THE REAL INVESTMENT BEHIND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | DETROIT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Updated: Jan 14



At first glance, you believe you're investing in a professional wedding photographer to document the most significant day of your life, thus far. You believe you’re investing in a photographer by the hour, maybe even two photographers, to provide full-day wedding coverage, exceptional service, artfully edited photographs, an online gallery, a USB, printing and downloading rights of your photographs, and an heirloom quality wedding album. You understand the significance of your wedding photographs. Your wedding photographs are what you have left after your guests are gone, the flowers have wilted, and your dress is neatly tucked away. You know that wedding photography is an investment that will continually provide value. Your wedding photographs will be more valuable and precious over time. They will be part of your legacy, one day. Yet, there is more.


The real investment is not what photography services are being provided nor the products that you’ll receive. While those are all extremely valuable, that’s not all. The true investment is the expertise, years of experience, creative insight, support, and the timeless photographs that will bring you right back to that moment, and more importantly, that feeling. My wedding photographs hang in my bedroom and when I crawl into bed, if I am annoyed at my husband after a long day, when I look at those photographs I’m brought right back to those emotions I felt that day of complete infatuation and my annoyance fades. While memories fade, those photographs don’t. Especially since they’re printed on high-quality archival paper, but that’s a different story for another day.

When my couples invest in the wedding photography collections I offer, it goes beyond documenting the wedding with my camera. I aim to serve my couples every step of the way. I am by your side from the beginning to help you with wedding planning, from planning out your timeline and selecting vendors to when to send your save the dates. I am there on the wedding day to help alleviate stress and make sure things run smoothly. By smoothly, I mean flawlessly. Okay, I’m not flawless, not pretty close! I’ve got you covered with backup equipment, photographers, insurance, rain plans, honest guidance, and more.

“She seamlessly navigates all situations with professionalism and poise! We absolutely love Nicole, she is extremely gifted and caring.”


- Anne + Joe


On the wedding day, I serve my couples with enthusiasm and sincerity. I am uniquely gifted at blending into the background from center stage and guiding you through the day with ease. I believe that integrity and sincerity outweigh popularity. I'm focused on your desires and interests. I capture each unique wedding with a creative spirit and authenticity while making you feel comfortable and confident. I document the candid and unposed moments with sincerity and help you navigate the “posed” photographs. Yes, I tell you what to do with your hands, don’t worry! I help you be present and in the moment while capturing your raw emotions.

“Nicole is creative and expressive, and she leads you and guides you throughout the experience without it being awkward. She somehow manages to merge timeless, natural, edgy, and modern all in one."

- Melissa + Daniel


I capture your wedding day in a timeless way that’s not traditional. The photographs will outlive you and become an heirloom. Your investment is not just the tangible product, it’s the experience and service that you receive. It’s how you feel in your wedding photographs because trust me, that will show through. It’s how you feel on your wedding day, present, joyful, confident, and relaxed. It’s the relief of knowing that your photographs are safe and backed up in multiple places on multiple drives, just in case. It’s the excitement of getting sneak peeks within a couple of days. It’s the amazement of receiving your entire wedding gallery, artfully edited, within the month and sharing the photographs with family and friends. It’s the joyful anticipation of waiting to hang the photographs on your walls or receive your hand-crafted album.


To provide exceptional service and an unforgettable experience to my couples, I limit the weddings that I book each year. I only book a certain number of weddings per year, 20 to be exact. The reason is not because I am trying to cap my earning potential or because I don’t absolutely love documenting weddings, but it’s because I want to provide the best possible service to my couples. I don’t want to be burnt out, shooting weddings back to back. I want to be energized, excited, and fully present at each wedding. And you know what? I am! I’m in the wedding photography industry because I’m overwhelmingly passionate about what I do. I absolutely love helping my couples and capturing those precious moments.


I hope that by reading this you were provided with a bit of knowledge and insight into what lies behind the perceived investment in wedding photography. I hope that with this understanding, you will fully trust that the investment of professional wedding photography is not frivolous or random, but necessary. It is precisely calculated to provide quality service and to capture exceptional photographs that will help you relieve each moment and emotion, again and again.


All my love,



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NOT JUST ANOTHER "PHOTOGRAPHER"

Nicole is a wedding and portrait photographer based out of the Metro Detroit area. Residing in Royal Oak, she photographs in Michigan and abroad. She began her career in 2012 and is now a published artist and professional photographer. Nicole started documenting weddings in 2014 and passionately pursues photography daily, teaching film and digital photography to high school students, and documenting life and love on the weekends. Specializing in Weddings, Portraiture, and Lifestyle photography, she is a diverse and creative artist. Does this sound like the photographer for you?

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