The Experience, Investment
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the experience

Here’s the thing. Of course my main goal is to create beautiful images for you full of alllll the feels that you & your family will cherish for generations to come. But I have another goal. And that is to provide you with an experience that you won’t forget. To not just be your photographer, but to also be a calming presence for you, a lil ray of sunshine, an organized professional (who brings the fun, of course), a human you’re comfortable to be yourself with and a trusty guide. 

I want you to walk away from your experience even more in love with your honey than when you arrived, more grateful for your beautiful family and more confident in your own skin. I want to get to know you— genuinely. In my 5+ years of shooting experience, I have noticed how much of a difference it makes when my clients & I have gotten the chance to actually get to know one another. You’re more comfortable and I’m better able to tell your story in a way that feels true to you. And that's a win-win if you ask me.

About—

My clients don’t look a certain way. In fact, I want to celebrate everyone’s differences! But you do have things in common with one another (whether you’re a bride-to-be or a new mama or somewhere in between). You are kind & down-to-earth. You care about the little things & the details, but in the end you believe it’s more about the moments, the emotions, the HUMANS. You are laid-back and don’t get too worried about a little dirt on the bottom of your dress or feet (cause honey, it’s gonna happen). You understand the value of photography & desire not only beautiful images, but a meaningful experience. 

You

lifestyle

investment cost: starting at $450

Lifestyle shoots can honestly be so many things, but one thing every shoot has in common is the general feeling. For one, they’re laid-back. There’s no pressure of a timeline or being anywhere else. We can take the time to actually chat & get to know one another. Lifestyle sessions are raw (in all the right ways). I’m not going to stop your toddler from climbing all over you or your partner from making lame jokes in your ear. I want the shoot to feel like YOU. Like your life. Because your life is beautiful, friend.

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brands

investment cost: starting at $500

Oh heya, boss! Are ya looking for some updated headshots that aren’t stiff or “corporate”. Maybe you have an exciting project coming up that you want help bringing to life. Or maybe you just want to develop a relationship with a photographer to capture brand assets throughout the year. I do both individual shoots & on-retainer/quarterly shoots. Once I have a better idea what you're looking for, I can guide you into what might make the most sense for you. Or if I think someone else would be a better fit for your particular project- I'll send you their way.

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weddings

investment cost: starting at $3750

You’re getting married! Aaaaand if you landed here you’re maybe-possibly-hopefully considering me to document your story. That truly makes me SO excited (& grateful!). There’s just something about weddings that never gets old. The pure joy & emotion is unlike anything else. I want to freeze those sweet moments for you. I want to document your parents squeezing you so tight with love & grandpa killllling it on the dance floor. I want to capture the look on your fiance’s face when they see you for the first time. I want to bottle up all the feelings & emotions you felt on that day & give you the gift of looking back on them for years to come.

This cost includes an engagement session & 8 hours of wedding day coverage. Reach out for full pricing guide & availability.

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There is something about her energy that just makes you want to be best friends with her and that takes all the fear, awkwardness, and insecurities away.

—LINDSAY T.—

I didn't expect how comfortable and relaxed I'd feel with her taking our photos. And let's be real here, practically making out with someone in front of a near-stranger could be VERY awkward. With Nicole, it just wasn't. 

—Britt b.—

There is no one in this world I would trust more on my wedding day than Nicole. Her amazing photos speak for themselves but she made our wedding day so easy and made everyone feel so comfortable.

—elyssa T.—

...she actually truly honestly CARES about you & making your day incredible.

—megan T.—

This was the BEST decision we made, she made us feel so comfortable and truly ended up being a friend and then it was just a plus that she also took AMAZING photos!

—kelly p.—

She made us feel at ease and like she really knew us. Having Nicole at our wedding felt like an old friend had joined in on the fun, and we are THRILLED with the photos!

—CAITLIN M.—

She has a natural ability to make anyone she works with feel completely comfortable and at ease, while at the same time infusing her creative brilliance into each and every shot.

