My Story

 
 

Hallo! As you probably gathered, I’m Nadia. I’m constantly telling people how important their stories are, and I’m always humbled whenever they ask me to help tell those stories. It’s cliche, but it’s true: Everyone has a story - or stories, because let’s be honest, we’ve all got a few under our belts. How we want to share our adventures is entirely up to us. I usually prefer to tell other people’s stories in images, but for myself, I’m going to share in words.

I grew up in northern Idaho, an only child to a single mother. We had dogs, always. Lots of dogs (border collies, most of them). We also had very little money, but the things I really remember about growing up were all happy despite that fact. We always had good food (homemade casseroles and amazing baked goods because my mom is the best) and all other necessities. I never had a Nintendo or too many fancy toys, and play time usually consisted of wandering around the neighborhood with other kids either having water fights or playing games of tag. It was an awesome childhood, and I am privileged to have had it. It also meant I spent a lot of time outdoors, in nature, playing “pretend” and imagining up other worlds and fantastical stories. This particular fact has forever shaped who I am and, ultimately, how I approach photography.

When I was little I thought I would be a teacher when I grew up. Then eventually I thought I’d be a veterinarian. However, I’d picked up a camera around the age of 7 and never really put it down. I was the annoying friend who was constantly photographing everyone at high school parties and events. Everything, from the mundane to the ridiculous, got documented in my teen years. When high school came to an end I had two choices: go to veterinary school in southeast Washington state, or pursue an art degree in western Washington state. I’m grateful everyday that I chose the latter.

I attended The Evergreen State College from 2005-2009, studying photography, philosophy, science, and writing. Photography was always my main focus, but I got to apply it in so many incredibly creative ways because of the variety of topics I was studying. It helped that the Evergreen campus is set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a multitude of forests, mountains, and beaches. I never ran out of amazing scenery to serve as a backdrop to whatever new techniques and photographic adventures I delved into, and I got to continue my love affair with the outdoors on the regular.

2009 was the year I photographed my first wedding. It was terrifying. But it also exposed me to this wonderful world of documenting love stories. There was something magical about the raw emotion of a wedding day, and I felt so humbled to be the one preserving those moments. I was hooked instantly, and I’ve not looked back.

I’ve traveled a lot since 2009. My business officially started in Olympia, WA in 2010. In 2011 I moved to Eugene, OR. Then in 2013, I moved to Thailand. In 2014, I came back stateside and landed in Portland, OR with my now husband. I love this place and it’s where I’ll be from here on out. That said, my husband and I both love traveling, and it will remain a constant in our lives (and my business) for as long as we’re able.

Combining my love of telling stories through photographs with my passion for travel and the outdoors is something that I will forever be grateful for the privilege of doing. This work grants me opportunities to see amazing places, meet amazing people, and chronicle amazing tales.

I’m dying to hear your love story and to help you document it. Reach out, and I’ll treat you to a cup of tea or a glass of wine while we plan an adventure deserving of your story.

Cheers,

Nadia