How I Started
My name is Nicole A. Winkels (hence the name N a Wink). My interest in Photography started when I was around 13. My dad bought a digital camera and I started playing around with it and creating crazy pictures in Photoshop.. Shortly after, I took a basic photography course and read every book available to me about digital photography. I started taking product shots for my dad's business, then I then graduated to taking photos of my baby sister when I was 16. After high-school I started working as a pharmacy technician but kept educating myself in the photography field. I am mainly self taught and I have taken various online workshops taught by Ana Brandt of TAOPAN and Amy Cook Photography that focus especially on newborn posing safety. I specialize in Maternity and Newborn photography in the Windsor-Essex area and I love every minute of it!
My other Interests & Activities
I am an avid D.I.Y Prop maker and you can see examples on my blog at www.diyproprops.weebly.com. When you book your session with me, you will get to use many examples of items I've made, such as maternity gowns, newborn posing props, and more!
I volunteer in my church, as well as volunteering for the Windsor Regional Hospital and various nursing homes as a piano player.
In early 2014, I founded the Preserving Life Project which offers free photo sessions to mothers in difficult situations, I am currently working with the Sunparlour Pregnancy Centre and providing photography to moms that cannot afford professional photography.
Faith & Family
I have three beautiful children, and a wonderful husband who supports me with all my crazy ideas. I would not be where I am today without the amazing love and support from my family, and my faith in God. He has blessed me with a gift for photography, and I will use it to the best of my abilities to give glory to Him. My all time favorite Bible verse is "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4.
"ANYONE CAN TAKE A PICTURE, BUT IT TAKES AN ARTIST TO CREATE A PORTRAIT"
- N. W.