faq

WHO IS
“tHE TEAM”?

The Nicole Midwest team consists of Nicole, Taylor, and Kara!

To learn more about us, head over to our “TEAM” page (coming soon)!


We are “in office” Monday - Thursday from 9 am - 3 pm CST and Friday 9 am- 11:30 pm. We take meetings after 5 pm, but they need to be scheduled in advance.

WHAT ARE YOUR OFFICE HOURS?


Our weekends are completely dedicated to Fargo, North Dakota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and surrounding cities weddings. As for consultations, meetings, engagement, senior, and portrait sessions, those will be held on Tuesday's - Thursday's.

WHEN ARE YOUR SESSIONS + MEETINGS HELD?


DO YOU SHOOT DIGITAL OR FILM?

Digital, baby!

Nicole thinks she’s held her Sony more times than she’s ever held someone else’s hand? If you catch her skipping around and dancing at a wedding you’ll see a Sony a7III in her hands.

As for Kaitlin our associate photographer, she shoots Nikon because who doesn’t love those green undertones?


WHAT IS THE PRICE OF YOUR WEDDING PACKAGES?

Nicole’s packages start at $3000 and engagements are included in each one.

We have an associate program that just launched July 2019. For a lower priced package, you can book your wedding starting at $2200 which also includes and engagement session and a few dad jokes here and there.


Weddings that include travel are priced differently since they are tailored to each wedding. Contact us about it and we’re happy to work with you the best we can.

Our travel rate is $0.65 per mile outside of Fargo, North Dakota or Minneapolis, Minnesota. There’s no travel fee for weddings inside Minneapolis but surrounding cities will apply. Engagements and other sessions will have exclusions depending. This is the price point recommended by IRS travel data. If it’s for a destination wedding, exclusions will apply.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL FOR MY WEDDING?


First off, it’s completely non-refundable and non negotiable.

The retainer for your wedding date is 30% of your invoice or 15% down & 15% in two months after signed contract to help couples budget the payments. The remainder balance (70%) is due 60 days before your wedding.

As for engagements and other sessions, your retainer is 50% after your contract is signed and the remaining 50% is due two weeks before your session.

HOW MUCH IS YOUR RETAINER?


CAN WE GET A SECOND SHOOTER?

Though we’re a sucker for couples, Nicole likes to ride solo for weddings and Kaitlin, too. They can confidently say that they’re just as good on their own compared to running around with a four-piece team.

But if you do want a second shooter for a more diverse album, candids, or situations where the bride + groom, groom + groom, or bride + bride are getting ready in different locations, then we would highly recommend one. We price our second shooters at $175 for 5 hours of coverage or 35$ per hour for weddings requiring more than 5 hours.

We also only select two photographers per year that we’ll work with regularly so they understand exactly what we need to perfectly capture both the small and big moments.


It all depends on your choice of package. I don’t limit my photos to a “maximum” but I sure as hell have a “minimum” so you have some idea of what to expect. As for GIFs and video, that’s all complimentary unless you specifically pay for it.

My personal tip for more photos: if you put it a ton of details, let yourself be vulnerable with me, and give me ideas of what you’d like to see personally then I will meet you half way.

HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL I RECEIVE?


I typically recommend to book a year in advance.

I’ve had all sorts of weddings in which they were booked between 2 weeks to 19 months in advanced.

It’s never too late to book one if we’re available. We don’t book any weddings earlier than 24 months.

hOW EARLY OR LATE CAN I BOOK MY WEDDING?


The popular vote is 8 hours depending on how long your ceremony is and how much travel you’ll be enduring during your wedding day. If there’s a lot of “location to location” or a 60 minute ceremony then I would strongly push for a good 10 hour package.

HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I BOOK?


Depending on your package. I would refer to that first before emailing me. For weddings, the average is typically 6-8 weeks until you receive your photos. If sometimes does come up, we will email you regarding your timeline and let you know if it will take longer. When that does happen, I like to gift you some extra photos for being so lovely and patient.

WHEN DO I GET MY PHOTOS BACK?


You’ll be receiving your preserved moments via Pic-Time (check your spam folder. Sometimes it finds it’s way there).

Once it’s been delivered, you’ll have exactly F O U R weeks to access and download them. After that, there will be a strict re-download fee of 10% of your package.

We recommend downloading them onto three different devices so if worse comes to worse, you will have a backup to rely on.

WHERE CAN I ACCESS MY PHOTOS?


Our best friend is what they are! Kidding, but printing rights means you can go anywhere to print your photos off. We’ll send over some good recommendations but please be aware that the term “quality over quantity” hits a whole new meaning when you’re printing off $3000 worth of wedding/engagement photos.

WHAT ARE PRINTING RIGHTS?


Yes, yes, and yes! This is so important to us. It’s basically our “first date” in front of a camera. This is where we get to know each other and it gives Nicole or Kaitlin a chance to really see how vulnerable you can be with them and the team. Their approach to photos is wild, silly, and emotionally beautiful.

