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When one of your closest friends ask you to photograph her wedding....you say I do!!
We have prayed for Emily and David and their wedding finally arrived! (on my birthday none the less!) This day was just a dream. I feel so lucky to have been apart of this day! God shone brightly on them on their wedding day and they were blessed with a gorgeous day filled with love and many blessings. To see the entire gallery click HERE!
It was two weeks before her wedding, and Sabrina emailed me in hopes of being free to photograph her wedding. We met up in Hoboken to chat about her special day, and it turned into a fun night out with a new friend.
Sabrina is the sweetest woman on earth! She works for Charity Water, a non-profit organization that brings clean drinking water to those around the world who don't have access to any. Sabrina travels the world researching and bringing forth technology to help those who need water. Her heart is so kind and so loving, it's no wonder she found Mark, an equally amazing human being!
Check out some of these amazing photos from their beautiful Labor Day wedding.
See more in their wedding gallery!
I made a bold move by reaching out to Jessi Afshin of The Darling Detail.
I had been following Jessi's fashion via Like to Know It, (an Instagram feed that lets you screen shot and find outfits from your favorite fashionistas.) She has a killer sense of style and has a heart for JESUS! (a rare but beautiful combo!) This fashion blogger from Texas was going to be in NYC and was looking for a photographer, and this photographer was looking for an opportunity.
As God would orchestrate, Jessi ended up reaching back to me and said she felt that this was a good match up, she and I, and wanted to work together. We scheduled a 7am session in NYC and between chats on the phone and messaging through Instagram I had a gut feeling this would be a wonderful photo shoot.
As I headed into the city, my heart sunk as I noticed the dark clouds and drizzle. "Oh man! Was this too good to be true?!" I did not want to cancel! Jessi would be in NYC for a little bit, and I wasn't sure if I had the nerve to seek out another high profile fashion blogger!
Nevertheless, Jessi greeted me in the hotel lobby with a warm smile and bright attitude. She grabbed us umbrellas and we headed out! Thankfully the streets weren't busy, and Jessi was a modeling pro! As our time together went on we chatted, headed to a beautiful glass room for shelter from the downpour of rain, grabbed coffee and really got to know each other.
I am so thankful that God allowed us to meet! Jessi is an inspiration to young business owners and entrepreneurs everywhere. Her confidence exudes and magnifies her beauty. She has a wonderful work ethic and has become a huge blessing in my life!
I always say that I need to KNOW my clients and that i ALWAYS seek to build relationships with them, and I am so blessed that I find clients that feel the same way! Remember, we need to take chances in life...that's where we really grow as people and business owners. So be BOLD (and let me know how it goes!)
Go check out the rest of our photo shoot together!
Three in One
It's pretty great when you get three different types of photo shoots in one session! Karina is a dear friend of mine i met while working at The Capital Grille. She and I have shared our hearts to each other and have a unique connection. Karina is a perfect model for any photographer. You ask her to stick her head in a flower plant and you get this photo...
You ask her to dodge traffic and you get this photo....
Whatever she did I felt inspired and excited. I love those types of sessions where my client trusts me and is willing and open to my crazy ideas.
Right after this photo it began to POUR. We ran to my car where i proceeded to drop my phone and crack my screen! (If you've ever cracked your screen you know how dreadful that feels). As my husband would say......"Now you got that Spiderman App." ;)
Well regardless it was very worth it! Karina was a dream to photograph.
Go ahead and take a look! Let me know which photo is your favorite! <3
A family photo shoot
For the longest time, being a photographer meant desperately finding clients...pulling out all the tricks to get someone to sign a contract...show up...snap a few pics the client wants...leave...pay...the end.
Fortunately for you and me, I don't work that way.
This photo shoot is a perfect example of why having a relationship with YOU (or any of my clients) is vital to getting these perfect moments on camera.
This family is very near and dear to my heart. I have babysat these kids, been to their parent's wedding, and even had their mom in my bridal party! (see right) My relationship with them is very close. This photo shoot happened when Amy called me one day and said she really wanted family photos. I was delighted because cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and Amy has a great sense of design. She loves antiques and knick-knacks like teapots, and heart shaped picnic baskets which make for perfect photo shoots. I also NEVER have to tell her what to wear, or how to dress her kids...she nails it every time. (SCORE!)
We met on a very cloudy day and within minutes I got this shot..
Would you believe me if I told you THIS WAS THE FIRST IMAGE I SHOT. No? I knew you wouldn't. You'll just have to take my word for it, but I promise it's true. FIRST IMAGE:
I mean...come on! This doesn't happen everyday. A perfect first image...how does it get better than this? Let me show you.
(To view the full gallery, click here)
This doesn't happen to everyone.
These photos happen to the families that I connect with and have a relationship with.
Now, I hope you're not thinking, "OH well, I don't know Nicole, I wasn't in her wedding, and she hasn't babysat my kids..." Please don't think that! You absolutely can connect and build a relationship through photography. Here are my tips to connecting with me, or any photographer you want to have a photo shoot with.
1. Connect on social media & Participate
This may seem obvious, but I really believe this is such a privilege and we should be using it to our advantage! Follow each other, comment and be engaged with one another.
I always love looking out for birthdays on Facebook. That's a wonderful way to stay connected through out the year! Now that Facebook has an engagement algorithm (meaning, unless you engage with someone they will disappear from your Facebook feed) it's even more important to do more than "Like" a photo or comment. Leave someone a message, share a photo memory, connect on Pinterest to see if your interests and likes align, comment on their Instagram!
Go beyond looking and liking...start commenting and engaging in a more meaningful way.
2. Have conversations beyond money, photos.
This is very important. ESPECIALLY for wedding photos. If you are not connected to your photographer, your pictures will reflect that. Can i just repeat that? Maybe with bolder font.....
IF YOU ARE NOT CONNECTED TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER YOUR PICTURES WILL REFLECT THAT!
You will get awkward poses, your photos won't be as wonderful as you envisioned in your head, and you overall won't be happy with the photos. Trust me, I have walked out of photo sessions scratching my head trying to remember the name of the person I just took photos of! DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN! Talk to me! Tell me what you like, what you don't like; tell me your favorite color, what you like to eat, your favorite TV Show; tell me a funny story that happened to you in the supermarket the other day. Share a photo from Pinterest, or Facebook that made you swoon. It's inside those moments that true art and photography comes out. When i know you, I can then fully capture YOU.
3.Make it a point to Build a relationship...
Photographers are people. Great photos do not come from a fancy camera, they come from great people. If you want to give money and get a photo, go to a Photo booth. We are not photo-vending machines! Believe it or not, we WANT to get to know our clients.
I look forward to every Christmas having my repeat clients call me...not because i get some cha-ching, but because I can finally catch up with them...see how their children have grown...talk about their amazing year they had. I can make it a point to have these wonderful people in my life.
So do it! Build relationships with me, connect with me, chat with me. I am always excited to hear from you!
She was happy the moment we started taking photos. A rain storm had just passed, and the humidity was thick, but with a big smile and a energy that could tire out the energizer bunny, we ran around the yard and I was snapping as many photos as I could as she smiled and laughed and ran. Chiara's gentle demeanor and loving heart made way to these stunning photos that captured her authentic beauty.