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Nick Carver


I’m one of those lucky people who found their passion early in life. In 1999 at the tender age of 12 and at the earnest peer-pressuring of my best friend, I took an elective photography class at my middle school. It was 35mm black and white film. I got my hands on an SLR camera for the first time and developed and printed my own film in the darkroom. I was smitten from day one.

It’s been a long time since I first fell in love with photography. I’ve no doubt had my ups and downs with it, but I’m happy to say that I’m even more enthusiastic and passionate about photography today than I was all those years ago. My work and approach has evolved immensely in that time. My early influences were all nature photographers - Thomas Mangelsen, Galen Rowell, Art Wolfe. I started out basically just doing my best impression of Galen Rowell. Fiery sunsets and vivid colors were my muse, and I was proud to call myself a landscape photographer.

In more recent years I have moved away from that epic landscape style. I discovered the work of Gregory Crewdson, Andreas Gursky, and Julius Shulman. I’ve done a lot of soul-searching about why I take pictures and what I hope to accomplish through my images. And although you’ll still find heavy nature and landscape influences in my portfolio, I like to think my approach now is more mature and thoughtful, less reliant on crutches like ultra-saturated colors and punch-you-in-the-face foregrounds.

The incredible resurgence of analog film photography along with the ever-increasing popularity of YouTube has been a driving force in my professional success and my continued passion for the craft. Through the wonderful community around film photography, I have been lucky to meet other passionate photographers, reach new audiences with my work, share my knowledge with aspiring shooters, and do my part to push the community and craft forward. I’m grateful for the path I’ve traveled to be where I am today and I can’t wait to start another day creating photos.

Instructor Experience

I've been teaching photography professionally since late 2008 with experience in private lessons, online courses, outdoor photography workshops and seminars in a classroom-type setting. I have experience teaching groups ranging in size from 2 students to over a hundred.

Here are some statistics regarding my experience as a photography instructor:

  • Over 3,500 hours of private lessons delivered
  • Over 750 previous private lesson clients
  • Over 1,200 hours classroom instruction delivered
  • Dozens of photography workshops delivered throughout Southern California
Photography Experience

I picked up my first camera at age 12 in 1999 and have pursued photography with gusto ever since. I have been shooting film (slides and negatives) since 1999 and I have been shooting with digital since 2002. I currently use both mediums in my professional and personal work.

I've been shooting professionally since 2006 with experience in commercial architectural photography, nature, landscapes, editorial, advertising, portraits, event photography, fine art, and assisting. I am a published photographer and writer with my work appearing in the following publications:

  • Outdoor Photographer Magazine
  • Coast Magazine
  • Magazine
  • Travel + Leisure Magazine
  • Sunset Magazine
  • Coastal Living Magazine
  • Runner's World Magazine
  • Best Easy Day Hikes Orange County
  • OC Weekly

My fine art landscape photography has also appeared in the following venues:

  • Artist Eye Gallery - Laguna Beach, CA
  • Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center - Del Mar, CA
  • The Irvine Fine Arts Center - Irvine, CA
  • Bistango Restaurant - Irvine, CA
  • Judicate West Corporate Offices - Santa Ana, CA

I currently work as commercial architectural photographer while I continue teaching through my online courses. You can learn more about me and my photography trips over at my YouTube channel.