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Rising Stars: Meet Nikki Cox

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikki Cox.

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?
When I was in high school, I got into film photography for fun, I used a small point and shoot to capture memories. I got my first “real deal” film camera from an antique store my senior year of high school. My camera became an extension of me and went with me everywhere. My collection of 35mm cameras continued to grow the more I immersed myself into photography. Over the past three years, I realized it was more than just a hobby for me and that it has always been a deeply rooted passion. It is my way of expressing myself and preserving moments that are unique to my perspective. I could never picture my life without this medium of expression.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
With using film, I’ve had to learn a lot through trial and error. You don’t get to see your results in real-time so you have to trust your instincts and knowledge. This made it feel more rewarding when I started getting the results that I wanted. I think making the choice to pursue photography as my career was one of the struggles I faced. It takes courage to launch yourself into a creative career. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else, so I had no choice but to make the leap. Through photography, I’ve been able to learn a lot about myself and others. I’ve learned how important it is for clients to feel comfortable and open during a shoot. It has become one of my top priorities to make clients feel calm and confident throughout the time we spend together. I’m sure the road ahead will be met with challenges, but I feel eager to see what will unfold and how I can grow through new experiences.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
In my photography, I mostly do portraits because I’ve always loved being able to work with people. Being in front of a camera can be a really vulnerable experience for many.

I think that being able to connect with other humans has always been a big part of my work.

I’m super thankful that my journey with photography has given me the opportunity to get a glimpse into people’s lives, and I think my photography reflects that. Using film puts a limit to the amount of pictures I can take, so I am intentional when taking each photo, which is why I find it so important to create a safe and free flowing environment.

I think this sets me apart because I view my photography sessions as a mutual experience for people to feel confident and beautiful, as well as allowing me to pursue my passion as an artist.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
The inspiration I’ve drawn from the people I’ve come across has been the driving force behind my passion for portrait photography. The eclectic and ever-evolving style, as well as the diversity of my city has presented a revolving door of creativity throughout the years. I am grateful to have grown up close enough to such an epicenter of art and fashion, constantly presenting new ways people represent their individuality.

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