I am Nicole. A quiet extrovert who is learning to love hugs. I am also a wife and mother, both of which fill me with a grounding sense of purpose and love. While I have always been the artist in my family, painting, drawing and playing music, it was until I picked up a camera in college that life found a new adventure.
I"m not going to lie, before my daughter taking images of people, much less children scared me. Not kidding! After my daughter was born and placed in my arms I realized a new passion for the use of my camera. After all while a life is measured in hours and minutes it really makes you want to remember all the details!
Momlife, kid approved, and "big camera" ready I live to document the calm and the chaos of everyday life. To empower individuals, parents, and children to see themselves as I see them. Amazing gifts, beautiful beings, and a wonderful union of love, connection, and belonging.
As I learn and grow as a human, mother, and wife I see more and more poetry in the mundane. This is what I strive to imprint with each person and family I work with. It is fact that your life is a story. Your story, and it is worthy of being told and shared. Whether that be with yourself, your closest family and friends or with the world.
Yes, a common question. As a birth photographer did you have your birth photographed? Yes. I gave birth naturally in a hospital with a midwife, doula, and birth photographer. My experience truly humbled and empowered me as a human and a woman. We struggled with nursing (tongue and lip tie for the win), being a dual income working family, and the hardest was the postpartum depression. I went back to work at 6 weeks, while continuing to pump at work (18 months, phew) and nursed until Miss Bits decided she was done (22 months) with a nipple shield. All of which has contributed to my desire to capture birth stories for other families.
- My first camera was a Canon Powershot A610.
- My husband and I met on Match.com (Married 10 years!)
- I went to West Virginia University and majored in the Trombone. (Not a drinker or into sports though.)
- I do not match my socks!
- I cut my families hair.
- I'm a vegetarian.
we are all a little crazy and a lot in love with each other
As an artist, photographer, and storyteller, who specializes in documenting connection and belonging in Richmond, VA, I aim to capture the legendary epic tale of your unique life. I want to bring empowerment and joy to you, your family, and mine via an instrument that has the power to hold a millisecond still for eternity. With the images we make together, my passion is for you to own your love story mentally, physically, and with tangible art so you can see, share, and treasure who you are as a family and individual for generations to come, on bad days, and during those great happy and curious moments in life.
I truly believe in the idea of community over competition and giving back to my community. I am a proud member and volunteer for the groups listed below as I have an affinity for family, informed choices, and empowering people to live and be who they are on the inside.
I am the owner and founder of The Birth Narrative. TBN is an inclusive platform built to lift others by having meaningful conversations, substantive education, and connecting everyone involved in the parenthood season of pregnancy through the 4th trimester.
The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) focuses on providing resources to expectant parents, photographers, and other birth professionals through education, understanding the birth process, support, and respect for each persons birth choices.
Virginia Birth Photographers is a network of professional birth photographers around the state of Virginia who share a mutual passion for the art of birth. We love birth and the moments surrounding birth... the moments that matter.
Red Thread Sessions celebrates the beauty of adoption through photography. Red Thread Sessions not only captures new family portraits, it also captures the precious, happy, confusing, exciting, exhausting, traumatic, life-changing time that is so often brief and fleeting in the life of an adoptive family.