Business Name: Narrative Imagery
Name: Nicholas Thayer
Location: Denver, Colorado
Website: Narrative Imagery
Facebook: Narrative Imagery
|Tell us about yourself and your business.
HI! I am Nicholas Thayer, a Senior and Wedding portrait photographer out of Denver, Colorado. Well, technically, I am from Frederick, and now you have that confused look on your face… that’s why I say Denver. I started Narrative Imagery about 5 years ago…maybe 6 now.. with the goal of just taking photographs of human beings. I literally photographed anything anyone wanted. Weddings, Maternity, Boudoir, Families etc… It wasn’t until about 3 years in to my journey that I came to realize that I really REALLY love photographing seniors! They are just too much fun to hang out with! They kind of have a better idea of who they are and their personalities are just awesome. I love it I love it I love it! Me personally, I am a husband to my first wife, and father to my favorite daughter. I love music, coffee, music, coffee, and hoodies.
|What is in your gear bag?
So I am pretty much a Canon guy. Not because I don’t like other brands, it’s just what I started with and it’s what I know. I haven’t had any reason to look at other brands. Love my canon(s). So I mainly shoot with my Canon 5d Mark iii, sometimes I’ll bring out my Mark ii just because it does take a slightly different photograph. I also recently have been bringing along my medium format film camera, Rolleiflex. Oh man has that thing been fun to use and learn.
|Where do you draw inspiration from?
Really, everywhere. I know that sounds cliche, but it’s true. One thing that I do before all of my sessions is listen to music. One of my favorite artist I listen to specifically for like weddings or senior portraits is Sigur Ros. I try my hardest to tune out everything else and just focus on the music and build moving pictures in my head that flows with the music. It works for me… 🙂
|What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
I think I had a few…maybe more than a few obstacle’s when I first started but one of them was comparing myself to other photographers. I would, or still do follow a lot of different photographers, and at the beginning, I would beat my self up and really become discouraged because my work didn’t look like someone else’s. I really don’t think I found my style or branding of photography until I stopped comparing my photos to someone else. What I did was instead of thinking, “man, my photo doesn’t look anything like that…I suck” I would instead look at someones photograph, and just figure out just by looking at it what that photographer did to make the photograph look awesome. Where’s the light, where is the photographer standing, how much depth of field is being used, that kind of stuff. I didn’t do this so I could recreate the image of someone else, I did it to keep learning about my craft, and how to evolve my craft in to something that hopefully another photographer can feel inspired by and learn from. Find your style, work on your craft daily, and never stop learning!
|Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Fear is paralyzing. I sometimes think of a really awesome concept or want to just try something, and I often get to the spot or the shoot, and freeze because I am fearful of it not turning out the way I want, or fearful that the client might think my idea is lame, which it probably was. I think to be successful, you have to try your hardest to not let fear drive your sessions. Let your creativity drive it, even if it doesn’t work out; at least you tried it, and maybe you figured out an even better way of attempting that one awesome photograph.