When you are asked to write about Nils Decker, yourself, thus, it’s always hard to find a good start. Here is my attempt in giving you a fun introduction in how I became a photographer.
I have long been obsessed with shooting photos. First with point-and-shoot cameras, later with more professional gear. My “aha moment” came when I went on a business trip to India for the first time. I decided that I wanted something better than my phone camera (yes, I was using a Blackberry at the time ;-)) so I bought a Canon EOS 550d (Rebel in the United States).
When I bought the famous 50mm F1.8 lens for the camera, I tickled the beast of a portrait photographer in me for the first time.
Over the next few years, I spent most of my time shooting “everything”. A lot of street photography, a lot of city and landscapes, and whatever else came in front of my lens. Since in my professional life I traveled a lot (think 250+ days per year), I used the camera as an excuse to get out of my hotel room and explore the cities I was visiting.
Refining my style
After moving to the US, I started getting quite outdoorsy and developed a liking for landscape photography and spend a lot of time refining my style. You can still see some of that work on my landscape Instagram account. However, I never felt that it was fully satisfactory and that is when I decided to specialize in portrait photography.
After meeting my long-time musical idol Diego and befriending him, I felt that it was time to take the plunge and dedicate myself fully to the art. He invited me to Mexico to join him at a festival and I took all my courage and asked him if I was allowed to take photos of him before, during, and after his concert to which he kindly agreed. I will write a full “behind the photo” story on this soon.