About Nicole


The Nicolesy Store is owned and operated by professional photographer and published author Nicole S. Young, based out of Portland, Oregon, USA. All presets, actions and any other downloadable materials are created by Nicole for photographers to use and implement into their own photography workflows

Nicole is a full-time photographer and author, with books published through Peachpit Press, Craft&Vision, and also self-published titles sold here in her store. Her photography specialties are food, travel, and landscape, and she also creates stock images for her portfolio.

Nicole loves to teach, learn and share what she knows through her blog, articles, podcasts, interviews and training materials. She is an expert in Lightroom, Photoshop, and ON1 Photo.

You can find more of her work on the following sites:

From Nicole: How I Got Started...

I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and took a photography class in high school, which is where I fell in love with it! I graduated a few years later, but instead of pursuing photography as a career, I decided to join the US Navy where I served 8.5 years as a linguist.

In 2006, a few years before I separated from the military I discovered microstock photography and decided to join some stock sites to help me grow as a photographer. I had purchased my first digital SLR the year before, a Nikon D2H (up until then I was using a Nikon F4 film camera), and knew I had a lot to learn about digital photography and post-processing. I dived into stock photography full-force and realized that I was able to actually make money at it. It was then that I decided to pursue photography full-time, and so in December of 2007 I separated from the military and began my career as a photographer.

Over the next few years, stock proved to be a good source of income. I was also regularly writing here in my blog, and had become quite active on social media. I found myself as a guest on podcasts, interviews, other blogs, and eventually started writing books for Peachpit, Press. I now have six print books published through Peachpit, along with several other eBooks and self-published titles here on my website as well.

My business slowly grew and changed, and in 2012 I knew I wanted to start moving in a different direction. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and writing about photography, and decided that I was going to make a go at doing it all on my own. In October of 2012, I started selling presets on my blog, and a few months later I opened up this dedicated online store, the Nicolesy Store, which is the home-base for all of my own self-published eBooks, presets, textures, and tutorials. While I still do stock photography, my store is now the focus of my business and will continue to grow and expand over time.

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