all photos & biography via Nicole's website
“ Nicole Franzen is a food, lifestyle and travel photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her passion for the culinary arts goes way back to her childhood, where she would often spend afternoons watching Great Chefs and practicing cooking techniques while her mother was busy at work. She then got her first restaurant job at the age of thirteen and quickly learned the ropes. She traveled to far away lands, living in places such as St. John in the US Virgin Islands and Buenos Aires, Argentina. After fourteen years in the restaurant industry she took a leap of faith and channeled all of her passions through photography. The result? A self taught photographer with a undying passion for food, interior design and travel. ”
I've had the privilege to meet Nicole twice. Once when I was very young (I don't remember it) and a second time when I was about twelve years old. We are family; first cousins, actually. It seems odd to be related to someone and not know them very well, but be able to see their life through the lens of a camera. [ One of the fantastic abilities of the internet, no? ] Family or not, Nicole possesses an incredible, enviable talent when she is behind the camera. She has the ability to take the mundane scenes of daily life -- scenes that we pass by every day -- and display them in a way that captivates and inspires you to pay more attention to the beauty surrounding you.
Check out more of her work here:
La Buena Vida (blog)