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August 26, 2014
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Nicole Mondestin is an amazing photographer that I had the pleasure of meeting in New York this summer.  The images she captures are absolutely breathtaking and her story of pursuing her passion inspiring.  I’m so glad she decided to because she has a gift that was truly meant to be shared with the world.  She was gracious enough to share a bit about herself with us.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about how you got started in photography?  Is it something that has always interested you?

A: My first foray in photography began on trip to Italy as teen. My dad gave me a camera and I remember thinking I’m not going to have time to take pictures. I’m sixteen and I’m going to Italy with no parents! By the end of the trip I was hooked. My camera and I were inseparable. After the trip I dabbled in photography for a few years. All of my friends told me I should be a photographer, I only considered it to be a hobby because I really wanted to be a lawyer….. I passed the law school admission test (LSAT)  got accepted  to law school and then decided, nope I don’t want to be a lawyer! My parents were devastated lol.  After working in the legal field for a few years as a paralegal; I craved a creative outlet. As a I kid I loved to draw, sew etc. working a 9-5 in a law office is about uncreative as it can get.  One day I picked up my camera and started to snap pictures and feel in love all over again and then decided to pursue photography professionally.  Now I’m here capturing moments and making memories. I live through my camera.


Q:  I’ve checked out your portfolio and your portraits are beautiful!  What other types of services/shoots do you offer?

A: Thank you so much for the compliment. I also photograph weddings, parties and I recently had a natural hair photography exhibit last year. The exhibit was titled Captured Curls. The exhibit showcased African American women and the beauty of our natural hair. I plan to have more exhibits in the future both celebrating natural hair and exploring other topics that interest me.


Q: Out of all your works, do you have a favourite and why?

A: Ok this is a really hard question to answer because several photographs speak to different parts of me so it’s hard to choose just one. But I did and here it is. My favorite photograph is  a picture I took of my husband and our god daughter at her christening. It was first professional photograph I took. We were on our way into the church and my husband was carrying our god daughter and I asked him to turn around. I just snapped the photo he is always smiling naturally. The photo was not posed. I didn’t have any elaborate background or setup. It was just a moment I captured on the sidewalk  in front of a church. Capturing life as it happens always gives me such joy.



Q: Any words of advice for aspiring photographers out there?

A: My words of advice to aspiring photographers is that its going to be hard. When I started out I thought that I would have tons of support from my family and friends. Which was totally not the case. I got a lot of  “you can’t do that”, “shoot me for free and I will refer you to my friends” or “why is it so expensive” or “focus on this area of photography so and so did it and they are doing great” My all time favorite is “you didn’t do that your camera did …. I could do that”. The road will be hard. Shoot what you love and don’t be afraid of people not getting your work, and or not relating to your vision. As long as you are happy with your work that is all that matters. I shoot with I love and my clients come to me because they get my work and share my vision.

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Toni Daley
Toni Daley
Toni Daley is a natural hair vlogger on YouTube, artist, and jewelry designer from Toronto, Canada as well as founder of

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  1. […] Hi Guys,  I celebrated my 3 year wedding anniversary on August 26th, and that’s why the post have been scarce this week. I wanted to let you guys know that I am featured on Toni Daley’s blog Support A Sista, and I’m totally stoked.  I met Toni  back in July at Taliah Waajid World Natural Health & Beauty Expo NYC.  I brought two pair of earrings that I absolutely love!  My sister has tried to steal them twice….   While making my purchase I chatted with Toni, snapped a couple of pictures of her, her beautiful display and handed her my card.  A week later I received an email from Toni saying that she loves my work and asked if I would like to be featured on her blog!  My immediate reply was YES!  Never in a million years did I think I would be featured on her blog.  The feature may not seem like a big deal to some people but it means the world to me. I’m not the type of person that lives through the cheers of others but having someone say your work is dope! Feels soooo good.  Being a photographer in NYC can be rough at times.  I love what I do and cannot imagine doing anything else. Toni created Support A Sista to do exactly what the name says Support A Sista having support and providing support to people is the only way we will succeed.  Kudos to Toni for building a platform where sista’s can support each other and spread the word about our businesses. You can read my feature here. […]

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