It’s been awhile since I have blogged. I wanted to give an update. I just got back from a wonderful photography conference with Pictage (my photo lab, and beyond) in San Diego and I’m incredibly inspired! My business is about to leap into the next level of awesomeness. My wedding photo turnaround times will become quicker and I’ll soon be able to keep up this blog more regularly. And, I’ll be adding some fresh, new products, including panoramic albums and stunning, sleek acrylic art prints.
So, what else have been up to, you ask? Well, I’ve been traveling a lot for weddings and portrait sessions. I’ve hired a wonderful freelance editor who I adore. Her name is Julie Moore and she’s rad. I’ve trained her to edit exactly how I would edit! She’s been a huge asset to me and I’m excited to give her more and more projects. We have about 6 more weddings to finish editing and then it will be a wrap for 2011 weddings! I will be bloggin’ about them all as soon as they are done.
I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the 2011 season turned out for me. With the combination of weddings, portrait sessions, and some commercial projects, I will have photographed around a total of 95 sessions! From these shoots, I was enabled to travel to beautiful places such as: Estes Park, Colorado; Varenna, Italy; San Francisco, CA; Nosara, Costa Rica; Santa Barbara, CA ; Los Angeles, CA (and the surroundings); and all over Washington State (Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, Whidbey Island, Winthrop, Seattle, etc).
I’m currently booking a lot for next year, so if you or if you have any friends planning a wedding, please be in touch.
In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few recent testimonials I have received. I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate to serve all my fabulous clients! Below are a few email responses after my clients have viewed their photos. Another reason why my job is so frickin’ rewarding! If you have some time, I warmly invite you to read a few!
Thanks for visiting and please stay tuned for photos!
Kelly + Andrew | Lake Como, Italy | Wedding Celebration
We are in heaven…we laughed, we cried, we hugged, we kissed, we drank 2 bottles of wine (well…almost). 2 hours later, and here we are.
Nicole, we are IN LOVE…not only with your work, but how you captured our amazing event! Bravo for turning our sweaty, insane ‘after party’ into black and white…THANK YOU! We love all the colors, the memories the looks, the smiles, the laughter. I think we favorited about HALF of what you uploaded…whoops! Ok, time to go through them again.
You are truly a GEM for highlighting our most precious moments. We can’t BELIEVE we did it..we were married THERE…really, THERE??? Amazing.
Your pictures will hold a place in our heart forever. We adore ALL of them. How can we choose?
Thank you…from the bottom of our hearts. You are truly spectacular.”
Hill Family | Edmonds, WA | Lifestyle Family Portraits
“WOW Nicole. You are like Magic. Not kidding! There are so many – thank you. I will pick my favorite, but it won’t be easy. I love the ones of Kelly and me. We don’t have a single current picture of the two of, but now be do. Thanks again!!! Rock star.”
Jessica + Hernand | San Francisco, CA | Wedding Celebration
“Nicole is the greatest! She just is! We found her through our fabulous wedding planner, and fell in love with the way she is able to capture that special moment…for us, you could just see the love in the photographs…not just of the people in the photograph, but also hers… her desire to seal that moment in time for you forever. She took thousands of incredible photos of our wedding, and was so generous and kind and lovely, that we invited her to shoot our maternity photos and also the first year of our son’s life. She is now part of the family! As I said, she is the greatest!”
Elisa & George | Pasadena, CA | Wedding Celebration
“Nicole, what can i say. You rocked at the photos. Thanks so much for capturing such a wonderful day for us with timeless photos! There are not enough words to thank you! Will recommend you to everyone that I know.”
Brynn & Russell | Seattle, WA | Wedding Celebration
“Nicole Goddard is TRULY a photographer in mind, spirit, soul and body (she literally has a “hangover” the day after your wedding from working so hard!). I knew Nicole from childhood, but she photographed my sister’s wedding as well with another dear family friend’s wedding, so I knew going into it that she would be exceptional! Nicole was the most helpful vendor I worked with during the long journey of wedding planning. Before she even took one picture of us as a couple, she was attentive, always in communication with us, and made us feel really comfortable and gave us confidence we made the right decision in a photographer. Nicole is so down to earth that communicating your needs and wishes and wants to her feels like you are speaking to a very professional best friend, a great combination! We had Nicole shoot our Rehearsal Dinner and our Wedding, and it was really awesome to spend more time with her and get a “trial” in photos before the big day! By the time she met us at our venue, I was SO EXCITED to see her which made taking pictures before the ceremony FUN and RELAXING! It really allowed my husband and I feel free, romantic and completely natural during our shoot. The pictures turned out better than words, and I owe my lifetime of memories to Nicole. I will always be able to cherish she was present on our Wedding day, we are so lucky!”
