It all started with a Canon Rebel T1i. My mom got me the kit complete with a couple zoom lenses for Christmas during middle school. But my passion for running my own business started long before that. I was always the bossy kid. :) But I always loved having leadership roles and creating organizations. I would organize clubs, put on plays with friends, and think up any business I could dream of from jewelry making and lemonade stands to babysitting and dog walking services. I've been an entrepreneur as long as I can remember, and I was always a wildly imaginative dreamer as a kid.
Those tendencies didn't change as I got older, they just expressed themselves in different ways. I was less bossy and more of a leader, team captain of my high school debate team, star witness on my school's mock trial team, writer for the school newspaper, and meanwhile, the "historian" for my friend group. That Canon Rebel lasted me well throughout high school, and I took it everywhere and captured everything! Because as long as I've been an entrepreneur, I've also been a sentimentalist. I would sometimes even cry when good times were passing by because I knew so deeply how fleeting the moments in my life were, and I wanted to do everything in my power to make them stay longer.
Did you know: I rescued my pup, Oslo back in 2016, and we've been best buds ever since.
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I went off to college close to home and earned my undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Clemson University. I took one photography course in college, and I'd tried to start a photography business back in high school, but I hadn't been really serious about it. It wasn't until I did project in one of my classes that included some fashion styled shoots that my fire was sparked again and I really considered pursuing photography as more than just a hobby. As soon as I realized what I wanted, I hit the ground running. I got to work creating a logo and a blog, I made senior portrait posters and hung them all around the bulletin boards at school. I took a few courses from photographers I knew and loved about how to make my dream a reality, and I hustled!
That first year of business in 2015, I got to serve some amazing seniors, families, and engaged couples. After that I knew I wanted to get into the heart of photography with the wedding industry, so I tried to learn all I could shooting at wedding for some of the best photographers I knew. And... I hustled! I expanded my website, continued to post my images, display my work at bridal shows, but most of all, I connected with so many brides who started the #nicholelaurenbride family. To this day, I am forever grateful for the people that make my dream a reality. I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to use my entrepreneurial spirit and sentimental disposition to keep your memories in place for forever, and I am thrilled to have you along for the journey, no matter when you started with me: as a senior, engaged couple, married couple, or new family! Thank YOU for trusting me with your best moments. It's an honor and a privilege I don't take lightly.
Did you know: I've visited 33 states and 17 countries so far.
Hunter & I actually grew up attending the same elementary and middle school, but we did not officially meet until college. He says he knew who I was because of the big, red hair though. ;) It was Christmastime, and we were both attending a mutual friend's party. I remember seeing a super cute guy there and wondering where his girlfriend was. Lucky for me, he was still taking applications, and I snagged an interview! We ended up talking that night and really hit it off and exchanged numbers. The rest is history as they say! You may see him accompany me at your wedding because he also serves as the best second shooter! And now that we're engaged, it's been the best being on the other side of the planning process!
Wedding photography is a big part of my life, but there's more you should know about the girl behind the camera. Here are some of the things I love! What do we have in common?
Did you know: I got my first DSLR camera when I was in 8th grade.
I have the best people as my shooting interns, and you might see their smiling faces along with me on your wedding day, so keep scrolling to meet them!
I'm a South Carolina native, and my photography journey started in high school when I would make my friends pose every few minutes with my little point and shoot camera from Wal-Mart. It remained a hobby until about 4 years ago, when I challenged myself to learn manual mode!
Photography makes my heart happy and allows me to serve people, and bring out their unique beauty. When I’m not behind a camera, you might find me loving on my Great Danes, Lucy & Ellie, watching FRIENDS reruns on Netflix, or thrift shopping at my local Goodwill.. ohh, did I mention I also work as a sign language interpreter?!
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with Nichole to help serve her NLP couples in the best way possible. If you’ve ever met her, then you know she’s like a ray of sweet, warm sunshine, and you're in great hands!
I am originally from Massachusetts, but my family moved to the South Carolina when I was little, so it's home to me!
I first fell in love with photography when I was in middle school. I had a passion for photographing landscape and small details in nature which is why detail shots have always been my favorite part of the wedding day. I enjoy capturing photographs from a different perspective and angles some might not see at first glance.
Outside of photography, I have recently found an interest in fashion and shopping, I love looking through Instagram to find inspiration. And it doesn't matter what season it is, I will drink iced coffee all year long.
I am soo excited to assist Nichole during wedding season and to photograph these memories for NLP couples! It warms my heart seeing the love between two people on their best day!
Did you know: I've never really liked coffee. But fruity drinks, I can get behind!
South Carolina native, Great Dane mommy, and sign language interpreter
Cheetah print fanatic, fashion aficionado, and iced coffee fan
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