Nicci Briann | Defining my Niche as a Documentary-Lifestyle Photographer

Defining my Niche as a Documentary-Lifestyle Photographer

March 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Sometimes we go  around full circle to bring us right back where we need to be. I've spent months witnessing my work evolve. I went from being a schooled black and white film photographer shooting candidly out in the streets to having my own studio space for traditional work to doing fineart portraits.

Although I love the creative style and knowledge I have gained, I have come to realize something is missing in the communication when speaking to clients about my style and the work I want to put out there; work that is my photographic Niche.

One of these missing pieces is having people actually understand the style and direction of my photography when I am approached for a photo session. I thought it would be helpful to share this information because it is important that clients are on the same page and understand the style and way that I work.

I have done a lot of experimenting with my photography this past year and it is apparent that I am able to work in multiple formats. However, I don't necessarily enjoy it all. I love photography and I love creating, but I have left many sessions feeling disappointed because I knew I wasn't capturing moments that align with the direction of where I want my photography to be.

I currently have unshared photos that are amazing, but it isn't where I want to continue my photographic direction. Although I am capable of doing studio portraits, traditional, fineart, nature and travel work and will shoot in these formats from time to time, my greatest interest  is in documentary, lifestyle and street photography. I love capturing life as it unfolds. 


(Photos taken from A Visit with Grandma)

I am a story teller at heart and my passion is in telling stories through my lens to preserve memories. For me I enjoy shooting what moves me and anticipating moments that go unseen by others as I observe people in their natural environments.

As a documentary and lifestyle photographer what this means for you as a client is you are allowing me to be in your space intimately as you go about your day while I candidly snap away at the honest, organic and authentic moments of your life with my creative vision. I won't direct the session unless I am capturing a specific moment while guiding you into a certain movement or activity for aesthetic value and/or portrait.

A session could be anywhere and consist of as few or as  many moments in your life; from a large community event, to you laying in your room pondering, getting ready for the day, writing in your journal, playing an instrument, an outing with a loved one, waking up with your kids, the birth of your child, a day at the park or in your home, your child's first bath, crawl and walk, teaching your children how to cook, playing a sport, a visit with grandparents and family, a vacation, a birthday party, an engagement proposal, a wedding. They are portraits and snapshots of your life.

Essentially it is your story and legacy documented photographically and professionally for you to be present in the moment with yourself and your loved ones. Capturing the human condition is what brings me happiness as a photographer.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation or having me as your photographer I can be reached at 773-234-6960 or via emal at to discuss session details, dates and rates. I hope to connect with many of you soon to share these memories and special moments of your life with you.

With love and light,




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