We had the good fortune of connecting with Fawn Nicole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fawn, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I define success as growth. Success is not just happiness and retirement, it’s the process of getting to those things. It is sweat, blood, tears, excitement, laughter, and anxiety. It is the feeling you get overwhelmed with every time you do something you are proud of. Success to me is every time I film a new project, I’m finding ways I can improve from the last one. I’m watching myself set high standards. I’m watching myself blossom.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I specialize in lifestyle film making. Lifestyle film making to me is capturing raw, and real moments- really seeking out the things that make people human. I film the people who have stories to tell. I film their births, their boudoir, their families, their weddings, their coming of age stories, and the last moments in their lives. Being present and freezing some of the most important moments in time for people who vibe with my visions and my art is so rewarding- it is so empowering. It wasn’t always easy, From a young age, I struggled with mental illness and childhood trauma. I didn’t have a wish to exist, or to pursue anything- I didn’t think I had a purpose. I genuinely believed that I would never make it to age 18. I started in this industry when I was 17. A woman came into my place of work offering me a job as a makeup artist for weddings. I was easily manipulated and abused by this person, she gaslighted me, tore me down, and forced me to do work for her company for free while isolating me from people that cared about me. Eventually, I was able to break away and start Fawn & Bee Co. in-spite of them. I ended up having such a passion for weddings, and I had always made cute YouTube videos about my life. I took a chance and I have stuck with it ever since. Filming all of these different cycles of life and meeting all of these different people helps me overcome my depressions. It has given me a purpose and taught me how to be happy- something I had never truly felt before I filmed my first wedding.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a visual creative artist, I feel like I have the upper hand when it comes to locations. I tend to lean towards places of nature vs. any bars or clubs. I have a special spot near a river I grew up near that holds so much meaning to me. I think it would be such a blast to take someone there and picnic/ hike.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am fortunate enough to have an entire community of people who constantly support and engage with my business. From past clients, to other business owners who have become some of my closest friends, I am constantly showered with support and love from those people that gave me the courage and strength to keep pushing towards my goals.
Melissa Hawkins Photography