Nick Onken

📸 Photographer of People & Life 👉 @nionlife | @onkentravels 🌈 Sharing my multicoloured life 🌟More projects below🌟

http://nionradio.com/ep133

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Surround yourself with people that inspire you.
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Love my friends, @scooterbraun & @lewishowes. They’ve both inspired me in our friendships over the last few years.
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Always strive to be the best version of yourself you can be and help as many people in the world as you can. That about sums up these humans.
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Cultivate that within yourself and others.
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@nickonken x @scooterbraun x @lewishowes

📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 🖕🏼🖕🏼 if you’ve ever heard of the book, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F*ck!
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My friend, @markmansion has sold over 2 million copies in over 25 languages of this book, and it keep going.
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He’s a brilliant writer, and has crafted a story of personal development in a beautiful way about essentially prioritizing which F*cks to give.
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This was a moment post interview during our studio photoshoot together.
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Beyond what the book is about, we talk about Mark’s creative process and other aspects of life which is what @nionlife is all about. (Cruise on over to @nionlife to see a photo from this shoot)
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Tune in over at nionradio.com/ep134 (link is in the BIO)
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What do you choose to prioritize in life? .

@nickonken x @markmansonnet x @nionlife

📷 @danrobinsonphoto | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment below what you are grateful for.
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I love the cold winter light in New York. There’s just something magical about it, even though it’s 20 degrees.
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Life is funny, and I’m learning to practice gratitude more often, as it’s so easy to get carried away with the little stupid things in life.
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Gratitude creates positive vibes and I believe that attracts more good things to you in life.
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Had a great convo last night with my buddy @valorandvice about not dwelling on things of the past, sucking it up, and moving forward. The more we dwell in the past, the more we can create resentment and regret which creates negative emotions.
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I’ve learned over the last year that it’s good to feel through negative emotions as it’s the only way to get through them, but not to dwell on them either.
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I’m grateful for life and the things we can create
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@nickonken x #life x #grattitude

📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Comment 🥊🥊 if you’ve ever boxed before.
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I just recently discovered boxing classes from my friends @mantalks and @mindfulmft, and I love it. I have a whole new respect for boxers, it’s more complicated than it looks, and extremely tough, but in a good way.
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Shout out to the trainers @Du_718, @fleurffs, & @teamsnipernyc over at @overthrownewyork, my new local Williamsburg gym for whipping us into shape.
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Had a great workout this morning with @fecastleberry.
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My goal this year is to box at least once a week if not more.
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@nickonken x @overthrownewyork

📷 @fecastleberry | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 💯 if you love vintage things over modern things.
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Transit is something that is fascinating to me. Planes, trains, automobiles and every other means.
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Yesterday I got to explore a piece of New York that I’ve never seen before, the @nytransitmuseum and see the history of getting around New York City from the horse and buggy days. It was quite fascinating, and a definite recommend to anyone exploring New York City. .
Vintage transport is just so much cooler than new design these days. Trains, cars, etc. I love the old things, there’s just so much more character and texture in the design. Especially vintage cars. So much better than modern day designs.
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It was overall inspiring to see piece of the history of such an amazing city.
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@nickonken x #NewYork

📷 @emchong85 | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 100 if you love making things.
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Not only do I love making photographs, but I love experimenting in other ways. I believe that as you grow your creative taste, you can apply that taste to different mediums that fall under your own creative style.
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Over the last couple years since I met my good friend @satyatwena, not only did I discover my obsession for hats, but also customizing and creating them myself. I wouldn’t call myself a hat maker by any stretch, but I enjoy getting creative with them.
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It’s fun to just creatively play.
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Happy Sunday!
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@nickonken x #hats x @satyatwena

📷 @danrobinsonphoto | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment a lesson you learned or were reminded of last year.
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The truth is, we all have these tendencies, at least I know I do and I hope that I’m not alone here. How many times do we say “I already knew that” of something we’ve learned before without letting it be a reminder to keep it in practice.
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This is one of the things I learned this last year, which I tried to condense down to 10 things in this weeks new podcast.
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2017 was a huge learning year for me. I love being a student of life and reflecting on things that I learned through out the year so that I can apply those to the next year. .
Listen to the other things I learned on this weeks podcast episode of #NIONradio. Link is in the stories or my bio. Or you can just type this url into your webbrowser: nionradio.com/ep133
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Keep Learning!
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@nickonken x #life

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Comment 💯 if you’re ready to create magic this year.
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Sitting down to write some 2018 goals today and came across this behind the scenes shoot with @echriqui from last year.
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I love photographing beautiful interesting people that are up to impactful things. Creating photograph magic with amazing people is a sweet spot for me. There’s a je ne sais quoi to photographing people that just gets me excited.
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If you’re interested in learning more about her life, creative process and all the things, I interviewed her on my podcast over at nionradio.com/ep118
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Keep Creating!
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@nickonken x @echriqui

📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 💯 if you’re ready to take 2018 by storm!
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I know I am, and with 2017 in the past, I’m ready to re-invent an create new moments and new adventures.
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I usually like to take the first couple weeks of the year to set goals, and implement new ideas into what I’m doing. One of my goals for this year is to create new projects that affect change and push well needed conversations forward with art.
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What’s on your goal list this year?
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BTW, if you’re interested in this “Take Life By Storm” Storm Trooper backpack, I’ve created a special hand painted collection of 5 that are available for purchase. You can find them over at https://nionlife.com/product/takelifebystorm/
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Keep Creating!
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@nickonken x @lewishowes x @nionlife

📷 @lewishowes | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Got to collaborate with this wonderful woman, @leannemaily last week on a personal project I’m working on.
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She’s a mover and shaker, and disrupting the fashion world with her vegan clothing line, @vaute_nyc nyc. She focuses in creating winter wear that is completely vegan. I’ve had a coat for a while, and it’s a winter blessing.
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It felt so good to just create for myself, and get into a great flow. .
Creativity is good for the soul.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 🙏🏼 if you are grateful and ready to rock out 2018!
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I’m so completely grateful to ring in the New Year with these amazing people.
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Surrounding yourself with people that push you to be a better human as much as you push them is highly important. People who resonate with the path and journey that you want to be on.
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We had such a wonderful weekend creating moments of depth, inspiration and intention. I know I definitely walked away absolutely inspired by the conversations and inner work that happened.
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It ended with a delicious meal at @simplypurelv and swinging the clubs over at @topgolf and some private golf lessons from my buddy Usher.
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Special thanks to @enmemtemps and @usher for hosting this beautiful weekend. To all my new friends, @mojism, @royazara, @bitak21, @beboefamily, @danajames, Danielle, Mark, Stephanie
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 💯 if you like collaborating with amazing people.
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Had a blast collaborating with this creative one, @leannemaily yesterday.
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She is the founder of the vegan clothing company, @vautenyc and and a lover of animals. Most of all, a wonderful human being. We shot in her company headquarters in the lower east side of manhattan for an upcoming interview series I’m working on.
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It was fun to get back into a creative flow. Peep the stories to see a couple of the final photographs.
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Anyone ready for 2018? I sure am. Big things to come!
. 📷 @danrobinsonphoto | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 💯 if you love introducing kids to new experiences. .
I had so much fun introducing my nephs to things I enjoy. I’ve got Isaiah behind the camera and Joshy on the skateboard. .
Now back to the other coast. .
@nickonken | #nickonken #createyourmoments

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Joshy Wins!!
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Another photograph from my #nephswag shoot. Photographing my nephews through out the years has been such a fun personal project for me. They make great subjects for the camera.
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I may have to hire my sister @leahpainter on my next kids job as a kid wrangler. She does an excellent job.
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Keep creating and Happy Holidays!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment ❤️ if you’re have kids in your family that you love.
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These are my three nephs, Matthew, Isaiah, and Joshy. Though this may look like an ad for @aviatornation, it’s not. I always love getting creative with them when I come to town and doing fun photoshoots with them. This year, I decided to swag them out in some AN gear. This is one of of my favorites from the shoot.
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During the shoot in the 35 degree weather, Matthew and Joshy decided to run three laps around the track, equalling 3/4s of a mile. I don’t know where they get their energy from. I think the older they get, the more they have.
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It’s quite a joy to be in these lil guys’ lives, when I don’t have kids of my own.
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Happy Holidays!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments | #nephswag

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Happy holidays. Traditional bubble tea after dim sum with my swaggy lil nephs. Always wonderful to spend time with family. Love these little guys. #nephswag Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday!
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@nickonken | #nickonken | #createyourmoments

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Playing around with the iPhone X portrait mode and it’s pretty bomb. Added a little filter and grain with @vsco and I’m impressed. Homeward bound now for some time with my awesome little nephews. Happy Holidays!
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@nickonken | #nickonken | #createyourmoments

