Nikka is a former film director and now a leading fashion photographer, successful fashion entrepreneur, and citizen of the world. She aims for timeless elegant style in her lush photography, combining it with bold colors or black-and-white contrast.
To accomplish what had been planned. To stay in the moment and enjoy it.
Excited with the challenge but bit anxious.
To meditate in order to stabilize my emotions, to workout in order to clear up my mind.
I feel great when I can help someone
Whatever happens stay calm, confident and supportive to those who need it.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I consider myself to be a citizen of the world, however here are few of my favourite cities:
-I love Los Angeles for its landscape diversity, lots of amazing outdoors, spirit of Rock musical culture, healthy and spiritual lifestyle.
-New York taps into my business side, my left brain. I love New York’s high energy, its impatience and its greed. To me this city represents American Dream, where hard working and courageous dreamers make their aspirations become reality.
-Black Rock City. This city appears on the map only during one week in August, when Burning man festival takes place in the desert of Nevada. Nevertheless, this city lives according to the social rules that we all need in the modern society: radical acceptance, radical self reliance and full ecological responsibility. To me Black Rock City and Burning Man festival that it hosts every year are far from being just a entertainment spot. I find it to be a very educational and spiritual place.
Favourite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I love breakfast at Little Hermitage and at Mondrian hotels, Los Angeles. Both places are very young spirited and sexy. Little Hermitage is in a more authentic way, while Mondrian is more polished. The most romantic breakfast I have had in a covered in lush ivy private cottage of Chateau Marmot. Los Angeles
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – depends if I’m on set that day. If I shooting that day-I’m wide awake. My works as a visual creative includes, aside of obvious taking images, both art directors and producers tasks. I often need to coordinate the team or to fix a production emergency. So better to start early and to make sure that everything and everyone is ready for the photo or video shooting set. If I’m not on set that day, I’m sleeping until 8am
10:00 AM – With my workout accomplished, I’m getting on the emails and calls. A successful artist nowadays must also be a business person, a communicator, a negotiator, a producer and a distributor… List goes on and on.
12:00 PM – Favourite Lunch spot/meal?
I often skip lunch because I’m busy with something else that entirely consumes my attention, for example a photography project of an attempt to accomplish as many tasks during the day as I possibly can. It feels very satisfying to look back onto a productive eventful day. So usually no lunch, unless I’m meeting someone.
7:00 PM – Sunset usually will meet me at ‘in front of computer’ single dinner or a networking dinner out. My perfect sunset is by the seashore or in a garden dinner/party when the candles are being lit as the sun goes down, turning a busy day into a relaxing evening.
11:00 PM – off to bed. I like planning the upcoming day. I’m guilty of living both in the past (I’m very sentimental) and in the future (I love planning). My biggest goal is to learn living at the present moment and to enjoy it before it’s over.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Still water! As much as possible. I don’t drink alcohol, coffee or soft drinks.
Cheap date. LOL
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I love following one of my favourite photographers @mariotestino. His positive and fun loving personality shines through his content. And of course I’m always keeping an eye on his work as for me he is the one of the contemporary leading branding photographers. Other account I’m often checking is VS model @romeestrijd. She is an amazing style and fitness inspiration.
What should everyone try at least once?
Just try to let go and say ‘yes’ to a new, initially scary experience. I’m proudly setting example by jumping off a plane (sky diving). Though I should not be considered a courageous person. One of my biggest anxieties is to drive on a Los Angeles highway. Guess practice makes perfect.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
I’m mostly could be found lost in my projects and in work in general. When it comes to something I’m passionate about, I’m becoming totally obsessed. On a typical shooting day I would barely eat a lunch, just because I’m excited with the creative process. I have to put an effort to keep my lifestyle healthy and balanced. As for an actual place where I would get lost I would name Mexican Tulum. I would describe it as mystical and sensual place wrapped in lush rainforest.