Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Wolf.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Nick. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was working at my first job out of college, which was doing scenic construction for huge events, basically corporate theatre, for a little over a year when I was had one of those cliché quarter life crisis moments where I was like, what do I actually want to do with my life? I knew I did not want to keep doing what I was doing for 5 more years, so I put in my two weeks and then was off to figure out what I really did want to do. That took some serious twists and turns through some various other creative endeavors including writing screenplays, attempting to start a band, shooting music videos and then it just kind of happened. A buddy of mine was a photo major in college and was kind of burned out and he offered to lend me his 5D MK II and I was hooked. I started shooting any and everything over the next couple years. Trolling Craigslist looking for gigs, reaching out to anyone who was crazy enough to let me try assist for them, and binge watching YouTube photography tutorials. A big turning point for me is when I managed to set up time to get coffee with a friend of friend who had a cousin who was a photographer and pick her brain. I was like, “what advice would you give to a hungry newcomer photographer?” She said, “Just do it. You just have to do it.” She abruptly left and I remember thinking what a terrible piece of advice that was and what a waste of weeks and weeks trying to pin this person down, but looking back now. With 20/20, that was the best advice I ever got. You really just have to get out there. As lame as that sounds.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Sooo not smooth. I do not know anyone who is successful in this industry who has not come into contact with repeated and multiple setbacks/struggles/crushing depression/hardships. For me, freelancing was/is a huge learning curve. Trying to figure out when money was coming in, if at all, and then how much? And then there are taxes! I mean it is a lot to learn and you have to quickly or else you will sink fast.
Nick Wolf Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in people. I love photographing people. All day everyday. I’m really good at helping people feel comfortable in front of camera and getting the best out of them. A major strength of mine is collaborating with other people on set and taking time, listening, hearing and tweaking things until we have it perfect.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is such a tricky word and so subjective. I guess to me, at the end of the day, success is really about being happy and feeling proud about the work I am putting out into the world. Also, being able to eat and take vacations and stuff. That is really important.
- Website: https://www.nickwolfphotography.com/
- Phone: 510-332-7703
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @nickwolfphotography
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