Since she was a young girl, Nicole Avagliano has always loved taking photographs. She never dreamed that taking random photos of everything would lead to a career.
Nicole grew up in the suburbs of Western Sydney, where she attended public schools which allowed her to take photography as a subject in her high school years. “I took photography classes in High School which I learned more things I didn’t know.” After leaving Jamison High School in 2010, she kept at her photography, receiving praise from people who admired and loved her work. This led to Nicole thinking about her future and wanting to make a career out of her photo taking.
In recent times, Nicole has begun web designing. “I had wanted to make a portfolio for my photographs and looked around on free websites and just started designing.” Once she started, she couldn’t stop and web designing wasn’t enough. Nicole wanted to learn to make someone’s website by scratch/coding so she studied to do a Diploma of Web Development. From here Leigh’s Web Design was born.
Apart from an obvious interest and love in photography and, later, web design, Nicole loves being able to help others which both allow her to do. “Even if it was something as simple as taking a photograph of someone to see their smile, that when they saw the photo they instantly loved it, is a great feeling inside. With Web design, not only are you getting to help others and their companies, you get to become familiar with someone new and make friends which is always great,” Nicole tells me.
All photographers have a favourite style of photography and for Nicole it is landscape images. “I’ll take a quick snap of wherever I seem to be at the time whether it be because the sky has a few different colours in it or the place just looks lovely.”
In fact, Nicole’s favourite place to take photographs is at a place called The Entrance on the New South Wales Central Coast, a place she frequently holidays with her family. “Most of my landscape photographs are from there. I’ve spent a lot of time there since I was kid. They have amazing photography spots that are a must go-to”. High places such as look-outs are also high on places Nicole likes to photograph from.
One of Nicole’s personal favourite from her many captured photographs is one she shot at the North Entrance Bridge. What draws Nicole, and many others that view the picture, are the cloud formations and the colours that are throughout the photograph. The light captured within the photograph is simply wow.
Nicole established her business Leigh’s Web Design in 2015. Initially, the web site was just for web and logo designs but given that Nicole is a talented photographer, photography services quickly became a part of the company. Since then, she has added GFX (Graphic) Design, Marketing Materials and Editing Videos/Photographs.
The first website that Nicole ever created was for State Steel Treatment- Abrasive Blasting and Protective Coating. “With it being my first official web design site I got to do, I had quite a few different drafts up quite quickly on how I wanted it to look, what we would put on it etc. When I went to show them what I had they loved it. We discussed some things we could add and what they wanted to add so we had to go over which photo’s to use,” Nicole says of the experience.
Another website that Nicole created was for All Things Mystical. The already had an outdated website so required Nicole to revamp and redesign it. “The client wanted to keep to the same colours as what she had so once I had the drafts done I started redesigning it.” She got to fiddle around with a few things in order to make the website work and reflect the nature of the website. The end result was a company logo and tabs that looked like they were floating in the clouds.
For now, Nicole continues to create websites and capture special moments in time on camera as Leigh’s Web Design grows and is loving every moment of it. “I’ve met new people, found old friends and there’s nothing that would make me quit what I do now.”