Lloydminster’s Nicole Noyce cleaned up at the Annual Image Competition in Regina early this month, taking away three awards, including the coveted Photographer of the Year.
The competition, put on by the Professional Photographers Of Canada (PPOC) for Saskatchewan and Manitoba, also honoured her with the Best Fashion Award for her image Red Green Fashion Fix and Best Figure Study Award for a photo called Fortitude.
“It feels good,” she said of the honours. “I try to treat every session I go into as if it is meant for competition. I want to give my clients the best possible work that I can give them. So, really it’s just a representation of the work that I feel I do all the time.”
Noyce also won Photographer of the Year back in 2012 and though she said it feels good to be recognized, she gives a great deal of credit to her employees down at Noyce Photography. Without their help, she feels she wouldn’t have the schedule space or resources to achieve such accomplishments.
“I am proud of my staff because without such a solid staff and so much help, I wouldn’t have time to do any competitions or develop the work that we’ve been able to develop here,” she said.
The awards seem even more impressive when one takes into account that Noyce is mostly selftaught, never having attended post-secondary for photography. She began as “the family photographer” doing personal work and learning through trial and error.
During that time she worked as assistant manager at Real Canadian Superstore for 20 years, giving her a lot of customer service experience, until she left on maternity leave with her second daughter. It was then that she decided to start her own photography business.
“It turns out you work a lot more when you run your own business, but we saw the opportunity and the demand was there and we made a business of it,” she said.
Since becoming a member of PPOC, she has been granted many educational opportunities through the organization, beefing up on everything from the business side of things to enhancing her artistic capabilities.
“So it’s been very instrumental in developing my skills,” she said.
Her love for photography has led her to be able to make a living from the craft. She said she’s glad to be able to support herself and her children through a job that allows her to be creative and even though it’s a high pressure field that takes a lot of energy, she feels fortunate to be a part of it.
But again, it really comes down to her clients and those she works with.
“I would really like to thank my clients and my staff,” she said. “Because without having clients that believe in me and staff that works with me, I would not be able to do the competitions and achieve what I have.”