We had the good fortune of connecting with Thalia Nino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thalia, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I was always an art kid, even in high school I took all the art classes. I never took a photography class though. It was just a hobby of mine that I loved so much since I was younger. I had thought that I wanted to pursue art and design but when I told people around me, they said I would never make money and to think of something else. Feeling disillusioned I went ahead and pursued social work in college. I later on realized that it wasn’t for me! I grew the courage to withdraw from my classes and purse the Visual Art major in SUNY Old Westbury in New York. I went on to graduate with a B.F.A in Visual Art!
I always had that desire to document everything. Which is why I had that wake up call to finally pursue a visual art degree. Since I could remember I always liked to view the world differently, taking photos of certain things and fleeting moments because they were really beautiful to me. Taking those photos was how I expressed myself to the world and I wanted to show others the beauty of things that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. This is how I got into the wedding industry and in the creative career in general.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m proud that I’ve honed into my niche and style as a photographer but it took me a while to get there. Starting out I didn’t really know who I was in my career yet. It definitely took time, practice, trail and error and discipline to keep myself going!
What sets me apart is that I’m the wedding photographer for the giggly in love even if they’re camera shy. I specialize in showcasing a warm, natural and romantic feel to my work and believe in authenticity; allowing my couples’ genuine personalities to shine through out the wedding day while making sure they look GOOD.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First I’d take them to the Museum of Modern Art in NYC because the art exhibits there are always amazing. We have to visit Central Park and explore the many areas. Then head down to lower Manhattan to eat some yummy ice cream at Milk & Cream Cereal Bar!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my husband Sammy for his tremendous and constant support! He has witnessed my business from when it was just a hobby to where it is now and has seen the ups and downs. His constant belief in me is really special and I appreciate him always willing to help me out. My family and friends who always support me and help when I need it is also such a blessing.
I also want to thank my friend Heather who I consider my role model. She is the first photographer I’ve ever worked under as a second shooter! Heather is incredibly talented and I’ve learned so much from her. I really appreciate her kindness and her willingness to teach, and I admire her work ethic so much. If it wasn’t for her hiring me and believing in my work and me perfecting my craft while working with her, I wouldn’t be this far in my career!
Image of me photographing a wedding couple was taken by Chris Rivera