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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tyler Nykole

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyler Nykole. 

Hi Tyler, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Both of my parents were in the military and my dad was always sent overseas for work. When we were together my dad would always be the one to take pictures everywhere we went. My dad also liked to take pictures of nature. My mom was usually stationed in the states, and I visited my dad during the summertime or on holidays in Sweden, Hong Kong, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Qatar, or wherever he was stationed. My travels gave me a broad experience of visiting other countries. What sparked my interest in photography was watching NCIS and I was fascinated by the forensics photographers’ job. Crime Scenes and dead people fascinated me I often told my parents to follow the ambulances when their sirens were on because I wanted to see where they were going and what was going on so I could take pictures. I thought about becoming a forensic photographer. As I got older, I wanted to learn more about photography. I majored in Photography in college and received my B.S in May of 2021. During college, I freelanced and took pictures of couples, birthdays, and families. After graduation, I landed my first photography job photographing high school seniors while still running my own photography business. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Being an inexperienced photographer, I struggled in the beginning with working with lighting, positioning people, figuring out my cannon camera, and deciding the cost factors. Another struggle for me was setting appointments and relying on people to attend their photoshoots on time. I had to learn to be diplomatic about my rules and policies for cancellations, rescheduling, and my time management skills. When I look back on my earlier work, I can see a lot of mistakes and laugh at myself. Over the years I have improved tremendously and now consider myself a professional photographer. I enjoy playing with lighting and shadows. I also love to pose people in different settings, and I have even photographed people in staged crime scene settings. Several people commented that my work style was unique and different but that didn’t deter me from being myself. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am inspired with mixing different fashion styles in model’s attire. I like old school mixing with new school fashion. It is like taking old school music and putting it with new school music like the battle of the bands. I appreciate my ability to control lighting in a studio and to create shadows in different positions using snoots, diffusers, and barn doors to cast a light on the models. I am known for keeping everyone’s beauty true to themselves and coming up with creative ideas that are daring outside the box and that are not boring. What sets me apart from others is that I have visited a lot of places and seen different cultures that motivated me to be more creative and widen my imagination. I am always ready to give someone a new and fun concept to shoot. I enjoy photographing families, couples, fashion models, and college graduates. This gives me a sense of happiness to be a part of so many lives. 

How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
I am open to joining someone on a project and I am always seeking to find new ideas to shoot. You can support me by following my Instagram @Shotsbyty_ and liking and commenting on my pictures. You can also check out my website at Nykolephotos.com 

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Image Credits
Sidney Roland
Bree-Anna Henry
Madison Masterson
Tyler Preshea
Tyler & Jevonta Barginere
Eric Pacos
Therese Gonzales
Jevonta Baginere

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