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America’s Next Top Model Judge, Nigel Barker, Joins the Sony Artisans of Imagery!

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I had an unexpected gift two nights ago at #WPPI.  Nigel Barker, a celebrity photographer and judge for America’s Next Top Model was here, in Vegas, to do the SONY sponsored keynote and a Runway Show for over 4,000 photographers.

I’m also so excited to say that it’s official!  Nigel is the latest member to the Sony Artisans of Imagery group!  Before the event started, Sony brought me back stage to meet him in person and spend a few minutes together.

Here is a man who is on TV every week with all kinds of pressure (that I’m sure I can’t even fathom).  There are endless reasons for him to have a huge ego, and instead he was so incredibly down-to-earth, gracious and kind.  And he’s a dad to two beautiful kids!

WPPI feels like coming home in some ways because of all the wonderful industry of wedding and portrait photographers we’ve known for years. But the entertainment industry feels so new and foreign, and the pressures that arise can feel so intense.  So to meet someone who is in the thick of it all the time, and so clearly loves what he does and smiles from within with passion–it’s simply inspiring.

This unexpected introduction was an unexpected gift that meant more than Nigel will ever know.  Thanks so much Nigel for being you.  (And a big thanks to Sony for the introduction.)




For more info and videos, check out Nigel Barker’s blog.



  1. Kimberlyn Totten

    February 22nd, 2011 at 9:30 am

    How exciting…Hope that many more unexpected gifts come your way today and your entire time at WPPI! You deserve each and every good gift that comes your way MeRa!

  2. Sharon

    February 22nd, 2011 at 10:05 am


    I hope you are having a great time! XOXOX

  3. jeramy

    February 22nd, 2011 at 11:20 am

    oh my goodness….that man is so good looking!!!!

    WAIT!!!! did i just say that?

    holy cow! what a neat experience….but you know what i read on his blog yesterday…..”i can’t believe i got to meet mera koh last night in vegas!!!”

    no lie. well…maybe. but i’m sure he was thinking it. 🙂

  4. jeramy

    February 22nd, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    sharon….i think you meant to use THIS link. yeah?

  5. ajira

    February 22nd, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Way cool, Me Ra!

    Jeramy- you crack me up!!

  6. Charisse

    February 22nd, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    That is to cool MeRa! Glad you are enjoying your time there! And Jeremy, you are really funny!

  7. Michelleq

    February 22nd, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    OH EM GEEEEE! Nigel is HOT!!!!! First Nate and now Nigel??!! I am green eggs and ham green with envy! 😉

    Jeramy, you are hilarious!

  8. Lakeicia

    February 23rd, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    What a great surprise. I LOVE Nigel and have been a fan for years. Even on ANTM he is always a voice of reason, honesty, love, and respect, and not hard on the eyes at all. My favorite was when the girls got to meet his mom. 🙂

  9. Krista

    February 23rd, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    How fun! What a cutie-patootie………

  10. Missi

    May 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I bow down humbly in the psrecene of such greatness.

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