Photographer, Speech Pathologist, Educator
Advanced Diploma of Photography
Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)
Combining her wealth of experience as both a Photographer and Speech Pathologist, Nicole brings a unique perspective to photography with her focus on the power of “communication”. Students today are visual learners in a digital age. From birth to adolescence our brains are busy forming key connections based on our experiences. Photography is a powerful tool for learning and we can enhance learning through the development of visual storytelling skills.
Nicole is one of the workshop presenters for The Moran Arts Foundation, which offers photography workshops to schools around Australia. The Moran photography workshops explore the art and technique of photography, visual storytelling and interpretation of the Moran Prizes theme of “Contemporary Life in Australia”. Between 2011 and 2014, Nicole has travelled throughout Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland presenting workshops to more than 100 different schools and community groups in cities and remote towns.
Nicole also runs her own business in Melbourne. Nicole Jackson Photography specialises in commercial photography for the food, travel and tourism industry. On completion of her 3 year Advanced Diploma of Photography in 2007, Nicole was the recipient of the J R Hayne award for high achievement in commercial photography. She has a natural and unique style that is inspired by and draws strongly from the graphic shapes, forms, patterns and textures of nature and the world around us.
Nicole’s business also incorporates her innovative “Generation Image” teaching program offering photography classes to students of all ages as well as adults.
With 20 years experience working in educational, community and hospital settings as a Speech Pathologist, Nicole has well developed communication skills and a natural talent for working with people of all ages and abilities. These skills have transferred seamlessly into teaching photography and in developing its use as a narrative tool.
Nicole’s teaching philosophy is centred around communication and self expression. The focus is on developing an awareness of self, others and community through visual imagery that expresses a sense of self and place.
Nicole’s photographic work has been recognized by industry professionals, receiving many awards at a national level, including the prestigious Gold Award at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAS). Nicole was also an invited photographer exhibited in the inaugural AIPP Celebrating Women in Photography event which acknowledged the work of contemporary women photographers and their contribution to the photographic industry. This exhibition was originally shown in Melbourne in 2009 and has subsequently been exhibited at ArtEst. Gallery in Sydney as part of the HeadOn photo festival in 2011.