Nicole Mason

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Where are you from, and where do you live now?
I'm originally from Buffalo, New York but I recently moved to Portland, Oregon where I currently live in an apartment with 4 other artists. 

How did you first get into photography?
When I graduated from high school, I received my first DSLR as a gift.  I'd grown up taking photos of everything but it wasn't until I got this camera that I began to take it more seriously and went on to study photography in depth in college.  While studying, I came into contact with a couple of wedding photographers that lived near the school and were involved on campus as coaches or students themselves, and after that I started to seek more opportunities within the world of photography. 

How does Instagram inspire you and inspire your photography?
Instagram allows me to see into peoples' everyday lives; other artists, adventurous souls, dreamers.  It's incredibly inspiring and encouraging to see a constant flow of places, projects, and connections.  And to have access to it at my finger tips is remarkable.