Orange County Newborn Photographer | Friend & Photographer of the Week

March 8, 2011

This is my friend and fabulous photographer Nicole Ridella of Ordinary Days Photography,
which is located in the Northern California serving Marin County and San Francisco Bay Areas. I think Nicole is one of a few photographers that I began my journey with. She inspired me to get those tact sharp images that she always gets! Love her! Follow her on her Facebook Fan page!

Orange County Newborn Photographer

10 Questions for Nicole Ridella….

About the image…
1) Why do you love this image? I love the eye contact and the little girl’s personality. We were playing at a park and when I called her name, she peeked around this structure at me and I was happy to catch her little grin.

2) What were your settings with this image? ISO 800, SS 1/160 and f3.2.

About Photography…

3) What do you love about Photography? I love that photography helps me remember all kinds of tiny details I would otherwise forget. A few of my favorites include a photo that reminds me that when my youngest daughter first learned to walk she held her arms straight out in front of her a la Frankenstein and a photo of my older daughter as a baby dressed in Christmas jammies, trying to remove the child-proof cap on an outlet in our hallway (yes, she was more interested in electrocuting herself than she was in her Christmas gifts!) I also love older photographs from my childhood that remind me of summer vacations and my grandfather who loved his Polaroid camera and was forever trying to usher us grandkids into a group so he could take our photo. I love the memories that photographs hold.

4) What type of Photography do you specialize in and why? I specialize in photographing children and babies. They grow and change so quickly, I love capturing little moments in time for my clients, so that they can always have a reminder of what their child was like when he/she was small.

5) How do you juggle photography business and family and the rest of your life? Right now, while my children are still very young (5 years old and 19 months old) I juggle by limiting the number of sessions I will do during a month to two. Two is just enough to keep me creative and happy with my work, but not too much that I miss out on important time with my daughters.

6) Do you have happy and depressed moments during your creative cycle? Not really. I can always find something that I think is beautiful that I want to photograph.

About your life?

7 ) What are your favorite hobbies and pastimes? I love reading, watching good movies and listening to music. (My husband is an amazing piano player and I love listening to him play.)

8 ) Who or what inspires you? I find inspiration everywhere: in nature, in music, in paintings… I also am inspired by the way children live their lives, always right in the moment and so filled with wonder and excitement.

9) Who are some of your favorite singers/bands? Oh, that is a long list… Off the top of my head, Pearl Jam, Wilco and Ryan Adams come to mind. I love Harry Connick Jr. and Diana Krall. I think Yo Yo Ma is beyond brilliant. Chris Issak is another favorite.

10) What do you believe in? Love. Family. Friendship. Capturing memories. Laughter.

Next week I’ll be featuring my friend and photographer Jennifer Ricketts ofJennifer Ricketts Photography

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  • Sylvia Borgo · Posted March 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM · Link

    Nicole is an incredible photographer! I’m so tickled to see her featured here, Clarice. What a sweet image of that sweetie-pie girl. Thanks for the interview!

  • Kara Layfield · Posted March 10, 2011 at 7:24 AM · Link

    Nicole’s work is lovely!! I really enjoyed reading this article. Thanks for sharing.

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