Just three years ago, I would have been relaxing near the beach, drinking my Starbucks and taking photos. Over the years I'd learned to appreciate silence, people watching, and the beauty of life. In January of 2014, all that changed..
My name's Nick Chill and I'm a professional photographer living in Decorah, Iowa with my wife and three step-kids. I got into photography while serving in the US Navy, living in San Diego, California. Nature is my passion, and I approach my work from a spiritual/connected perspective.
A long time ago I met a girl online, she was looking for animal photos for a school-age kids curriculum. Little did I know that 5 years later I'd be moving to Iowa to be with this amazing woman.
My photography business now focuses on portraits and weddings. I'm still most passionate about nature photography, but there isn't as much money in that. I get out from time to time, but weddings and portraits keep me busy. Apparently, not busy enough.
I am passionate about nature and doing what I can to protect our wild resources, even turning our home property into a Certified Wildlife Habitat (through NWF). We are also registered as a monarch waystation. We have a 300 sq. ft. butterfly garden, bat and bird houses, and an ever-growing landscape of wildflowers, trees, and an assortment of other wildlife and human resources. We're even raising solitary bees.
Part of helping the environment is living sustainably. This comes in many forms, such as composting, rain-barrels, gardening, solar panels (in our future), and most recently raising backyard chickens for eggs and compost.
It all keeps me pretty busy, but it's rewarding. The chickens have been amazing. Our oldest is only 10 weeks, so we haven't yet received eggs, but we all love having the girls. I've recently completed their coop and run, in a tremendous undertaking in itself. You can see the whole process on my coop page: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chills-chicken-coop
You can see more of my work at: http://NickChillPhotography.com
I look forward to keeping up with the helpful topics on this site, and sharing the progress of our backyard chicken experience.