Nick Exposed

A Creative Community Hosted By Photog/Designer Nick Mayo

My Story

Hey guys (and gals)!

Welcome to Nick Exposed! Im Nick Mayo and I wanted to take a second to share a bit about myself and this blog, in hopes of helping you better relate to what Im doing.

I’m a man of many hats!! I’ve been called a Project Manager, a Web Designer, Graphic Designer, Creative Director, Marketing Consultant, Convicted Felon (kidding), a Magician (not kidding), as of recently an Amateur Photographer as well as a few names Id rather not mention… But what I think it all boils down to is Im simply a Creative, and a student of Life!! I love to create things, whether it be a tangible design/piece of art or a memorable experience (especially with theΒ CharityΒ I strongly associate myself with), I just love bringing value to the world.

I currently run Avenue52, which is my personal Creative Studio. I made the switch over to my passion for art and design Jan of 2010 and have loved every minute of it since.
I not only have a background in Design/Arts but also in management, marketing and public speaking and love the instructional and motivational side of things as well, which is probably apparent in my Nicks Thoughts section of the site.
My biggest education source is LIFE!! I often times put myself out there with large opportunities to fail horribly, but because of it I often find levels of success I never even imagined.
Nick Exposed:
The idea for this site started as a small seed at the end of summer in 2011. I was inspired by the idea of challenging myself to create something new every single day of the year. After thinking long and hard on what I wanted my creative creations to be I decided I would pursue another passion of mine that I have unfortunately neglected in the past, which is photography. Like I said before I consider myself simply a Creative, Im not sure if designer or photographer fit as well as this title. However I am passionate in both as well as multiple other forms of art and creativity.
I realized this last year that there was a void in my life that needed to be filled. That void was personal creative expression, and although I have acquired clients for my graphic design that allow for my creative input on our design projects, I realized I needed to create for myself at the same time. I strongly believe in the power of creative thinking and its a topic I speak about to a wide variety of people, yet at the same time I was also lacking my own creative expression in my personal life. So I decided to make a decision to make self expressed works of art a daily goal and challenge. And so we now have this wonderful blog I call home to my creative expression.
As stated above one of my other great passions is in motivation and personal growth. Last year I had started a blog titled “As told by Nick”, which was a collection of my thoughts on life and business. I decided to combine the two blogs and just have one big exposure to what inspires, motivates and captivates me, and along came “Nick Exposed”.
As the title suggests, I am exposing my thoughts to the world for both positive and negative criticism and vice versa. I look to open the door to what inspires me personally as well as in my business so that others can have access to the same information. I look forward to sharing reviews on products, books, coaching as well as offering words and wisdom from my mentors and the people I choose to surround myself with to move me towards success.
Im pretty confident you will find value in what I have to share and would love to have you along for the Journey! Be sure to follow the blog and keep up on the latest!
Also never hesitate to post your comments! I look forward to what you have to say and am completely open to what others have to share πŸ™‚
Nick Mayo

170 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Hey Nick. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I too wear many hats in the creative world. I’ve been a graphic designer forever, but love to make things with my hands, so I craft. But I’m absolutely, without a doubt, in love with the creative process. You know, taking an idea, a mere thought from it’s inception in my mind and giving it shape and molding it into something that matters. Anyway, great blog so far. Amazing photos, too! I’m following you now. Can’t wait to see your endeavors take shape!

  2. Very interesting blog. You’re a talented photographer.

  3. Cool! Congrats on fulfilling your creative pursuits! Thanks for visiting my blog – I’m excited to see your daily photos – I did a daily photo blog for a year starting April 2010, ending April 2011 and I consider it one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. You’ll find that stuff on my blog as well if you go back a bit. πŸ™‚ Nice to “meet” you and good luck!

  4. Martin Lack on said:

    Nick, I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award, because I have been so impressed your photos (a nice break from politics and science for me). Therefore, if you choose to accept the Award (or you can just decline this light-hearted nonsense and delete this comment), there are a few things you are required to do:

    — Create a new post on your blog with the Award logo at the top/centre.
    — Thank the one who nominated you.
    — Nominate 12 to 15 other bloggers.
    — Share 7 random facts about yourself.
    — Inform each nominee.
    — Add a thumbnail of the Award logo to your Home Page (optional)

    Accordingly, after 03:02 hrs GMT on Wednesday 8 February 2012, you will be able to see what I said about you and/or your blog in my post in which you are nominated at…

  5. Hi Nick,

    Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and liking it – that’s quite a large bit of encouragement for me! Your blog looks way cool, with some outstanding photos right on the home page; I look forward to exploring it more.

