Nick Onken@nickonken

📸 Photographer of People & Life
👉 @nionlife | @onkentravels 👉 @photographsbynickonken #createyourmoments

http://nickonken.com/

Sliding into the weekend like a 🐯
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Came across this fun behind the scenes image on an @cosmopolitan shoot that ended up getting published in the mag. Thanks to @kristeningersoll for this fun crazy shoot.
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I must say, @ireneesser knows how to have fun and was a pleasure to photograph.
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Happy Memorial Day weekend.
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@nickonken x #IreneEsser x #CosmoMagazine
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments


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Look for your new New York pizza delivery gal in the red suit.
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What kind of 🍕would you like delivered?
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@nickonken x #MarinaTestino x #WilliamsburgPizza
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments


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#Fresh!
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One of my fave shots from my Pizza shoot with @marinatestino the other day. .
Feelin’ fresh at @williamsburgpizza hitting our carb max for the week on a Monday.
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@nickonken x #MarinaTestino x #WilliamsburgPizza
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Because who doesn’t love Pizza? 🍕🍕🍕
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My favorite is a good ole fashion ham and pineapple. Comment below what your favorite pizza topping is!
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I do love pizza despite my effort to cut back on carbs these days. My rule is that every once in a while if they are essential to the flavor of the dish, then it’s ok. Other than that, carbs have not been my friend over the last few years.
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Loving @williamsburgpizza, not only do they make great pizza, it was a great backdrop for the continuation of my project with @marinatestino in the red suit. Follow her to find out more about what she’s doing with it.
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Definitely worked off the pizza I ate yesterday this morning during boxing class. 🥊🥊🥊
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@nickonken x #MarinaTestino x #WilliamsburgPizza
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Starting off the week with some happy vibes.
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The joy in these kids inspires me, and makes me want to go back to Ghana again!
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I’ve been donating my photography to @pencilsofpromise for a good 9 years now, and after one of our content trips a few years back I decided to raise $25K and build my own school, which we accomplished thanks to all the amazing people around me who donated.
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Even though we finished the actual physical building, we’re still continuing to raise money to further teacher development and supply kids with the proper learning materials.
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Learn more about my work with the organization over at nickonken.me/give
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@nickonken x #PencilsOfPromise
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🎥: @patricelighter & @joeaccardi | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments


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Stormy Brooklyn nights overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge from Dumbo.
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I love it when it storms in New York because it dumps hard, then is over and the pavement is dry within a few moments of time. It’s unlike the drizzly always wet city of Seattle where I grew up. Soggy for days.
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I’m loving the mood of this blurry Brooklyn bridge stormy sky from the new Dumbo Soho House. Quite the view.
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@nickonken x #NewYork
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To me a crumbling building is beautiful. It has a story to tell. It has history. It has character. It’s been through a lot.
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The more I go through shit, rejection, and other things I realize it builds character. Hard times builds character and character is beauty.
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That’s probably why I love Cuba and other gritty cities that have old buildings with so much depth and character. To me they are photographically beautiful.
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This old staircase is in a restaurant in Old Havana called @laguaridahavana and I could shoot in there for days. A must see/eat/drink if you’re ever down there.
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Speaking of navigating the hard times, my latest podcast @heyamberrae is amazing for tackling the creative ups and downs. We chat about her new book #ChooseWonderOverWorry which I’m almost finished with and it’s exactly what I need to hear right now!
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Tune in over at nionradio.com/ep145
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@nickonken x #ThingsImInspiredby x #OldHavana
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What is your biggest fear or worry? Comment below!
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I’m so proud of my good friend @heyamberrae. Her new book "Choose Wonder Over Worry" dropped today along with my podcast interview with her. .
The book is about navigating life’s challenges—projects that fail, paralyzing rejection, imposter syndrome, feeling envious or anxious or stuck—all of those, “Am I good enough? Who am I to do this? What if I fail? What will people think of me?” moments. It’s packed with rawness, realness, and useful tools… even Deepak Chopra says so! Pick one up at choosewonder.com
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On this week’s NIONradio podcast with Amber, we dive deeper into the writing process of her book and how she used her curiosity and wonder to get through the fears of actually writing it. .
We talk about other questions you can use to help navigate your own creative and life worries.
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Tune in over at nionradio.com/ep145
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@nickonken x #AmberRae x #ChooseWonder
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Sometimes you just gotta tame the beast.
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The mental beast can get out of control sometimes. We tend catastrophize things in our own heads and let them get out of control to the point that they overcome and shut us down.
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My inner critic gets the best of me many times, and I think that’s probably a product of being a creative making a living off my art.
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One of the hardest things to do is be in acceptance of where we are at while still doing everything possible to move forward. When we don’t accept where we are, we tend to be catastrophizing things which in turn creates our own stress and anxiety.
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I’ve been in this state for a while. I’ve been practicing taming this beast.
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Every day is a new beginning, and a new chance
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A behind the scenes shot from my shoot with Marina Testino and Rexy the T-Rex, parting ways before they ventured off in the subway together.
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What beast are you taming? .
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@nickonken x #LifesJourney
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Rexy is a smooth operator. A grand charmer if you will. .
Red suit, red rex, @marinatestino’s New York City date with Rexy ends with a proposal in the park.
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Turns out they both love red, it was a match made in heaven.
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Another photograph from my ongoing personal project with Marina and her red suit. Follow her to learn more about her project against fast fashion.
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@nickonken x #MarinaTestino x #onedresstoimpress
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How can you not love Rexy Bae? .
Red suit, red rex, @marinatestino’s New York City date with Rexy continues with a stroll past The Oculus.
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Rexy loves modern architecture since he didn’t get much of that in his earlier days. .
Another photograph from my ongoing personal project with Marina and her red suit. Follow her to learn more about her project against fast fashion.
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@nickonken x #MarinaTestino x #onedresstoimpress
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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@marinatestino found herself a new bae. His name is Rexy.
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As fierce as he is, he’s very on his feet and they do have a color pallets theme happening here.
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This photo, is where they first met. As you can see it was love at first site.
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@nickonken x #MarinaTestino x #onedresstoimpress
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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