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Whats up guys!? My name is Nikoma Ortiz, it's a pleasure to meet you! I guess we should start with some basics. I'm 32 years old, born and bred in Queens, NY.  I'v been in the Hudson Valley for just about 18 years now, currently in Lower Dutchess County. I have 3 rules in my life:
- do everything with passion
- take photos and videos of everything
From as far as I can remember Iv always had a camera in my hands. There are numerous photos in my mother's bins full of photographs of our lives, of me holding a camera. I guess it was instilled in me from her. I was even vlogging on camcorder with video tapes in high school before I even knew what vlogging was! I was and remain determined to remember every moment in my life by capturing it in a photo or video.
My love for photography really hit me at 17 when I got my first film camera and decided to take an elective photography class in high school. After high school, my life took a turn away from photos and I leaned into music. At 25 years old, around 6 years without having touched a camera, I got my first digital camera, a Canon T5i, and decided to go all in. Now my life is completely enveloped in this amazing art form. There isn't a day that goes by I'm not behind a camera or editing SOMETHING to share with the world.
For me, photography gives you the ability to completely freeze time and capture an irreplaceable moment. A moment that can never truly be recreated. Every single thing we experience in life is significant, and every chance I get, I will be there, camera in hand, ready to create a memory that will last a lifetime.

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