morgan harper nichols

"More than you measure your progress by the miles you have traveled, measure by the experiences that shaped you and the seasons that helped you grow."

Hey, friend! I'm Destinee and I am really, really excited that you decided to stop by my little corner of the internet. Because honestly, at my core, I'm really just a kid from Akron trying her best to build community, foster authenticity, and do what I love, but here are the basics: I'm 28, married to my best friend, dog mama to Harley and Lola (our german shepherds), and I'm an open minded, inclusive, progressive, Jesus-loving feminist. Although to most, that may sound like a walking contradiction, but I am who I am and in the wise words of a controversial bachelorette, "Jesus still loves me." 

I'm a six on the enneagram, an INFJ on the MBTI, and my love language is words of affirmation. I'm a big fan of therapy, comfy clothes, and animals. Most days you can find me at home. No really, I love staying home! But this is also why making friends as an adult is so hard, because the people I'd get along with the best also don't want to leave their house. Ha!


Pre-pandemic, when I wasn't snuggled up to my man and pups at home or clicking "add to cart" on Amazon, I was cruising the aisles of Target or any TJX brand store (aka TJ Maxx, Marshall's, and HomeGoods). I have a serious obsession with home decor. It's a legit problem, but I am a creative and I find myself happiest when I'm expressing that creativity - be it through writing, interior or graphic design, photography, or decorating my planner. Yes, I'm that person. You should see my planner sticker collection. It's a whole mood.

If I'm known for anything, I am mostly known for speaking my mind, being goofy, and my photography work. Shameless plug - I'm a nationally published portrait artist, which - full disclosure - makes me sound way cooler than I actually am. People often refer to me as authentic, sassy, passionate, loyal, and kind. I enjoy serving the world by advocating, educating, encouraging, and inspiring. 

I serve high school seniors, college grads, and their families by creating modern portraits and heirloom products that will preserve their family's legacy for generations to come. I am so lucky that through my photography, I'm able to remind my clients that their story matters, no matter how messy or difficult it may have been. In addition to that, I also work with local bloggers, creatives, and small business owners that need help with visual, branded content and product photography for their websites, blogs, and social media.

If it's not clear already, I really love to talk, so if we have anything in common or you want to work together, send me a message. I'd love to chat with you!


"You will be too raw for some. You will be too loud, too big, too fierce, too quiet, too deep...
These are not your people."

s.c. lourie

about me

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introverts everywhere

"People who say, 'Go big or go home.' seriously underestimate my willingness to go home. Like, it's literally all I want." 

my favorite person is

I'm so lucky that I got to marry my best friend. Aaron and I met online almost 10 years ago and have been doing life together ever since. It's true what everyone tells you - marriage is hard, but it's also one of the most fulfilling and beautiful gifts. I'm so thankful to be able to share my life with this goofy, sexy, selfless man of mine that accepts and loves me for who I am. And he's just the best dog dad there ever was!

my sweet husband

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i live for

Our pups are so wild and crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Our windows are always covered in nose prints and floors riddled with paw prints, but they are worth every speck of dirt in our home. We got Harley as a puppy just before we bought our first house together almost 8 years ago and we got Lola (also as a puppy) the year after we were married. Lola is our sweet, but sassy cuddly girl. Harley is our big goof ball.

puppy snuggles

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i am a big girl with a

That's why my hair is so big. It's full of secrets [read opinions]. My whole life I was labeled "too much", and I tried to hide that because of the social constructs placed on women. Thankfully by my mid-twenties, I learned to embrace my true self and love me, for me. So, I stopped trying to change my personality, my body, and my values to fit society's standards. I've been happier ever since! 10/10 - I highly recommend!

big personality

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fun facts

starbucks order

app

go-to meal

weather

color

animal

ice cream

season

Grande Caramel Apple Spice or a Pink Drink (no berries!)

D. All of them

Vanilla, Handel's Cake Batter, or Jeni's Gooey Butter Cake

Christmas, duh.

Mozzarella Sticks or TikTok

Tacos, Mac & Cheese, or a Cheeseburger and Fries.

Sweater Weather

If terra cotta, rust, and copper had a baby, that'd be it.

a few of my

my favorites

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favorites

person i've met

person i've never met

accessory

emojis

adult beverage

outfit

place

nail color

My husband

Anything that goes well with yoga pants or leggings

My house. Or Target.

Currently: Rocky Rose by Essie

Jesus

Apple Watch and Confidence

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Water. Only adults stay hydrated.

a few of my

my favorites

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favorites

music

performer

movies

Netflix originals

hulu originals

podcasts

tv shows

Amazon prime video originals

A little bit of everything, but especially 90s R & B

Food Psych, Dr. Death, Go + Tell Gals, and The Dave Ramsey Show

HTGAWM, The Bachelor, This is Us, SWAT, and Chicago PD

Jack Ryan, The Widow, and Absentia

Taylor Swift. I went to her 'Reputation' Tour twice.

A Star is Born, The Upside, The Best of Me, and Black Panther

Mindhunter, You, 13 Reasons Why, Seven Seconds, and You Get Me

Handmaids Tale, Little Fires Everywhere, Shrill, and The Act

a few of my

my favorites

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favorites

a few of my

my favorites

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favorites

go-to meal

app

animal

starbucks order

weather

season

Color

ice cream

Grande Caramel Apple Spice or a Pink Drink (no berries!)

Mozzarella Sticks or TikTok

D. All of them

Tacos, Mac & Cheese, or a Cheeseburger and Fries

Vanilla, Handel's Cake Batter, or Jeni's Gooey Butter Cake

Sweater Weather

Christmas, duh.

If terra cotta, rust, and copper had a baby, that'd be it.

a few of my

my favorites

NEXT ยป

favorites

accessory

person I've never met

outfit

person i've met

emojis

nail color

adult beverage

place

My husband

Jesus

Anything that goes well with yoga pants or leggings

Apple Watch and Confidence

My house. Or Target.

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Currently: Rocky Rose by Essie

Water, because only adults stay hydrated.

a few of my

my favorites

NEXT ยป

favorites

movies

performer

podcasts

music

netflix originals

amazon prime video originals

hulu originals

tv shows

A little bit of everything, but especially 90s R&B

Taylor Swift. I went to her 'Reputation' Tour twice.

Food Psych, Dr. Death, Go + Tell Gals, and The Dave Ramsey Show

A Star is Born, The Upside, The Best of Me, and Black Panther

HTGAWM, The Bachelor, This is Us, SWAT, and Chicago PD

Mindhunter, You, 13 Reasons Why, Seven Seconds, and You Get Me

Jack Ryan, The Widow, and Absentia

Handmaids Tale, Little Fires Everywhere, Shrill, and The Act

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