Photographer snaps a shot of Plateau life

Huckleberry Creek Photography moved to Buckley’s Main Street this summer and is establishing an impressive clientele.

Huckleberry Creek Photography moved to Buckley’s Main Street this summer and is establishing an impressive clientele.

“This building was perfect for my purposes,” said Nikki Kunst, owner of the studio at 753 Main St.

“I must have walked by that building a dozen times after the tattoo guy moved out of there and wondered if maybe things would be a little less cluttered around my house if I moved my business into a more spacious location. It has worked out well.”

Kunst, who has both a Nikon D-200 and a Fuji S3 camera, explains she has gone completely digital and her “laptop is her darkroom” as she spends many hours working on her three computers.

The photographer said more and more she is using nature as a backdrop for her portraits, one of the reasons she named her business Huckleberry Creek Photography.

“Guys always act like it is absolute torture to have their picture taken. It is a little easier for moms to talk them into having it done though, when they can pose with their hunting dog, shot gun or fishing pole as a prop and their 4 x 4 truck in the background,” she said. “Guys like to have portraits of themselves taken out in the wilderness and I am all for it, if that is what they are in to.”

Kunst hosted an open house Monday, where she explained she introduced herself, told people a little about herself, her background and what her specialties are.

One of Buckley’s newest entrepreneurs admits while taking sports action shots and shooting weddings is not really her cup of tea, her self-proclaimed strong suits are taking portraits of infants, young children, older people and especially high school seniors, “because they are so happy to be leaving, that they always have a big smile on their face.”

Kunst is available to work weekends the majority of the time, but accepts clients by appointment only. The number to dial at the studio is 360-829-3798. Her Web site is and she also can be reached at

“I wasn’t really thinking about how long my e-mail address and Web site name would be when I named my enterprise,” she said. “Quite a few key strokes there, but I promise prospective customers that it will be worth the extra effort.”

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