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Meet Nahshon Outten of Shawn Shuttlesworth in Westmont

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nahshon Outten.

Nahshon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started getting into photography during my freshmen year of high school when my parents noticed I would always stare at clouds during car rides. They gave me a Nikon Coolpix and from there, I was taking pictures of anything I thought was cool, which consisted of more objects than people. I ended up finishing high school being known as THE photographer and compiled a portfolio of portraits of people I would’ve never talked to without my camera. Now that I’m college, photography has helped me grow and meet people I never thought I’d meet, and go places I didn’t think I’d ever be at. If I want to create a story, I will and if I want to capture a moment, I can.

Great, 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?
Yes and no. I say Yes because I can’t recall a time when I didn’t want to shoot and couldn’t. I can’t recall a time when things were hard because before I was taking pictures for money, it was still my passion and I just enjoyed capturing moments, whether it be of a friend, sky, or celebrity. The most struggles I’ve had is choosing between staying home and studying on a school night or going out and documenting a local event in LA/NY. Other than that, I had the power to whatever I wanted with my camera and never hesitated to do so. I say no because along the way, I had problems and obstacles in my life, might it have been school or relationships, whenever I was affected or not myself, it definitely manifested in my work and I hated that.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a visual artist who specializes in photography and videography. I’m known for my party pictures, putting captions/subtitles on my images, as well as the overall 90’s feel I chose to display. I’m most proud of the connections I’ve made with people across the world and just the idea that if I wanted to bring people together, I could and I have and I will continue to do so. What sets me apart from others is the style of my photos, I strive to make sure my work looks like my work and no one else’s. Storytelling is my overall goal and to make sure my story is my story I put extra time and effort into doing so. That might involve getting on the floor for a certain angle, jumping in the moshpit at a party, or taking the same portrait seven times until it looks just right.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I have a top two; one just being recognized whenever I go outside by people who know my work. I’ve been recognized by the pilot of a flight I’ve been on a couple of times, bus drivers, artists’ who’s pictures I’ve taken only for them to recognize me and actually talk to me. Two, being the social experiment I conducted this past November where I was able to gather people at night on the train. I had 350 submissions and luckily enough close to 100 people, mostly people I didn’t know, met up with me at 2:30 in the morning and we played games, talked, and just hung out.


  • Outdoor Package 1: 1 Person, 1-2 Looks, 10 Edits, $100
  • Studio Package 1: 1 Person, 1-2 Looks, 7 Edits, $150
  • Event Photography: $75/Hour

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