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Urban Landscape/Photo Journalist/Fine Art Photographer

MTPWSY: Nicole Staebell-Brown

Who are you?

My name is Nicole Brown and I am Children and Family Photographer. I am married to my one true love and mother to two lovely girls (Kennedy 2 and Katie 10 weeks old). I am a lover of life, family, and fun. I would spend my waking hours with a camera in my hand, chasing after children and dogs, running forest trails, playing on the beach with my family, riding my Lambretta, and only spend a fraction of time on housework and editing.

 Schooled or self-taught?

 I studied at the University of Victoria where I majored in Visual Arts.  I spent another two years working as a customer service representative in a professional photo lab, worked as a production assistant in a graphic design firm, assisted several commercial and portrait photographers in Canada and the United States, and worked as an instructor of Photoshop at a community college. I have spent the last 5 years teaching myself how to run a business. I’m still in love with learning- it never ends.

 When did you first pick up a camera and the moment you just knew?

People have always fascinated me. I’m a people watcher and I love secrets. I study what people say when they’re not speaking.  I love a face that changes over time. I think relationships are intricate and beautiful. Photography was an easy fit from the first time I picked up a camera. I loved photographing my friends and other people by telling their stories. I started in highschool, because my art teacher saved me from being suspended from skipping class. He told the principal that I was working on a photography project. The next day I had a Pentax K-1000 in my hand and I was learning how to process film. I became so in love with the darkroom and spent hours after school printing and every chance I could shooting. I stopped skipping school because I didn’t want to lose darkroom privileges.

What type of photography do you specialize in and why?

I like to photograph people, emotion, love, and tell stories through images. I specialize in Children and Families because that’s where my heart is.

 

Favorite lens and why?

I love the 70-200 L IS 2.8, because it forces you to think in a totally different way.  You have to step back and breathe. To anticipate a moment. It’s my favourite sniper lens.

Who are your influences? And if you had one question to ask them, it would be ….. ?

 I love Syke Hardwick, Tamara Lackey, and Sandy Puc. I’d want to know the all important question: How do you create artistic images, run a successful business, stay healthy, and do this while being the best wife and mother you can be. How do you stay balanced?

 

Ideal gig would be ….

High end styled children’s portraiture.

 If there is any advice, whether it be camera or business related, it would be

 Shoot from your heart but keep your head in the business.

To see more of Nicole’s work, you can  go to: http://www.nicolebrown.ca/

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