portrait sessions

For Austin + All Over Texas

Capturing the moments in-between

I believe there are so many moments in life that deserve to be documented and remembered. Not just the milestones.

rooted in experience

My portrait sessions come with an adventurous twist! I value your experience and am invested in capturing your true essence. Life is unpredictable and chaotic, there's beauty in that and I believe in capturing it. If you want to book a photographer who just shows up, poses you and leaves, it's not me. I am passionate about crafting an experience and capturing your true essence.  So you can look back at photos and happily say "Remember when?!"

Hi hello! My name's Nikole, I'm a photographer, plant enthusiast, adventurer and amateur kayaker dwelling in Austin Texas. I love the sound of flowing rivers and the way my clothes smell after sitting by a campfire. I value deeper human connection and my love language is quality time.

I've had a camera in hand for about ten years now and counting. I always wanted to be that person who asked the right questions and learned more about people's stories. As an introvert that was super tricky for me but when I began photographing people I learned that my camera made it easier. I love that my camera allows me to not only learn about other's stories but it gives me the ability to document and preserve them and that is pretty freakin' cool. 



about me

the packages

What's included;

Let's take a hike, kayak your favorite river or go camping together! Adventure sessions mean going on a trip to your fave place, having your adventures documented so you never forget how they felt. Plus you can pass 'em down so the kids think you're cool later on.



- Location scouting
  
- Custom location suggestion guide

- Welcome guide! This guide helps you plan outfits and will get you ready for your session! I'll still be here to help, this guide is just an additional resource for you.

- Custom gear + packing lists

- A minimum of 40 fully edited images

- An online gallery for downloading, sharing and ordering prints

A 40% retainer and signed contract are required to book your session. 

adventure sessions

Starting at $1,000
 

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What's included;

When do you feel the most connection? Whether as a couple or as a family. Plan a fun night at your favorite pizza place, coffee shop and then end the session exploring your favorite park. Whatever it is that sparks your favorite memories!

Date night sessions allow you to plan something meaningful to you in that moment in time and have it all documented. It's a sure way to get some photos that show your true essence! 



- Photography in multiple locations! Travel fees apply for locations outside of Austin Tx.

- Planning assistance

- Welcome guide! This guide helps you plan outfits and will get you ready for your session! I'll still be here to help, this guide is just an additional resource for you.

- A minimum of 30 fully edited images

- An online gallery for downloading, sharing and ordering prints

A 40% retainer and signed contract are required to book your session. 

date night sessions

Starting at $800
 

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What's included;

There are so many unique studios & venues available around Austin. These sessions are great in the cooler or way too hot months, for a more creative and controlled environment or for business branding purposes.

Whatever your creative vision may be I am stoked to collaborate and make it come to life!



- Photography in a rented studio space. Travel fees apply for locations outside of Austin Tx.

- Planning assistance

- Welcome guide! This guide helps you plan outfits and will get you ready for your session! I'll still be here to help, this guide is just an additional resource for you. 

- Styling + outfit assistance (if needed)

- A minimum of 30 fully edited images

- An online gallery for downloading, sharing and ordering prints

A 40% retainer and signed contract are required to book your session. 

studio sessions

Starting at $700
 

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What's included;

Capture a moment in time for yourself, with your loved ones or as a couple. This can be used for a couples sesion, family session, maternity session or whatever you are wanting to capture right now.

I work in more if a documentary way rather than stiff and posed, I encourage you to be yourself and aim to capture your unique beauty. 



- Up to one hour of photography in one location. Travel fees apply for locations outside of Austin Tx.

- Welcome guide! This guide helps you plan outfits and will get you ready for your session. I'll still be here to help, this guide is just an additional resource for you.

- Planning assistance 

- Styling + outfit assistance (if needed)

- A minimum of 20 fully edited images

- An online gallery for downloading, sharing and ordering prints

A 40% retainer and signed contract are required to book your session. 

standard portrait session

Starting at $600
 

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During sessions I do use some posing and prompts but a lot of my photos come from simply capturing you being yourselves. We will meet up at your location a few minutes before your session time so we have some room for talking and getting comfortable first! Then when we shoot I will get ya'll moving and having fun. Usually from there you take the ropes and actually know just what to do and I add some direction here and there. But if you don't know what to do, don't worry! I am a pro and have all kinds of tricks up my sleeve to help you out. I know what it's like to be anxious in front of the camera so I got you. 

