Only 24 Hours Left for the 5 Day Deal!

Today is the last day you can get the bundle of goodies over at 5DayDeal. The deal is on its fifth (and last) day, and once the sale is over then it’s officially over. The total value of the entire bundle is $1,200, but with an over 90% discount it goes all the way down to $89!
By |January 9th, 2014|1 Comment|

The Abu Dhabi Desert

A few months back one of the cool new places I was able to visit was Abu Dhabi. I was officially there for the Nokia World conference, but took some time to myself after the festivities to relax and photograph a brand-new location. I had never been to this part of the world before, and was really hoping to […]

By |January 7th, 2014|0 Comments|

Your Slice of the Pie

When I started doing stock photography, one thing I struggled with was whether or not to photograph something that had already been covered. With food photography, there’s a good chance that a certain dish or food item has been photographed by at least one person, and there is a part of me that feels like I should find another dish to prepare and photograph, something that may not be on the site. The same goes for creating images of people on white backgrounds, something that could arguably be over-done on stock sites. Of course, original and unique content will always thrive and rise above the mediocre, but should that keep me from creating something that I want to create? ...
By |January 6th, 2014|0 Comments|

5 Day Deal for Photographers … only $89!

I am partnering up with some of the top photographers in the world, along with the folks over at 5 Day Deal, to bring you an amazing bundle of photography goods. If you want to get off to a great start on your photography in the new year, then this is a killer way to get rolling. ...
By |January 5th, 2014|0 Comments|
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    My Newest Book! Canon EOS 70D: From Snapshots to Great Shots

My Newest Book! Canon EOS 70D: From Snapshots to Great Shots

I just had a brand-new book released this week titled Canon EOS 70D: From Snapshots to Great Shots. This is my third book about a camera, my fourth in the "Snapshots" series, and my tenth published book total! ...
By |December 30th, 2013|15 Comments|

The Petroglyph Trail

I was playing around with this image in onOne Software, testing out processing it in color vs. B&W, etc, when I came across this really cool preset in Perfect B&W. I added some other stylization to the photo in Lightroom (mostly with the color and tone), but the texture and scratches is from the preset. Overall it has inspired […]

By |December 29th, 2013|13 Comments|


While in Abu Dhabi last month, one of the places I photographed was the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. This is an absolutely stunning building, and what amazed me the most was the balance of symmetry throughout the entire scene. Lining up this shot took time; I needed to make sure that each tiny detail was not overlooked. Maintaining the symmetry in photographs such as this one is a crucial element to a successful image. ...
By |December 21st, 2013|0 Comments|


Sunset over Two Step Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii
I’m on the Big Island for the next few days where my husband and I have been spending our vacation this past week. We’ve been taking it easy, having a relaxing time exploring the South part of the island with our cameras. There’s so much more we want to […]

By |December 17th, 2013|3 Comments|

Never Work for Free

I see too many photographers busting their butts for a solid paycheck, working so hard for so little. Oftentimes these photographers are setting their own prices, and then finding clients who will pay those prices. If you factor in the amount of work it takes to schedule a portrait session, consult with the client before-hand (what to wear, what to bring, etc.), show up, photograph them, go home, process the photos, post them to an online gallery (which you probably pay for), and then have them maybe buy some prints, how much could you have really made? What is your bottom line? It will be different for everyone, but chances are a few hundred dollars for a single session is not going to cover it ... not if you want to make photography a significant income. ...
By |December 3rd, 2013|3 Comments|

It’s Cyber Monday in the Nicolesy Store!

Today and tomorrow I’m offering a discount code for 50% off EVERYTHING in the Nicolesy Store! Now’s your chance to stock up on presets, eBooks, actions, you name it. Just click HERE and use the discount code CYBERSALE at checkout to get the discount.

Hurry, though … this deal is only good today and tomorrow (Monday, December 2nd thru Tuesday, December […]

By |December 2nd, 2013|0 Comments|

Home for the Holidays

This weekend, and most of next week, I’m spending some quality time in Portland, Oregon. I lived here less than a year before moving to California, but out of all of the places I have moved to I consider this my home. In just the first full day here I’ve seen more beauty than I have seen in the […]

By |November 29th, 2013|2 Comments|

onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 8 – Now Available!

onOne Software: Perfect Photo Suite 8
I’m happy to share that the brand-new onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 8 is now available to purchase! I’ve been using the Beta version for quite some time, and they’ve made some great improvements. It’s changed a little, such as you won’t see Focal Point as a module (it’s now located in the Effects […]

By |November 26th, 2013|4 Comments|