HELLO, I'M NICOLE!

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I’m an intimate wedding, destination, and elopement photographer passionate about capturing genuine, true moments between two people in love. Like you, I adore traveling to new places, seeking new experiences, and finding adventure – creating a life that’s anything but ordinary.
 

 

I’m based in the Southwest, photographing intimate weddings, elopements, and adventures here in San Antonio, Texas – but I love exploring the Pacific Northwest, national parks, deserts, and foreign countries.  Charting a course up a mountainside, hiking down to the sea, and mapping out paths to secret groves and alcoves are favorite ways to spend my day – dreaming about the most beautiful, unconventional places for couples like you to spend an memorable day.

I’ve always been called to take the road less traveled, and I’ve marched to the beat of my own drum for as long as I can remember.  I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I married my best friend, Josh, in 2015.  It’s been a true adventure ever since. I know I’ll love you, if you also want to write your own story and venture off the beaten path as often as you can.

I was trained in film photography while in college (think dark room) and have had a camera in hand ever since.  Before becoming a full-time intimate wedding, destination, and elopement photographer, I had a 7-year career in the digital and tech industry, bringing order to chaos as a project manager and Director of Operations. Yeah, I have a thing for technology and just might be a nerd at heart!  I am also a perfectionist by nature and highly detail-oriented – a great partner for helping you plan your wedding photography and keeping us organized every step of the way!

When not behind my camera, I’m usually on my yoga mat, hiking with Josh, cultivating succulents, or shopping for anything Aztec print: rugs, sweaters, wall hangings, you name it, I love it!  Three more things you might not know about me…

  1. I’m bi-lingual in Sign Language.  
  2. Music is my heart.  (I even scouted bands in Austin, TX!)  
  3. My Myers-Briggs is INTJ.  That means I care deeply about everyone and everything, yet need a lot of alone time to refuel.  I can take abstract ideas and form a plan of execution.  

…No wonder I’m dreaming about big adventures one moment + packing my camera bags the next!

 

Explore how to work with me!

MY PHILOSOPHY

REAL + TRUE, ADVENTUROUS + SPIRITED

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Formal poses + fake smiles are not my style!  

Posing is uncomfortable and it’s not your true self.  I want to capture the genuine, real, unposed moments.  The whole-hearted adventure of your wedding day: the smiles, laughter, joy, craziness, and the true in-between moments when it feels like no one else exists, when you’re just being you.  

Those sweet, surprising unplanned shots are always the best.

My heart is in capturing your story.  No person or couple is ever the same, and our photography journey begins with getting to know you: your true and genuine selves, your real love story.  I’ll ask a lot of questions to understand who you are at your heart, I’ll make an idiot out of myself at times to make you laugh, and we’ll walk away friends. 

Learn more about my shooting style + tips for weddings, elopements, portraits + lifestyle sessions here.
 

 

Ready to take the road less traveled with me?

 

Photos on this page taken by Payton Marie Photography and edited by Map + Compass Photography