Chelsea Nielsen is an autistic videographer from Omaha, NE. She currently works for a digital marketing firm called KreativElement, as their full-time videographer and photographer, and films weddings with her good friend, Amy Lynn, at Forever Hello Films.
Chelsea graduated with honors from Metropolitan Community College (known for having one of the leading photography programs in the Midwest) in 2012 with her Associate's degree in Commercial Photography. Chelsea currently lives near Aksarben with her boyfriend, Chase, and their four cats, Din, Dante, Katniss, and Meeko. She is also a dancer and aerial hammock instructor in her free time at Aerial Bombshell and has over a quarter of a century's worth of dance experience under her belt.
"At the age of ten, disposable camera in hand, my first models for my very first photo shoot were my younger brother and sister. Shoved in our living room with two chairs holding up a broom with a sheet tossed over for a background, I posed them like it was the best JcPenney portrait session they'd ever had. Probably should have told them to put pants on though; hindsight's 2020, of course. But I was hooked. I could create "studio quality" portraits? In my own home? And if I took the camera to Walmart, they'd give me back actual prints? This was life-changing information! Fast-forward (pun intended) to middle school, I discovered my parent's SHARP VHS camcorder from the late 80s buried in the garage: clunky, chunky, and covered in dust. I asked if I could borrow it and make silly movies with the neighbor kids. They obliged, and thus begun my passion for video with what would later be dubbed, "The Fun Tape."
From then on, I always had a camera with me: disposable, digital, or even just a cell phone camera, taking pictures and (super low quality) video clips of anything and everything. Then, my senior year of high school, I decided to pursue photography as a career. It was something I was good at. It was something I enjoyed. And it was a realistic choice for a career in an art field. Art has always been important to me in any form. It has always been my release, my way to forget about my social disabilities. And with photography, I was finally being connected to people. I had a way to talk to people, and people wanted to talk TO me. I was making friends again; connecting through a lens. I loved photography, but videography was my unrealistic dream. I never thought in a million years that I would be able to create videos as my CAREER, let alone achieve this in my hometown. A camera is like a shield to me; it protects me. It gives me the courage to create and connect."