Washington DC Wedding Photographer

Hi, I’m Nikki!

I believe in leather bound wedding albums on coffee tables, as thats where my parents has been my entire life. I believe in falling in love with your best friend, it’s effortless, nerve-wracking, and imperfectly perfect. I believe that laughter is the best medicine. I believe in adventures – big and small – and that growing old together will include more than you can imagine. I believe in being barefoot in the sand, dancing like no one is watching, and licking cupcake icing off your fingers. I believe that puppies make incredible ring bearers. I believe in capturing personalities, not poses. I believe in teammates, constantly working to better one another and the relationship as a whole, although a little friendly competition never hurt. I believe in being 92 and having that one wedding image framed on your wall, even if you can’t always remember everything from that day back in 1946. And I believe in story-capturing, snapping images as the day unfolds, rather than making them fall perfectly into place.

Washington, DC wedding photographer with destination dreams, obsessed with puppies, avocados and Clemson football, always ready to go with my bags packed, a wannabe singer and hip hop dancer, likely barefoot.

Most days you can find me laughing out loud to something that might not be that funny, watching videos of puppies on the internet, or dancing in my desk chair to the latest tunes. I want to see as much of the world as possible and tell stories about people from all over. I am mostly known for my sassy sense of humor, my ability to eat avocado on everything, and the overly-excited way I say “OMG hiiiiiii” to random dogs in public before acknowledging their owners.

My bucket list is compiled of cities I want to explore, musicians I want to see live, and little life experiences that I think would have a big impact on me (such as adopting an elderly dog)! When I’m not running my photography business, working as a web designer, or traveling, I can be found rooting for the Washington Capitals, cheering on my Clemson Tigers, enjoying live music, snuggling my dogs, or being your average 20-something hanging around DC with friends.

I photograph couples who are in it for more than just the wedding. It’s always the best when I can feel the love and friendship between a couple, and while the details of their wedding are important, the fact that they are committing themselves to one another in front of their closest friends and family is what matters most. I am lucky to capture them on this special day of celebration and provide them with memories that become their first family photographs.

My photography style is best described as joyful, light-filled, and genuine. I am a goofball and will do anything to bring out those candid smiles, real laughter, and cute moments.

Did we just become best friends?


Maverick is my vizsla pup, Olive is my weimaraner pup and I’m utterly obsessed with them!

I’m a Washington, DC wedding photographer since I live in DC now, but I’m a Maryland girl so crabs and the bay are a way of life!

New Zealand is my favorite place; I’d move there in a heartbeat!

Exploring new cities is my favorite activity!

I love Amy Poehler and aspire to be just like her one day.

I have a masters degree! I am a UX designer in the tech industry.

I sing along to all the tunes, but sadly I’m tone deaf. 

I’m an INFJ, but on wedding days I transform into an extrovert.

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Washington, DC Wedding Photographer

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