Nicolette Oliver

Nicolette Oliver

Maternal Instinct

Nicolette is a Seattle-area wedding and portrait photographer. Her photography has earned a variety of awards, and has been published and exhibited in both the USA and abroad. For further information about her photography and services, please visit

This photograph was taken in Siem Reap, Cambodia. My husband and I were touring Angkor Wat and there were many local vendors sellling souveniers outside the historical sites. This young boy with a butcher knife was selling bananas for people to feed the monkeys. We decided not to purchase a banana, so the boy got upset and chased the monkeys away with his butcher knife. The image was striking to me because of the way the mother is holding her arm out to protect the baby on her back.

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