NIKKI: I started in the wedding industry as a planner for 10 years. Then on the off season, I worked as an assistant for an amazing photographer who needed some last minute help. On that job, he let me play around with a spare camera. I fell in love immediately. And he liked having an assistant who knew so much about weddings. I spent the next year going on jobs with him and learning to shoot in his studio. It just snowballed from there.
TPD: What makes a great photo?
NIKKI: The perfect photo gives a glimpse into a person's soul. The perfect photo is one that you look at and know exactly what the people in the photo are thinking and feeling. The best compliment is when someone looks at one of my photos and feels like they're actually there in the moment. I had one client tell me they could almost smell what was happening in a photo!
TPD: What is the most challenging part of your work?
NIKKI: It's pretty physical. We spend long hours on our feet carrying heavy equipment. It requires that you stay in pretty good shape. I don't love that part, but it is great motivation to get to the gym!
TPD: What are your feelings on black & white photos vs color photos?
NIKKI: The color (or lack of color) in a photo can completely set the mood. Vibrant colors can add great energy to a photo. But the simplicity of black and white can be so dramatic. It goes further than that though. Beyond color, you can look at tone, contrast, shadow and highlight. They all contribute to the impact of a photo.