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  1. 5 Gifts Every Mother Loves | Northampton Family Photographer

    There are buds on the weeping cherry tree and daffodils in the front yard. Leftover Easter cake sits in the refrigerator. Mother’s Day is only weeks away. While we are still spending our days at home, it doesn’t mean we can’t plan for a special gift for Mom. 1. Simple

  2. Why Prints Matter | Northampton Portrait Photographer

    I remember watching my grandfather’s slide shows and 8mm family films as a kid. I loved seeing the story unfold. Scenes of my grandparents camping, my parents married in a church, me as a chubby baby. All these slides stitched together a story of my history, the people I loved…

  3. Portrait of a Reader—An Online Art Project | Nikki Gardner

    Hi Friends,  I’m doing this exciting new online art project, titled Portrait of a Reader, centered on books and digital camera captures (via short 1:1 video conference call) that I hope will bring people together during this strange time. I would love for you to participate! Read the artist statement…

  4. New eGift Cards | Nikki Gardner Photography

    Although my studio is temporarily closed for portrait sessions, you can still purchase gift cards online (no expiration date), delivered safely to your inbox.  An eGift card makes a perfect all occasion gift—we will all need portraits (family, business, artists and makers, children) whenever life returns back to normal. The…

  5. Parenting in the Age of COVID-19

    Okay, it’s time. I didn’t want to talk about the Coronavirus (now nicknamed COVID-19) because frankly, I need a break from the incessant stream of news, emails, and social media posts lighting up my phone.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an information junkie. I read all the latest articles I…

  6. What To Wear To Your Family Photo Session

    My mother is an artist and she is the reason I became one as well. She signed me up for every creative class available: acting, ballet and jazz dance, drawing, painting, poetry and writing classes. I knew then I wanted be a writer or an artist.  She brought me to…

  7. Fine Art Film Package | Northampton Portrait Studio

    My favorite portrait setup these days is simple. Winter light, black backdrop, 4x5 camera loaded with black and white film, model seated on a stool at the edge of the window.  We’ve had a surprising number of sun filled days this winter which I’ve been celebrating in the studio. There…

  8. My Approach To Family Photography | Northampton Family Studio Photography

    I like to describe my photographic style as fine art documentary photography based on improvisation. My style draws upon my influences that range from portrait photographers including Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz to photojournalists such as Margaret Bourke-White and Eve Arnold.  In fact, I love this quote by Arnold, which…

  9. Date Night Photo Session | Northampton Studio Photography

    When was the last time you and your special someone had a great portrait made of just the two of you? I can’t remember either. I can’t tell you the last time my husband and I were photographed, just the two of us, without our two boys. Unless you count…

  10. The Boatman’s Call Meets Film Noir

    This winter photo session marks the first of 2020. Shot inside my daylight studio with natural light, two windows and a white wall. My inspiration for photographs often come from other art forms. Books, music, and films, especially. I liked the shadows coming through the blinds, reminding me of some…

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