Nico Villanueva photographer interview

by David Em
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Nico Villanueva is a portrait photographer based in Bellevue, Washington. His style is simple, and he loves to use harsh light.

Person standing on a bridge in the forest.
Photo courtesy of Nico Villanueva.

Nico Villanueva is a Washington-based portrait photographer. He captures incredible fashion and lifestyle photos.

He shoots in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. In his portraits, you’ll find an aesthetic blend of urban and natural settings.

Interview with Nico Villanueva

The following is an interview with Nico Villanueva. He also shares his best tips for other photographers.

Where are you from, and what camera do you use?

I am from San Diego but currently reside in Bellevue, Washington. I shoot with a Canon 6D Mark I.

What’s your favorite type of photography?

Fashion photography is my favorite type because of the styling and retouching aspects of it.

Do you have a formal education in photography, or are you self-taught?

I have only taken two basic photography classes. Most of everything I know now came from watching tutorial videos online. I’ve also learned quite a bit from assisting and second shooting for other photographers.

If you only had one lens, what would it be and why?

50mm. It’s a good in-between my usual kit, the 35, 50, and 85mm.

Who are your inspirations?

Lara Jade. I simply love her aesthetic, work ethic, and ability to teach.

What’s the best piece of photography advice you’ve received?

“Shoot what you want to see.” Very simple and it’s what sparked my love for harsh light.

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About David Em

David Em.

David Em is the founder of Portraits Refined. He’s a published portrait photographer dedicated to helping photographers develop skills, capture incredible photos, and build successful businesses.

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