Wendy & John | Los Angeles, CA | Engagement Session
“We have not yet had our wedding, but Nicole did our engagement pictures. She was fantastic! We couldn’t be happier with the way our photo’s turned out! She’s really a nice person and also professional. After our engagement picture experience I look forward to nicole photographing our wedding!”
Sadee Whip | Seattle, WA | Portrait Session for owner/founder of SuperNatural Energy Balls
“I just want to say for anyone considering hiring Nicole – you will love working with her and you will love the results! She is gifted and will capture the best in you!!! Thank you Nicole! I have had many, many photo shoots and that was the most comfortable and best one I’ve ever experienced. Seriously. “
Belkys + Manny | New York | Wedding Celebration
“It’s funny, before you came along I never felt that I was photogenic and hated pictures. You seem to capture the soul of every fleeting moment. Your talent comes from within and it irradiates outwards with the rest of all your awesomeness.”
Angie Cook | Seattle, WA | Lifestyle Family Portraits
“Nicole is the BEST! Our family had a wonderful experience with her. She spent so much time playing with our three year old helping him to be comfortable with her. She was really able to capture who he is! Even my husband who is hard to please in the photo department was impressed by Nicole’s work. Now we have a family photographer for life! We couldn’t be happier!”
As I enter my 9th year in business (Woohooo!), I will be updating my *website* soon with PRAISE from past clients. Here are some sweet, sweet words I have received. I feel so fortunate to have such amazing brides and grooms!
Tracie & Bill | September 3, 2009 | Maui, Hawaii (See online gallery HERE)
Venue: Sheraton Maui
It was absolutely wonderful to have her photograph our wedding! I don’t know where to begin to thank her for all her hard work, dedication and fantastic photos!! When we got engaged, I knew immediately that I wanted Nicole to be there. I could not imagine anyone else photographing our big day! She has been extremely professional, despite being a good friend of mine, and I am truly thankful for that. We loved her natural, laid back ‘aura’ throughout the entire process. I enjoyed how Nicole molded Bill (and his groomsmen) right into the palm of her hand and kept me relaxed on our wedding day!
It has been absolutely crazy how many compliments we have gotten for our engagement and wedding pictures– our friends and family have raved over your photos! Nicole has such an amazing eye and a different, creative perspective, setting her miles above others. It is really fun to see someone so passionate about her work! And in the end, we now have wonderful, priceless family keepsakes to start off our lives together.
I have already recommended her to numerous friends and co-workers and I can only hope her to continue to photograph us as our family grows! Thank you very, very much Nicole! We love you!”
Jay & Mia | August 16, 2008 | Torch Lake, Michigan
Venue: Private Beach House Residence
“Working with Nicole was one of the most pleasurable parts of our wedding celebration. She has an amazing spirit of kindness and enthusiasm for her work and for those she is working with. We had a unique format to our ceremony and not only was Nicole flexible and creative working in the situation, but she was able to capture every moment we could have hoped for and some we could never have planned. Every moment was captured beautifully and her photographs tell the whole story over again when we revisit them!”
Phillip & Liz | August 12, 2006 | Issaquah, Washington
Venue: Pickering Barn
“Words could never express the joy you have brought to me and Phillip. Pictures mean a lot to us and you have truly given us memories to cherish forever. Every time we look at our pictures we can’t help but smile and feel as if it’s happening all over again. You captured our emotions in every picture and that’s something that our children will be able to look at and see the joy we felt the day we became husband and wife. You have made a way for them to experience the journey we took to get married. From our engagements to our wedding day portraits…they were truly fantastic. Thank you so much. My family and I fell in love with you from the beginning and you are a part of our family now and forever.”
Eric & Angela Weingrad | September 27, 2009 | Marina Del Rey, California (See online gallery HERE)
Venue: FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club
“Our wedding day was the most exhilarating day of our life. We invited our closest friends and family to share with us a moment that can never be recreated again! And there to capture every second of our joy was Nicole and her wonderful team. We opted to not hire a videographer but rather rely on the beautiful images Nicole took to tell the story of our wedding. After all is said and done, we’d do it the same exact way all over again! The wedding album she created for us will be cherished by generations as they flip through pictures that say more then just a thousand words.”
