The Cultivating Jewels Podcast Episode 002 Show Notes

The Cultivating Jewels Podcast Episode 002 Show Notes

Michelle Nichols is a Senior photographer aficionado. The work she does in capturing pictures for her senior girls is super inspiring and beautiful. I have loved watching (even if from afar) Michelle’s journey as she has built her business. This show is all about her photography, and how she is able to encourage, inspire and pour love into these girls lives.

What we chat about in today’s episode:

The journey Michelle took to becoming a senior photographer

The ups and downs of small business

How she is able to encourage and inspire her seniors at such a pivotal time in their lives

How her photography has made a difference in her lives and the lives of her seniors

Tips for how to create a good photo if you are taking one yourself, or to have a good photoshoot with a photographer.

Resources mentioned:

Jesus Always Sarah Young

You are a B.A. At Making Money Jen Sincero

Quotes from our Chat:

“I was always hesitant to want to do a career in that (the arts) because its never looked at as a very good job. I wanted to do something creatively and I’ve always gravitated towards photography. In the back of my mind I never imaged I would be owning my business one day.”

“Hard work really does pay off. Mine was not a fast overnight thing at all, it was a lot of hard work of years.”

“I want them to feel like this is a stress free, fun experience. I think the biggest way I support the girls is words of affirmation, because its tough to be in front of a camera.”

“Self esteem is such a huge factor in the girls I work with, they are right at that pivotal transition in their life. There are so many more pressures in today’s world. I am able to build their self confidence so that they don’t have to Photoshop themselves to look beautiful.”

“I am all about unique photos where they can feel like themselves later on.”

“I try to make an impact to where you feel good enough to take photos around your friends, without croping yourselves out of them.”

“Sometimes I wondered if my photography was making an impact, and then once I was able to influence these girls lives’ it opened my eyes to it being important what I do.”

“It’s normal to be self conscious in front of the camera, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it…still give yourself permission to take the photos, you deserve it!”

“It’s really about who you are in your life right now. You are worthy of feeling beautiful now not waiting until you lose 10 pounds, not until you figure out you have the best hairstyle. It’s important to embrace each season because they don’t last long.”

Where to Find Michelle Online

Instagram michellenicholsphotography

Where you can find the Podcast


Pocket Casts


As always, thank you for listening! If you feel so inclined leaving a review would be great as it helps boost who can listen to the show!

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