Blossoms Styled Shoot | Old Town Manassas, VA

DC Wedding Photographer Nikki Schell

Sometimes, different vendors in the wedding industry team up to create something pretty that can benefit all the vendors! These are called styled shoots and what typically happens is this team creates a set up of a bride and groom and photographs the set up. I was contacted by Love Letters by Kayla, a business of many services including hair, event planning, and floral design, to see if I’d be interested in photographing a styled shoot she was putting on around the time the Cherry Blossoms were in bloom. She told me that Kristin Mastrangelo would be the make-up artist, […]

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Pinehurst Wedding | Ashley & Dan | Married

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  Honestly, I can’t say enough wonderful things about this couple and this wedding. This Pinehurst wedding was as stunning as it was fun. There was so much emotion, love, joy, laughter, and even shocking omg moments throughout this day – I couldn’t have asked for a better first wedding of 2016. When Ashley and Dan first announced they were engaged, I was at a spa getting a facial with my mom (lol, good times) and just scrolling through instagram. I saw Ashley’s post and I was so excited for her! Most of you don’t know that Ashley was my internship supervisor for a summer, […]

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May 2016 Inspiration

Can you believe it’s already May? This past week has felt so un-spring like it’s driving me mad. I’m ready for some sunshine, rather than these gross chilly + rainy days we’ve been having. Anyways, I’m always perusing instagram and pinterest for beautiful wedding details. Here are some of my May Inspiration photos for a possible styled shoot! I’m obsessed with the dress. It’s only $74 from Lulu’s and I want to buy it and stick a model in it for a shoot. I think it’s so flippin pretty. The rest of the details are so gorgeous. I’m really loving on […]

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Wedding & Portrait Photography Goals for 2016

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Hey hey hey! Today I’m switching things up a little and I want to share what my Nikki Schell Photography goals are for my 2016 weddings & photo shoots! About a week and a half ago, I photographed my first wedding of the 2016 season in beautiful Pinehurst, North Carolina. I could not have asked for a better couple to photograph, a more beautiful set of venues to shoot at, and a more fun celebration to take in and capture memories! This made me really think about the things I want to accomplish for my 2016 weddings and photo shoots! […]

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Jill & Joe | Wedding | Josephine Butler Parks Center, DC

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I had the wonderful opportunity to second shoot this beautiful wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in DC. It is a fantastic venue and this couple was just so lovely. We took portraits at Meridian Hill Park, which is one of my favorite spots! My favorite moment from this wedding was their first dance. It was to the song Northern Wind by City and Colour, which is one of my absolute favorite songs. I just met this couple that morning and almost wept while photographing them dancing to the song. #sappy. Their first look was also so exciting. It’s […]

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Katie and Scott | Wedding | Raspberry Plains, Leesburg, VA

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  Woo hoo! Here we go! As many of you know, this summer I have spent some time working with Sarah from Photos by Sarah Beth as a second shooter/assistant/moral supporter/dance floor companion. She’s amazingly talented and I’m so excited that I jumped at the opportunity to work with her. Basically, I show up to weddings with her and help her out – whether that be through taking photos, holding flashes, getting families together and ready for family portraits, etc. It’s been a lot of fun! I really, really enjoy it. And I’m learning so much every time! I hopeeee […]

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A Practical Wedding Workshop

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Exciting things are happening in my photography world. A little over a week ago I went to Abby Grace Photography’s A Practical Wedding Workshop. It was a daylong workshop packed full of education, tips, discussion, photography talk, wedding talk, business info, a styled shoot, and yummy food. Upon arrival, I was greeted warmly by Abby and the other photographers who had arrived before me. We were gifted a nice notebook (I chose a gold one) and delicious caramels. After the initial meet, greet, and donuts, we got started. Abby, who has an immense amount of knowledge about wedding days and client/photographer […]

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My First Styled Shoot

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Do you recall when I wrote about how I’d be working with a wedding photographer and other wonderful photographers for the upcoming wedding season? If not, read about that here! Well, I finally met the lovely Sarah behind Photos by Sarah Beth, and the four other delightful photographers who, along with me, make up her assistants and interns for her 2015 wedding season. Last Friday, I ventured to Sarah’s home and was SO nervous. I think I shrugged those nerves off in about 2 seconds after being greeted so warmly by the whole crew. In case you’re curious about the other […]

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