The Borrowed & Blue jacket was featured at a styled shoot in Detroit, Michigan.
Photography: @nicoleleannephoto; https://www.nicoleleanne.com/
Floral Design: @brideandbloompk
Models: @camryn.gy @prestonxamos
Earrings: @oonanazae @thebellers.collection
Jacket: @theborrowedandblueproject @wildandwedevents @theveronicascripts
Check out our interview with @nicoleleannephoto below!
The Borrowed & Blue Project (TBBP): What initially attracted you to becoming a photographer?
Nicole (N): I always had a desire to be an artist, to make something beautiful. Yet every time I put pencil to paper or paintbrush to canvas, it didn't come out how I envisioned. Photography was the only art form in which my vision came to life. I was able to capture something ordinary and make it look beautiful. Then, as I started documenting people and their interactions, I realized I was able to tell a story but in a beautiful way.
TBBP: How long have you been a photographer? Is this your full-time job?
N: I've been a professional photographer since my business opened in 2012, and I've been documenting weddings since 2014. This is my full-time job and I absolutely love it!
TBBP: Where are you based? N: I'm based in Detroit, Michigan but I photograph weddings around Michigan, the US, and abroad. I'm always down to travel!
TBBP: How many weddings do you typically photograph per year? N: I only take on 20 weddings per year to ensure that I have the capacity to provide each couple with an amazing experience. It helps me avoid burnout and ensure that I'm refreshed, energized, and enthusiastic at each wedding. It also gives me the opportunity to edit galleries faster and get them back to my couples.
TBBP: What is the average investment clients make in your services?
N: My wedding collections range from $2,000 to $4,000 with the average investment being $3,000. I also offer custom collections and smaller elopement collections as well.
TBBP: What is the average size wedding you photograph?
N: I've documented weddings with two people to three hundred people and everything in-between. I love the intimacy of small weddings but definitely enjoy the energy and excitement of large weddings, too! I'd say the average is around 150-200 guests.
TBBP: How would you describe your photography style? Your posing style?
N: I believe that integrity and authenticity outweigh popularity, so I’m not photographing your wedding to get likes on Instagram, I document a wedding to portray the couple in the rawest and most beautiful way possible. My style is defined as lifestyle, documentary, or “unposed.” I give my couples prompts to get them moving, encourage true emotions, and create authentic interactions to document. Additionally, I capture candid moments as they unfold telling a true and full story of the day. As for my editing style, I edit each image with my creative insight. My editing style is natural with an emphasis on warm tones, deep shadows, and a love of black and white.
TBBP: What are your top five favorite places you've traveled for weddings?
N: My top five favorite locations that I've traveled for are all in Michigan! It's truly a beautiful state. I've loved capturing weddings in Marquette, Traverse City, Leelanau Peninsula, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor. I'd drive 8 hours to photograph a wedding in Marquette (in the U.P.) any day!
TBBP: How far in advance do clients typically book you?
N: Clients typically book me anywhere from 6 months to 18 months in advance, but normally around 9-12 months prior to their wedding.
TBBP: How many images do you typically deliver in a wedding gallery?
N: It truly depends on the wedding but it typically comes out to be about 100 photographs per hour. So if I'm documenting a wedding for 8 hours, they normally receive 800-950 photographs.
TBBP: Do you send clients raw unedited images?
N: Nope, never! Like I mentioned, editing is a creative process. It is part of the art form of photography. When clients invest in me, they're investing in my ability to document their day and edit their images artfully and timelessly.
TBBP: What is your typical turnaround time?
N: I tell my couples that they'll receive sneak peeks in a week and their final gallery within a month; however, I typically turn around 10-20 sneak peeks images in 24-48 hours and then their full gallery is delivered between 2 and 3 weeks.
TBBP: What is your cancellation policy?
N: My normal non-pandemic cancellation policy states that they can cancel anytime, but they will not receive their 25% non-refundable deposit. However, with COVID I've refunded deposits and full weddings. Yes, I have a business to run but my heart goes out to everyone who is dealing with wedding planning during a pandemic.
TBBP: What is one thing future clients would be surprised to learn about you?
N: Oh, that's such a good question! I think they'd be surprised to find out that I'm an old soul and a young spirit all tangled up. I absolutely love tradition and timelessness, but crave modernity and pushing the boundaries. And, I absolutely love olives. Fun fact!