Since a young age, I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer and reached for the stars.
Like any child I went through my phases; I wanted to be a ballerina, a movie star, a vet, a marine biologist. I wanted to drive a sports car and become a journalist, before I finished high school and went on to study a Bachelor of Design at University.
I was always the daughter who borrowed mum’s lipstick, sunglasses, handbags and heels and posed endlessly in front of the mirror, but I was never the "popular kid" at school. In fact, I wasn't a confident person at all throughout my younger years and it's only now, 24 years on, that I am ok with admitting that. I was always so terrified at the thought of failure and in many ways, I credit my success to that fear as it pushed me to achieve more than I ever dreamed of.
Today I am an honest, down to earth, passionate person. I am a woman; I am confident but I have flaws. I am far from perfect, but I think it's our unique little quirks that make us beautiful. I am blessed to have a supportive network of family and friends who encourage me to chase my dreams.
I am an artist and a qualified photographer; I find inspiration in the littlest things. Some nights I wake up at 2am with "genius" ideas and other nights I am up until well past midnight researching my latest shoot concepts but that's only because my clients inspire me to be my best and I've met so many beautiful people through my photography journey.
I have moved from my country upbringing to the sun, surf and sand of the Gold Coast and worked hard to achieve a life that I can be proud of. I'm a closet hippie; I do yoga daily and meditate every night. Although I find it strange, I have people who consider me an inspiration and those who I once aspired to be, see me as somewhat of an equal.
I made a choice to live my life to the best of my ability - to value those who treat me right and treasure those little moments; to laugh, cry and look at life as a bigger picture. I believe you create your luck; you create your karma, your happiness and your success – it’s more of a decision than by chance. The hard times are unfortunate but they pass and with each event comes lessons, new strength and greater appreciation.
I believe in being in love with life, every minute of it, because we have the ability to make the best or the worst of it and I can only hope that you seize the opportunity to see your absolute best.
Life is beautiful. Treasure it - capture every moment. Nicole Erin xo