First Blog Post: My Role Models

There are people in your life that influence your journey and the path you take to obtain your goals. I was lucky enough to never need to look too far for my role models.

The compassion of my mother’s touch and my father’s humble nature are my most beloved characteristics of my parents, Diane and Nils Vogth-Eriksen.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to capture my dreams. With your unconditional love and support, I am achieving it. My differences are what you always cherished, never pushing me to conform. Without both of your love, my dreams would never have taken flight.

My parents understand the meaning of happiness goes far beyond the concept of family; happiness starts from within. Thanks Mom and Dad for allowing me to be “Me”.


Time to get back to work…

Nils Erik, MFA
Pablo Picasso once said, ‘every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.' Does anyone wonder if that’s what J. M. Barrie was thinking when she wrote her play, Peter Pan? For Nils Erik, the University of Miami became his own Neverland. While running with the Lost Boys, he first picked up a Kodak 24 frame disposable camera during his freshman year. He found great joy in capturing their own spontaneous, wild and crazy adventures. He looked to the professors at the []_[] as his very own Wendy for guidance and for sparking his growth in his initial photographic development. Later, armed with a photojournalism degree from the []_[], Nils began his career with Ocean Drive Magazine. When the lure of growing up became too strong to ignore, Nils left Neverland in Miami and ventured west to complete his Master of Fine Arts at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Living in the City of Lost Angels since 2008, Nils nurtures his own team of creative soldiers now while specializing in all aspects of photographic production. Today SMILE XXVII Studios has already captured thousands of images and created new visual campaigns with Nils' own magical fairy dust for celebrities, models, artist, entrepreneurs and designer brand companies alike! 'Everyone grows up, yet ‘the trick is growing up without growing old.' ~ Casey Stengel "My experience and vision lend themselves to accomplishing your creative and business goals. I regard my craftsmanship as being an investment in the longevity of your brand."

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