I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while now, but not just a “here are the photos from my latest session” type of blog. I wanted to actually have something to say. Of course, I don’t expect to have world-changing words of wisdom, but what in the world do I have to say? I decided the least I could do is introduce myself and CNP, share some of my latest sessions and clients, and give you a little peek at my life. So here goes the first part…
Who’s behind the lens?
My name is Nikki Piner, sometimes said by friends as if it’s one word: “Nikkipiner!” I’ve called Stafford, Virginia my home since I was seven. I earned a lot of experience babysitting my three younger brothers from a young age. I thank my older brother for that, since he usually “delegated” that task to me. This led me to begin babysitting “professionally” at twelve years old. Since then, I’ve worked with kids in a variety of ways: Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, nanny, youth group leader. It also led me to my passion for teaching. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree at George Mason University so I can become an elementary school teacher.
I grew up with a love of photography and first learned about developing my own film while on yearbook staff. After high school I realized I wanted to pursue photography as more than a hobby. I volunteered as the official photographer of the high school marching band while my brother was marching in it, photographed local theatrical plays and musicals, and even tried my hand at wedding photography (which, by the way, is not my cup of tea!). I transitioned to digital photography and finally fell in love with photographing families and high school seniors.
What does Chasing Now mean?
It’s living in the present, before it gets away — not wallowing in the past, or looking too far ahead, but truly appreciating the here and now while it is here and now. This is where Chasing Now comes in — capturing the beauty, the excitement, the real life of now so it can be preserved and cherished forever. One of my favorite quotes from Emily Dickinson says it simply:
“Forever is composed of nows.”
Here are a few other quotes that I think help capture the essence of Chasing Now. If you visit my website, you’ll probably see these and other quotes scattered around.
“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.” ~ Marie B. Ray
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~Wayne Dyer
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think that’s enough of an introduction for now (haha…no pun intended!) As I learn how to do this whole blog thing, more of my personality will probably be revealed through silly comments and pictures from my life and photo sessions.
Thanks to Photography by Nicole Johnson in Richmond, VA for my photos!