This is who I am

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This is who I am

By |2018-07-06T14:41:55+00:00April 7th, 2009|Categories: Personal|11 Comments

I have always been a photographer, even before I knew it. (Well, maybe I was always an artist and the camera was the pair of glasses that helped me see the world the way I pictured it in my mind.) Whether I am taking photos, singing, writing poetry, or attempting to play the guitar, all of that is who I am as a person. I don’t try to be someone else, I only know how to be me and I will always find a way to express myself.

Over the past several months I have finally started to realize how important photography is to me in my life.  I love it so much that I want to share what I know with others so that they can create beautiful memories to show their friends, families, children, grand-children, etc. I love it so much that I am incredibly broke because I am trying to make it a full-time job (and I cringe when I realize that it is probably not a realistic endeavor at the moment).  I want to be inspired, creative, and hopeful all at the same time.

Will I be able to do all of this? I think so, but I know that I’m not at my best quite yet. Tell a little kid to draw a picture and they basically are opening up a door to their little world. Sometimes I feel like I’m that little kid, and my photos are telling a story about my life … and right now my life is like a Lensbaby at f/2.8.

But that won’t stop me … I won’t slow down now & I’m only picking up speed. Come along for the ride if you like, but hold on tight!  And don’t even think about getting in my way.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Elio April 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I love you Nicole.

  2. scottbourne April 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I absolutely think you can do it Nicole. I meet lots of people who want to make it as a pro. 1 in 1000 impress me. You’re the 1! Heck, we all love you :)

  3. Al Del Degan April 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Nicole, with hard work and perseverance you can accomplish anything. There is no doubt in my mind that if you keep on doing all that you are and try some new things, you will be overwhelmed with success.

  4. suemack April 8, 2009 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Nicole, you are an inspiration!

  5. Nicole April 9, 2009 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much you guys! :)

  6. Justin Rosenberg April 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm - Reply


    You are, with out a doubt, one of the most inspiring photographers I’ve ever come across. Aside from your great photos, your can-do attitude, and creativity (esp. w/ your time-lapse projects) never cease to impress me!!! Keep up the great work!!

  7. Michael Palmer April 14, 2009 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Hi Nicole – Just saw the video over at Weekly Photo Tips blog – good stuff – your putting out fantastic images – what type of releases are you using for the stock images? You have inspired me to get off my butt and get my work out there.

  8. Jamie Maldonado April 17, 2009 at 6:58 am - Reply

    I’m also working hard to try to get photography to be my career. I’m determined it can be, and I’ll be rooting for you, too!

  9. Ilan April 29, 2009 at 5:52 am - Reply

    Great result!
    I love the dynamic of the frame. The yellow coat adds to the feeling of being sucked into the photo.
    Splendid result!

  10. joanE April 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    you are a real inspiration Nicole. I just discovered your site this weekend. Thank you!

  11. Scott WS Low August 11, 2010 at 4:14 am - Reply

    I too just discovered you and I am truly inspired by your work. I am also in a tough position as to choose if I should give-up my day job to pursue my dream as a photographer.

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