108: Meet Nancy Nolan

It may have taken her a while to get here, but photographer Nancy Nolan has made our city her home. 


1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: I am Nancy Nolan--I have been a commercial, advertising and editorial photographer for more than 25 years. I am in process of relaunching my website, so be on the look out for it soon to view my work. Or I’d love of have you hang out with me on Facebook. I have lived in Little rock for 16 years and have spent the last 12 of those in the SOMA neighborhood. I've had the pleasure of watching this neighborhood thrive in the past six years. I adore the great, crazy, artistic, open minded people that live here. They are truly groundbreaking unique, kindred spirits and I am lucky to live among them. I had the privilege of photographing the neighborhood recently for Southern Living Magazine. You can see "The Next Great Neighborhood” profiled in the May 2014 Issue. 

2. What made you decide to base your business in Little Rock? We came to Little rock to work for Frank J. Wills Co.--specifically to shoot and service the Dillard's account. This city took me completely by surprise; I fell in love with it and decided to make it our home. Professionally, the diverseness of industries, arts, people and attitudes of Little Rock has kept my interest and is an ongoing inspiration.  

3. If you could only eat at one local restaurant for a week, what would it be? Without hesitation, The Dempsey Bakery!  Besides their wonderful breads, baked good, and sweet treats, they have fantastic sandwiches and soups. I think Paula's chicken and dumplings should be its own food group...amazing. Even if you don't have food allergies, you should check out this gluten-free, groundbreaking local eatery. I dare you to tell the difference. To have them here in Little Rock is so fantastic and makes life easier for those of us that do. 

4. Finish this sentence: My perfect evening in Little Rock involves...I love to grab my camera and take a long walk over the Big Dam Bridge at sunset. Having grown up on the beach there is a familiarity to standing on the dam with the water churning and the birds soaring. It has the sounds of the ocean.  Then add to that, it’s equally gorgeous sunrise....well, it's just one of my perfect places.  

5. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? We'll walk across all the bridges and stand atop the Big Dam while the waters flow. It’s a must to have a drink at the now-famous South on Main, or catch Amasa Hines at White Water Tavern. Make sure to stop in Sweet Home/Clement and pursue their newest antique finds and grab a bite at The Root Cafe, sit on the patio there on a warm saturday afternoon and enjoy the most delicious and fresh salads and sandwiches. I love to show my guests that Little Rock has a wonderful art scene and take them to Gallery 26 and the very unique Esse Purse Museum--I guarantee they won’t find that anywhere else! For those that have a sweet tooth it’s a must to experience the old time soda fountain at Loblolly Creamery--they have the BEST homemade ice cream, and while enjoying our sweet treat, we can shop eco-friendy gifts by local artists at The Green Corner Store…Honestly, Little Rock really is the bomb. Anytime I have guests, they cannot believe what a fantastic city this is. I’m so glad I landed here and decided to stay.