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Mike Nyman

Mike Nyman

Mike has been photographing people since the mid nineties when his brother-in-law asked Mike to shoot his wedding. Though self-taught in terms of photography, Mike has a B.A. in Physics from The University of Chicago and a Masters of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary. He created and ran the business part-time starting in 1996, and transitioned successfully to full time in  2010. His favorite aspect of making photographs is getting people to see with fresh eyes, and especially to see the beauty inherent in every person. He lives with his wife, Amy (who does similar things with landscapes), and two teenage daughters in Worcester, Massachusetts. Watch Mike in action on his Dancers in the Parks project.

Likes

Road biking
Hiking
Marshmallow Peeps
Backpacking
Movie watching
Photographing people

Dislikes

Sand in his camera gear
Sand in his swim trucks
Getting his picture taken
Wrapping presents

Extreme Dislikes

Getting his picture taken while removing sand from his swim trunks

Amber

Amber’s passion for photography began when she bought a Canon Rebel her freshman year in high school. She then had her own photography business for a few years, taking photos of family friends’ weddings and children. Amber currently attends Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH and is planning on graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. Though she would love to work with Mike forever, her ultimate career goal is to get a job with Nike or Apple.

Likes

Flying
Breakfast, any time of the day
Warmth
Trying new foods
Editing essays
Making beds
Procrastinating

Dislikes

Being hungry
Being woken
Test shot photos

Cortney

Cortney’s first memory of interest in photography stems from her childhood when Grandpa had a polaroid and would show her the image slowly appearing moments after taking a picture. She was given a point and shoot in middle school, and in college, purchased her first 35mm SLR. She found a creative outlet in landscape and abstract photography, which continued when she transitioned to digital photography. What started as a hobby was encouraged when asked to photograph friends’ weddings and family portraits on occasion. She recently started working with Mike, and though he would like her to work full time, she shares her time as a personal trainer. She hails from the Midwest and holds a degree in Exercise Science from North Park University in Chicago. Cortney resides near the South Coast of Massachusetts with her husband, Chris (not pictured above), and their imaginary dog, Rufus (pictured above).

Likes:

Hiking
Painting
Swimming
SciFi/Fantasy – the odd-er the better
Being by the ocean
Dogs
Yoga
Helping people achieve their goals
Finding beauty from different angles through the lens
The Wizard of Oz

Extreme likes:

Laughing

Dislikes:

Curry
Doing the dishes
Mis-behaving camera gear
Being late

Extreme Dislikes:
Lying

Kim

Kim

Kim was hooked on photography when she purchased her first camera in middle school and taught herself the basics. As she continued to learn about photography she created her own small business called “Smiles For a Cause,” donating her profits to help a family friend’s son struggling with a brain disorder and purchase food for local Worcester food pantries. She graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 2013 and is currently majoring in Dance, and studying Biology as a freshman at Roger Williams University, in Bristol RI, with hopes of going to graduate school for physical therapy. When she isn’t in classes and dancing, she enjoys volunteering in the colleges against cancer club on campus and exploring Providence and Newport. To her, photography is all about capturing quick snapshots to keep a special moment from running away.

Likes
Dancing, especially HipHopCountry music
Moonwalking
Photographing kids
Beaches
Helping out in the community
Watching Food Network
Peter Pan
New York City
Color coordinating her closet

Dislikes
Germs
Swearing
Ice Cream (shocking right?)
Chocolate
Pumping gas
The Dentist

Extreme likes
When she makes people smile!

Extreme Dislikes
When people don’t wash their hands

Alli

Alli got her start in photography in middle school, playing with her mom’s point and shoot camera. She quickly realized she loved being able to capture moments in time forever, and throughout years of learning (with still so much to learn each and every day) has been asked to photograph events and portraits for family and friends! She loves an adventure, and loves even more to be able to photograph every moment and seal the memories in time. Alli is currently studying Sports Management at Endicott College, with a minor in photography. When she isn’t taking pictures or in class Alli loves to hike, go to the beach, take a road trip, or find the next best sushi bar!

Likes:

A punny pun
A full tank of gas
A medium iced caramel swirl, regular
Brutal honesty
Making Spotify playlists
Chocolate covered gummy bears
Optimists
“Eat, Pray, Love”
Mandala coloring books

Dislikes:

Moody iPhone chargers
Granola bars
Lumpy pillows
Rude people
Seaweed
Ghost stories

Extreme Dislikes:

Bees

Justus

Likes
Holding white balance targets

Dislikes
Writing autobiography blurbs

Sarah

If you know my name, you already know too much about me

Likes:

Pizza (any form of cheese on bread, really)
Sleeping
Singing

Dislikes:

Loud chewers

Extreme Likes:

My dog
Purple

Extreme Dislikes:

Peanut butter
Puppets

Emily

Likes
“Call Me Maybe”

Dislikes
Writing her own Likes and Dislikes

Mariah

Mariah

Mariah has had a passion for photography since she received her first Canon DSLR upon graduating high school in 2009. She loves attending weddings with Mike, and she has yet to photograph a father-daughter dance without blinking back tears of happiness. Mariah is currently a senior in Worcester State University’s nursing program and is graduating in May of 2014. She hopes to keep her love for photography alive when she enters the “real world” as a registered nurse.

Likes
Candid Photographs of People Laughing
English Bulldogs
Buffalo Chicken
Time Lords
When Mike Demonstrates How To Pose
Laughing at Mike When He Demonstrates How to Pose

Dislikes
Being Late
Being Hungry
Scary Movies
Mayonnaise

Leah

Leah

Even though some of her first pictures were taken with a disposable camera, Leah’s love for taking photos didn’t begin until middle school when she saved up for her first digital camera. From that point, she knew she wanted to pursue that passion. Leah recently earned her B.S. in Communications Media with a focus in Photography from Fitchburg State University. There, she spent many a day in the darkroom, developing her own film, as well as printing her own photos. From 35mm, to large format cameras, she learned the ins and outs of the dying art of film photography, as well as how to use today’s editing software for digital photography. Leah currently resides in Leominster with her husband Tim; although the two hope to live in California someday (soon).

Likes

Mac n cheese
Laughing
Dogs
Pointing and shouting, “DOGs!” when seeing dogs
The changing of the seasons
Mountains
Exploring
Chapstick
Making lists

Dislikes

Navigating through any city
Humidity
Mosquitos
Chickpeas