” Art inspires me, people intrigue me, history amazes me, and photography captures it all! I feel blessed to have found my passion, and thankful to be doing what I love full time. I truly enjoy getting to know my clients on such a personal level and treat each of their weddings with the care & respect as if it was my own. Every time I get to hear my client’s vow their love to each other…every time I see my art hanging in someone else’s home…it gives me chills and re-ignites my passion for photographing weddings.”
Get to Know the Artist- An Interview with Nicole Nichols
What do you Photograph?
I love photographing so many different things, but I have narrowed down my specialty to what I find I do best – capturing people’s unique lives with lifestyle portraiture, making woman feel fabulous with beautiful boudoir, and of course my favorite – documenting weddings.
Why are weddings your favorite?
I truly love the beauty, emotion, and intimacy of weddings. I also enjoy the variety of photography that comes along with weddings – still life details, portraits, candids, it never gets boring! I appreciate the challenge of capturing such a monumental once in a lifetime event. It gives me the chills knowing these images will live on forever through my couple’s wedding albums – which will be passed down as heirlooms to their great-grandkids one day, and I really cherish that.
Why do you only photograph 15-20 or less weddings a year, don’t most wedding photographers shoot every weekend?
I love weddings but I do way more then just show up the day of and shoot some pictures. Sure I could book 3 weddings per weekend and spit out a quick edit while trying to remember the name of the bride and what venue I had to get to next (I’m not going to lie, I’ve been there before and will NEVER do that again). Instead I want to get to know all of my clients and create amazing art from their wedding day that can only come with lots of planning, and lots of work. Each wedding I book is a large undertaking starting with the initial design consultation, followed by an engagement session, frequent client contact, and then ending with designing and delivering the wedding album. My team and I easily devote at least 50-60 hrs. per wedding so limiting the amount I take on each year allows me to give each bride the full attention and superior service that they deserve. I often develop lasting relationships with my couples, so I also want to make sure I have enough time set aside to continue documenting their growing lives together with maternity shoots, babies, and all those historic family events. And not to mention that I’ve also learned that having a weekend off to spend with my husband every once in a while really helps us continue to have a successful marriage. =)
How long have you been doing photography?
There has been a documenting device attached to my wrist ever since the 80’s when purple 110mm film cameras were all the rage. I’ll admit sometimes it’s now just my cell phone, but either way I don’t leave home without it. I began my career as a full time photographer in 2004.
What is your background with photography & how did you end up in Denver?
After graduating with an art degree from L.S.U. (Geaux Tigers!), I moved back to my hometown of New Orleans to follow my passion of fashion, live music, & fine art photography. I was photographing lots of musicians, shooting fashion for a local magazine, & participating in regular art exhibits in New Orleans, as well as national photography shows from L.A. to D.C. I kept really busy in New Orleans! While starting my own business part-time, I also worked for one of the largest studios in town that specialized in high school Seniors & documenting special events. Then in 2005, I photographed my first wedding and realized I found a new passion. That same year Hurricane Katrina destroyed my home and my city. My future husband, Steven, and I decided to start our lives over in Denver, CO – where the dramatic mountains, crisp air, and snow was calling our name. I trained for three years with established wedding photographers until I felt confident enough to take on my business full time and book weddings of my own. I have now photographed over 150 weddings and I still love every minute of it. Steven and I adore Colorado and we recently bought a home so we’re definitely sticking around for a while. Yet I’m very grateful to travel back to New Orleans regularly to document weddings in the winter and spring, when business is typically slow in Colorado. Then in 2008 Steven and I had our dream wedding in New Orleans, which gave me a new appreciation and perspective of the importance of wedding photography. I have been blessed with amazing clients and the opportunity to travel across the world for weddings, from Jamaica to Italy. I can only imagine what is to come next.
What do you and your hubby do for fun?
More then anything we love to travel – whether it’s weekend camping trips with our dog or longer adventures to new exotic locations, like Argentina or Africa. In Denver, we enjoy strolling around our West Wash Park neighborhood and sampling new restaurants (we’re definitely foodies). We can often be found hopping down Broadway discovering local music acts or doing the First Friday Art Walks on Santa Fe Street. We also do a lot of skiing in the winter and biking in the summer.
How do you relax when you need a break from running your business?
When I just need to relax yogo is my first escape. When I’m feeling a little more energetic, I also hula hoop or go dancing with my girlfriends. Often I do end up spending my free time back on my computer creating fun fine art images of my travel photography. But for me there’s almost nothing better then creating art and reliving my fondest memories, hence my passion for photography! 😉