If you take a look at my website, wedding photography doesn’t seem to be one of the main things I offer. Until now, I have only offered weddings to a select few clients… but this is all about to change. As many of you may know, I got married on July 16th of this year. It was a beautiful day and we will cherish the photos we received for the rest of our lives. But, here comes the honest truth … Before being a bride myself, I don’t think I truly understood wedding photography.
A lot of photographers seem to be self-taught these days (which is incredible and I applaud them) … but I’m not one of them. I am a highly educated photographer and have spent what feels like a lifetime in school. For those of you who are curious about my education…
- After I graduated high school in 2010, I moved to Toronto to study image arts (videography) at Ryerson University. After 2 out of 4 years of this Bachelor of Fine Arts program, I decided that it was not for me and moved back to Ottawa to study photography.
- In 2012, I enrolled in the 2-year photography diploma program at Algonquin College. Two long and intense years later, I graduated with a 4.0 and more importantly, a new found love for photography.
- During the summer of 2013 (before my second year of the photography program), I said goodbye to my weekends and took the part-time Web Design course at Algonquin and received my certificate later that year. I took this program with the hopes of being able to design and maintain my own website, but came out with a passion for web design that made me want to offer the service to my clients.
- After graduating from Algonquin College, I had one major career goal … to teach in the photography program. I spoke with the programs Second Year Coordinator (and one of the best professor ever), Denine Wrixon, about this goal and determined that I would need a Bachelors Degree to teach. So, I went on to receive my Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Photography) in early 2016 from the University of Hertforshire (UK).
- And finally, after receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree, I was offered a job teaching part-time at Algonquin College.
But even with all of that education and years of experience assisting other professional photographers and shooting on my own, I never truly understood the importance of the photos from a wedding day. Now that I can officially say that I have been a Bride, I believe that I truly understand the importance of photography on a wedding day.
I have always known that after your wedding day, all you have left are the memories – which really are the photos (and video). The day goes by at an accelerated speed that I never could have imagined. I remember being told over and over again how the day will go by fast and to make sure to “take it all in”. But, you’ll never truly understand until you go through it. I clearly remember getting ready in the morning and then out of nowhere, I was gulping water trying to calm my nerves before the ceremony … And then it’s like I blinked and I was sitting at dinner thinking “woah, it’s almost over already”.
After receiving the photographs from my wedding, I couldn’t help but realize how important they were to me. I know there are things that cannot be missed when photographing a wedding … Like the first kiss when the couple is announced as a married couple or a photograph of the bride and groom with their families. But there are also things that every couple deserves to have documented that not every photographer thinks of.
To be completely transparent, I wasn’t planning to offer wedding photography at all when I re-branded my business to NK Creative Studios. One of the main reasons that I was not going to offer wedding photography was due to my health. In the past, I have felt like I have not been able to trust my body and health. From food intolerance’s and pneumonia to stress and anxiety, I have had a lot of issues to deal with. I was worried that it would be too hard on my body and that I really wasn’t cut out to be a wedding photographer. With the help of my wonderful friend and personal trainer, Stephanie Gorsky from The Inside Outfit Company, I am confident that I will feel prepared and will trust my body in time for the 2017 wedding season.
After receiving my wedding photos and feeling the emotions that came with seeing them, I fell in love with wedding photography. Now that I have the experience of being a bride (coupled with lots of wedding photography experience), I have a new found appreciation and love for wedding photography.
Now, if you are still reading, thank you so much for taking the time to read my words.
NK Creative Studios is officially offering wedding photography. We are booking for the 2017 and 2018 wedding seasons. We shoot weddings in Ottawa and surrounding areas, as well as destination weddings. Please contact us for more information on pricing and availability.
NK Creative Studios has an incredible team going into next wedding season and we can’t be more excited! Stay tuned for a blog post about our team… but for now, here’s a short list of who we are!
- Nicole Wiegelmann (Me)… I am the owner and main photographer at NK Creative Studios.
- Kayla Scarr is my main second shooter (she will be coming to most weddings) and she will be the editor for all of the weddings we shoot (minus my sneak peeks)!
- Lisa MacIver is also a second shooter / assistant for NK Creative Studios.
- Alex Wiegelmann is my husband and also an amazing assistant that I bring on various shoots with me (he’s great when I forget my ladder and need a boost).
ALL weddings booked before December 31, 2016 will receive $500 off their package and a complimentary engagement session!!
Thank you all so much for your continued support.
NK Creative Studios