Nicolesy, Inc.
Nicole S. Young – Owner

Hi! My name is Nicole, a.k.a. “Nicolesy” (Nicole S Young) :). I’m a full-time photographer and author living in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon, with my husband, Brian Matiash, and our two dogs, Kodak and Simon and I thrive on inspiring and encouraging photographers to improve their craft and grow as artists.

I have books published through Peachpit Press,  eBooks published through Craft&Vision, and also several self-published titles. My photography specialties are food and landscape, and I also create stock images for my portfolio over on Stocksy.

I love to teach, learn and share what I know through my blog, articles, podcasts, interviews and training materials. I have an online store, where I sell post-processing tools, such as preset, actions and textures, along with some of my own self-published eBooks, all at very affordable prices. To take a look, please head on over to the Nicolesy Store.

You can find more of my work on the following sites:


A little more of my story …

I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and took a photography class in high school, which is where I fell in love with it! I graduate a few years later, but instead of pursuing photography as a career, I decided to join the US Navy where I served 8.5 years as a linguist.

In 2006, a few years before I separated from the military, I discovered microstock photography and decided to join some stock sites to help me grow as a photographer. I had purchased my first digital SLR the year before, a Nikon D2H (up until then I was using a Nikon F4 film camera), and knew I had a lot to learn about digital photography and post-processing. I dived into stock photography full-force and realized that I was able to actually make money at it! It was then that I decided to pursue photography full-time, and so in December  of 2007 I separated from the military and began my career as a photographer.

Over the next few years, stock proved to be a good source of income. I was also regularly writing here in my blog, and had become quite active on social media. I found myself as a guest on podcasts, interviews, other blogs, and eventually I received a call from Peachpit Press, asking me to write my very first book for them. I now have six print books published through Peachpit, along with several other eBooks and self-published titles as well.

My business slowly grew and changed,  and in 2012, I knew I wanted to start moving in a different direction. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and writing about photography, and decided that I was going to make a go at doing it all on my own. In October of 2012, I started selling presets here on my blog, and a few months later I opened up a dedicated online store, the Nicolesy Store, which is the home-base for all of my own self-published eBooks, presets, textures, and tutorials. While I still do stock photography on the side, my store is now the focus of my business and will continue to grow and expand over time.

Questions or comments? Click here to contact Nicole