Nicole Marino Photography ( BigShot in Wine Country )

Napa, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I enjoy providing excellent customer service and feeling based photo sessions where you can literally have a aura from viewing creatively crafted photos. Leading up to my clients shoot I work to ensure I'm communicating all that they can expect for their shoot. I also love what I do and feel inspiration for each shoot which I feel truly resonated for the end result and quality of my product to the client. I have over 17 years of experience and I am nationally published in Vogue, San Francisco Brides, Boston Common, Daily Candy, Wine Spectator, Napa Valley Life. I'm focused on the lifestyle of my clients and with a background in Business Communications so I know what is desired from all my clients both person and corporate. With that said I am also a professional with the experience in journalism and a means to capture the story of my client.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy a persons story on where they came from, where they are headed, and where they truly are in their life. I demonstrate the ability to capture a photo that tells the story and love what I get allowed to do by connecting with the client on this deep level.
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Napa, CA 94558

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7 Reviews
  • Pella W. Mar 24, 2017
    Highly Recommended - Great Photos and Fun Experience
    Nicole not only took amazing photographs of me, she helped me pick my outfit, guided my poses, and made me feel relaxed and comfortable - so much so that she took some great shots of me laughing! I now have several top-notch professional photographs that I have used for everything from my website to workshop fliers. I can't recommend Nicole highly enough!
    Nicole M. Mar 24, 2017

    Pella! You are a joy to work with!! I absolutely loved helping to pick out the wardrobe that would be mark such a powerful shoot in your career. Thank you for having faith in what I do! What a love you are and our time together was one that I'll look back on as a highlight in my career! Your strength and beauty shined through with every shot. Thank you for your beautiful review! :)

  • Elizabeth G. Mar 19, 2017
    Wonderful creative talent
    Excellent composition, wonderful rapport with her subjects. Nicole knows how to make people who are the most difficult to photograph look absolutely wonderful!
    Nicole M. Mar 19, 2017

    Thank you Elizabeth :) Such wonderful feedback. We appreciate your business and are thankful for clients like you! It's been a pleasure capturing your team throughout the years!

  • Christina S. Mar 19, 2017
    Captures moments you want to look beautiful and natural - WORTH EVERY PENNY Don't disappoint
    Everyone always raves about my professional photos from Nicole. She shot my Bridal Shower and now our Newborn baby photos. She is able to capture the moment with just the right lighting and make each photo feel natural and not staged. I can always tell the photos Nicole Marino takes because it's almost like artistry. Can't even tell you how many compliments we get!! USE HER YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED
    Nicole M. Mar 19, 2017

    Thank you so much Christina! What sweet feedback! It always warms my heart to be a part of your family's milestones and to capture the family growing. Precious moments like yours are the ones that cause the love for what I do. We're so happy you love your photos and are receiving such positive feedback from all your photos :) Looking forward to capturing many more!

  • Jill B. Mar 17, 2017
    Fun and professional photographer.
    I hired Nicole to shoot headshots for my new business website. Nicole was thoroughly professional and helpful throughout the whole process. She was in close communication with me, helped me select outfits to wear, made me feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera, and provided finished photos that I absolutely love. And to to top it all off, I actually had FUN being photographed (when in the past I have dreaded it and hated every minute.) Nicole is delightful! I have gotten excellent feedback on the shots and they have elevated my brand. I would not hesitate to work with her again and recommend her wholeheartedly.
    Nicole M. Mar 17, 2017

    Thank you Jill! What a joy it was to capture you. I loved that you allowed me to guide you through the wardrobe selection process. This truly made my heart happy and thankful for the trust you had in me for the section down to your jewelry that day. You make me love what I do on a daily basis. Your photos truly shine because of your energy during our shoot together! thankful for clients like you :) Can't wait till the next one!

  • Kathryn S. Mar 16, 2017
    Fantastic Napa-Based Lifestyle photographer!
    Very personable and professional! Incredible final product and great attention to detail!
    Nicole M. Mar 17, 2017

    I loved capturing you Kathryn :) Thank you so much for being a valued client who know we'll know for a lifetime through baby sessions and life's landmarks!

  • Lindsay M. Mar 16, 2017
    She has a way of capturing the true essence of who you are and the look you are wanting.
    Nicole is an AMAZING photographer. She has a way of capturing the true essence of who you are and the look you are wanting. If you are looking for a photographer, she is the perfect person to carry out your vision!
    Nicole M. Mar 16, 2017

    Hi Lindsay, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We loved capturing you and can't wait till we see you for another shoot. We value your business and love capturing beautiful clients who shine both inside and out!

  • Lori W. Mar 21, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Nicole M. Mar 15, 2017

    Hi Lori, We are sorry you decided to cancel with us before we were able to capture your beautiful day. As you know, our retainer fee is non-refundable. It protects our clients as well as us therefor no client can be booked replacing your scheduled session with us. I know that with this news you were upset to not receive a refund despite our standard photographers policy and you then provided us 2 stars which is unfortunate. We do hope you will allow us the chance to work with you in the future to capture you one day! Wishing you the best! Warmly, Nicole


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
1. I request a time that we could possibly connect to go over needs of the shoot. 2. I like to review common practices, do they want props or staging used, makeup hair referrals of pro's we work with etc. 3. Review pricing and provide a contract where seems fit. 4. I confirm the date/time and location a day before the shoot to remind my client. 5. If it's a wedding that I'm capturing I like to plan a followup call and/or meeting to review any updated needs for their day (about half way down the line from the date of their event) 6. They receive their package and photos online gallery within a 1-4 week period of time on basic shoots (usually this airs on the shorter side) and up to 4 weeks longer than this for weddings if orders are placed for prints, albums etc. 7. I like to review the chosen gallery of images in person if time will allow for my client plus a thank you email for their services and time spent together during our shoot!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I capture those on their travels and vacations to the valley! When no one wants to hold a camera I'm there to capture their memorable moments! It's a lot of fun being on their tour with them and they also love it! Why carry your own camera when you're supposed to be holding your glass of wine or your kayak!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I capture such precious moments and I think I treasure them as much as my clients do. I was there to capture a magical proposal. The soon to be bride had no idea. I was on site hiding behind bushes (hired by the soon to be groom) and I had to act the role as a part of the winery looking to have them in brochures for the winery. A lot of fun and such special moments!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Personality and person vibe should be an important part of the interview process for my client. This is a match and fit if the vibe is there! Also budget is well spent on photos they desire to keep for a lifetime. It's a very important area to allocate on something you will want to keep. Those that get the craft and experience that I bring to the table will appreciate the offering that I have set up for my clients.