Hi, my name is Nick. I'm 18, and I'm a full time Creative pursuing photography and filmmaking. I live in Lancaster County PA, and work part time at a restaurant to help fund my adventures.
What is your passion(s) and why?
My passion can be defined in a lot of ways. Photography, filmmaking, storytelling, visual art, creating, ect. However, I want to go a little further. My passion is to give people an escape from reality. Through my pictures and films I want to give people the opportunity to be disconnected from their daily stress, and struggles. I always like to sink myself into my favorite artist’s work, and get lost in what they create. I want people to get lost in my work.
Any side hustles/full time hustle that involve your passion?
I am currently working to build myself, and brand myself as an photographer/filmmaker. Every moment I can I spend shooting a project, editing a project, researching, learning, or emailing and working with other artists and brands.
How long have you been doing photographer/filmmaker for and what made you want to get into it?
I have been doing photography for 3 years, and filmmaking for a little over a year. I always liked to use my mom’s camera on vacation, and when I was in high school my brother started watching some youtubers like Ben Brown, and Casey Niestat. I started watching them too, and eventually bought my own camera. as I used, and learned more about how to use a camera professionally. I fell in love with the process. As I ended high school I realized I wanted to make it a career, and have been working towards that goal ever since.
What's one of your biggest achievements so far as a photographer?
My biggest achievement has been doing a video project for AeroPress. It's still in post-production stage, but it should be done within a month. I had a great time shooting it, and it should turn out fantastic.
As a photographer, do you ever feel unmotivated to get out and shoot? If so, how do you get back into the zone?
I constantly become unmotivated. It's hard to stay motivated when a project isn't quite working out, or when I lack inspiration. When I become unmotivated I like to look at other people’s content. Whether its YouTube, or Instagram looking at other creator’s content always helps jumpstart my creativity.
What are some of your creative goals you are working on?
I'm currently working on a few video projects. one is the AeroPress film. I'm also putting together a vlog/behind the scenes video of the AeroPress shoot. I went to Maine this summer and I'm putting together a travel film for that. and I'm always looking for pictures to take. I always have the goal to take an image I'm really happy with every week.
What does our brand, Coffee & Create, mean to you?
Your brand Coffee and Create is fantastic. I love coffee, so pairing it with the whole creative process is great. And with the community page letting other creators be showcased on your website is also great. I love when brands actively work with creators. Bringing creators together with coffee is a wonderful thing, and it makes me extremely happy to see a brand that does that.
Find me on Instagram - @nickj_1019
Find me on YouTube – NickJamesVisuals