Nickie is currently immersed in the wet plate collodion process, one of the first major photographic processes, invented around 1850. The process involves using chemicals to make an image on glass, called an ambrotype. A darkroom must be available because the photograph needs to be developed before the chemicals dry. When backed in black, the glass can be viewed as a positive image. It takes about 10 minutes to make a photo and most exposures are between 3 seconds to a couple minutes. Every step of the process is done manually, slowly, and intentionally. The final product is a one-of-a-kind image that cannot be reproduced in the same way. When not shooting in her studio, Nickie travels with a portable darkroom which is a wooden, light-proof box that folds up into the back her car.