Jordan & Randy | July 4, 2009 | Malibu, California (See online gallery HERE)
Venue: Private Residence
“We are SO EXCITED about the photos!!! They are just stunning and capture the day unbelievably! You did such a great job! From beginning to end, they are so well done!
I also appreciate the organization of everything. The categories of the photos on Pictage, the posting on Facebook, the pre-view DVD. You are not only great at your art form but have such a sense of customer service to back up your talents.
Again and again – THANK YOU!!! Superb job on everything!!!”
Venue: Highland Spring Resort
“NICOLE NICOLE NICOLE…. Absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!!!! Both Sung Min and I were in complete awe when we saw the pictures….. Thrilled.
We can’t believe how perfectly the web gallery and the photos captured the true feeling of the wedding day. We’ve already been raving about your photos…. friends that weren’t able to attend the wedding are watching the web-gallery and they keep saying how they feel like they were there!
Nicole, Sung Min and I really wanted to thank you for your wonderful pictures and how perfect you made the wedding day. And lets not forget the engagement photos! Your kind personality and love for photos made standing in front of the camera comfortable– and it shows in the fabulous photos.
Sung Min keeps telling me that working with you was one of the “up” points of the wedding day…. and his father is in love! Sung Min’s father has been staring at the computer since yesterday, he can’t stop looking at all the photos…. loves them!
Working together with you has been a dream!
Please come shoot for our next milestones in Sung Min and my life together!”
Tasha & Kyle | July 2, 2006 | Leavenworth, Washington
Venue: Mountain Springs Lodge
“When we first met with Nicole to discuss her style and what we envisioned for our wedding we knew she would fit right into the celebration we had been planning for the last five months. She was flexible, laid back, perceptive, and the pictures she had taken in the past were as creative as they were beautiful. On the day of the wedding, Nicole came up with wonderful ideas for how to shoot our wedding. She has a great artistic sense and knows when to pose her clients and when to capture them in the moment. Our wedding day was a joyous event that Nicole only added to and captured in wonderful pictures for us to enjoy for years to come.”
Jen & Jon | April 18, 2009 | Seattle, Washington (See Online Gallery HERE)
Venue: Columbia Tower Club
“Nicole was absolutely amazing!! She suggested 2 location ideas for outdoor shoots, which turned out to be perfect. In addition, she helped plan the timeline for the photos prior to the wedding and was able to keep us exactly on schedule! We never felt rushed and made it to the ceremony with plenty of time to get ready for the walk down the aisle. Nicole was also great about getting every to be relaxed and have fun with the pictures so that we didn’t look uptight or too “pose-y”. She was very professional and produced a gorgeous online web gallery that all the guests loved! I would highly recommend Nicole for any photography needs!!”
Mallory & Dylan | July 18, 2009 | North Bend, Washington
Venue: Bybee-Nims Farms
“Nicole’s pictures are really outstanding! She really captured the atmosphere of our wedding, and we honestly could not be happier with the way the pictures turned out. The quality is simply amazing and so worth it!”
Katie & Loren | June 24, 2006 | Bellingham, Washington
“Nicole Goddard was a great wedding photographer who did an excellent job capturing both candid and posed shots of my wedding day! From the moment she started, till the end of the night, she captured every shot I desired, and really listened to my requests. Her skill and attention to detail really impressed my husband and me, and we are very pleased to look back at the photographs that perfectly captured our beautiful wedding day! ”
Melody & Pat | August 7, 2004 | Tacoma, Washington
Venue: Tacoma Union Station
“It is hard to put in words how much I appreciate the memories that Nicole has helped us capture. Basically, the best decision I made in planning for my wedding day was choosing her to spend it with us. Working with Nicole is effortless. She was so easy to get along with that both of us immediately felt at ease and it felt like she really wanted to take photos that best represented who we are as a couple. She captured every moment we would have hoped for. Looking through our photos made us relive all of the emotions we felt on that day. We were so fond of our experience with Nicole that we had her shoot my brother’s senior portraits and some family photos. And now that we have a child of our own we only hope that we will get to use her again in the future.”
Laurel & Brian | April 7, 2006 | Seattle, Washington
Venue: DeLille Cellars
“Brian and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding day that much more special. Not only were you professional and easy to work with, but your creativity produced beautiful photographs! We truly enjoyed getting to know you through the months of planning and hope we can maintain a lasting friendship. Every time we look at a photo from that day we remember how perfect it was- you captured that, thank you!”