Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikki Hausherr.
Hi Nikki, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in a tiny town in Connecticut but my middle school and high school had amazing media programs. Right away I knew I wanted to be a visual storyteller. I took every film and photography class offered and helped out with our student-run morning news broadcast every day for 3 years.
From there, I went to DePaul University to study film. As much as I loved Chicago and all the opportunities it offered, I realized I was not cut out to be a city person. I graduated in 2017 and moved to Aspen, Colorado on a whim and it was the best choice I could have made.
Upon arrival to Aspen, I worked a handful of very different jobs (waitressing, bar-tending, guiding at the Aspen Art Museum, giving on-mountain tours, landscaping, babysitting, etc., etc.). I was constantly telling people I was a photographer and filmmaker and trying to juggle projects while working full-time.
Eventually, I became connected with the small network of camera creatives in Aspen. I started working for other photographers and learning so much from them. Now, 5 years later, I’ve been able to quit all those other jobs and run my own business, Nik House Media, shooting weddings, events, and portraits full time, as well as creating and editing short films and documentaries.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been the smoothest road, but I’m so thankful for the community of photographers and videographers in my town. The cost of living in Aspen is really expensive, and it was absolutely terrifying to quit my other jobs and really focus on my business. If I hadn’t had mentors who supported me, taught me so much, hired me, and showed me that I could be a full-time photographer, I’d probably still be unhappily slaving away in the service industry.
Every day presents new challenges, and my latest challenge is finding a small, affordable office space so I can separate my home and workspaces. When you work from your living room, it’s way too easy to work ALL the time. *Fingers Crossed* something will open up soon!
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am first-and-foremost a photographer, who mainly specializes in events and portraits. Landscape photography is also something I’m passionate about because it’s just so beautiful where I live.
My partner and I are also known for making very silly short films, and we are definitely proud of most of them, simply because they make us and the people around us laugh. During the 2020 quarantine, we started a short film festival that we broadcast live on YouTube every week for 10 weeks. We’d pick a word every week and encourage filmmakers to submit a short film that somehow used the word. All participants had only a week to the film, which was definitely a big challenge. The turnout was amazing! We had 76 film submissions, and 30 filmmakers, many of which were first-time filmmakers. This was so key to me – the fact that we had encouraged others to use whatever resources they had to tell their own stories.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
I am happiest with a camera in my hand – no matter where I am. It sounds so cliché, but to be able to capture moments in time and share that same energy with someone who wasn’t there is everything to me. Especially living in the mountains, with my family still on the East coast. I love traveling or hiking somewhere that may not be accessible to everyone, but I can capture that view and share it. It may spark an emotion or cause someone to change their perspective or be more open to different people, places, or cultures.
Film also has this unbelievable power to make people laugh or share untold stories and elevate underrepresented voices, and I think that’s what really draws me to storytelling. I just love making things and telling stories.
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