Today we’d like to introduce you to Nichole Larson.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Nichole. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always had a passion for being both in front of and behind the camera.
Growing up, I was raised by a hardworking, single mother, but professional family photos weren’t something that was always a top priority in the budget. I do remember always asking my mom for cameras as gifts growing up and taking pictures of anything & everything though.
I got married at 18, we didn’t hire a professional photographer at our very small elopement, thankfully one of our witnesses brought her camera to capture some of those memories. My late husband and I only did one professional family session when our son was two weeks old. I never did maternity photos but wish dearly, that I had.
When my sister got pregnant with her first baby, they couldn’t afford the extra expense of photos, along with the fact that she wasn’t as confident in her new body as she hoped. I insisted on her doing photos regardless.
Luckily, I had a friend with a nice camera that let me borrow it to take pictures of her since I knew how important it was to capture the special time. I missed out on so many picture opportunities for many different reasons and I didn’t want her to miss out on any if I could help it.
After sharing her session, people kept telling me how amazing my pictures turned out; asking me to take their photos for them too. Not to mention, my sister felt confident and happy seeing herself the way we all saw her.
I ended up buying my friends camera and offering free shots to not only help build my portfolio but to give families quality photos they wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.
I’ve also been able to show women how beautiful they are; Being able to show someone their outer beauty they may not see otherwise fills me with so much joy.
Taking pictures; creating confidence and everlasting memories make me so happy. Three years later, I could not imagine doing anything other than capturing the beauty in the world and helping create everlasting memories for people. Not having a lot of pictures of the special times in my life makes it that much more important to me to encourage others to get pictures done.
Life is full of beautiful moments that don’t last forever, but you can always look back at those moments that will forever stand still through your photos.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely not been the easiest path to getting started, but nothing in life is ever easy. I’ve struggled with finding answers to my questions, Deciding what options are best for me and my business. I’ve struggled and still struggle with self-confidence. When I start comparing myself to other photographers; I start to doubt my own abilities and talent.
What helps me overcome those struggles is a change of mindset. Instead of looking at someone else’s work and feeling insecure, I tell myself, “They were new once too. They probably had and still have tons of questions and doubts” Then I ask myself, “What you can learn from them?”
You definitely have to remind yourself of those things often. I’ve also found a local community of other female photographers that have been very informative and encouraging which I have found to be super important.
Believe in yourself. Don’t give up. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I specialize in capturing the special moments in your life such as Pregnancy Announcements & Maternity sessions to the 1st Birthday Cake smash, Mommy & Me, all the way to their senior portraits. I love being able to create lasting memories from the moments that are all too fleeting in life.
I also have a special passion for boudoir photography. I believe all women deserve to see their external beauty the way the rest of the world sees them. I encourage all women to love the body they have and not obsess over the body they wish they had. Boudoir photography gives me the opportunity to make a woman feel beautiful and boost her self confidence when she is in front of my lens.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I have found the biggest barrier to female leadership is self-confidence. Not having enough confidence to take charge of what we want. Women tend to feel that they need permission to do certain things which often holds us back from reaching our fullest potential.
- Half Hour- $110.00
- Full Hour – $175.00
- Boudoir Sessions – $ 175.00 – Indoors or Outdoors.
- Cake Smash – $200 – Cake can be provided upon request,
- Website: www.NicholeMariePhotographyLLC.com
- Phone: 970-308-6671
- Email: NicholeMariePhotographyLLC@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Nichole_Marie_Photography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicholemariephotographyllc/