Nina Nixon

Nina has always had an adventurous heart and travel in her toes. As a child, she had the borders of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire as her playground and could quite often be found racing across the field at the back of her nan’s house, dodging the farmer’s bull or scrambling up the dirt mounds in the village woods, fondly named as the bomb pits.

Not much has changed in her adult life. She recently moved with her family of six (three kids, one hubby and a very daft kitty cat called Rufus) from the Kentish coast to an English village on the east Cheshire side of the North West.  A place where two counties align and there’s a whole new playground to explore.

A stay-at-home mum, Nina is passionate about family, photography and nature – pretty much in that order. She’s never to be found without some way of capturing a moment; it’s like second nature and friends and family have become accustomed to her snap happy ways, living life through a lens. Last year she took the plunge and started making short films that opened up a whole new world of capturing and piecing together snatched instants.

A few questions about nice things...

Who do you most admire?

People that follow their heart and block out the naysayers. Follow your passions and do whatever makes you happy. No matter how small it may be. You don’t have to set the world on fire, but have a blooming good go at trying.

What are your favourite possessions?

My camera. It is an extension of me, my life, the way I see things in the world.

Tell us about your perfect day or weekend...

Lie-ins are always good in our house, followed by a hearty breakfast. We have an obsession for waffles and thick pancakes or fondly nicknamed American pancakes after my husband’s travels and tales of the States. Homemade and served with whipped butter, crispy bacon and proper Canadian maple syrup.

Adventures for the weekend are always planned around those kinds of breakfasts. But purely pulling on our wellies and a walk in the woods or yomp up a hill – collecting sticks, spotting nature and filling our pockets with treasure – are our most enjoyable. The muddier the wellie boot the better. And if hobnobs dunked in marshmallow hot chocolate follows, then our perfect day is complete.

What makes you happiest?

Dates with my hubby. They are few and far between, but when the stars align it feels good to remember how to be just us again.

What would you like to do in the future?

Concentrate a little more on my film-making with opportunities to travel more, capturing our adventures.