Nicka Smith. Photo by Erica Dunlap.
Nicka Smith. Photo by Erica Dunlap.

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 18 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

Nicka has diverse and varied experience in communications, with a background in publications, editing, graphic design, radio, and video production. She has edited and designed several volumes of family history that include narratives, photos, and genealogical information and has also transferred these things to an online environment.

Nicka is the host of BlackProGen LIVE, a web show focused on people of color genealogy and family history. She is a board member of the California Genealogical Society (CGS) and for the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC), a member of AAHGS Memphis/Mid South and the Southern California Genealogical Society, former chair of the Outreach and Education Committee for AAGSNC, and former project manager for the Alameda County, CA Youth Ancestral Project where more than 325 youth were taught the value of family history.  Nicka is also the family historian and lead researcher for the Atlas family of Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana.

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A self professed documentarian, Nicka Smith launched ns2 photography in 2009 following years spent as a happenstance photographer for the publications she worked on in high school and college.  Specializing in natural light photography, her journalistic style focuses on capturing people how they want to be remembered years after their session has been completed – in their natural element.  Nicka’s work has been featured on The Africa Channel, Scrubs Magazine, The Bride’s Cafe, and The Oakland Post.  To view her portfolio, please visit her website.