So I am so excited to bring back the "Feature Friday" posts! This was an idea I had a long time ago and sort of implemented (back when I half attempted to blog) but now with my February challenge of blogging everyday of the work work, I am excited to bring this back and share stories about some of my favorite people!
To kick it off, I want to introduce you to my sister, Alisa Nicholle. She is an INCREDIBLE photographer, and has been doing photography for nearly ten years! I remember when she was gifted her first camera, and started her first 365 and all the years my family and I got to watch her explore and learn how to share her perspective behind the lens.
1. So tell me a little about yourself + what you do?
I am a twenty-two year old, blonde girl, who loves a simple (yet fashionable) outfit. I am passionate about many things, and much prefer the hustle of a busy schedule opposed to days filled with little agenda. With that being said, I love to go on long drives, traveling, and exploring new cities (with little agenda) and I am always down for trying a local draft beer at the end of a day.
Now, to explain what I do... well, it's a lot. I am a creative. If any of you other creatives out there are reading this.... there's probably no need to explain further! However, I'll go ahead and fill you all in anyways. I recently accepted a full-time position with Brad Hart Photography as his Associate Photographer / Social Director. With this team, we focus on destination weddings + elopements and are also currently in the works of a few other creative projects. In addition, I work part time for a local cupcake shop as their Social Media + Marketing Assistant & volunteer a couple days a week at a yoga studio. In between, I try my best keeping up with yoga classes, a regular sleep schedule (8+ hrs a night is a MUST) and take time off to rest. OH, and I also just joined a worship team at my church where I'll be leading once a month! Yep, like I said... my life is busy. I truly wouldn't have it any other way though!
2. Where do you find inspiration from?
I find my inspiration mostly from my surroundings. Whether it's the people around me, the atmosphere of my work space or anywhere in nature. One of my favorite things to do is put on some good tunes, roll down my windows and go for a long drive. I find that when I allow my mind to wonder and dream I am able to feel most inspired.
3. How do you drink your coffee?
I like to switch it up, usually just depending on my mood. At home I like to do french press with coconut milk and honey. At a cafe, as of late my go to is a peppermint mocha. However, when I'm on the road I like to get cappuccinos as they're both quicker to drink and equal the same amount of caffeine.
4. What tips do you have for taking (better) photos?
I honestly don't think I can narrow it down to one thing, but if I had to my best advice would be to simply practice. There are times where I'll go an entire month without even picking up my camera (hello, off season!) and I find that I am so rusty with settings and capturing what I see. To break this barrier, I'll make sure that I allow an opportunity to go out and do a creative photoshoot and push myself to practice until I seem to get back into the "flow" of things. I also find that when I am able to do these creative shoots without any real intention, I find a lot of inspiration in my work.
5. Any advice for someone wanting to get into full time photography?
Don't be afraid. I think the #1 thing which held me back from pursuing this passion of mine full time was the lack of confidence I had. I am extremely blessed to have an awesome mentor (who also happens to be my boss now!) who constantly pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone. Throughout this experience, I learned that even when I have absolutely no idea what I am doing... if I go into the situation with full confidence in knowing I can find a way to figure it out and make it happen, I will be successful. I don't think there's any right or wrong way to pursue your passions, I just think it takes the courage to take a leap of faith and trust that everything will fall into place.
With that being said, hard work and self motivation is a must. After all, if you don't get the work done, who will?
6. What is something you wish you knew when you started?
Choosing to pursue this full time / as a career is a lot more tangible than you think. I remember looking through other photographers and successful entrepenuaers social media accounts and thinking to myself "What they do is SO cool, but I could never do it myself!" Only to realize this thought was just a myth I created for myself. As cliche as it might sound, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. It just takes the courage to step into this.
7. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I was a drummer for 8 years growing up and have a huge passion for music. Oh, and I also know how to conversationally speak Finnish.
8. What’s a typical day-in-the-life look like for you?
As of right now, I am very much in a transitional stage of life as I just recently relocated back to the Midwest for work. Because of this, my current living situation is temporary and I don't have a set "workplace" yet. With that being said, I still try my best to stick to routines and have a consistent schedule. Most evenings I try my best to be in bed by 10PM and awake by 7AM. I like to start my mornings by making coffee and a hardy breakfast, enjoy some quiet time and evaluate my goals for the day. I generally like to start work by 8:30/9AM and depending on the day determines where and what must get done. As I mentioned previously in the first question, I have a lot on my schedule... so each day always looks a little bit different. I try my best to balance everything out with work, cooking/meal breaks, exercise and rest. Oh, and almost every day I am running some kind of errand or setting up meetings. By the end of each day, I am more than ready for that 10am bedtime!
9. What’s one of your favorite places you’ve visited?
This is such a difficult question for me to answer! One of my ultimate favorite places is Finland, where I studied abroad for 1 year at age seventeen. In addition though, there are so many cities and countries I've been extremely blessed to have the opportunity to travel to. The list would be far too long if I wrote them all out, but I'll mention some of my favorite places I got to visit this past year with working for Brad Hart Photography.
A few faves so far: Boston, MA // Nashville, TN // Asheville, NC // & Portland/Oregon Coast.
10. What is one of your big goals you’re working on right now?
I have been working on rebuilding the BHP website for the past month or so and we are getting ready to launch really soon here! This was my first time ever building a website basically from scratch and I have to say, I am really proud of the work put into it. I have been working with some incredibly talented artists in collaboration and am so blessed to have had people so committed to this project.