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Double tap if you’re ready to eat this holiday season away.
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This is one of my favorites from my shoot with @renskroes this week.
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One of my goals is creating editorial portraiture in my style and energy. Telling more story within a photograph.
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Rens is a master in the food world with 4 cook books on healthy eats and power foods. She’s done a TED talk and is an all around bad ass. Follow her for some healthy inspiration. She’s a vibrant soul bringing positive energy to the world!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Comment 🥑 if you love to eat!
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I definitely love to eat. This is a fun BTS pic with my friend @renskroes who is an amazing healthy foods extraordinaire with 4 of her own cookbooks. Follow her for some great eats inspiration.
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Stay tuned and follow for the final pics. Check today’s stories for some behind the scenes videos.
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📷 @danrobinsonphoto | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Double tap if you appreciate hats.
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Had a fun time at my friend @teressafoglia’s hat party last night. Excited to see what she’s cooking up this next year down at @industrycity.
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She draws some amazing positive people in her life.
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As you may have seen on my feed, I have an obsession with hats, and been playing around with customizing them myself. It’s fun to play around, not that I call myself a hat maker by any stretch.
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Happy Sunday!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 🐧 if you like penguins!
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Penguins are the coolest animals to watch. They are so fascinating how they operate, go on random small group adventures as well as solo adventures in Antarctica’s vast landscapes of icebergs.
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I’ve started a series of wallpapers with my signature for your smart phone to take you around the world through my lens. You can check them out on the IG Story highlight section and swipe up to download them. (http://nonk.it/NOwallpaper)
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Should you feel the desire to share them in your stories, share the love and tag me.
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Happy Penguin love.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Comment 🙌🏼 if you like to be taken to other places around the world through photographs!
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Too bad in this picture in Antarctica, it was warmer than it is in New York City right now. That said, Antarctica was one of the most amazing places I’ve traveled to. The vastness of the landscapes is mesmerizing.
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I’m starting a series of wallpapers with my signature for your smart phone to take you around the world through my lens. You can check them out on the IG Story highlight section and swipe up to download them. (http://nonk.it/NOwallpaper)
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Should you feel the desire to share them in your stories, share the love and tag me.
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Happy Travels!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Comment 💯 if you feel like this was you this year, and are ready to re-vision for 2018.
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Found this one from the archives, when I did this project for @nike down in Mexico city with @lediable and @omrico. It was such a fun project that we got to create from scratch.
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We called it, The Legend of Santi. Santi was a hometown hero that ran the Human Race for Nike. His idol was Steve Prefontaine. He rallied his neighborhood to run the race with him.
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This project was a blast and one of the photos won an award in communication arts.
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On a life note, if you feel like your year was snatched away like this police guy’s sandwich, a good book to ready may be “Who Moved My Cheese” Sometimes life moves our cheese, and we get to learn how to deal with it and move on.
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This year was definitely that for me.
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I am excited to purge this year, and revision and evolve for 2018. I’m ready to set some new goals, and rock out a new year.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Comment YASS! if you’ve ever given of your time, money or resources and it’s come back to you in any way.
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Philanthropy and giving has always been a part of my life’s ethos. I believe if you give without the intention of receiving, it comes back to you in even bigger ways. Many of the very successful people I’ve met and interviewed attribute a lot of their success to giving and making the world a better place.
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My charity of choice has been @pencilsofpromise as I believe in helping to provide education to as many kids as possible in this world. I’ve been photographing on the ground for them for the last years, and with the help of my tribe have been able to build a school and create continuing education for at least 150 students.
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I’m so excited to get suited and booted to support tonights 2017 #PoPGala. Our goal is to raise $2 Million for education. .
If you’d like to help, you can donate to my fundraise project at this link: nonk.it/PoPraise (Link In BIO)
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📷 @danrobinsonphoto | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment ❤️ if you love the fall.
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Fall in New York is my favorite time of year. The leaves are fiery yellow and orange as the fall to the ground. The air is crisp and the atmosphere just festive.
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Fall makes me nostalgic. The change of seasons is something that will forever be a part of my memories.
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Happy Fall to you!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Comment 100 if you like Korean BBQ.
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This GUY, @alexbeh does, as do I. I love this portrait from a photoshoot I did in LA with him a couple weeks ago.
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The natural light was perfect, streaming through the window lighting the steam from the delicious sizzling ribeye.
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Shot this on my @Canonusa 1Dx for those of you camera geeks out there. 35mm lens.
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Happy Meatsweat Monday.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Comment what your other creative avenues are besides your primary outlet.
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Sometimes I get distracted by other creative projects.
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Today’s creative project, I felt like making this hat. I started by torching it. (check out my IG stories to see the process) I wouldn’t call my self a hat maker, but it’s been fun to play around. I learn new things about the creative process every time.
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I believe that playing around in other mediums can help inspire you in your primary medium. .
Special thanks to @satyatwena for fueling my hat addiction. .
📷 @danrobinsonphoto | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment ✏️ if you can read my shirt.
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Because 250 million kids can’t read it. .
Today is #GivingTuesday and as you know, my favorite charity I support is @pencilsofpromise creating education for children in Laos, Guatemala, and Ghana.
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@AmericanApparelUSA teamed up with @pencilsofpromise to create this capsule collection of which part of every sale goes to furthering education of for these kids. Go to this link to get your swag and help educate kids: http://bit.ly/PoPxAA (Direct link in bio)
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Education reduces poverty, empowers communities, and unlocks human potential. It is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.
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Oh yeah, and how dope is this artwork by @morgometry!
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📷 @danrobinsonphoto | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 💤 if you have given your body the rest it needs lately.
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This weekend was some well needed R&R from the last few weeks of travel back and forth to LA. I think I slept more in 2 days than the last week and a half. Taking care of yourself is so important, especially when you’re trying to be at the top of your creative game.
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Funny how the new luxury is staying at home doing nothing.
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This pic is full of reflection is full of gratitude. I still can’t believe that my job is to travel the world, take pictures and people pay me for it. I’m definitely thankful for that.
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Oh, and for those of you wondering, that is a @canonusa 1Dx in my hand.
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📷 @michaeltrainer | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 💯 if you love flying.
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This majestic view of Mt. Rainier on my recent flight out of Seattle was an incredible one.
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Something about being above the clouds that is dreamy and calming, especially at sunset. It’s one of my favorite feeling and views.
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It reminds me of sitting on a surfboard past the break.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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