If you are not available to shoot your engagement session, you, out of courtesy from the Nicole Midwest team, are able to substitute your session for an extra hour on your wedding day. This, however, is only for couples who sincerely can’t make an engagement session work and is not guaranteed for everyone.

aRE ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS INCLUDED?


As of September 28th, we’ve hit our 68th wedding within the almost 3 years. WHOA.

Nicole has transitioned from a little Canon Rebel t4i, a Canon 5d Mark II, a Canon 5d Mark III, and now a Sony a7III. As for couples? Oh man. We don’t think we’re ready to start counting!

HOW MANY WEDDINGS HAVE YOU SHOT?


For family and friends? Yes, we have a referral program for our previous and future brides and grooms.

They receive receive $250 off your total wedding invoice and the previous couple receives up to 1 free mini session a year. The loyalty program can only be used once by each party.

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?


No.

Your photos will be fully edited by Nicole’s hands and a little magic from Adobe Lightroom + Photoshop.

DO YOU DELIVER
RAW FILES?


“As a proud baby sister and best friends to the LGBTQ community: HELLS TO THE YES. I’m pretty passionate about these kinds of weddings because my older brother passed away before he could become legally married to his husband. I specifically remember watching the news when the U.S. passed same sex marriage back in 2015. I was living in Ireland at the time and it didn’t matter to me who was around—tears started streaming down my face.” - Nicole

DO YOU SHOOT LGBTQ+ WEDDINGS?


Nicole Midwest has shot at the following venues:

The Pines, Plains Art Museum, Rustic Oaks, Gathered Oaks, The Van Dusen Mansion, Legacy Hill Farm, The Holden Room, Wilderness Barn, The Barn at Dunvilla, the Sanctuary, the Avalon, Hilton Garden Inn, The Millenium Hotel, the Radisson, Delta Hotels by Marriott, Blue Belle Events, Oxbow Country Club, and many more.

WHAT EVENT CENTERS HAVE YOU SHOT BEFORE?


This changes all the time, but as for our top favorites right now:

Decor: White House Co
Cake: Indulgence Cupcakes
Dessert: Duchessa Gelato
Dress: Flutter Bridal Co
Venue: The Holden Room/The Pines/Luminary Fern
Hair: Lady Vamp Artistry/ Faces by Laura E
Suit/Tux: Halberstadt’s
Planners: Breathe + Relax Events
Florals: Apricot Floral, Floret + Foliage, + Love Always

DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED VENDORS LIST?


Heck yes!

Your gallery will be delivered through an awesome platform which allows you to do a whole bunch of things, including instructions on how to utilize printing options!

CAN WE PRINT THROUGH YOU?


No! BUT, if your invoice has not been paid on time, there will be a 10% late fee.

We have to take care of the Nicole Midwest team’s needs too, and when invoices are paid late, so are we.
You’d be pretty upset if your boss paid you late, right? Please give us the same courtesy!

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN FEES?


WHAT IS YOUR SHOOTING + EDITING STYLE?

Nicole’s shooting style is based off of YOU! She’s got the glamour shots, editing, and prompts covered, but the love you see in each photo was created by YOU. We love to feature the honesty and intimacy of those with the wildest hair and tenderest hearts. All that love is you, baby.

Nicole’s editing style is part of her brand and we want you to take it into consideration prior to booking because the photos will be edited with a similar coloring style to all of our other sessions.


If you have yet to sign your contract & pay your retainer your date can be booked by another inquiry. We will not hold dates without a signed contract & paid retainer.

DO YOU HOLD OUR DATE?


Once your wedding is over we will get to editing your gallery! Nicole will have your photos edited within 6-8 weeks from your wedding date and send over your digital gallery. If you added on any additional time for Nicole to stay at your event or additional travel fees, your invoice must be completely paid in full in order to receive your photos.

HOW LONG UNTIL
I RECEIVE MY ALBUM?


Our new delivery system allows to hold albums up to 1 year. We give you 4 weeks to download images but anything past that is courtesy from the team.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE ACCESS TO MY GALLERY?


We then send over our contract and invoice. We require a signed contract to book a date and a 30% retainer feed but we have payment plans. You can either pay 30% down or split it up where 15% of the invoice is then due. The other 15% is due one month from the date you signed the contract and the remainder is due one month prior to your wedding. We do charge a 10 percent late fee when any portion of the invoice is late.

I WANT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH BOOKING.
WHAT DO I DO?


Sneak peeks are a courtesy in our editing timeline that we are usually able to provide, but they are not promised or included in the package.

DO I GET SNEAK PEEKS?


Wedding planners are so helpful and we’re 110% here for it! If you are working with one, we require to have notice and their contact information at least THREE months prior to your wedding date to nail down final timelines.

I AM WORKING WITH A WEDDING PLANNER. IS THERE ANYTHING
I SHOULD KNOW?


We keep a pretty busy schedule but are always willing to be flexible if we’re able! We totally understand that unforeseen circumstances have a way of showing up at the most inopportune times, but if you need to reschedule a session, please do your best to let us know 36 or more hours before your session is set to begin. All other desired postponements will be on a case-by-case basis.

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE MY SESSION AND NEED TO RESCHEDULE?