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17.10.13

Why I Snap {Feat Nicky from Awesomeville}

This weeks 'Why I Snap' comes from Nicky, and she blogs at www.awesomeville.co.uk
Nicky is a twenty-something and lives in the UK with her British husband and their little dual-citizen daughter, Madeline.

   I met my husband playing World of Warcraft, and the adventure hasn't stopped since.   
Why do you like photography?

I love photography because it allows for people to share the way they interpret the world.  A hundred photographers would never take the same shot, edited the same way, of the same thing. Instead, each one would be a unique perspective, threaded with the emotion of the artist.

What do you like taking photos of?

Anything and everything!  Honestly, I couldn’t assign my work to any one category, I love shooting portraits, everyday life, still life, cosplay, urban explorations, landscapes and more.   My most frequent subject is, as always, my three year old daughter.

Do you have a particular style?

I want my photos to be INTENSE.  I want people to feel SOMETHING looking at them.  As such I tend to exhibit tons of detail, with deep shadows and rich highlights. It’s got to make a STATEMENT.  

When did you first get into photography?

I really got into photography when I dusted off my used Canon Rebel XSI (450D) to start documenting my newborn daughter over three years ago.  As I began to learn the ropes, I started taking my camera with my everywhere, shooting everything.
What kind of photos do you like looking at?
I really enjoy most photography mom blogs.  There is something special in the way so many of these talented ladies capture beauty in the everyday.  It really gives pause for thought to appreciate the beauty in your own quiet moments.

What are three of your favourite photographs you have ever taken?


1: This was a shot from the set I did for my  daughter’s 3rd birthday.  Every year we do a shoot in the countryside, with her holding as many balloons as she is old.  We were so lucky that the illustrious poppies bloomed all over the South Downs of England this year, just in time for her birthday. 

2: This is from a set shot last year, entitled “A Little Red.”  Just in time for Halloween, some friends and I rented an amazing costume from a theatre shop, travelled to an abandoned mansion, and shot a dark and gritty take on Little Red Riding Hood.  

3: This is from an amazing urban exploring opportunity my friend and I found: an entire manor house that was completely abandoned in the 1930s and has since remained untouched, slowly decaying in the English countryside.  Entry to the house is not for the faint of heart, as the farmer who owns the land on which it sits keeps a large BULL in the manor yard, deterring would-be explorers! This shot is my favourite, it reminds me of the experience (as a photographer) of a lifetime!

Thank you for this opportunity to share my passion.   You can view the full sets of the photos above, as well as thousands of photos, on my blog at www.awesomeville.co.uk

  'Why I Snap' is a weekly series on my blog. If you want to be featured/join in please email me realhousewifeofsuffolk@gmail.com  
It doesn't matter if you are a pro, or a hobby photographer. If you own a DSLR, a compact or just take photos on your phone. If you enjoy taking photos of any quality and of anything I want you to join in. 
You can see previous posts in this series by looking on the 'Why I Snap' page.