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Talking Photography With Nick Pierce

8/20/2016Jake Ryan

Nick Pierce is a Brooklyn based photographer I have huge respect for. Not only does he take incredible photos, but since 2014 Nick has managed to make photography his full time profession and has travelled to some incredible places along the way. 

I recently spoke with Nick to see how he got started in photography and his get his advice for those looking to get started in the business

See the full interview below. 

Hey Nick, tell us a little about yourself. 
Well, my name is Nick Pierce and I'm a midwest born but Brooklyn based photographer. I'm probably best known for my work with the fashion blog, IAMGALLA, which is actually where I got my start in photography. Anyone that follows my Instagram will know that I love to shoot landscapes and cities. I've been fortunate to have opportunities to travel for work and see some beautiful sights. I strive to capture the mood and moments I see.  

Anyone who looks through your website or Instagram account can easily see you’re a very talented photographer. How long have you been taking photos?
Thank you very much! I'l been taking photos professionally for just over 2 years now. But it was always a side interest that I never pursued. I used to just admired from a far and would do some simple stuff on a point and shoot I had. 

Did you study photography or are you self taught?
I'm self taught. As I mentioned, I'd always been interested in photography but never nurtured that passion until I started working with Adam Gallagher of IAMGALLA. He had me start shooting for him and my obsessive nature just devoured information on photography.

What advice do you have for someone hoping to start in the photography business?  
Get a camera and get out and shoot! You don't need anything fancy to start taking great pics. Shoot subjects you are passionate about to begin with; I think it helps you to hone your eye. For me that was actually landscapes and architecture but lately I've been really into portraits. Once you have the hang of the technical part keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to shoot different subjects. You may discover a new passion.

Do you make your living as a photographer or is it something you do as a hobby?
It started as a side job back in 2014 but as of 2016 I've been fortunate enough to be able to make it a full-time thing.

What equipment do you use?
My main camera is a Nikon D7100 and I use an 18mm-140m f3.5-5.6 zoom lens or a 50mm f1.8 prime lens. Sometimes I'll bring along my old Pentax MG or Yashica Mat 124G but mainly on trips.

Do you spend a lot of time on the edit?
Depends on the photo. I try to get a lot of the photo right in camera but some color correction and simple light adjustments can do wonders for a photo, especially some of the landscapes I've photographed. The right edit can really bring out the elements of the picture. 

Looking through your website, I noticed you have done a lot of travelling. What is your favourite place you have travelled to?
My favorite country has been Iceland! I've never been anywhere like it before or since. The landscape felt like I was on another planet with the volcanoes, hot springs, and mossy, jagged terrain. I was only there for 48 hours but I would love to go back to see more!

Is there a place you’d love to travel from a photographers perspective?
I think some place like Madagascar or Machu Picchu would be amazing to see and photograph. I enjoy the challenge of getting to a remote location and then being rewarded with spectacular sights. 

What would be your dream job as a photographer? 
I would love to work for the National Park Service one day. What an amazing job to get to travel to all the national parks and photograph them?! 

Who/What inspires you?
I find a lot visual inspiration from cinema but I'm motivated and inspired by my fellow photographer friends and peers. I see so much amazing work from them on Instagram and it just pushes me to make my work better and better.  

What do you have planned for the rest of the year? 
I've got a couple of local NYC gigs lined up for now and then a couple of trips in the works, both national and potentially international. Stay tuned to my Instagram for that. 

If you'd like to work together you can get in touch at

Thanks Nick for taking the time to speak to TravelFoodFilm

Make sure you head to Nick's website for more information and more photos -

And be sure to follow Nick on Instagram HERE

All photos in this post are copyright of Nick Pierce. 

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