—CHELSEA I.—

From the first moment we met Nicole, we instantly hit it off. The conversation felt natural, sincere and true — she really wanted to get to know us as people, not just clients.

—KATIE G.—

I would describe my style as earthy, intimate, real and free-spirited. I see beauty in simplicity and creating images that evoke feeling. 

I’ll start off by giving you a big hug, of course. During the shoot, it’s my job to make you feel as comfortable as possible (and to have fun!). I’ll guide you and direct you and give you things to do (so you don’t have to ask “what do I do with my hands?”). We’re going to MOVE a lotttt. I like bringing motion into the shoot because I believe that motion equals emotion and ultimately makes everything look and feel much more natural. Your only job is to show up with an open mind.

What’s it like working with you?

Weddings: It depends on how many hours you hire me for and if you add on a second shooter or not. But I would say most weddings average out anywhere from 600-800 depending on your day.

Lifestyle sessions: You will typically get 50-100 photos depending on the type & length of shoot.

How many photos do we get?

I deliver the images via online gallery (in which you will get a link & be able to download directly to your computer). I always recommend downloading them right away and backing them up. Galleries will be left up for 3 months. And yeppp- the print release is all yours.

How will I receive the images? Do I get a print release?

I have a few awesome partners that I will reach out to if you decide to add on a second shooter. I have shot a large percentage of weddings solo and feel confident capturing the day alone if it's not in budget, BUT if it is in budget- I always highly recommend adding a second photographer onto your package. There are so many benefits to having another photog along.  Reach out for more info.

Do you have a second shooter?

My theory for a successful family shoot is to let the kids be kids. Sure, we want to try & get one of everyone looking, but the shoot is much more relaxed & FUN when we don't make the kid(s) sit still for an entire hour. Let's let them run around & dance & spin & jump & find bugs & give snuggles & just be. a. kid. The photos will feel more genuine to who they are in that stage of life anyway. :) One little tip if you're still concerned would be to bring a toy or treat or blanket or whatever that thing is that brings them comfort. We're not against a little innocent bribery around here. Hahah  

We're nervous about the kids. They can be wild.

Of course! I provide an example timeline in the pricing guide I send out, but obviously every wedding day is different, so we will craft a timeline together for you that is going to fit the needs of your day. Don’t ya worry- I’ve crafted LOTS of timelines, so I am more than happy to help out!

Do you help me with my timeline for my wedding?

You betcha it is. I officially went full-time in May of 2018, but have been shooting weddings and lifestyle sessions “on-the-side” since 2013. I can honestly say that I love my job!

Is this your “real job”?

Ummmm is the sky blue? YES, I sure do. I have a soul that craves adventure and experiencing new places, so count me in. Inquire about more info on what this might look like. And I’m going to do my best to make this happen. 

Do you travel?

Of course you can! Just ask when inquiring and I'll send an online gallery your way. 

CAN WE SEE A FULL GALLERY FROM A PAST SHOOT OR WEDDING?

FAQ—

Wanna know a secret? 99% of the humans I work with feel this way in the beginning (I SWEAR you're not alone!). Most of us aren't supermodels and I certainly don't expect you to be. That is why you hire me, ya goof. It's MY job to make you feel comfortable and to direct you & guide you so that you feel relaxed & comfortable & confident. And so that the shoot starts to feel like you are truly just hanging out with your best friend(s). I pinky promise that by the end you will be having so much fun you barely realize a camera is pointed at you. Hold me to it. ;)

We’re awkward in front of the camera. HAALP!

[happy dance] I’m so glad you feel connected to my work. In order to book a wedding, you are required to put down a 30% non-refundable retainer & sign a contract to secure your date. For lifestyle & other shoots- let me know you're ready to move forward & we'll start looking at dates/locations/etc. From there, I will be in touch with you about next steps. Let’s do this thaaaang, friend!

How can we book?

Nope, never ever. Editing is a huge part of being a photographer and developing a “style”.

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I truly believe one will never regret investing in getting your life documented. Whether that be for your wedding, your babe's first birthday or just because time is fleeting and you want to preserve this season of life. I promise- it'll be worth it.

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