Nick and Danée are best friends, soon-to-be newlyweds, artists, avid travelers, and owners of Nick Plus Danée. Currently, they reside in Cleveland Ohio, but weddings and spontaneous travel take them worldwide.
I was lucky enough to sit down with this lovely couple and talk to them about their company. Here is some more insight into this intriguing, photography-loving, talented, engaged couple.
As photographers, we are like magicians in the sense that we are able to eternalize precious moments for our clients. Days, experiences, moments, and even people will come and go from your life. However, a photograph allows one to hold onto memories for years to come, and we love being able to contribute such a priceless gift to our clients.
What is your favorite part about photography, in general and specifically for engagements and weddings?
Our favorite part about our job is the amazing people that we meet. We love meeting new couples, hearing their stories, and spending their special days with them. Getting to know the couple first allows us to create better art and memories for them. It isn’t uncommon for us to meet our couples for a drink or two before the engagement session, which we tend to keep casual. We enjoy doing engagement sessions and suggest couples have the same photographer do both the engagement and wedding. This gives us a chance to get to know the couple before the big day. It is the perfect opportunity to see how the couple works and how they’re comfortable in front of the camera.
What is your style as photographers?
Our style is very “photojournalistic-esque.” We like to think of ourselves as flies on the wall, documenting the day as it unfolds naturally. Even during portrait time, we tend to put our couples into a position, take a step back, and let the two of them interact with each other. We offer direction when we think it’s needed, but our favorite images are the candid and real moments that we couldn’t pose if we tried. Lastly, we are artists so the more creative freedom and trust we are given from the couple, the more our style and talent shows.
How many photographers do you suggest for the wedding day?
In our experience, having at least two photographers is certainly beneficial. Being a [soon-to-be] husband and wife team allows for a super unique dynamic, catering to both the bride and the groom.
Why do you think it is so important for couples to have their wedding professionally documented?
We personally believe that your wedding photography is one of the most important components of your wedding day. The food, the linens, the flowers will all perish, but your imagery is what will remain for years to come, even years beyond your own. That being said, choosing your photographer might be one of the first tasks on your to-do list to ensure that you are able to elect somebody that you trust and is a great fit for you and your fiancé.
5 Tips from Nick and Danée:
1. MAKE SURE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION REFLECTS WHO YOU ARE.
When it comes to your engagement session, don't be afraid to make it completely your own. If there is something that you and your fiancée enjoy doing together, find a way to incorporate it into your shoot. Making the session unique to the two of you will not only help you feel more comfortable, but will allow your personalities to shine.
2. BE REAL & BE YOURSELF.
More often than not, our favorite images are the ones that we didn't necessarily pose. We like to put our couples in a position, step back, and let them interact with one another. Keeping the posing to a minimum allows your images to feel and look as natural as possible. So, don’t be afraid to love on one another, move around slightly, laugh, and be yourself.
3. STEP AWAY FROM YOUR RECEPTION FOR SUNSET PICTURES.
Light is a huge component in photography, and in our opinion, there is no light better than just before sunset. Portrait time on wedding day is generally earlier in the afternoon, when the sun is high in the sky. While those images will be beautiful, we highly suggest setting aside 15-20 minutes, to step away from your reception and take advantage of that beautiful light with your photographer.
4. WALK AWAY FROM YOUR PINTEREST BOARD.
While Pinterest is great to get your creative juices flowing, try not to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Allow your wedding photos to be unique to you. By trusting your photographer, you give them the opportunity and to create the most amazing imagery possible on your wedding day.
5. TRUST US, WE’VE BEEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CAMERA.
Being engaged, we have a newfound appreciation for the stresses that arise while planning a wedding. Chances are you won’t please everyone, but frankly, this is your day, and we have learned that it is extremely important to stay true to yourselves. At the end of the day, you are going to be married to your better half, and that is what it is all about.
Not only are Nick and Danée a fun, down-to-earth couple, they are extremely talented, as you can see. What is your favorite tip from them? Let us know below! For more information about Nick & Danée and to see more pictures, please visit www.nickplusdanee.com, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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