Business Name: Nicole Spangler Photography
Name: Nicole Spangler
Location: Big Lake, Minnesota
Website: Nicole Spangler Photography
Facebook: Nicole Spangler Photography
|Tell us about yourself and your business.
I am a senior photographer based out of Big Lake, Minnesota. I have been in business for over 6 years and I absolutely adore working with teens. I emphasize inner beauty, uplifting self esteem, and create unique portraits for each individual. My work is modern and fun!
|What is in your gear bag?
Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 70-200L ii 2.8, Canon 85L 1.2, Canon 24-70L 2.8, Sigma Art 50mm 1.4.
|Where do you draw inspiration from?
The inspiration for this shoot was the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald on November 9, 1975. As a child I would visit the north shore and hear about the tragedy of the freighter ship’s sinking with 29 souls on board during a horrific winter storm. I have always been curious about the story.When I began planning this shoot, I knew I wanted to incorporate a vintage look to the wardrobe and also when I edited the images. I asked my senior models to find wardrobe that reflected more of a Victorian era. I asked my hair and makeup team to create looks that reflected a modern take on the Victorian era and honestly I couldn’t have envisioned anything better! Jessica Mattevi from Vain Salon honestly brought my vision to life.When we woke up on the morning of the shoot, I was really concerned about the weather. The entire state of Minnesota was covered with rain on the radar. I frantically started trying to find a backup plan to shoot indoors. When I realized I couldn’t find any indoor locations, I decided to just “go with it”. Since my inspiration board was extremely moody, I was ok with a little rain. But what happened next was sheer luck. The rain stopped and dense fog rolled in. The waves of Lake Superior were huge! Honestly, this was the perfect weather for my moody, stormy shoot!
We began our shoot right outside our cabin on the rocky shore. My senior models were absolutely amazing. They each were so brave when I asked them to go bare foot on the rocky shores as well as get into the chilly water.
We then headed to Palisade Head on Lake Superior. Palisade Head is an enormous igneous outcrop on the shores of Lake Superior. The sheer drop off literally makes your heart pound from fear. As we wound our way up to the top of Palisade Head the fog got even more dense. When we reached the top, we were literally in the clouds. It was the most breathtaking experience I have had during a shoot. My senior models were seriously so brave during this portion of the shoot. The winds were gusting and honestly, I was a little scared.
After Palisade Head we went back to the cabin where I asked the girls if they wanted to get in the lake for some final shots. I told them it was optional, but they all wanted to. Lake Superior was still fiercely crashing it’s waves and things got a little interesting when the girls waded into her cold waters. But the images I captured as well as the video footage is amazing.
This destination shoot with my senior models was definitely one for the books. I had so much fun getting to know all of the girls and they all had an opportunity to get to know eachother better too. I hope you enjoy the imagery I captured.
Last but not least, thank you to my Class of 2017 Senior Models for literally being amazing.
To view more images and the movie trailer I created click: http://nicolespanglerphotography.com/2016/08/north-shore-senior-model-shoot-minnesota-senior-photography.html
|What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
One obstacle I had when I first started my business was literally how to start a business. I was flying by the seat of my pants and was learning as I went. I literally sucked up all of the knowledge I could get my hands on. Thankfully I did not give up. If I had to do it all again, I would take more workshops earlier on in my career. I am so thankful for my clientele. They are the reason I am successful.
|Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
I highly recommend taking a really good workshop. Ask for referrals so you can chat with prior attendees about their experience before you register.