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Meet Redondo Beach Photographer: Nicholas Borsodi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Borsodi.

Nicholas, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Just over 6 years ago, my wife Maureen and I were vacationing in Japan and when we came home to go through all of the photos we had taken on our little point and shoot camera, I was disappointed with the way they turned out. Even though we had such an AMAZING time there with some of our best friends, the photos that we took were sub-par, at best.

Shortly after returning home, I decided I was going to spend some “decent” money on a DSLR camera (I think it was a Canon Rebel T2i?). I took it everywhere! Shot everything! Documented it all! During this time, I was deep into a corporate 9-5 job and Maureen was building her name/brand in the fashion world. Every once in a while, she would ask if I could take a few photos for a brand that she was working with. I never said no. Not because I wanted to transition into a career of doing that, but just because I truly loved photography.

Fast forward 5 years. I was still working that corporate job, but now it was from home (for the moment). Maureen was rapidly building her name in the fashion world. I had gone through 3-4 cameras (slowing upgrading), purchased 3 lenses, created a whole studio in my garage with 4 strobes, self-teaching myself to get out of that AUTO mode and moving to shooting in MANUAL as well as taking a few photoshop and lightroom classes. All of this just to improve my photos and have a nice little side business. Not actively searching for new work, but taking projects when they presented themselves.

One morning (almost 1 year ago to the date), I was days from my 6 year wedding anniversary, sitting in the waiting room of my dentist’s office waiting for Maureen to finish with a procedure she was getting done. I received a random/unexpected call from one of my bosses. He was upset. He wasn’t his normal self. I could tell something was wrong. He told me how much he enjoyed working with me, how great I was at my job but finished by telling me that our department was downsizing (I think it was like 50 down to handful of people) and that my team was going to be some of those that were being let go. I had so many mixed feelings in a matter of seconds. I was scared. I was relieved. I was pissed. I was EVERYTHING! Most importantly, I was nervous. How was I going to help provide for my family (1/2 of who was self-employed)? What was I going to do? How were we going to pay for health insurance? I was not ready for this. Well, with Maureen still in the dentist’s chair, I had about an hour to start thinking all of this through. I sat in the waiting room by myself. Quiet. Emotionless. That hour seemed to take days to pass.

Finally, Maureen got up from the dentist’s chair and we walked out of the dentist’s office, what she thought was just going to be another ordinary day of work. Never being able to keep secrets from my wife (not even birthday surprises), I quickly pulled her aside and explained the phone call I received and what had just happened. She felt the same things I was feeling. Asking the same questions I was asking. But, while I was saying, “F*&^! What are we going to do?” she was saying, “Look how much you love photography! Start putting your name out and let’s work as a team!”.

Fast forward to today. Days before my 7 year wedding anniversary, I’m sitting in front of my computer with my camera next to me (I recently upgraded again, this time to a Canon 6D), editing some photos from a 2-day shoot I had for a home interior company. After that, I’m editing photos from another 2-day shoot I had for a clothing company. I had 2 photoshoots yesterday with some fashion influencers. Tomorrow I have a photoshoot with a swimwear line. Wednesday I have a photoshoot with an online boutique. Thursday morning we (Maureen and I) leaves for a 5-day photoshoot at Hangout fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama for a clothing line.

Needless to say, I now know the answer to that question I asked Maureen a year ago. I know what I’m going to do. I’m going to follow my passion. I am following my passion. This year has flown by. I have companies reaching out to me. I have repeat clients. Most importantly, I have the best support team possible.

A HUGE thank you to my wife! If it weren’t for you believing in me and helping me build my new career while you’re flourishing in yours, I wouldn’t be where I am now. You’re the best! Here’s to knowing way too much in the fashion world, giving models the time of day, and working next to the person that has supported me the most. My wife!

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think it ever was or ever will be smooth because I’m always growing. The moment I stop growing and learning is the moment I have lost the passion for photography.

A big struggle I’ve had was when I hated every photo I’ve taken. Even though everyone else loved them, Luckily I’m out of that phase, even though I still believe I’m my biggest critic.

What type of clients or projects do you look forward to most?
Each client is unique and that’s what makes each of them special. They allow me to tell their story through my lens and that’s what I love.

What have been some of the most important lessons you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I believe things happen for a reason but if I had a crystal ball, I would have started pursuing this passion sooner, while I was still working my corporate gig.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.njb3.com
  • Phone: 3109139169
  • Email: nicholas@njb3.com
  • Instagram: @njb3photo
  • Facebook: Nicholas Borsodi

 

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