Nicole Hester poses with a newspaper photo taken of her when she was a child. – Chris Borgia

Nicole Hester poses with a newspaper photo taken of her when she was a child. – Chris Borgia

Proud Yankee and Illinois Native, Nicole Hester has interned at The Hays Daily News in Hays, Kansas, The Bay City Times in Bay City Michigan and The Ann Arbor News in Ann Arbor Michigan. She currently is working in Natchez, Mississippi as the staff photographer for The Natchez Democrat. Also a retired waitress and florist, Nicole finds inspiration documenting life’s outsiders and underdogs, the blue collar working man, and anyone else she connects with.

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Nicole Kent, 2015 Bean Queen, and Chyanne Thomas, 2015 Bean Queen runner up, stand cars at a car show for a portrait during the Michigan Bean Festival Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 in Fairgrove, Michigan. – Courtesy of The Bay City Times

Nicole Kent, 2015 Bean Queen, and Chyanne Thomas, 2015 Bean Queen runner up, stand cars at a car show for a portrait during the Michigan Bean Festival Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 in Fairgrove, Michigan. – Courtesy of The Bay City Times

MCI teammates cheer from the bench during the South End little league minor tournament Wednesday, June 10, 2015. – Courtesy of The Bay City Times

MCI teammates cheer from the bench during the South End little league minor tournament Wednesday, June 10, 2015. – Courtesy of The Bay City Times

Amy Hauk, 26, cuddles with her sister, Jennifer, 22, before starting their day at their home in Bay City, Michigan. After their mother died, Jennifer became the sole guardian of Amy, who has Down syndrome. Jennifer said she could not leave Amy in the care of anyone else because she loves her and does not trust anyone to care for Amy. "You know, I don’t do this for the $480 a month,” Jennifer said. “I don’t do it because it’s easy. I do it because this is where my sister is best off, and I think people should protect — at all costs — people who are vulnerable and put them in the best situations, and this is where Amy is the best cared for.” – Courtesy of The Bay City Times

Amy Hauk, 26, cuddles with her sister, Jennifer, 22, before starting their day at their home in Bay City, Michigan. After their mother died, Jennifer became the sole guardian of Amy, who has Down syndrome. Jennifer said she could not leave Amy in the care of anyone else because she loves her and does not trust anyone to care for Amy. “You know, I don’t do this for the $480 a month,” Jennifer said. “I don’t do it because it’s easy. I do it because this is where my sister is best off, and I think people should protect — at all costs — people who are vulnerable and put them in the best situations, and this is where Amy is the best cared for.” – Courtesy of The Bay City Times