Vendor Spotlight: Nicole with Nicole Vance Photography
Meet Nicole Vance with Nicole Vance Photography! With her family-run business, it’s all about capturing emotion and finding those little moments. Truly a creative mind, Nicole photographs the details that you and your special someone will remember for the rest of your lives.
Tell us a little about your company
While Nicole Vance Photography is my company, it’s not just me. It’s become a family company…my sister is my right hand in almost everything and is my favorite associate photographer!! My husband, who mostly stays behind the scenes to help with special projects, is also growing as a photographer. We all work as a team, and we love the little moments that make your wedding day special and aim to capture those moments for you. We cover weddings artfully and unobtrusively, paying special attention to the people, details, and emotions that make you fall in love all over again
How did you get started in this business?
After studying Studio Art in college, I landed firmly in the corporate world of finance and computers. Over time I got the itch to get back to the creative world. I started my photography business to make room in my life for a flexible schedule for my family and kids. I found a talented wedding photographer locally who was wiling to let me tag along and learn the art of wedding photography with lots of amazing practical experience. The first few years I put every dollar I earned back into buying quality equipment and lenses. The rest is history.
What’s your favorite wedding story?
I really cannot pick just one favorite wedding story! I get so engrossed in all the little moments throughout each couple’s wedding day. Documenting the emotions and the interactions is where I really feel like I get to tell a visual story that is more than a pretty picture. I love when people are moved to tears (with happiness)! I recently photographed a moment (above) where the mom and dad were both crying with joy over their beautiful daughter on their wedding day, while she looked on. Those moments are what I live to capture… that’s all how we want to look back and see our wedding day.
Why do you like working with weddings?
Shooting a wedding is the photography equivalent of running a marathon… it’s long, hard, demanding work and you have to prepared for the everything. The best shots don’t come from staged portraits or detail setups… the best shots come from real life moments and emotions. I’m constantly observing the people around me and trying to stay two steps ahead to document real interactions; those brief fleeting moments are the ones that matter the most.
What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a couple and how did you resolve it?
The hardest thing for me as a photographer is telling a love story is when there’s an extraordinarily independent couple who doesn’t spend much time together throughout the evening. It’s hard to write that story from opposite sides of the room. It’s also incredibly challenging to convince a couple that’s having fun dancing and enjoying their wedding day to stop and step away for additional photos. We always ask for as much time to fit in photos as we can, but in the end, we want the bride and groom to enjoy their day, and will do our best to capture their wedding so they can have images to remember it.
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
Decide as a couple on your priorities for your wedding, focus on those items, hire talented professionals who will collaborate with your intentions, then rely on them to make your day run smoothly.
How far in advance should couples book your services?
For the busiest months of May, June, September and October start booking about 12-16 months in advance. Less popular dates should be booked anywhere from 9-12 months. Once you’ve confirmed a date with your venue, it’s never too early to lock in the rest of your services.
What inspires you the most / where do you find inspiration?
I love beautiful light, true emotions and people who are real with each other. The best photos come from people who are willing to let go and have fun, and not worry about anything but being in the moment with the ones they love.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
My husband, Ray, and I have been blessed with two awesome kids, Conner (9) and Alexis (4). We love getting out and spending time as a family outdoors. We spend a lot of time supporting our kids sports interests, which include soccer, basketball, and swimming. I have played volleyball most of my life and still continue to do so recreationally when time allows. Because I run a flexible schedule with family and my business, it’s not uncommon to hear my kids in the background of an unscheduled phone call. We are always packing in a busy schedule with the kids activities and family time.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I was a huge nerd in high school! I was so academically focused in high school I literally got all A’s in every single class. I completely changed gears in college and decided I wanted to focus on the arts. My studio art degree allowed me to explore so many different creative outlets. One of my favorite classes was sculpture. I spent endless hours with a hammer and chisel in hand carving beautiful abstract stone sculptures. It’s a far cry from photography… but it is still one of favorite creative mediums.
You can learn more about Nicole and Nicole Vance Photography on her website.
Photo Credit: Nicole Vance Photography