Hi there! I’m Nina, I’m a freelancer based out of Northwest Indiana, and (in case you couldn’t tell already), I love making photos. I’m kind of a hippie – I live for sitting on the beach at twilight, hiking through the woods before lunch, and laying in the grass and wildflowers for hours. I also love collecting records, planting succulents, and spending time with my sweet pet rabbit, Roy, and my incredible boyfriend, Chris. If I could spend every day doing these things, and every night at a concert, that’s what I’d do.
I’ve had a camera practically glued to my hand since age seventeen, and in that time I’ve learned quite a few things. These are some of the key life lessons I’ve come across:
- All my lens caps will leave eventually. It’s fate.
- Always bring spare batteries.
- Pick your outfits and pack your bags ahead of time.
- Focus on the experience, the photos will follow.
Okay, look back at that. Obviously, the first three are a bit important, on a technical level. But the fourth one is what has shaped my style, my art, and what I believe as an artist and a human. My firmest belief is that if the experience isn’t authentic, the photos probably won’t feel so, either.
When I’m doing a shoot, (which is what I would love to be doing every minute of every day), I want to document something real. I want the people viewing my photos to feel every ounce of energy in the atmosphere of those photos. I want them to feel every laugh bubbling up, or every tear being shed. I want to make photos that capture memories, so that when you look at them years from now, you can remember what it felt like to be there, in that moment.
I’m a pretty extroverted introvert, if that makes any sense. What that really means is that I’m pretty reserved overall, but if you gave me the chance, I could hold a conversation with just about anybody about just about anything. And that’s my favorite thing to do – talk to people. When we make photos together, I don’t want there to be a disconnect. No one likes awkward poses, or having a stranger take their photo. It shouldn’t be a photographer and then a curtain and then clients. It’s acquaintances, friends, capturing and creating art together.
My number one goal behind authenticity is comfort. When I make photos of you, whether it’s for your engagement, wedding, concert, senior photos, or anything in between, I want you to be comfortable and have fun. So we’ll hang out. We’ll hike or walk or explore, and while we do it, I’ll make some photos. I want to capture every moment you’ll want to remember, not just the scripted, planned ones. Because life doesn’t have a script, it just happens. And if we focus on experiencing it as it happens, then the photos will flow.
You have a life, and you’ll want to remember it. How about we spend an afternoon, or an evening, or a weekend even, capturing it!