Capturing stories and relationships is Nicole Bradshaw's priority with her business Nicole Bradshaw Photography. Bradshaw's business is located in Los Lunas, NM, and she shoots family and senior portraits, maternity and newborn photos, weddings, events, quinceaneras and more. She doesn't try to specialize in a single type of photography.
"I don't feel right specializing in just one area of photography as many photographers do," Bradshaw says. "I believe that everyone should be able to have a great photographer to capture their lives, and that means that I shoot all sorts of different things."
In fact, Bradshaw says that there are three major reasons why hiring a professional photographer is beneficial. First, clients are guaranteed high-quality images with some of the best equipment. Second, images are protected through backup systems that prevent photos from being lost or erased. Lastly, professional photographers often have business licenses, contracts or insurance to protect themselves and their clients, avoiding potential complications later on if someone is injured during a shoot, or something gets broken.
Bradshaw says she's always had a special attachment to photography, even saying her grandmother "has been chasing [her] around with a camera" since she was born which likely sparked her interest. Bradshaw gives her grandmother a lot of credit for her love of photography, growing up having seen her house filled with photos of her family. Bradshaw calls them "the stories of [her] life" and those who came before her.
People and their stories make life fun and interesting, and in this line of work I get to meet and work with some amazing families and individuals," Bradshaw says. "[Also,] I love to create beautiful pieces of art that help tell a story, even if that story is as simple as documenting how your family grows and changes from year to year. Becoming a photographer just seemed like a natural fit."