Travel & Life Photographer

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

http://nickonken.me/

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Picking up some snacks with my little sidekick, Joshy.
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This kid is all smiles and will light up your day like a little bottle of sunshine. (Obviously that’s useful in a place like Seattle) He is always smiling.
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Love my little hapa nephs. It’s been a pleasure being a part of their lives as they keep growing.
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📷 @leahpainter | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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This is PoPo, which means Grandma in Chinese, but more specifically, Mom’s mom. She a special and amazing woman.
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And she can throw a good peace sign.
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We buried my grandfather yesterday, who she took care of till the end. .
Death is a funny thing. Makes me realize how short life is. Make the most of it and be the best human you can be to yourself and to others.
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Support your family. It means a lot.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Comment 💯 if you think the PCH highway to Malibu at sunset is he most epic drive. .
Caught by my homie @michaeltrainer on as we wrapped our photoshoot in the Bu. It was a glorious day of adventure and PCH love. .
Can I say that I’m obsessed with these pants by @friedrice_nyc?
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Yesterday was a good day. .
📷 @michaeltrainer | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Give me a in the comments if you love this view.
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It was such a joy to come out here to LA and celebrate the wedding of my good friends @holisticallyslim and @craigclemens. .
We had a magnificent party filled with lots of love, dancers on stilts, and contortionists.
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Sending so much love to these two as they embark on the next journey of their lives.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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I love working with awesome people creating greatness in the world.
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This is a recent image from my shoot with @amandabucci for her new personal brand. I love helping people elevate their brand by iconic imagery for them.
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We shot up on the PCH in Malibu, and snuck our way into Pepperdine University to add to the adventure.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Two red umbrellas, and two awesome homies.
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It was great life talking with @fecastleberry and @alexbeh last night. Thanks to Alex for snapping this shot in front of this vintage Benz. His selfie game is on point too(in my latest story). We dined at my new favorite Williamsburg restaurant, @sundayinbrooklyn
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Fred is launching his new collaboration of white sneakers with @greatsbrand tonight, and I’m stoked for that. He also designs amazing custom suits, of which I’ll need one some day.
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Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them. Especially the moments.
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Go create your moments.
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📷 @alexbeh | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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It’s funny how you can make people’s day by wearing a monkey mask around town.
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Filming a fun project with my homie @patricelighter just monkeying around the city. It’s not even Halloween anymore.
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If you haven’t seen these #bleedinghearts before, @jgoldcrown is definitely spreading the love around the world. I admire what he’s been doing with them.
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Create your moments, and create your life.
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📷 @patricelighter | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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“Take Life By Storm”
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Being proactive in life is what will get you far. To me that means even being proactive with your thoughts in what you want to create in the world.
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This is essential to being an artist(or entrepreneur) who makes a living with what they create.
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I myself fight the “resistance” that makes me procrastinate, or dive into social media binges that eat my precious time away from creating. It’s a constant struggle.
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Time to “Take Life By Storm” and create your moments every day, every moment.
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Stay tuned because I will be releasing this special collection of 5 Take Life By Storm, Storm Trooper backpacks on @nionlife very soon!
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📷 @danrobinsonphoto | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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We all wear masks that hinder us from people really seeing us.
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Props to my boy @lewishowes for pushing this conversation forward especially in the moment of where our world is at right now.
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I’m plowing through the book on audio, and I love how it sheds a new perspective into my interaction with the world. Something I’ve dealt with as an artist is a mask of external validation by who and what I’ve shot. Can our art be a mask for the pain we feel? Sometimes if we let it. Other times it can be cathartic and therapeutic.
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I love photographing and interviewing inspiring people because it gets me out of my own head.
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I’m proud of my good friend for opening up this conversation on a global scale and creating a space for people, especially men to be more vulnerable. Ultimately vulnerability will create more positive change in the world.
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This is a shot from our shoot in Iceland last year for his recent personal rebrand.
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I’ll be giving away a SIGNED copy of his new book The Mask of Masculinity. Comment below with a mask that you wear to win.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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“Be Fierce with your time, and generous with your heart”
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One of my biggest take aways from yesterday.
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It was great to see my pal @garyvee again yesterday thanks to my brother from another mother, @todd_herman in his 4D deep dive.
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I learned a ton from the day, and really appreciated how present and direct he was in the session. Hence the quote above. He came in for an hour and was laser focused and hyper present with each person in the room.
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Gary and I originally met through @pencilsofpromise which we both support, as we believe strongly in supporting education.
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#nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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@fernandaromeroo is ferocious. Feeling the 100 degree fall in LA last week on my photoshoot with her. 📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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One more from my shoot with @prisca130 this week. Chill vibes. 📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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@prisca130 is an all around badass. She’s a skater, painter, singer/songwriter and of course a ninja. This is from our shoot out in Los Angeles this week. 📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Bathtub temp infinity pool and some good audio books... and a pretty sick view.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Great day on the race track with the homies pushing this baby to its max. Well more so my max. Track driving is trickier than it seems, but hella fun! So. Much. Fun. 📷 @nimanejat | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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One of the coolest stores, @aviatornationaspen.
