Why, hello!

I’m Nicole, owner and photo taker at 43rd Ave Photography. I signed up for my first photography class, photojournalism, in college on a whim. I needed to take an elective outside of magazine writing and I was always envious of the photo kids walking the halls with cameras slung over one shoulder. After countless years of trying to figure out how to show not tell as a writer, I actually got to show. That was it.

I switched tracks to photojournalism and learned how to photograph people as they were, wherever they were. I loved the sense of being behind the scenes and telling a story often overlooked by busy passersby.

Every time I photograph a wedding I get a backstage pass to a joy-filled event I would otherwise never be a part of. Every time I photograph a family I’m getting the rare opportunity to walk into a stranger’s home to make art for them.

I thrive on these opportunities to tell a story and create images that will bring people back to a very specific time in their lives. Whether I'm photographing a wedding or a family, it's my goal to capture the little moments as they happen. Because those moments-- the smiles, laughs, reactions and relationships-- are what will remind you of how that day felt.

And that's what I'm after.

I live in the Outer Sunset with my husband. Way out, as they say. When I'm not working away on this business, I'm usually cooking, playing soccer or dog-watching at the beach. I'm also passionate about food and lifestyle photography, which you can find in my other portfolio along with my personal project documenting creative makers.

Walnut Creek wedding photographer