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Check Out Nik Hampshire’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nik Hampshire.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve always been the creative type and sought out a path that would allow me to express this to the fullest. I lived in New Hampshire until my mid 20’s doing music, clothing lines, event planning and other creative exploits but nothing really took off and I couldn’t find much in the way of a career there either so I moved to Philadelphia which was an amazing city to nurture my creativity.

Through a fortuitous set of coincidences, I began modeling which lead to some influencer work which then lead to me shooting myself with my iPhone, then a camera and ultimately to me shooting others with my camera. I would then spend the next few years traveling the country and even internationally to Europe twice a year working with brands, models and photographs honing my skillset across a few fields into the business I’m currently running now which includes photography, videography, modeling, acting, and influencer work. I moved to LA 2 years ago which ended up being four months before covid hit which has been a particularly unique challenge but not one that’s bested me yet. Ultimately my move to LA has been wonderful for my growth as an artist and the connection with others out here has been incredible!

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?
I imagine my struggles would be similar to most. Struggling to find a unique style to stand out from the sea of other models and photographers. Struggling to work the stable job while finding time and energy to pursue my creative exploits. Finding the right time to step away from the stable job to pursue your creativity full time. Trusting the process during slow times can be tricky as well but I always double down on myself and get back into creating and the right people cross my path at the right time to carry me to the next part of my journey.

As a black creator, I feel there have been opportunities that I’ve been passed over for and having been a black model that didn’t get a gig or where my skin wasn’t edited properly and make me look white, I really love to dedicate a lot of my work to collaborating with black models and showing off their beauty.

Another struggle I’ve faced, as I previously mentioned, was how Covid struck just four months after I arrived in LA which made it damn near impossible to connect and network as one needs to do in this business but the internet is wonderful and now that things have calmed down a bit I’m back to creating with new wonderful people!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I would say I’m mostly known as a model still though most of my work over the last three years or so has been behind the lens. I’ve been focusing mostly on photography but recently been getting more and more into videography!

In my photography, I tend to like to play with shadows and darkness in contrast to the light. My work tends to skew a bit on darker with deep blacks and shadows. I love to encourage models to be themselves when shooting. I rarely have a clear idea of what I want an image to look like before I’m with the model as I prefer it to be a collaborative effort than simply me giving direction. Art for me is about connection with others as much as it is expressing myself. I love connection and I hope that comes through my work!

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
To be honest, there’s nothing in particular I think I pull my influences from. I watch a lot of tv and movies and certainty am influenced by the things I watch but rarely is there anything specifically that sparks an idea for me. I do follow a lot of photographers on Instagram which certainly inspires me by getting my creative juices flowing. The more I’ve been getting into videography the more I pull from the tv and movies I love.

One YouTube channel I would say that is particularly inspiring is CORRIDOR DIGITAL. They make their own videos as well as break down VFX, Stuntwork and animation. I find the show incredibly fascinating and entertaining and it always inspires me to get out there and just be more and more creative!

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