My name is Nicole, a.k.a. “Nicolesy” (Nicole S Young). I’m a full-time photographer and author living in the US, 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. 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 books and video training, 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:
Get to know me:
How did you become interested in Photography?
One year in high school I was required to take an art course. I saw that photography as one of the options and thought that could be fun! I had always been interested in creative endeavors (drawing, poetry, etc.), but when I started learning more about this type of art I knew this was it. Photography was what I had been looking for all along! I can vividly remember sitting in class and having that “lightbulb moment” when I understood the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. I came to love the darkroom and fell in love with the process. I was hooked.
What made you turn your love of photography into a full-time business?
I didn’t begin my after-high-school career in photography. In fact, I decided to join the US Navy instead, and ultimately served for over eight years. 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 pursued stock photography full-force and realized that I was able to actually make money at it. It was then that I decided to do 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 my stock portfolio 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, offering me my very first book deal. I now have six print books traditionally published through Peachpit, along with several other eBooks and self-published print titles.
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 video tutorials.