One Year

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:19+00:00 June 8th, 2010|7 Comments

Canon 7D, Lensbaby Composer, flower-shaped aperture, Double-Glass w/ +10 macro attachment, 1/60th sec at ISO 200

Exactly one year ago this month I moved to Utah. The past year has been challenging, in both good ways and bad, but I made it out the other side intact. I’d say I’m a changed person and have learned a lot about myself, both personally and professionally, and it never seems to stop. It’s always a wonderful thing when you can surprise yourself and accomplish something you didn’t think you could do, even when it’s a seemingly small task.

It’s quite appropriate that on my one-year anniversary of moving to Utah I participated in a Photowalking Utah event, a ladies-only photowalk at a rose garden in Salt Lake City on Saturday. The photography community in Utah is amazing … I’ve made so many friends because of it and I know I made the right choice when I packed up and settled down in the Salt Lake Valley.

I’ve mentioned this before in my blog but it’s so important that it’s worth repeating: Life is about people. I moved to Utah because of friends and photographers from the internet that I barely knew personally and had met only once or twice. I’ve gotten to know people all around the world and keep in touch with them because of iStock, Twitter, Flickr, etc, and my life has definitely changed for the better because of the people I’ve met and the friendships I’ve made. :)

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.


  1. Rich Newcomer June 8, 2010 at 9:41 am - Reply


    I’m so glad your move has worked out! I can’t believe it has been a year since we stuffed that “box” with all your belongings. I am very proud of you!

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  3. Pamela June 8, 2010 at 9:59 am - Reply

    I’m glad you are here and we should hang out more often!!

  4. Brian June 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Congrads on the One Year in Utah. I hope this learning year is more then you hoped for & I hope the following years will pass the first up beyond your hope & dreams.

  5. Susie June 8, 2010 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I’m so proud of you. You are a strong young woman. My daughter, I love you. Mom

  6. Linda Miller June 9, 2010 at 11:11 am - Reply

    I found your site by accident but love your work. Amazing eye. I use from time to time. I will search your name first when looking for a photo. Welcome to Salt Lake. I have been here over 20 years and am still in awe of the beauty.

  7. numbeos June 9, 2010 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Though I’m quite far away from Salt Lake, I’ve been following your blog for a long time. Besides you’re one of my favourite photographers at istock. Love your energy. That’s for sure that “life is all about people”. So if you happen to come over Turkey, pls drop me a line…I’d love to meet you…

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