photography for the dreamers. the free spirits. the ones who find beauty in the quiet.

photography for the dreamers. the free spirits. the ones who find beauty in the quiet.

I'm Nicole. Southern-bred, Chicago-based wedding and portrait photographer.

Broadway and board game fanatic. Lover of French food, New Zealand white wines, and dark chocolate. You can probably find me on my couch with a cup of hot tea doing crossword puzzles and watching Parks and Rec reruns.

Hi There!

Southern-bred, Chicago-based wedding and portrait photographer.

Broadway and board game fanatic. Lover of French food, white wines, and dark chocolate. You can find me on my couch with a cup of hot tea doing crossword puzzles and watching Parks and Rec reruns.

Hi There, I'm Nicole!

20-something going on 80-something. Enamored with all things Paris. Chronic movie-sleeper. Lefty. Gryffindor. Wannabe baker. Creature of habit. Lover of the mountains. Avid list-maker. Single-handedly keeping the Paleo Cookie Company in business since 2016.

20-something going on 80-something. Enamored with all things Paris. Chronic movie-sleeper. Lefty. Gryffindor. Wannabe baker. Creature of habit. Lover of the mountains. Avid list-maker. Single-handedly keeping the Paleo Cookie Company in business since 2016. 

More About Me...

I don't drink coffee. I hate sushi and avocados. I talk to myself in a British accent. I refer to warm things as "toasty". If I check the mailbox and nothing fun is in there, I just leave the mail in there. I walk up the stairs 2 at a time. I grossly overuse the double hands up emoji.

I don't drink coffee. I hate sushi and avocados. I talk to myself in a British accent. I refer to warm things as "toasty". If I check the mailbox and nothing fun is in there, I leave the mail in there for another day. I walk up the stairs 2 at a time. I grossly overuse the double hands up emoji.

NICOLE-ISMS

Anne of Green Gables
Little Women
Harry Potter

books

MY FAVORITES...

Mac and Cheese
Raspberries
Roasted Veggies

foods

Mac and Cheese
Raspberries
Roasted Veggies

foods


MY FAVORITES...

Parks & Rec
How I Met Your Mother
The Office

television

Parks & Rec
HIMYM
The Office

television

MY FAVORITES...

Irazu
Lillie's Q
Hot Chocolate

chicago restaurants

Irazu
Lillie's Q
Hot Chocolate

chicago restaurants

MY FAVORITES...

My approach to shooting is semi photojournalistic. My hope is that you don't see me as the photographer anywhere in my images - I want everything to appear as though a true, genuine moment was just frozen in time. I aim for authenticity and timelessness and I love for my images to portray a kind of quiet stillness. I live for candid moments and truly believe that some of the best moments happen when you don't even know the camera is firing. I do my best to help you forget I'm there so you can fully focus on the feelings you are experiencing with the person or people you are with. Because those are the feelings that produce images that last a lifetime.

Information

My approach to shooting is semi photojournalistic. My hope is that you don't see me as the photographer anywhere in my images - I want everything to appear as though a true, genuine moment was just frozen in time. I aim for authenticity and timelessness and I love for my images to portray a kind of quiet stillness. I live for candid moments and truly believe that some of the best moments happen when you don't even know the camera is firing. I do my best to help you forget there's I'm there so you can fully focus on the feelings you are experiencing with the person or people you are with. Because those are the feelings that produce images that last a lifetime.

Weddings: 8-hour packages start at $2,800 and include engagement coverage and a second photographer.

Elopements and Small Weddings: Contact me for a custom quote! 

Engagements and Couples Sessions: $400

Individual Portraits: $250

Bloggers: Send me a note!


I offer a limited number of family sessions per year - contact me for details!

INVESTMENT

When do I get my images?
Portrait galleries will be delivered within 3 weeks of the session. Wedding galleries will be sent out within 4 weeks of the event. But you'll get TONS of sneak peeks :)

How are images delivered? 
All images are sent through an online gallery called PixieSet. You'll receive a link via email letting you know when your gallery is ready. 

Do you edit every image? 
Yes! Every image is edited with my style of post-production. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black-and-white processing, and other corrections. 

Do I get every image you take? 
No, not every image that I snap is included in the final gallery. But I PROMISE you are getting all the best ones! The ones I don't send, I don't send for a reason :)

What are your travel fees? 
Up to 45 miles from 60647 is automatically included! Distances above 45 miles will be charged a rate of $0.58 per mile. If you live 2+ hours from 60647, contact me for a full breakdown of my travel costs!


