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Welcome …

I'm Nick Abadilla, and I work as a professional photographer based in San Diego, California. Here's a quick snapshot (pun intended) of my life …

I've been happily married to my lovely wife Nance for over 20 years, and together we raise our beautiful and vibrant daughter Sophie who gives us reason to smile and laugh each day. We've traveled the world as a family, and are all the better for it. Egypt, China, Japan, France, New Zealand, Turkey ... hmmm, where to next?

I started my business in 2002 following 20 intense but rewarding years in the graphic design industry. With corporate life behind me, I found myself doing a lot of really deep soul searching, ultimately realizing it was time to honor my long-time passion for photography. So with my wife's blessing, I wholeheartedly embraced it as a profession and haven't regretted it for a second. Working from a cozy 1,300 square foot studio in an otherwise ho-hum industrial park, I specialize in commercial assignment, editorial and lifestyle portrait photography. My love for the craft will be evident once you step inside.

With this blog I give you a glimpse into my life behind the camera. I hope you find the posts interesting, entertaining, and maybe even inspiring from time to time. Your comments are most welcome and encouraged. And don't forget to check out my main website at

I’ve Gone Hollywood

Well, not really, I just needed a catchy title for this blog post. I drove up to North Hollywood a couple of days ago to do a shoot for UCSD’s “We Are Tritons” campaign which features select alumni who’ve achieved noteworthy success. The subject was Erik Nielsen, one of the founders of McNulty Nielsen Productions. Erik turned out to be a super guy, cooperative and joking through the entire shoot. As this was my first shoot for this division of UCSD, plus the fact that it took nearly three hours to get to the location, the pressure to create a great photograph was on. I drove home feeling pretty darn good. There are no do-overs in professional photography!


I need a green screen like this for my studio!

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