Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicollette Mollet.
Nicollette, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I graduated from The Art Institute of Dallas back in 2013 with a BFA in Photography and I currently reside in a spacious loft deep in the heart of Dallas, TX where I work and play.
With a long-time obsession for fashion and beauty, I was inspired to experiment with photography in middle school by the hit TV show America’s Next Top Model. I loved the challenge of taking the average person and transforming them into the best version of themselves through my camera. In my junior year of high school, I had been asked by so many of my peers to take their senior pictures when I decided to turn it into a business–and had no idea what I was doing. So I charged $5 a photo and thought, “MAN! I’m makin’ bank!”
Aside from my pursuit of fashion photography, I quickly grew to love the joy and gratitude I was receiving from high school seniors and parents. My ability to make any ordinary girl [or guy!] feel like they, too, can look like the models in the fashion industry, gave me immense passion to continue growing my senior portrait business separate from my fashion/commercial work (main commercial clients currently being Mint Dentistry, Nha Khanh, etc.).
A cumulative 9-10 years of experience in photo retouching and photography has taught me the importance of highlighting natural beauty and capturing the true essence of my subjects.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has definitely not always been smooth, but I have learned a lot… Not just about business in general but about myself personally. I have had many struggles, but I wouldn’t consider them “struggles.” I would say they were more like necessary learning curves that helped me improve myself and my business.
Some of my learning curves along the way have been associated with assertiveness, confidence, and taking risks which is interesting because I’m sure this is more common with female business owners. For example, I have learned the hard way that contracts and written agreements are important. I have learned the hard way that having pre-paid deposits or full payments ahead of time are important. I have learned that as a luxury service, it is important to have a good balance of impeccable customer service while standing firm in what your business stands for and offers. Meaning, sometimes I’ve had to swallow a few hiccups but I am more than happy to make sacrifices for my clients. Under promise, over deliver. 🙂
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Nicollette Mollet | Photographer – what should we know?
I am a fashion & beauty portraiture photographer, which entails all kinds of subjects as long as it maintains that aesthetic. Another one of my specialties is photo retouching, especially skin. I have been blessed with many testimonials from top industry leaders here that say I’m one of the best retouchers in Dallas.
As a company, I am most proud of the way I have made my subjects feel, whether that’s commercial or not. My goal is not only to take a good picture, it’s much more than that. I always aim to create a life-changing experiences for them, especially my high school seniors, making sure they leave my studio feeling more confident and radiant than ever before as they embark on their next chapter in life… And I think what sets me apart from others, aside from customer service, is my ability to bring out true beauty from literally anyone. Excuse me for saying this out loud, haha, but I also love a challenge… because I KNOW that person will leave my studio having seem themselves in a way that they never have before.
Throughout my career, I have learned that a picture of someone isn’t just a picture. It is their soul, their spirit, their personality… it takes time to develop the eye for it, and I believe I have reached that goal.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My parents, Bill & Zoyla, deserve so much credit for my success. I would not be where I am today without them. They allowed me to have complete freedom to experiment with my artwork, whether that was photography, painting, etc. and always encouraged me to go for whatever it is I wanted.
Every great successful person has had to fail in order to get back up and keep pushing forward. I believe starting early on with my parents’ encouragement gave me room to fall and fail while still having a safe place to lay my head down at night, and I am forever grateful to them for that.