Meet Paulina

I’m Paulina Otylia Niechcial. I’m a visual storyteller, outpost nurse and doula.

I love travel and adventure. Victoria, British Columbia was home for a long time but these days I spend my time between Gitxaała, Vernon, and California. My husband’s academic path brought us to Providence, Rhode Island and Pasadena, California and in April 2017, we bought a house in Vernon, BC, as the first step towards putting down roots and building the community we’ve been dreaming of for years. It’s been a great adventure but my heart is in BC.

This is Gitxaała. It feels more like home than anywhere else. It’s a small First Nations village on the north coast of BC. It’s beautiful. The people are beautiful. I’ve learned so much from them. This is where I get to work as a nurse.


I am moved by the beauty of life. Photography is a language with the power to capture the playfulness of childhood, the strength of community, and quiet of nature. My images tell a story, affirming where I find inspiration and authenticity. Through my work, I hope to build community, connect children and families to nature and to one another. I want to document the little things that remind us of all we have to be grateful for.

Here are some things that make me happy:

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