I believe that wedding photography is done best when couples have a relationship with their photographer and fully trust them. This is how I have guaranteed and delivered incredible photography experiences with my Couples! When I arrive on a wedding day, I need to feel like an old friend and not like a stranger. This affects every aspect of how your photos will turn out! Keep reading to get to know me and learn more about who I am beyond the camera.
I'm a photographer, but I'm also a wife, momma, sister and someone who truly believe's God's given me this job because it allows my creative gift and passion to have purpose!
I believe marriage and deep relationships are some of life's greatest gifts! I know that my role in our Couple's lives is not only to deliver a beautiful final gallery but to be supporters and encouragers for their new marriage!
I believe that every human being has gifts and passions for purposeful reasons. I am so thankful that my children are growing up watching their mom use her abilities in a business that is creatively fulfilling and filled with meaningful purpose!
I believe my photography business exists to not only serve my Couples every year but it also continues to serve them as they grow their families! It's a joy to watch my couples love grow along with watching their families grow as the years go by.
But what you may not realize is that you need a great experience with your photographer more than anything! That is exactly what I promise to give you. Over and over and over again, my Couples rave about their experience almost more than their images! Why? Because in order to get those natural, genuine portraits that truly capture who you are, you have to feel comfortable with the person taking them. The way you feel while you are having your portraits taken heavily influences how you feel when you see yourself in the final images. I can honestly say it is 100% possible to love how you look in your images if you feel comfortable while having them taken! Creating comfortable, joyful and genuine client experiences is what I specialize in and I am excited to share more about what the Nikki Hildebrand Experience includes!
I have structured my wedding experience very intentionally. Everything I offer and recommend is a strategic part of an overall experience that leads to what my Couples ultimately desire: genuine, timeless and joyful images. The most intentional aspects of a Nikki Hildebrand Wedding Experience include:
8 HOURS IS BEST
I have found that for a traditional wedding day, I need a minimum of 8 hours to capture the full story of your day with a stress-free timeline.
With that said, not every wedding is the same and not every couples needs are the same. I do offer hourly proposals based on your specific needs.
This is where the good stuff is. Tips for the wedding day. The important details that you don't want to forget on your wedding day. Plus its chalked full of vendor recommendations from planners and make-up artists to catering and portable pop up bars, with links on where to contact them. I put a lot of love in this for you.
COMPLIMENTARY ENGAGEMENT SESSION
I include an engagement session complimentary because this is my opportunity to get to know you and empower you to feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Taylor is a part of the Nikki Hildebrand wedding experience! Groomsmen love his effortless ability to make everyone feel at ease and comfortable. Your wedding day experience wouldn't be complete without his eye and support for you both. He allows me to also give you a day of sneak peek!
DAY OF SNEAK PEEKS
I GET IT! You are already dying to see the images and your wedding day hasn't even happened yet. I work very hard the night of your wedding to pull a few highlight images that you will be able to view before the night is over. You will be able to share instantly with your friends and family members and of course be able to post.
ALL CULLED & HAND-EDITED IMAGES
Your images will be delivered to you in your own personalized gallery. Your gallery will have an online store where you can purchase prints, frames or albums. Everything is to make your experience one of convenience and ease. You can expect 80-100 images per hour.
Your wedding has happened. It was beautiful and everything you dreamed it would be. Instead of just downloading your images to your hard drive and sharing a link with your family and friends, you take it a step further and you invested in a family heirloom keepsake that tells the story of the day you began your life together as husband and wife. Your wedding is literally the beginning of your new family unit! Now, try to fast forward even further and envision yourself sitting in your future living room with your future four year old and he/she is asking questions about when you got married. You look at them and say, “Hold on one minute, ok?” and you grab your legacy album. As you flip through the pages, half of the album in your lap and the other half in theirs.... your child notices aunts, uncles and grandparents celebrating with you on your wedding day. If your future child is anything like ours, they will be in awe of these old pictures. When our daughter, Alice, was six years old, I sat down with her and showed her our wedding album for the first time and she flipped through the pages for half an hour, just taking it all in. It was as if I had given her a peek into a part of our story that she hadn’t comprehended yet and it was beautiful. Legacy albums aren’t for you, they are for those that come after you. What a beautiful gift to hand down to future generations!
I love being both interactive and discrete throughout the wedding day. There will be parts of the wedding day when I will need to be in control in order to accomplish everything that needs to be done in order to keep everyone on schedule. There will also be moments when you shouldn’t even know that I’m there. (The ceremony, during dances and toasts, etc.) We teach our couples how to pose and interact during their engagement session so they are naturals on the wedding day and don’t need quite as much instruction from us!
I am more than willing to travel for engagement sessions! We actually love it when our couples ask us to photograph them in a location that means something special to them! We book engagement sessions typically three to six months in advance and include 60 miles of travel. Travel beyond 60 miles is available with a small fee.
We average 75-100 final images per hour that we're actively shooting throughout the day. We love delivering our client’s files quickly and easily via an online gallery. You will have the ability to print, share and download your images as much as you want. We believe in freely sharing our work because that is what we would want if we were in your shoes!
▪️ Families receive 55+ images
No, becasue I already love you and I know that having a person to not only get different angles but capture detail shots and fun moments with your guests while we are away at sunset. A second shooter makes all the difference in the world when it comes down to time management, because we all know that even the best of plans change. If you have to run tight on time un-expectantly, a second shooter will give you breathing room to still make sure all of the special aspects that you took so much time and care in planning for are still captured, no matter the time conflicts that might arise.... you will thank me, I promise!
You and your partner will be smiling and adoring one another the entire time! Which makes it so easy for me to capture your love... but many couples forget to talk to their bridal party about smiling and being aware of their reactions. When I am getting beautiful couple shots during the ceremony the bridal party's faces can make or tragically detract from the special moment.
I play music and let your family be themselves and have fun enjoying each others personalities while I document along the way. There will be some posed images along with candids of your families love for on another. I work with you before hand to sort out all of the fine details of what you want out of the session. That way, on the day of the session we can have an easy, fun time together.
You will receive your personalized on-line gallery link with all your photos within
2 weeks for lifestyle portraits and 6-8 weeks for weddings.