Remember being 17? Driving well over the speed limit in your first car, listening to loud music, basking in your teenage invincibility? Well, while many high school students are busy doing that, Nicholas Wilson is snapping high profile shoots for some of Portland’s finest designers. After graduation he’ll be on his way to Europe for a whirlwind of adventures, soon followed by a break into the New York City photography scene. By the looks of his work, you’d think he had decades of experience. By the looks of his work, it seems he does just as he says - creates a dream world - that we all wouldn’t mind living in.On a fantastic lunch date, Nicholas gave us the rundown of what the future holds for him so far. Soon he’ll be off to Paris and Barcelona with his sister. He’ll then enjoy PDX for the summer while preparing for an exciting New York adventure that he feels is “make it or break it time.” With his present and future photography plans, along with school, we were very fortunate to have some of his time!E+E: Being as young as you are, how do you prove to people you’re talented?Nicholas Wilson: I think even more than my pictures, my client list speaks for itself. I love working with Solestruck because it’s like a play date - we are dreaming up fun things to do with the amazing shoes and snapping great photos of them. A few others I’ve worked on in the past are Isaac Hers, Yo! Vintage, Kate Towers and Bridge & Burn. It’s comforting to have those names behind me and all those friends for support and guidance.
E+E: What have you learned the most from recent jobs?NW: I think the biggest thing is figuring out who should be capturing the moment and who should be helping you along the way. Whoever is in charge - the designer, magazine, stylist or myself - needs to have their story fully composed and everyone on the same page. Otherwise there are too many cooks in the kitchen and no clear image. I love having direction. On the shoots I produce myself - la-jeune-reine, dreams, lucid and a bit of fashion - I have a clear vision in my head and it’s easy for me to produce them and get them on film.E+E: What was your most memorable shoot?NW: The first that comes to mind is a shoot I did about a year ago. I teamed up with one of my favorite models, Jessica Smith, and the designer Holly Stalder to play out this story I had in my mind. I found this cool vacant garage in this industrial area and let the dresses tell the story. That shoot was really what got my confidence going and inspired me to keep shooting the kinds of stories I love.
E+E: What is New York City to you?NW: New York, for me, is one big opportunity. There are so many things to do and people to meet everywhere you go within the city. Every large brand/company/magazine/label has a home in NYC. I am so excited to be in the place where everything is happening and to swim with a whole new pool of fish.
E+E: What will you miss most about Portland?NW: I am going to miss all of the trees and predictable weather. I really will miss my family, going to the gorge and eating at my favorite restaurants. I will always come home to the Northwest, though. Always.Inspired? Want to see photos in person? Get yourself to Haunt Studio before June 30th.Last but not least, go behind the scenes at one of Solestruck’s photoshoots Nicholas worked on. Courtesy of Solestruck. Photo courtesy of Nicholas Wilson