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Meet Nicole Burleson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Burleson.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I picked up a camera in middle school and fell in love from there. I started shooting on a Canon T3i in high school. I shot almost every weekend with my friends Savannah and Andrew. We started to get a better eye for composition and lighting. My family and I went to Telluride, CO, for winter break one year. There I met a professional landscape photographer who had been mentored by Ansel Adams. He gave me advice about how to shoot photos with the camera I owned and how to have better composition. Although I was not a landscape photographer, this changed the way I took photos. I became aware of my composition and accurate settings rather than shooting what looks good. Over the years, I have grown as a photographer as I shoot digital images as well as on film. Learning how to shoot film and how to develop it greatly increased my knowledge and skill in the art of photography. I now shoot on a Sony A7Riii ad a Pentax 1000.

Please tell us about your art.
I mainly shoot portraits, which has always been my strongest subject in photography. I shoot on my Sony A7R iii as well as a Pentax 1000 for film. I also shoot concerts and BTS photos on film sets. I really enjoy taking these kinds of photos because I love photographing people doing what they love. This has recently led me to get into the world of photographing and filming extreme sports such as skateboarding and surfing. When I shoot portraits, I want people to see them and experience the emotion and the story behind every shot. I think stories are very important, especially the ones worth telling. Whether it’s through a film or through a photograph or even a series of photographs, stories need to be told. When I shoot extreme sports, concerts, or BTS, I am sharing these artist’s stories with the viewer. They get to see other people doing what they love to do. I personally think that is inspiring. When people see my artwork, I hope they can experience the same joy that I get from creating that piece.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Connect with artists whose work you admire. Lately, I have been hitting up local artists and models who I would like to shoot with. This has led to great relationships and collaborations. Reach out to people, the worst they can say is no.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have been posting my portraits and concert photos on my Instagram, @freedfilm. I recently dropped a skateboarding Instagram for skate pictures and edits @skatefreedfilm.

My website is updated regularly with my best and most recent work

If you would like to support my work, please contact me to shoot. Or follow me on Instagram and enjoy the art that I would like to share with you.

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Image Credit:

Ethan Alloway

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