    All the very best,

  6. Thanks a lot for your support on Mausoleum @ Kensal Green Cemetery….

  7. Thanks for checking out my blog. Really like your photos! Great job!

  8. Great blog Nick and great photos! Can’t wait to see more.

    Oh and thanks for the follow!



  9. Thanks for stopping and looking at my blog….
    Enjoy yourself

  10. Hi Nick – thanks for following Lorain365! I’m glad you like what you see over there so far! I’m looking forward to seeing more of the creative mind of Nick Mayo πŸ™‚

  11. stephaniehanart on said:

    Glad to have met your acquaintance; I look forward to sharing our experience through our blogs πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks for the follow Nick, and great work buddy.

  13. Great blog Nick! Your an amazing photographer and I love your stories with each one. Thanks for checking out my blog!

  14. Hi Nick – thanks for introducing yourself, good luck on the daily photo challenge. I’ve done two “Project 365’s” over the years and found them immensely valuable. I look forward to checking on your progress in the coming months.

  15. Hey, Thanks for the follow. Nice blog, you’ve got some cool work on here πŸ™‚


  16. dailydoseoflit on said:


    Thanks for the “Like” on the Edward Stapel interview over at Compass Rose. I’m the associate editor over there, but the founder & executive producer here at Extract(s). We’re about to launch and have a feature we’re calling Haiku that I’d like to invite you to check out. Basically you’d be submitting original photos with original haiku as the caption. We’re still slightly “under construction,” but the submission manager is live.

    Hope to see some (more) of your work soon!


  17. Hey Nick nice to meet you. Thanks for the follow! I’ll be peeking around your blog πŸ™‚

  18. Hello Nick, you are loved… Congratulations! I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award, check it out here:
    Enjoy and have fun!

  19. Thanks for liking my museum post.

  20. Jo Blackwell on said:

    Hi there – thanks for the follow on project50. Looking forward to seeing your posts (love the cutlery, btw – or “flat ware”) πŸ˜‰

  21. Karon Tripp on said:

    Hi, thanks for the follow. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen on your blog. Congratulations on making a go of following your passion. I’ll be checking back.

  22. Jack Brewis on said:

    Hey Nick. I’ve been meaning to visit your blog for an age but not had much time. Best I subscribe now as I know there is a lot I have missed out on. Thanks for coming round to visit my madness. Take it easy.

  23. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for liking my photo “Flower and Poem”.

    I am also wearing many hats – pastry chef, salesman, graphic designer, Manga artist, visual/conceptual artist, game character IP designer, fashion illustrator, teacher, and entrepreneur.

  24. Thanks so much for logging on to the Archives!

  25. battleforasgard on said:

    Hi Nick, thanks for liking my blog, just out of curiosity. How did you come across it?

  26. I look forward to checking out your work! I, too, would describe myself as a creative because I love dabbling in all forms of arts and crafts but no one genre can classify it. It’s great you’re pursuing your passions πŸ™‚

  27. Hey Nick,

    Love the blog, nice writing style too. I know you will be delighted to hear you are my 110th follower πŸ™‚ so thanks for that! I have not been blogging long but it’s really enjoyable….good to have a creative outlet and share interests.

    Keep exposing yourself πŸ˜‰ great stuff

  28. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today, after checking yours out I think you have yourself a new reader :). I look forward to reading!


  29. Thank you for stopping by my blog! What a blessing it was to be viewed by other photographers and creative artists! I too enjoyed reading your story and being blessed by it! You are doing great work both creatively and inspiring! Keep it up!

  30. aliciatolley on said:

    hey Nick, thanks for checking out my blog. I really like your work

  31. Hi Nick
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I too am finding out that a blog is another great way to make art everyday. Besides your photography I like your easy flow of “talking.”

    • Thanks Carla, what a great compliment! I have found over the years that the ability to communicate well is a great skill to acquire so Im grateful you have pointed that out πŸ™‚ And yes blogging is a fantastic way of being creative everyday! Thanks for swinging by… get it.. swinging, because your post was on monkeys today. Sorry I couldn’t resist.

  32. Thanks for visiting my blog, its really appreciated.
    Can i ask how you found me?
    You have a great artistic flare!
    Thanks again

  33. We’re following each other! πŸ™‚

  34. Sarah Jordan on said:

    I like your style Nick. I like to create every day too. Thanks for checking out my blog.

  35. Thanks for checking out my blog. Hope you enjoyed it.

  36. Great images here Nick. I wish I had half your imagination and drive to do a photo a day post on my blog. I think I would make it about a week before I ran out of ideas. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect every photo to be good. I mean who has the creativity to come up with not just a photo, but a good photo, every day? Well, it appears you are the person with that amount of creativity.

