We had the good fortune of connecting with Nina Palmieri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nina, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always been interested in film and photography, so I went for a degree in Film and Media, minoring in Journalism, at Georgia State University. At the time, I had the hopes of working behind the scenes in news broadcasting, film, or social media. In my sophomore year of college, my parents gifted me with my first real camera for Christmas and through practicing outdoor photography I realized I loved it. Soon after, I started asking friends to be models for me so I could get practice shooting portraits. It was a pretty sweet deal for them: I got hands-on experience with people in front of my lens, my camera settings and photo editing, and they got as many beautiful photos from me as they wanted for free. Friend after friend photoshoots, I started to get more requests as I posted my work on Instagram, and as I started getting a few photography classes under my belt, I realized people really liked my photos and that my skill could become a business. That’s when ninas.pov was created.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For the most part, if you can believe it, it actually has been pretty smooth. Being a full-time college student and trying to fit anything extra into your schedule was definitely a challenge at times, and I’m sure I’ll face more financial and legal bumps in the road once I try to make ninas.pov into a proper business too. But so far, it’s been nothing but love and support from professors, family, friends and clients during my journey. It’s been awesome to slowly see my art and ideas meet to create something more tangible and useful. What I’m most proud of and what sets me aside from others is my passion and proactiveness. I truly enjoy what I do and the direction I’m heading in, and even when it’s hard work, I’m always throwing my whole self into it and genuinely excited about the work I’m helping people create. I will get into any weird position I have to in order to get the perfect shot and relish in it the whole time. Even if that means laying on dirty ground or standing on uneven rocks on my tippy toes, both of which have happened. I specialize in photography, mostly, I love being behind the camera taking pictures of anything and anyone. I love organizing logistics and being on set for filming and photoshoots, making sure every detail is going smoothly and looking the way it’s supposed to.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would definitely be going to Piedmont Park to enjoy nature and explore Midtown. I’d take them around the Georgia State University Campus where we could find Woodruff Park and be able to eat and hang out around Broad Street. (Rosa’s Pizza would be a must at least one day). Going to The High, The Fox Theatre and to the World of Coke would also be on the list. We’d also go to Decatur Square which also has great places to eat in the square and a nice library to visit and some parks and shops as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents, Debbie and Dave Palmieri. Both my dad and my mom have always been super supportive about my artistic side and have loved all the jobs I’ve had and seen the value they would have for my future. My mom has always had a managerial work ethic, always making sure everything was organized, done ahead of time and that the details were right so events and jobs would go as smoothly as possible. She even worked as a Production Assistant and as an extra on film sets before I knew they were real jobs, let alone cool ones. My dad has always been creative in the traditional artsy way. He’s been a graphic designer almost his whole work career and was constantly showing me work he had done and watching old movies with me, which is what eventually led me to want to be a part of the film and media industry. Not only did the two of them raise me and guide me along my way, but their influences have really shaped my career choices and wants, and I know none of what I’m doing would have happened without them.