Niki Pretti was born in Berkeley, CA in 1983. She grew up in a household that loved both the arts and music. At the age of 8 she was given her first camera and hasn't stopped taking photos since.

In 2001 she moved to Santa Cruz to study art and photography at The University of California  Santa Cruz. While in Santa Cruz she got a job working for Bay Photo a local pro photography lab that provides services for photographers throughout the United States. In 2005 she graduated from The University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Art emphasizing Photography.  After graduating Niki moved back to Berkeley and got a job working in the photography lab at Elephant Pharmacy. In 2007 Niki left Elephant Pharmacy to work for Photoworks in San Francisco. Niki has been with Photoworks now for 8 years and is currently in charge of the film department as well as the department for creating prints from film. 

In 2010 Niki got married to her soul mate Josh and they did a bit of traveling. During their travels she discovered a new found love for landscape photography. She found herself amazed by all the beautiful places they visited and could not help but try to capture that beauty with her camera.

In 2011 Niki started her business venture known as Niki Pretti Photography, shooting everything from weddings, couples/engagements, families, kids, maternity and portraits.

Niki has been playing the drums since she was 10 years old. During her time in Santa Cruz she played drums in several Bay Area bands including S.P.A.G. from 2001-2005 and The Shudders from 2004-2008. In 2005 after graduating college she moved back to Berkeley and for a brief period of time performed with Deathline International and Wealthy Whore Entertainment, as well as Vampire Circus from 2012 to 2014. She is currently working on an unnamed solo project.

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