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Daily Inspiration: Meet Nick Watkin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Watkin.

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?
Growing up, I was always taking pictures. Whether on a point and shoot or my parent’s digital cameras. So it was kinda of natural that I decided to do photography. When I got kicked out of school and lost a retail job I was doing, I just said screw it and brought a basic dslr camera just to start out. Fast forward a few months and I snuck my camera into Panorama and shot Frank Ocean and Solange from the crowd. To this day, I’m still surprised that actually happened. Those photos along with my J Cole ones helped me land an internship at Atlantic Records and I was able to build and network there. I was also able to meet and build and work with my former mentor because of some of the photos I was taking.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road to say the least. Mainly just getting photo jobs is a little difficult because you have to pitch your ideas to brands and reach out to people to get work. As well as just finding people to reach out to at certain brands and trying to find a balance between working and being creative.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a photographer that specializes in portrait, concert and nature/landscape photography. I’ve taken some of people’s favorite photos of Nipsey Hussle, Snoh Allegra, J Cole, Travis Scott, Burna Boy, etc… The list goes on. What I’m most proud of was having a photo in Billboard Magazine. And having a great working relationship with certain people and artists. And I’m a perfectionist. I’ll try and visualize in my head the shots I want to get ahead of time so that when the shoot comes, I could get the shots in 5-10 mins.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Just reach out and ask if they’re looking for one. That’s what I did. It did work out for me. I was able to work and shoot Dussepalooza and a party called RnB Party as well as work Made In America. But I no longer have a mentor as of now.

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All shot by @nickwnyc

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