Jan 28, 2011

Photographer Review ~ NikkiB Photography

I have been friends with Nicole for a few years now.  Nicole is a photographer.  She has been photographing for over 15 years. She provides indoor and outdoor photo sessions. Nicole's specialty sessions are Maternity, Newborn, Children, Families, & Seniors. We  recently went to a local park to shoot some sample photos for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day with my kiddos...the stars that they are! I had a chance to talk a little "shop" with her:

Q: What made you decide to be a photographer?

A: My dad started me at the age of 12 assisting him at weddings, I was cheap labor and he trusted me. As I got older he put a camera in my hands and I began to shoot photo journalistic photos while assisting him. There was no better feeling than when I saw the look on my dads face when he was proud of me because I captured a great photo!! As I got older, and got my BS in Business, I started working for my dad at his studio. Since I was older and had more confidence and already had so much experience, I began shooting my own stuff!! There is no better feeling than the response from people who love the images I capture for them. Its a snap shot of time in their life that they will get to look at forever!!

Q: How long have you been a photographer?
A: Well I guess you could say since I was 12...so 16 years. I have been shooting my own work though for the last 8 years.


Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph?
A: I love kids and babies, but recently I have really been in to maternity photos.


Q: What was your all time best shoot?
A: Wow, that one is tuff!! all my shoots are very different. I did one on my good friends kitchen table with her new born nephew. The mother was very emotional because she had been through a miscarriage and lost a baby brother when she was little. I think the newness of her baby was very scary for her, but in the middle of our session she really adjusted and I saw her eyes light up. When we started she was very disconnected, and when she became engaged with her newborn it was an amazing feeling and sight to see!


Q: What is your best advice for those looking for a photographer to photograph their event?
A: Just call me!! I'm the best. haha. My best advice...Do NOT book some one based on their web site. You need to see more samples, and make sure you see samples from start to finish of the same event. With digital photography the field is flooded with amateurs who could afford to buy a digital camera. Unlike film, there is no cost to capture thousands of images and edit down to the few "good" ones. Many of the so called photographers get a few great shots, create a web site and are suddenly a "professional photographer". The problem is that those images they show you were created out of pure luck! They have no clue about settings, ratios of light, posing, etc. The problem with luck is that you are not always lucky, so that photographer may show up to photograph your event, and not get lucky.

You need to know that your photographer truly knows their craft and can capture great photos in any given environment. Also, there are some very creative photographers, but for an event you should make sure they are organized as well. For events like weddings, the photographer must be good at managing their time and really making sure the day's timing is on schedule.

Thanks Nicole for sharing! Nicole has also offered KDC readers a special for the upcoming holidays

Mothers/ Fathers Day Session $75.00
Session and disk- 2 panels 10 images
(spell out mommy and daddy)
Just contact her at
nikki_boz@hotmail.com or 626-391-3455

Now go out and get some photos!!

*hugs*
Denice

Photo Credit: NikkiB Photography

7 comments:

Heather Johnson said...

Love the story about the mom and her newborn. Your photographs are beautiful. I could have used you when I was photographing the valentine lollipops.
I have lots of extra candy canes. I would be happy to send some your way.

Have a great weekend.

KDC Events said...

Thanks Heather!! I would love to try out the candy canes! My email is denicescandles(at)gmail(dot)com

Maggie said...

Those are great pictures! And what an awesome interview!! I think photographers can capture things that not everyone can. Beautiful!

BLOGitse said...

Thanks for your visit!
Peace!

Stephie @ Our Marriage Adventure said...

Ohhh this makes me look forward to additional photography moments in my life even more! Especially maternity and new baby.

~Stopping by from SITS/your visit to my site. :: waves hello ::

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

She did such an amazing job! This would be great for the upcoming holidays. I am going to see if my brother will actually take some photos...although we're a bit old to pose with the "mommy" and "daddy" letters hehe ;)

Holly said...

Great photos...great advice - do not let the website do the picking. Oh I have a blog post about that!

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