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.