Nicole Halverson has been photographing weddings for almost 15 years and has shot more than 275 weddings, yet she still feels a thrill each time she captures that perfect moment – the groom’s expression when he sees his bride for the first time, a teary-eyed father-daughter dance, or even a wedding party getting caught up in the filming of a Mayor Nenshi music video (yes – you read that right).
Last week I spoke to Nicole about why she loves what she does and what a couple should look for when hiring their wedding photographer.
K. In order to be the best, you need to love what you do, so why did you choose photography as a career?
N. I absolutely love my job and I am fortunate enough to be able to do what I love! I love working with people and capturing their memories. I also enjoy working out of my home so I am able to spend time with my two young boys.
K. Why should people choose you as their wedding photographer? What makes you different?
N. People should choose me as their wedding photographer because I am good at what I do. I have a journalistic style of shooting and my aim is to capture every moment. From the glances that the Bride and Groom give each other, to every detail that they worked so hard to plan. I also offer final weddings albums that tell the story of their day in photographs. “Memories Captured” is my slogan.
K. What is the most important thing an engaged couple should think about when interviewing/hiring their wedding photographer?
N. One of the most important things that a Bride and Groom should consider is whether they get along with the photographer. Do their personalties jive?
K. Photographers can be pricey these days, why do you think it’s worth it to spend such a large portion of your budget on your photographer?
N. Its important because the photographs are the only thing that you keep from the wedding day. To be able to relive your wedding over and over is priceless!
K. Can you share a story about a good experience you had? The best wedding you ever covered? Something interesting from your career so far.
N. Oh geez there have been so many great stories over the last 14 years. One of my favourites happened this summer…the bride, bridesmaids and I were heading down the street from her parents house on Crescent Road in Calgary to do a couple of shots before the ceremony and we couldn’t find parking anywhere. We finally found a spot for the limo and walked up to the hill overlooking the city to find out what was going on. We came across about fifty people including Mayor Nenshi and hockey player Theo Fleury. They were in the middle of shooting a music video, with proceeds going to the Flood Relief Fund. It is called “The Rebuild Anthem“. We stood off to the side for a couple of minutes until we noticed a woman running towards us. We thought that we were getting kicked out, but it was the opposite… the bride and her girls were pulled in to the centre of music video! The premise behind the video was “Rebuild Calgary”, “Calgary is Strong”… so a bride on her wedding day was perfect! We had to apologize to her groom because Nenshi got to dance the first dance that day. What a fun way to begin a wedding day.