I’m Nicole, a photographer and your guide for local and destination elopements and intimate weddings. I’m passionate about capturing meaningful moments on your day!
As your guide, I help create a celebration that stays true to you, asking the questions no one else does...what traditions will you incorporate and which ones will you start? Will you have an unplugged ceremony? These and many more are part of my wedding guidebook you receive once booking me!
Whatever your adventure, I'm here for you, each step of the way!
21 Reviews for Map + Compass Photography
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Autumn D. · Married on 11/21/2020
This is the one to book
Here’s why booking Map and Compass for your wedding is the best choice you can make:Sent on 01/15/2021
The old adage “you get what you pay for” could not be truer when it comes to photography. There is no way around it. Neither that all inclusive wedding package from a resort nor your aunt’s neighbor who does photography on side will be able to capture the emotion on one of the biggest days of your life like a professional artist can. I know I can look back on these pictures for the rest of my life and be instantly transported back to how I felt vowing to love my husband for eternity. You also want someone you can trust to be organized, put the work in, and roll with the inevitable punches. Nicole is all that and a bag of chips. Her work is beautiful and her work ethic is unmatched.
She will bring order to your chaos. I absolutely stole that line from her website but it is so true and one of the reasons we chose to work with Nicole. We came with almost zero idea of what we wanted our wedding day to look like at our first meeting. She was able to take our vague “Lords of the Rings-esque but also kind of close to an airport” and within a couple of weeks create a timeline, a guidebook, and a 10 page location suggestion document. I had spent months researching wedding locations and nothing I had found held a candle to her suggestions. Once we narrowed our location down, she made another multi page document on specific sites within the area, possible lodging for our guests, and local venues for the reception. In high school Nicole was 100% the person that did all the work in a group project.
Your wedding will embody who you are as a couple. Nicole is like the north star. Any time you start overstressing from the minute details, she will bring you back to what is important. She really takes the time to get to know your relationship and help you focus on celebrating that instead of sticking to some idea of what a wedding is supposed to be like. When your relatives start in on the size of the guest list (get ready for this if you are eloping), she will be there to remind you “it’s not their wedding.”
She will adapt to any situation (HELLO COVID). Nicole planned our wedding TWICE. We were working out the final details on what was going to our beautiful Big Sur Elopement when Corona reared its ugly head and all our careful planning went out the window. We had to start from scratch. This woman did not miss a beat! In came a brand
new multi page document on new location suggestions closer to home. Keep in mind ALL of her clients were rescheduling and replanning and not once did she complain or delay or show anything but efficiency and grace.
You will feel at ease in front of the camera. Don’t know what to do with your hands? Nicole will tell you. Hair stuck in your lipgloss? She’s on it. Our first time shooting with Nicole was for our engagement pictures which we took outside in our hometown of Austin in the middle of summer (read: 105 degree heat). Nicole came prepared with bug spray, cooling rags, and made sure we had water and snacks in tow. The heat was brutal but Nicole’s positive energy and insistence on taking breaks made the day easy and enjoyable. Our wedding day was blissfully sunny and 75. We went over the exact timeline a week before so we could tell her exactly who we wanted in what shot. She sweetly wrangled our families around the grounds of the venue and everyone loved her. We barely noticed her presence at the reception and were so pleasantly pleased with the amazing candids she got all night.
Nervous about wedding planning during a pandemic? We definitely were. But that’s where Nicole’s services really make sense. She specializes in small weddings, has the knowledge and experience working within these new parameters, and will guide you every step of the way.
Should we ever decide to renew our vows (Tyler’s dream is to walk down the aisle again to “Return of the Mack”) Nicole will be the first call we make. She should be yours too!
Map + Compass Photography's reply:Oh my goodness, you guys are the best! I loved our path of planning your special day and am so honored you selected me!
Erin B. · Getting married on 12/07/2021
Nicole did an absolutely incredible job for our wedding. She worked so hard to make sure the day went exactly the way we wanted it to. She listened to our concerns months ahead of time, and even when unexpected things came up (including a pandemic) she handled it in the blink of an eye. Nicole is organized, responsive and professional. She was a trooper even through touch and go rainy weather, went above and beyond for our day after session, and thought of every little detail. We really enjoyed her company and she made the whole "picture taking process" a breeze. She did a great job distracting us and making it actually fun to be in front of the camera, coming from two people who don't particularly enjoy being in photos. She has a calming presence and brings confidence to any situation, which put our minds at ease. We are thrilled with how our pictures turned out- she not only captured our special day (and day after) with the beautiful scenery, she also documented the memories in a very candid, genuine way. We can't say enough good things about Nicole. We promise you won't be sorry if you hire her!Sent on 12/03/2020
Map + Compass Photography's reply:You, Josh, and everyone at your day were a joy to be around! I loved working with you guys and capturing your day!
Helen R. · Getting married on 11/10/2021
Creative and artistic
Nicole is a tremendously talented photographer and a gem of a person. I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience working with her. From our first consultation, I knew we had found a great photographer for our wedding. She took the time to get to know us and find out our priorities. Like so many others, we had to change our wedding plans multiple times due to COVID, and she helped this exhausted bride think through the details of our wedding day and scouted amazing locations for portraits that I would have never thought of. And boy, did she deliver. The photos are works of art and my husband and I could not be more thrilled with how they came out.Sent on 01/24/2021
Map + Compass Photography's reply:Thank you so much for the kind words! I loved helping you guys plan your special day! I appreciate it more than you know!