    • Your too kind Jeff, but I do appreciate the compliments. Its definitely a challenge to say the least, but its fun, it stretches me, and at the end of the year I know my photography will be at a completely different level! Im excited for the journey, and look forward to meeting sincere people like yourself along the way πŸ™‚

  37. Welcome Nick to my blog. Thank you for choosing to follow it. I hope you find it informative, encouraging, inspirational and my amateur photography enjoyable.
    Looking forward to exchanging future posts.


  38. Hi Nick, I just popped over to say thanks for the follow. I love the look of your blog and read ‘about you’ with interest I too am trying to complete a year of taking a photo a day…I’m approaching 90 days and am loving it and am hoping I’m improving along the way! Thanks again and I shall follow your blog too.

  39. Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for the follow! I had the chance to run through yours this morning, so I took it. I love your photography, fantastic eye! I look forward to seeing more from you and hopefully having more time to leave comments.

  40. Hi,
    I have been tagged to answer some questions and in turn must tag other bloggers I find inspiring. That would be you! If you would like to participate visit my post and congratulations!

  41. MakeSomethingMondays on said:

    I have received The Versatile Blogger Award and am happy to be passing it on to you. It is well deserved. Keep it up πŸ™‚ Visit my post for more details

  42. xpinger on said:

    Hi Nick,
    Great post – best of luck in your endeavours from all at TARPS (The Alternative Rotorua Photographic Society) here in NZ

  43. Thank you for following my blog. You got a great one here yourself. Great read and amazing photos. I’ll be back for more stories. Happy St. Patrick’s day! πŸ™‚

  44. Thanks for following my blog! I love yours too! I can say we have a few things in common as well! I am a web/graphic designer and an amateur photographer. I love drawing in my spare time as well.

  45. Thanks for liking my The Morning Mist post.

  46. Thanks for following my blog. It’s motivated me, as I’m just starting to expand on blogging and photography from what I’ve done before, so I’m on my journey as well. And your photos are great!

  47. Good day Nick,

    Thank you for following my blog!

    Jason Finner

  48. Thank you Nick for stopping by my blog. I am new to this blogging. I love your creativity and will be following your post. Thank you for the encouragement.

  49. Nick,
    Thanks for the visit and the follow! Looking forward to following along with you too.

  50. Thanks for following russellpop Nick. I am excited by your exposure, let me rephrase that, I am excited by your website. It sounds great. I want so much to learn more about photography, graphics, web design, I have studied all of it. I expect to get something of value from your work, and hope you find value or at least entertainment from my efforts. I also have a blog russell5087 on wordpress that is more personal observations and a bit edgier than russellpop. Finally, I have a blog stockphotogirl on wordpress reserved for her. Of course she is on russellpop as well.

  51. Rhonda13 on said:

    Hello Nick,
    Thanks for following my blog! I always love it when other extremely creative people follow my blog. It’s like encouragement to keep doing what I love. I will definitely be following your blog, sir. Your work is awesome!

  52. Hi there Nick. Thanks for dropping by and following the blog. Really enjoying the great photos – and love Leo under the Sun! πŸ˜€

  53. bradysbungalo7 on said:

    Hey Nick! Im super excited to be following your blog now! You’ve got such great creative talent and I cant wait to see more! I’ve just gotten inot photography last fall so I still have a lot to learn, and sometimes I get discourgaed. BUT looking at some of your stuff has really inspiered me. Thanks!

  54. Thanks Nick, for following my blog! Yours is great fun. Love the photography, the enthusiasm, and the creativity! I’m learning that I have a creative side, and trying to encourage that part of myself. It’s a joy to encounter someone like you who does it effortlessly (or at least makes it sound/look effortless!). Looking forward to future posts, and good luck with your journey. ~ Sheila

    • Hey thanks for such kind words Sheila! I wouldn’t say its always done effortlessly on my part, but it is great fun and I don’t mind wrestling with the art from time to time. Keep encouraging your creative side as much as you can! Thanks again.

  55. dartheyeball on said:

    Hey Nick
    I saw that you liked a post on my blog and also are now a follower. I thought I’d stop by to check out your blog. It is nice to see a fellow photographer/graphic designer doing their own thing. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and now I’m gonna follow you as well. (Even though you are a Canon J/K) It’s the photographer not the gear that makes the shot right? Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing how high and far you can go!

    • Hey there! Your so correct, it is the photographer and not the gear that makes the shot! I appreciate you kind words and look forward to seeing more from you, and hope to see you back checking in on more of the creativity to be had in mine and my guests upcoming posts πŸ™‚ Cheers

  56. Hi Nick – Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, glad you enjoyed it! I browsed your site a little and really have enjoyed it so far (beautiful photograpy!) and look forward to following your work. -A

  57. I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award, if you wish to accept this award have a look at my post on how to accept it πŸ˜€



  58. Hey Nick. I’m gonna love following your blog. Right off the bat, I enjoyed reading your thoughts on being in a creative funk and offering tools to inspire ones self out of that funk.

    Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to sharing experiences with you. Glendene

    • Hey Glendene! Thanks for the kind words, I look forward to bringing many more useful and interesting articles to the blog in the coming months. Thanks for following, keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  59. Thanks for your support on Return to Didcot Railway Centre Nick, it’s much appreciated….

  60. adrianduque89 on said:

    Hey Nick, thank you very much for stopping by my blog. Thank you for also following. You happen to be my 50th follower. You’re blog is awesome! I’m following yours!

  61. Mr. Mayo! I just thought I’d let you know that I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award! See here:

  62. ringfingertanline on said:

    Hi there! Thanks for following my blog πŸ™‚ Just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know that I have moved over to, so to continue receiving updates, you may have to sign up via email or RSS at
    Confusing, I know… but worth it πŸ˜‰

  63. Nick, I’ve put your name in for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, because you’ve been just that…very inspirational. =)

  64. keithhern on said:

    Nick – thanks for following my blog…. I’m a career swapper who came to photography after 20 years in ‘corporate’- miss that like a hole in the head.. Just getting back into weekly blogging, something I started from my hospital bed when going through cancer a second time in 2010… now it’s a combination of photography with the occasional cancer fundraising bulletin as I’m off to Nepal later this year fundraising for the hospital that saved my life….
    Keep blogging, Keith

    • Hey Keith, thanks for sharing! Im glad you were able to overcome the battle with cancer and are now working to make a difference in the world. And congrats on making the jump into pursuing your dreams and passion, we need more people like you in this world! Keep being a Rock Star man!! πŸ™‚

  65. Hey Nick thanks for the like and the following. I truly am enjoying your blog. Very inspiring-will follow also πŸ˜‰

  66. Thanks for looking at Storyteller. BTW, if you get around to buying a 911, there is a guy and fellow designer in Las Vegas who can teach you how to make it really go. πŸ™‚ — Ray

  67. Thanks for liking my post Actors on Stage.

  68. Thanks for liking my post Where are my Glasses?.

  69. THANKS, Nick, for subscribing to my “pun-ny” photoblog! I hope I can bring you a smile (or at least a groan) every weekday! On the eve of my 60th birthday I wrote the following:
    My Statement of Purpose

    I want my life to count. I aspire to reach the highest level of achievement my talents will allow. I seek to know God and, if possible, to know and do His will, as that must be the highest level of achievement.

    While I seek this knowledge, I will push the limits of my creativity to bring beauty, laughter, and comfort into the world.

    I decide this day to focus on what I can achieve in the days, months, or years I have left. I put myself on notice that time is short and talents fade.

    It is time. It is time. It is time.

    –John Arthur Robinson
    The following year I self-published a book and that same year, on Nov. 1, 2010, I began my my Mon.-Fri. photoblog. (I have never missed a weekday post!)

    –John R.:

    • John, hey man thanks for sharing your goals and mission statement! I always enjoy seeing someone so passionate for growth, especially growth in the Christian Faith! Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  70. Hi Nick,
    Thanks for following my humble little blog. Good on you for following the creative life.


  71. Hi Nick,
    Thanks for dropping by the blog today, and following it as well.
    your blog’s interesting and inspiring πŸ™‚

  72. Hi Nick! You’ve just been given the Heart on Fire Award. I did it because your blog is always creative and inspiring to me. If you want it, just follow the instructions that I did on my post today (4/28). As far as I know, there is no picture for it. Be well and stay blessed.

  73. I liked your story, I think we all men/women of many hats! It is good to hear that you dedicate hours to your creativity, it works! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • Hey thanks Konstantina! My life is really dedicated to creativity! I made the decision to follow my passion and have enjoyed every day since πŸ™‚ Thanks

  74. Love that you stopped by and gave a ‘Like’ to my Peabea’s Garden photo. Thanks..

    You have some great shots on here as well as on your Google+ circle. You sound like a very, very talented and busy person.

    Have a great week-end.

  75. moi du toi photography on said:

    Hey Nick, thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know you were there. I really enjoyed your images on 500px especially the yellow and blue one and the bus stop.

    • Your welcome πŸ™‚ Yea I haven’t been on 500px in a while, I need to update my images. Mostly all of those were daily shots from back in January. Thanks for checking it out however, and leaving such a kind comment. Keep up the good work!

  76. Your pictures are a lot of fun to look at, keep it up your pictures are awesome. Thanks for following me on my blog as well. πŸ™‚

  77. I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award and the Genuine Blogger Award.

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