I am a freelance photojournalist based in Metro Detroit, Michigan and available for assignment throughout the Midwest. I recently graduated from the Michigan State University School of Journalism.

As a first-generation college student who was raised by my mother, I am an acutely empathetic visual storyteller. My interests lie in how human beings are interconnected and can work together to make change.

Internships have been a critical component to my education and I have had the privilege of working with the staffs of The Boston Globe, The Herald (Jasper, Ind.) and The Grand Rapids Press/MLive.com (Grand Rapids, Mich.). I also furthered my visual storytelling by studying at the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) in Aarhus, Denmark in the spring of 2020.

My clients include The Detroit News, Getty Images, Crain's Detroit, NASCAR, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Detroit Free Press and my work was recently published in The GroundTruth Project.


+1 (248) 622-0915
Detroit, MI
Instagram: @nicantaya


National Press Photographers Association

Hearst Journalism Awards

Michigan Press Photographers Association

  • College Photographer of the Year | 2019 & 2018 First Place; 2017 Runner-up

Indiana News Photographers Association

Nikon Storyteller Scholarship | 2018 Recipient


Eddie Adams Workshop XXXI | Selected Participant | 2018

Northern Short Course | Selected Student Volunteer | 2019

NPPA Multimedia Immersion Workshop | Participant | 2018

The Image, Deconstructed Workshop | Participant | 2017, 2018, 2019

The Mountain Workshops | Selected Participant | 2017