Niki has had a lifelong love of animals, both wild and domestic and this has influenced her career path as well as her personal life. She has been involved in nature publishing and the photography industry as a writer, photo editor, text editor, publisher and agent. She has worked on staff for leading conservation magazines Audubon, National Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited and for picture agency Corbis, Inc. As a freelance writer, Niki has contributed articles to photography and art magazines Photo District News, Shutterbug, Wildlife Art News and worked on the startup of general interest magazine INspire through Publicis Dialog advertising agency for German client Siemens. She has also had long-term associations with AGPix, Vivozoom and Phototake photo agencies.
Niki is editor of the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA) publications Currents and Expressions and past editor-in-chief (1991-2011) of the American Society of Picture Professionals’ (ASPP) The Picture Professional and NANPA’s Ripples. Niki served on NANPA’s Board of Directors for five years. She is a NANPA Fellow and received the association’s Russ Kinne Recognition Award in 2003. ASPP honored Niki with the 2006 Picture Professional of the Year Award.
Niki lives in Rochester, New York, and works from her home office. She starts every morning with a long hike with her dog, Abby, on the Genesee River Trail. The trail is part of Rochester’s park system, which is often referred to as the Emerald Necklace designed by father of American landscape architecture Frederick Law Olmstead (1822-1903). Niki says these morning walks with Abby are the best part of her day.
Before Abby, Niki’s previous dogs Hildy and Humphrey—black Lab and chocolate Lab mix (like Abby), respectively—also served as inspiration for Niki, and all three dogs influenced her children’s book, Clover and the Twins, to be released this fall. Niki is also a new cat person with the adoption of Little Lulu, a calico terror.
Clover and the Twins will be Niki’s first full-length work of fiction for children.