Perhaps you’ve seen the beautiful, unique, funny, and themed newborn photos that recently went viral. After all, even famous actors like Viola Davis have shared the images. However, now it’s time you meet Nikki Cee, the talented photographer behind them all.
Nikki Cee, The Photographer Behind The Viral Photos
Meet Nikki Cee, a 33-year-old photographer living in Bowie, Maryland. Cee recently became a huge internet sensation, for photographing babies in the most creative and fun ways possible. Now, she’s one of the most famous photographers in the game.
However, it wasn’t a smooth start for Cee, much like others aspiring to make photography their passion and livelihood. The photographer took her first class six years ago, as it interested her but didn’t know much. She said in an interview that at first, no one would let her take their photos. So Cee “begged coworkers and people close to me so that I could practice.” At first, she started working with a newborn baby as young parents were the first to contact her. She had a hard time; “it was so hard, and the baby screamed the whole time I tried to photograph her.”
Cee never wanted to photograph newborns ever again. However, other parents continued to contact her. So, Cee decided to take it seriously, watching dozens of YouTube videos to learn all she could. “I was determined to do a successful newborn shoot that fit into the professional standard, but that also had some sort of ‘me’ in it. So once I felt good handling a baby in baskets and simple props, I started the creative prop ideas and any and everything I saw that a baby could fit in, I put a baby in it!”
Making It Big & Creative
And so, the young photographer started to incorporate themes into the photoshoot – anything that she, alongside the parents, found fun and unique. This made Cee’s photos go viral, bringing in many clients and new job opportunities.
With time, Cee got more and more creative – one of her most viral photoshoots was Fresh Prince of Bel-Air themed. She even made a smaller version of Will Smith’s famous hat to fit the newborn, and the parents absolutely loved it! In fact, Cee makes most of her props by herself. Other viral photos include Aladdin and Minions themed shoots. Meanwhile, others are simpler, where you can see a baby snuggled inside an ice-cream carton, or taking a nap on a school desk.
Later on, famous actress Viola Davis (The Help, Fences), retweeted the photos, which certainly helped spread the word.
“Seeing It All Come To Life Is The Best Part”
Cee doesn’t wish to be famous – she just wants her work to spread joy and “baby fever.” She also enjoys working with the parents and loves that they put their trust in her. “Seeing my vision come to life and seeing the parents get excited about the final product, that’s literally the best thing. Cuddling with the babies too, of course! But seeing it all come to life is the best part!”
The rising photographer doesn’t just take newborn photoshoot offers; she does other events, like weddings. However, Cee now does focus on baby photos. Not only are they what brought her fame, but she can get so creative with them!
“Being an entrepreneur is the toughest role I’ve played, and I’m forever learning and growing, and I’m just forever thankful for every word of encouragement, every trusting client and their beautiful babies, every inspiration, every setback, and every disappointment. They all work together to shape me and my everyday dealings with this photography thing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” You can check out and marvel over Nikki’s work on her Instagram page.