Nicole De Waal Photography
About this pro
19 years in business
5 hires on Thumbtack
I want to personally say that Nicole is by far the best photographer I have ever came across. Earlier on in the year I shot with one of the photographers from Hermes (clothing brand) her work and expertise was nowhere near what Nicole brings to the table. To start off Nicole is very personable and friendly, she truly gets a good feel for her client and makes them feel at home right away. You could easily tell how passionate she is for her work. Not only did she cater to what I was looking for in the shoot but her expertise and creative mind helped capture other ideas, angles and lighting throughout the shoot that took the photos to another level. There were moments I forgot we were shooting, I felt as if I was working with a friend. Unlike most photographers not once was there a rush nor a sense of urgency. We did not move on to the next set until I got the exact shot I was looking for. Nicole truly prides herself in her work and she will not settle for anything less than perfection a title that lies in the eyes of the client not the photographer. I am extremely glad I came across her and I am proud to say she will be my photographer for every shoot I do from here on out.Feb 13, 2017Verified
Nicole doesn't only have the necessary photography skills, but a great personality that compliments her work perfectly. First of all, she took her time to listen to me and made sure she understood what I was looking for, she then made that the ultimate main goal of the photo session. In addition to that, Nicole's humility, consideration and respect created a very relaxed and comfortable environment allowing me to move naturally in front of the camera. Nicole's fun spirit and deep passion for her work is so contagious that it makes the whole photo session into an amazing experience!Jun 17, 2014Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My session fee is $190 and includes: creative concept & styling consultation, beautiful hair & makeup, fully guided photoshoot, wardrobe & set changes, behind, artistic editing/professional retouching and image reveal/ordering session. Only buy the images you love! There is no hard sell and no minimum order requirement. Your images are professionally finalized, printed & matted and come in a beautiful folio box + the high resolution digital files are included. I offer a folio of 6, 10 and 20 images, as well as wall art and custom orders. Images start at $75 each. Please get in touch for product samples and further pricing details.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I always start with a complimentary consultation so we can connect and chat! I always enjoy getting to know people and finding out what kinds of images they're looking for. Each photo session is personally customized for them and together we design their unique photoshoot. After discussing creative direction and styling, we go over my production process, session details, as well as the products I offer and pricing information. I believe it's important to educate new customers from the start. Time is extremely valuable to me so it's good to go over everything to see if we are a good match. Establishing a comfortable connection is also very important, it makes the whole experience positive from start to finish which is always my goal.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I started doing photography as a teenager and it's been a long road of learning and growing since then! I’ve been working in the creative industry for 17 years and graduated in 1999 with a BA in Contemporary Arts/Communications and an AAS in Graphic Arts/Advertising. Since then, I've worked for many top companies while pursuing my own photography business on the side. I gained most of my related experience while working for top advertising/portrait photographers as a Studio Manager/Producer. I learned all aspects of running a professional photography studio, how to coordinate photoshoot details for very large productions, how to work with a creative team and with lots of equipment and what it takes to do a successful shoot. I’ve also taken numerous online workshops, classes and seminars throughout the years about photography, business, retouching & design and am a member of Sue Bryce Education. Sue is my mentor and an industry leader in the portrait photography world. These days I split my time between serving my photography clients and working part-time for a magazine publishing company as a production/account manager. My goal is to get to a point where I'm doing photography full-time. I believe we should all do work that we have passion for in life. It's important to hold onto your dreams and make things happen!