FAQ's

@nicolejansma

"Nicole and I had an amazing shoot in Paris. I had met her for only a few minutes before we started shooting, and it was love at first sight! We clicked so well and she helped so much with posing my boyfriend and I, and making us feel as comfortable as possible. We were super nervous as it was our first time getting our pictures done together, but we had a blast and she captured us and our personalities perfectly. I have never been more impressed and happier with photos in my life! If you're looking for a fun, outgoing photographer who will capture you as YOU and make you feel beautiful, you've found your girl. I seriously couldn't say better things about her. Thank you Nicole for giving us photos we'll cherish forever! We LOVE YOU!"

Kennedy & Ty

"Nicole and I had an amazing shoot in Paris.  We clicked so well and she helped so much with posing my boyfriend and I, and making us feel as comfortable as possible. We were super nervous as it was our first time getting our pictures done together, but we had a blast and she captured us and our personalities perfectly. I have never been more impressed and happier with photos in my life! If you're looking for a fun, outgoing photographer who will capture you as YOU and make you feel beautiful, you've found your girl. I seriously couldn't say better things about her. Thank you Nicole for giving us photos we'll cherish forever! We LOVE YOU!"

Kennedy & ty

"There is absolutely no one else I would have rather done my engagement pictures than Nicole. She is amazingly talented, funny, genuine, and professional! We felt comfortable and confident the entire session. I HIGHLY recommend Nicole to anyone that wants to see the true emotion you feel for your significant other in your pictures. Love her!"

Iliana & Jamie

"There is absolutely no one else I would have rather done my engagement pictures than Nicole. She is amazingly talented, funny, genuine, and professional! We felt comfortable and confident the entire session. I HIGHLY recommend Nicole to anyone that wants to see the true emotion you feel for your significant other in your pictures. Love her!"

Iliana & Jamie

"My husband and I took a trip to Chicago for our anniversary and we booked a photo session with Nicole while we were there. Nicole was so wonderful to work with and we really enjoyed our session! She created such a comfortable environment and made it easy to get lost in the moment with the one you love. The photos she delivered were so amazing and it has been hard to pick a favorite(s)! Nicole is a very talented photographer and I would recommend her to anyone."

Brittany & Justin

"My husband and I took a trip to Chicago for our anniversary and we booked a photo session with Nicole while we were there. Nicole was so wonderful to work with and we really enjoyed our session! She created such a comfortable environment and made it easy to get lost in the moment with the one you love. The photos she delivered were so amazing and it has been hard to pick a favorite(s)! Nicole is a very talented photographer and I would recommend her to anyone." 

Brittany & Justin

"Hiring Nicole for our anniversary session was one of the BEST decisions we've ever made! The entire process was seamless and professional from initial contact, to the session, and following up afterward. Her warm personality made us instant friends and during the session she created a comfortable and enjoyable experience for my husband and I. The photos turned out even more beautiful than we could have imagined, and are such a treasure to celebrate our marriage! Nicole goes above and beyond in every way." 

Marcelle & Scott

"Hiring Nicole for our anniversary session was one of the BEST decisions we've ever made! The entire process was seamless and professional from initial contact, to the session, and following up afterward. Her warm personality made us instant friends and during the session she created a comfortable and enjoyable experience for my husband and I. The photos turned out even more beautiful than we could have imagined, and are such a treasure to celebrate our marriage! Nicole goes above and beyond in every way." 

Marcelle & Scott

"Hiring Nicole for our anniversary session was one of the BEST decisions we've ever made! The entire process was seamless and professional from initial contact, to the session, and following up afterward. Her warm personality made us instant friends and during the session she created a comfortable and enjoyable experience for my husband and I. The photos turned out even more beautiful than we could have imagined, and are such a treasure to celebrate our marriage! Nicole goes above and beyond in every way." 

Chelsea & Josh

"Hiring Nicole for our anniversary session was one of the BEST decisions we've ever made! The entire process was seamless and professional from initial contact, to the session, and following up afterward. Her warm personality made us instant friends and during the session she created a comfortable and enjoyable experience for my husband and I. The photos turned out even more beautiful than we could have imagined, and are such a treasure to celebrate our marriage! Nicole goes above and beyond in every way." 

Chelsea & Josh

Parks & Rec
How I Met Your Mother
The Office

television

Parks & Rec
HIMYM
The Office

television

A Few of My Favorites...

Irazu
Lillie's Q
Hot Chocolate

chicago restaurants

Irazu
Lillie's Q
Hot Chocolate

chicago restaurants

A Few of My FavoritEs...

Think we'd be a good fit? Let's chat!

Wedding Inquiries

Other Inquiries

Let's Talk Details!

Let's Talk Details!

I respond to all inquiries within 24 hours

Thanks for reaching out!

Want to stay in the loop?

subscribe to the newsletter to get exclusive specials, freebies, and content and be the first to know about specials and other happenings!

YES! SIGN ME UP!