Your story is unlike any other and your photography should capture that.

I could take the most beautiful photos in the world for you but if you weren't having a good time when I took them they wouldn't matter. You wouldn't want to take them out on rainy Sundays or print and hang them on your wall. I believe that photos and memories are two in the same, I want your photos to take you back to an awesome experience. Not something posed or copied off of Pinterest. Something that is YOURS.

your experience matters 

Book your session now!

"Nikole has an unyielding passion to create a genuine experience. There are so many moments that I didn't even realized she captured and she captured them so perfectly.  Her devotion is absolutely unmatched. I've had many photographers take our photos, but none of the photos have meant more to me that the one's I've recieved from Nikole. BOOK HER!

"Her devotion is absolutely unmatched."

I'm currently dwelling in Austin Texas but my elopement packages include travel anywhere in Texas!

Where are you located?

With elopements it varies, usually about 50 images per hour I spend shooting. My portrait sessions come with a minimum of 25 images.

How Many Images Are Included?

No I do not offer delivery of unedited images. My editing process and style is an important piece of the experience!

Do You Give Out Unedited Photos?

All payments are processed online through my Honeybook, I will send out an invoice and you select either automatic or manual payments.

How Does Payment Work?

You'll fill out my contact form and I will respond within 48 hours. From there we will hop on the phone and decide if we fit well together! If you want to move forward I require a signed contract and 40% retainer to book. 

How Do I Book You?

In the case of an emergency where I cannot be there for a wedding you've booked me for I will send an associate shooter pre-approved by you in my place and I will edit the photos.

In the case that you contact me and I am already booked on your date I can refer you to other photographers or we can work on a different date!

What Happens If You Can’t Be At Our Wedding?

If you cancel your date the 40% retainer will be non-refundable.

If you reschedule your date and I am not already booked on the new date then your retainer will transfer to the new date and there may be a rescheduling fee.

If you reschedule for a date that I have another booking on then I will try to send an associate photographer in my place. If an associate can't be found then your 40% retainer will be non-refundable and the contract will be cancelled.

What If We Cancel/Resched Our Date?

Yes! I am ordained to officiate in the state of Texas. I don't speak during your ceremony because I am the photographer but I can sign all of the documents to make it legit with the government if that's your jam. Texas does not require witnesses. 

can you officiate our elopement?

I deliver fully edited images, most of my editing is color tones, cropping and straightening out images. I do use photoshop to remove distracting objects but I do not photoshop scars, change the shape of bodies or drastically change the way people look. You are beautiful and I am here to document your unique beauty.

If there's a wardrobe malfunction, you have lipstick on your teeth or something un-natural like that then yes I will try to photoshop it out. 

Will You Photoshop Us?

Unfortunately we can't control the weather but we can definitely control how prepared we are for it. My workflow and planning process will help you prepare for any kind of weather your specific location and season may encounter. 

I love shooting rain or shine! Sometimes rainy weather makes for the best scenery. But we do work together to create a plan b, otherwise known as a "rain plan", in the case of dangerous weather. 

What Happens If The Weather Is Bad?

Wear whatever makes you feel like YOU! Which I know can be an annoying answer so don't worry I got you. After you book I will send over outfit inspiration boards that match your specific shoot as well as some tips and tricks that I have learned along the way to make sure you look and feel great!

What Do We Wear To Our Photoshoot?

Don't worry! I love planning elopements for couples who aren't really down for an all day hike. We can find dreamy locations a short walk from a parking lot or even plan an urban elopement!

What if we aren't outdoorsy?

My turnaround time for elopments and weddings is 6-8 weeks. For portrait sessions it is 2-4 weeks. 

What Is Your Turnaround?

Most of my elopement packages include travel anywhere in Texas. 

How Do Travel Expenses Work?

Yasss! All of my elopement packages include planning guidance. Here are a few of the many things I assist with;

- Location scouting
- Timeline building
- Obtaining permits
- Practicing Leave No Trace
- Packing lists
- Vendor referrals

Do You Help In The Planning Process?

I do offer a limited number of portrait sessions per year. I bring the same adventurous and documentary style to my portrait sessions so get ready to have some fun!

Do You Photograph Families, Seniors, Etc.?