“Being transformed into a mother, a new person really, has broken me open to realize I can do what I was meant to do, create…and be able to make an income for the family.”
We’re very excited to kick off our featured moms series with Nicole Robinson! Nicole is portrait photographer who also runs a mean photo booth. Nicole’s work ranges from quirky and whimsical to poignant and heartfelt but is always uniquely her own. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a degree in fine art photography and currently runs her own photography studio in Hopewell, NJ.
What’s your current inspiration? Do you have any projects you’re excited about or want to share?
I’m currently working on a series of portraits of kids watching videos and playing video games…but photographing only their faces and expressions with a grey backdrop (so you don’t literally see what they are doing). I’ve recently been inspired by the black and white portraits of Ellar Coltrane, star of “Boyhood”, and would like to do the same with my son.
Has motherhood had an impact on your creative work?
Beyond being able to put together a mean lego scene, becoming a mom has both opened up possibilities and also scared the shit out of me. Being transformed into a mother, a new person really, has broken me open to realize I can do what I was meant to do, create…and be able to make an income for the family too. Having a child has made me realize that I can do a lot in 15 minutes! When a baby, it was nap time and go, go GO! Now, my son helps me. Set up tripods, sew backdrops, test lights, paint backdrops, pack the car. How amazing!
How do you balance being a mom and your work?
My time perspective has certainly changed, having a child. Projects and ideas are more quick to happen, ironically enough, because I don’t spend as much time hashing things out in my head. For better or worse, I jump right into new ideas, am more flexible with change (for the most part) and get things moving quicker. Working with children before becoming a mom was a different experience. I feel so much more comfortable being silly, getting on the floor for a photo shoot, and connecting with children now that I’ve lived with this amazing creature, my son day in and day out.
Do you have any favorite creative activities you do with your son?
As I was thinking about your question of creative things we do together, many things came to mind, but one that I cherish is song and music. I love the magic of singing to a toddler to make things run smoothly. I was blown away by that when I first discovered singing to my son to get him to walk downstairs with me. Joy!
To see more of her work please visit Nicole’s portfolio website.
Know a creative mom we should put in the spotlight? Nominate yourself or a friend! We’d love to hear from you!