Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Cosky.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Nick. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In February 2016 I was working at a full time job at a public access TV station while shooting weddings, events and landscapes on the side. Doing anything I could to build a photography business and name for myself. I was out of shape, eating poorly, and sitting behind a desk for 8 hours or more per day. I was kind of miserable. On a Friday I texted my wife from work and said “I have got to quit this job and focus on NCP full time”. Imagine you’re splitting bills with someone and you get that text. It was worrisome to say the least. I got home that night and we talked it out deciding it was the right time. I gave my two weeks’ notice on Monday starting my full time self-employed life in March of 2016.
The first six months of being solely self-employed were easily some of the toughest months of my life. I can’t even count the amount of times I second guessed that decision to leave a steady paycheck to build a business. I was making progress and slowly building the client list but it wasn’t easy. I just kept my head down and continued to try to make it work, pushing all aspects of my photography: weddings, real estate, events, and landscapes.
Fitness photography wasn’t on my radar until one of my favorite real estate clients asked me to do headshots of the company’s agents. The only examples I could show at that time were from weddings. I started reaching out to Boston bloggers offering a shoot in exchange for some headshots I could use in my portfolio. I met some great people in that process and one of those shoots ended up being with a fitness blogger. From there, I started doing more fitness shoots and it quickly spiraled into the type of photography I shoot the most.