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Currently booking -2020- Fall & Winter Sessions!

Last updated 10/1/2020

WELCOME

LIGHT SEEKER . SOUL CAPTURER . MEMORY MAKER

This is the heart + soul of
Nickole Drake Photography.
My vision is simple, photographing all the perfectly imperfect creates a visual poetry that allows you to organically feel the warmth and connection I create, in every image!

Let's make some magic!

RIDGECREST, CA - LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

"I will cherish these images forever! They took my breath away..."

BROOKE L.

DANIEL K.

DANIEL K.

You capture moments that I wish I could remember forever..thank God for your shots...and thank you for your wonderful talent!

What's not to love about NDP?! I'm amazed at how comfortable and relaxed you made the atmosphere; Nickole, you somehow manage to capture true love and joy in timeless pieces that I look forward to every year. On top of that, you so graciously involved my son and helped him snap a few photos as well. You genuinely take time to truly care about your clients. It means the world to me.

AMANDA D.

Nickole gives off a sense of comfort which makes the shoot feel so effortlessly fun! I left with a smile on my face and confident...

SUSANNAH B.

FAQ

01. HOW DO WE BOOK A SESSION WITH YOU?

Fill out the inquiry form to get started on our adventure! A $50 non-refundable retainer fee is due at booking with the session fee due 24 hours prior to the day of the session) and a signed digital contract are required.
Payment is collected online via PayPal or Square.

02.I REALIZE THIS IS AN INVESTMENT, BUT DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

I do! I feel it's really important to document your family’s story + memories. Capturing these moments, not only ourselves, but for future generations to come, should never pose financial hardship. If you could benefit from a payment plan, please don’t hesitate to discuss options with me during our initial communication.

03. DO YOU TRAVEL?

HECK YES! I love to travel and discover new places! Travel fees may apply for distances outside the 93555 area code. If your session takes place 45 miles outside of my zip code, please know that a travel fee can be waived or reduced if you have a friend who would like to book a session on the same day/weekend, within the same area. Please contact me for more info on this.

04.HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION LAST?

Most Lifestyle Family Sessions last about an hour. However, if you would like to explore a longer adventure with me, the Expedition Session would be perfect! These sessions can range anywhere from 2-3 hours depending on what type of adventure you’re looking to take!

05.WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

This is such a HUGE part of a cohesive session and quite honestly it's a close second to my favorite part!
All sessions include access to my exclusive Online Styling Tool. I will also have tons of amazing suggestions to help you out!

06.WHAT WILL MY SESSION LOOK LIKE?

FUN + lots of personality shining through.
I like to keep things real and organic. My main goal for all my sessions to capture your story just the way it is. So I encourage you to pick an activity and/or location to help keep you all moving and interacting. For couples with children, I encourage you to let your kids run around and have fun. Don’t be afraid to pick them up, tickle them, snuggle them up, toss them in the air, play games, tell jokes, have FUN with your family. These are all great ways for me to capture the emotion and true beauty of your family.

07.CAN WE HAVE THE SESSION AT OUR HOME?

Absolutely! These sessions are so fun because we can capture so much of your family's personality inside your home. And not to mention, you’ll be super comfortable and so will your kids. Which hopefully means: happy kids! For in-home sessions, I like to take on more of a documentary/day-in-the-life type of feel. PJ’s and pancakes? Snuggles in mom and dad’s bed? Bubble bath and story time? Slip ’n slide in the backyard? Anything goes here!

08.WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY IMAGES?

This might be my most asked question...the excitement is killer!
I put a lot of love into the editing process and spend a littttttle more time at my computer than I probably should. But I can’t help it... I love this process so much! Editing an image can bring it to life and it’s like another form of art for me. So I want to make sure your images are perfect and this takes time… usually about 2-4 weeks. However, I LOVE sending out sneak peeks, usually within 48 hours of your session, to keep you excited for what’s to come! Once your gallery is delivered, you’ll have access to digitally download your images or share your images through email and/or facebook. Images will be professionally edited. All images will be in high resolution and you’ll also receive a personal print release. Additional products, such as prints, albums, canvases and more, can be purchased once your gallery has been delivered.

Nickole Drake is a licensed photographer based in Ridgecrest, CA with 10+ years experience in the industry. NDP offers lifestyle sessions for families, seniors, & kids as well as indoor studio sessions for Newborn and Boudoir Sessions. We also offer exclusively designed Seasonal Mini Sessions, not offered anywhere else!