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Rock the Camera You Have

February 4, 2015


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In college, I shot for the newspaper and briefly worked on campus for an organization called Technology and Design; We photographed head shots, and events for other organizations. I remember getting SO FLUSTERED about the equipment that I didn’t have. I looked at all the other photographers and envied them. I thought A BETTER CAMERA TAKES BETTER PICTURES.  I didn’t realize it at the time and was so hung up on having the best that I forgot what photography was all about, what my job was all about; Documenting the moment and creating lasting images that bring joy to others.

Over and over my boss and amazing mentor- Frank Ameka continued to tell me, “Nicki, its not about the camera its the eye behind it”. Sure there are amazing lenses and awesome cameras but YOU are the one taking the picture”. Unfortunately, it took me a while to get past my stubborn ways and really process the truth behind what he said.

Having a great piece of glass, or if you are a Canon shooter, “The L Series” is absolutely AMAZING and so great for shooting. Although when it comes down to it, the camera isn’t taking the images, YOU ARE. It’s not about having the BEST but becoming the best shooter possible; Learning your camera inside and out. Even sitting down and reading the manual from front to back. You think you are good with a camera until you read the manual and you are like, “Whoa”.

Do I want a 5D Mark III? YOU BET I DO!! Is it something I am going to stress about? No. I am SOOOooo grateful I even have a camera. Those babies are EXPENSIVE! Starting off with nothing and building your equipment to something is the best feeling. It helps you achieve goals, strive to be a better photographer and focus on whats important- Documenting the moment.

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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


FROM my journal


Rock the Camera You Have

Rock the Camera You Have

Rock the Camera You Have

Rock the Camera You Have

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