NICOLE BARTON

I'm writing you this introduction within arms reach of both a fresh cup of coffee and my camera-either of which is almost always in my grasp at any given hour of the day. The desk I sit at is mostly tidy but accented by a picture of my daughters, the latest Vogue Magazine, my personal journal, several fabric swatches, and a notepad filled with quotes and sketches and inspiration scribbled enthusiastically throughout.

 

These are the things I have, and the things that I am; A mother, a photographer, a stylist, a designer, and before I was all of those, I have always been an artist. 

I was gifted my first film camera at nine years old and it was exactly what I'd hoped for. I spent hours and hours designing wardrobes and wild hairstyles in an attempt to duplicate the fashion magazines that I loved. I felt that every time I produced a new self-portrait, a previously unexpressed facet of my personality could be unleashed! It was transformative.

I could use this camera to purge pain, send a message, tell the world more about who I am. And then something incredible happened-I discovered that others would allow me to do the same for them.

 

I was ecstatic. In 2009 I first began to photograph strangers-people who had seen my images and wanted me to shoot them. Before I knew it, I was in the business of providing portraiture full-time, eventually opening my own studio in my native San Francisco Bay Area for several years, before popping up here in Los Angeles in 2017.

The reason I ended up ultimately providing portraiture to someone like yourself is because, quite simply, I love being photographed, I love how the resulting image makes me feel: the power it has, the message it conveys, and I want everyone else to feel what I feel.

I want you to have an image created that produces the exact result you'd hoped for.

 

Whether that means having a show-stopping headshot that sets you apart in your field or taking home a timeless, heirloom-quality fine art canvas displaying an image of your children that is so tender and candid that it becomes a treasured memory instantly, only to be cherished all the more deeply as time goes by. I want you to exist in images, I want your photographs to be printed into tangible pieces of art, and I want you to be changed by the experience.

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