings, and believe me, I love doing that. I love hearing people say that they cannot wait to see their friends/sister’s/cousin’s/son’s wedding sneak peek or that they can’t wait to see more after they’ve seen the sneak peek. Hearing things like that keep me motivated, inspired, and of course pressured to do well. Which isn’t always a bad thing. But there are times when I don’t want to be pressured and I don’t want to care if people like my photos or not. I don’t always want to care about making a living and I don’t want to care if I fit in.

Ever since I started photography I’ve had a list of things I wanted to shoot. I have so many visions in my head that I needed to write them down. For instance, I always wanted to shoot a Christmas styled shoot. I was lucky enough to work with wonderful people this past December and my vision came to life, and it came to life so beautifully. Honestly, that is such an amazing feeling; seeing visions in my head come to life. Creating shoots allows me to remain creative, something that I will always need in my life. When I do these styled shoots I don’t feel the pressure. I don’t care if people like what I shoot because I love what I shoot. I don’t care if some things didn’t turn out right because I’m experimenting, going with the flow, etc. It’s so important that I have things like this in my life as a photographer when I’m always surrounded by pressure (good and bad).

If you’re a photographer, shoot what you love to shoot; flowers, children, pregnant mothers, weddings, animals, the sky, etc.

Another thing that I’d love to shoot? Animals. Someday Paul and I will be in Africa. On safaris. With our cameras. And I shall be in a total state of bliss. :)

Love the photo?? You can see more sneak peeks on my photography website :)