Hi, I’m Nikki – a wife, mother, photographer, former elementary school teacher, Hokie, and food/travel junkie. When the sun is shining, I’ll likely be sitting around a baseball diamond or on a mountain excursion to catch a spectacular sunset or watch deer play. On a cool fall evening, my favorite place is snuggled around a campfire in our backyard or outside our RV at one of our favorite campgrounds. I believe simplicity is key - staying true to our roots, letting go of the unnecessary, and often dream of tiny home plans in our future. Compassion makes the world go around - if I can leave but one lasting legacy after I'm gone, I hope it can simply be that I truly cared.
I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF SIMPLICITY, NATURE, COMPASSION, & STORIES.
MY FAVORITE THINGS
Our center. Foundation. I've been beyond blessed with a family second to none. Starting with a large and super close extended family, my cousins have always been more like siblings to my only child existence. Chris, my husband, provides the love and stability that keeps my world in balance. My greatest treasures are my children. My kids soothe my soul and make me crazy all at the same time - and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Traveling is my favorite pastime! I love our home, but there's just something about getting out and exploring that soothes my soul. Experiencing new places and new things is exhilarating but revisiting our favorite destinations is always great, too!
Our world is a beautiful place - beaches, plains, and treasures galore. I grew up in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Elkton, Virginia. No matter where I roam, the mountains beckon my return. Upon cresting the Blue Ridge Mountains after each of our trips, I breathe in a deep breath of calm - I am home.
Yummy food. Great wine. Pumpkin beer. Cupcakes. Lemonade. I'll cringe inside if invited to a meal at a chain establishment but joyously visit a diner, brewery or home grown restaurant. The power of supporting small business and buying local is real and I love to do just that no matter where we visit.
EATS & DRINKS
My photos are my prize possession. They remind me of where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and most importantly – the love we share. When I’m old and grey they will keep my memories close, even if my mind cannot. They will leave a legacy for my family to hold on to once I’m gone.
Beautiful memories deserve to be turned into stories to forever cherish. Weddings, engagements, anniversaries, new babies, annually as our children grow and change...the list is endless! There's just nothing that can compare to gorgeous photographs to tell the stories that make up our lives.
Birth stories are so important and truly once in a lifetime. For this reason, having a team to serve as backup photographers is hugely important. While I’ll always be first in line to photograph your birth, backup photographers are available so that I never have to turn a family away because I have too many births booked or am photographing a wedding near a mother’s due date. These ladies also serve as backup if I am traveling or have personal family matters to attend. Rest assured, the backup team is trained to provide services as I would and understand the sacred nature of the birthing space.
AS PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: KATIE, JESSICA, NIKKI, & BESSIE