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This is the lounge space with a golden disco ball and a custom pool table with some vintage 70’s chill vibes.
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Definitely check it out if you cruise through Aspen.
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I’ve been inspired by @paigemycoskie since we started working together years ago. Her creative vision has grown so much!
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I’m wearing their new lightening bolt thermal which I stocked up on while I was there getting ready for the NYC winter. I’m obsessed with them.
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📷 @aldensteimle | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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I love crispy fall mornings.
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This is a beauty from our sunrise adventure in Steamboat Springs. Breathing the crisp fall air takes me back to growing up in Seattle and inhaling fall.
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Granted, that was usually followed by getting drenched in cold rain, but it was good while it lasted.
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Despite the gnarly winters in NYC, I love living in a city that has seasons.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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A little BTS by @jasononken from my shoot with @aldensteimle in Casper last weekend.
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We were driving around the mountain as the snow cloud rolled in. It made for an epic mood. I love shooting in foggy scenes.
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Get out in nature, and explore the world.
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Happy Monday!
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📷 @jasononken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Back to New York, Back to work.
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Here’s a fun shot from my shoot with @renskroes this week. It was great meeting her, she’s got great energy and good vibes.
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She just released another healthy cookbook as well! Head over to her page to follow all the good vibes she’s putting out into the world.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Just monkeying around on my way back from #AspenColorado & #CasperWyoming.
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It was definitely nice to get out of NYC and into the wilderness. I was just having a conversation with a good friend about how getting out into the country actually helps you clear your mind with all the buzzing frequencies in the big city.
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New York is the absolute best city especially if you regularly get out to regroup.
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I always love coming back to it.
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📷 @jeffholt | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Third pic of the series from my photoshoot series with @aldensteimle in Casper.
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Exploring nature is always something I enjoy. Getting out of the concrete jungle of New York City is refreshing.
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Alden is rocking some awesome swag from @somedaylovin The jacket is perfect for this cold fall day.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Another pic from my photoshoot series with @aldensteimle in Casper.
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On Monday morning, Alden woke up to a call from her family that her Dad lost everything in the California fires. He was a photographer and his house was burned to the ground. If you’re a photographer I’m sure you can relate to the thought of losing all your negatives you’ve created over the years.
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My heart goes out to her, her family, and all those who lost everything this week in the devastating fires.
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Head up to my stories for a link on how you can help or donate.
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I’m so grateful for everything I have. You never know what could happen.
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Sidenote about this pic, again I love this @pendletonwm towel that we picked up from @aviatornationaspen and it just makes me happy.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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I love photographing people on location.
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It’s one of my favorite things ever. Beautiful locations inspire me just as much as awesome people.
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This is one of the pics from a photoshoot I did with @aldenstiemle on my road trip to #CasperWyoming with her and @jeffholt. Exploring nature and taking pics with great friends are some of my favorite experiences.
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Throw in some deer that randomly cue’d into the photograph and it’s some beautiful magic.
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I also love this @pendletonwm towel that we picked up from @aviatornationaspen and it just pops. I love incorporating vibrant color into my photographs.
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Happy Fall!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Horses are the best. You saw our new furry friend munching the grass outside the fence in a previous post.
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Animals bring such a great energy to life that soothes the soul. It’s been a great encounter with nature and furry friends.
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📷 @aldensteimle | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Onken.
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This was an epic place to shoot a campaign for @jockey_europe_international. I still can’t get over the beauty of the fall colors in #AspenColorado.
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Behind the scenes, @aldensteimle caught me hiding in the trees.
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We just finished shooting up in a small cabin in the mountains called the Klondike.
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📷 @aldensteimle | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Gotta love this epic view from our sunrise adventure in #SteamboatSprings.
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Feeling so grateful for a fun adventure with Das Crew, @aldensteimle @jeffholt & @jasononken.
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As much as I love living in cozy New York City, I love getting out into the vast countrysides. .
Where’s your next road trip?
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Chasing sunrise with @aldensteimle & @jeffholt.
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It’s makes a fun adventure when we all love and appreciate taking the time to chase the light for good photos.
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This was taken with my iPhone 7 Plus. I always love a great sun flare. It creates a majestic mood.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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This pup sitting by our car really wanted to come on our road trip with us as much as we wanted him to come with us. -
He was such a beautiful pup. Sometimes I wish my lifestyle was conducive to having one. -
It has been a great time venturing through the epic landscapes of Colorado with @jeffholt and @aldensteimle
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Another furry friend on our road trip through Colorado. -
I love horses. We stopped by and they came running to greet us. -
This photo was shot with my #iphone7plus. The light is perfect and so beautiful!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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How can you not love a llama?
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#roadtripfriends
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