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Nicholas Critelli Photography

New Orleans , LA

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New Orleans, LA US 70130 (map)

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504-717-0759

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ABOUT US

Everything happening on your wedding day is special and your photography package should be as well. We do à la carte packages so that you can get everything you need, and nothing you don... Read more
Everything happening on your wedding day is special and your photography package should be as well. We do à la carte packages so that you can get everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Full-day coverage starts at $3000. Typically our brides spend between $3200-$5000 designing their package and custom album.

At the end of the day, the food will be gone, the flowers and music will have faded...but the photography will remain. All I care about is getting the best possible photos for you. I'm not going to be mingling with your guests at the bar, I’m not going to be checking my watch while great moments are happening behind me, and I don't want you to worry about my schedule. My work will serve as the official record of your wedding day and being that witness is an honor I take very seriously. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
I offer b&w, sepia as well as some special "super saturated" options. I do not do selective coloring as it's very 1997. ;)
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I've shot in everything from candlelight to flashlight to snowy mountain conditions. My decade of commercial/advertising photography gives me a leg up on most of my competition in this area.
Is your media preference film or digital?
I will shoot film upon request, but the flexibility of digital is unparalleled.
How many photographers do you work with?
I work alone unless you request a second shooter. A second photographer can be a great boon in certain instances as no one can be everywhere at once.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
I, and I alone, will be your primary photographer.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I never book more than one event in two days, much less in one day. You get my full attention, 100% of the time.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I have made arrangements with several photographers that ensure you will have a professional of the highest quality in case of "acts of God."
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I shoot exclusively with Canon professional cameras and lenses. I have backups for my backups and I often will bring pro lighting equipment to supplement the available light.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
I typically show up with two and often three of everything.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I charge a full day of 12 hours.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Anything beyond 12 hours of coverage is billed @ $275/hour.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I like to eat at the same time as the bride and groom. No 
 one looks good in pictures while they're eating, so that's the best time for me to take a short break.
 
 
 
Do you charge for travel?
I charge for travel outside of a 60mile radius of the downtown St. Petersburg area. I maintain a current passport and have done several "destination" weddings.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
You'll be able to view your digital proofs online 3-4 weeks after the event. Often, I'll get the images to you as soon as 1 week after.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Depending upon your choices, I'll send you 4x6 prints either loose, or bound in a book. No matter what, you'll always have online access to all the proofs.
 
 
 
 
How long can the client keep the proofs?
They are yours to keep.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
I retain the copyright of all images but your purchase entitles you to unlimited personal usage.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
A DVD of high-res images is available for purchase for $700.
Will images be available for viewing online?
I offer (6) months of web hosting and print ordering from SmugMug - one of the premier sites for just such ordering.
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer beautifully custom designed, flush-mount albums of the images you select from our post-wedding meeting.
When will the client get the final album?
The final album will be ready 6-8 weeks after client image selection.

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pgent
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Nicholas was wonderful to work with, very easy and relaxed. I didnt have to worry about our photos...he was unobtrusive and every photo came out beautiful.
Nicholas was wonderful to work with, very easy and relaxed. I didnt have to worry about our photos...he was unobtrusive Read more...
Nicholas was wonderful to work with, very easy and relaxed. I didnt have to worry about our photos...he was unobtrusive and every photo came out beautiful. Read less
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JennaCohen
Wedding:
10/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Nick was AMAZING!!!! he gave 200% from the time he arrived until he left! The pictures he took are absolutley breathless, he caputured all of the special moments that made our day perfect! Nick provided us with life long memeories that show all of the happy emotions of us, our guest, the venue and all the little details that made our wedding trully the best day ever! We look forward to being able to book Nick for any upcoming special occasions
Nick was AMAZING!!!! he gave 200% from the time he arrived until he left! The pictures he took are absolutley breathless, Read more...
Nick was AMAZING!!!! he gave 200% from the time he arrived until he left! The pictures he took are absolutley breathless, he caputured all of the special moments that made our day perfect! Nick provided us with life long memeories that show all of the happy emotions of us, our guest, the venue and all the little details that made our wedding trully the best day ever! We look forward to being able to book Nick for any upcoming special occasions Read less
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Marcie
Wedding:
9/25/2010
4.4/5.0
Nicholas has a fantastic attitude and was a real pleasure to work with. He was so friendly and accommodating and we were very happy with our photos!
Nicholas has a fantastic attitude and was a real pleasure to work with. He was so friendly and accommodating and we were Read more...
Nicholas has a fantastic attitude and was a real pleasure to work with. He was so friendly and accommodating and we were very happy with our photos! Read less
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Superc1070
Wedding:
9/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Nick was awesome to work with! We loved his style of photography. He was very professional but friendly at the same time. He was totally "invisible" at our wedding. He got all the photos we asked for and more. I would HIGHLY recommend Nick. If we had an event we would hire him again. i always tell people about the wonderful job he did. if i could give him 10 stars i would!!!
Nick was awesome to work with! We loved his style of photography. He was very professional but friendly at the same time. Read more...
Nick was awesome to work with! We loved his style of photography. He was very professional but friendly at the same time. He was totally "invisible" at our wedding. He got all the photos we asked for and more. I would HIGHLY recommend Nick. If we had an event we would hire him again. i always tell people about the wonderful job he did. if i could give him 10 stars i would!!! Read less
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Iris
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
When my husband and I were shopping around for a wedding photographer, we were looking for someone who is professional, easy going, and has an eye for creativity. It took us several months to find the "right" photographer for our style. We were so delighted when we met Nicholas. Looking back at our engagement and wedding photos, I would say it was worth the wait! Our pictures turned out amazing! Thank you Nicholas for capturing all of our wedding details!

I would highly recommend Nicholas to be your wedding photographer!

- Iris & Andy
Sept.5, 2010
Baltimore, MD
When my husband and I were shopping around for a wedding photographer, we were looking for someone who is professional, Read more...
When my husband and I were shopping around for a wedding photographer, we were looking for someone who is professional, easy going, and has an eye for creativity. It took us several months to find the "right" photographer for our style. We were so delighted when we met Nicholas. Looking back at our engagement and wedding photos, I would say it was worth the wait! Our pictures turned out amazing! Thank you Nicholas for capturing all of our wedding details!

I would highly recommend Nicholas to be your wedding photographer!

- Iris & Andy
Sept.5, 2010
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KSC-TJB
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Nick was FANTASTIC. So easy to work with and very creative. He does traditional pictures and artsy, creative and is a breeze to work with.
Nick was FANTASTIC. So easy to work with and very creative. He does traditional pictures and artsy, creative and is a Read more...
Nick was FANTASTIC. So easy to work with and very creative. He does traditional pictures and artsy, creative and is a breeze to work with. Read less
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Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Nick was awesome to work with! He listened and captured every special detail during the pre-ceremony, ceremony, and reception. My husband and I were blessed to have a fantastic photographer with a great personality!
Nick was awesome to work with! He listened and captured every special detail during the pre-ceremony, ceremony, and Read more...
Nick was awesome to work with! He listened and captured every special detail during the pre-ceremony, ceremony, and reception. My husband and I were blessed to have a fantastic photographer with a great personality! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
We were matched with Nicholas through Bella Pictures, and couldn't have been more thrilled with his expertise, style, and product. He is very photojournalistic and many of our guest commented on how wonderful he was, just in terms of being friendly, laid back, and flexibly following the flow of the day. There is basically nothing he didn't capture and looking through our photos I can really feel the whole day over again. He also has an awesome artistic flair in some shots, playing with light, focus, shapes, etc.
We were matched with Nicholas through Bella Pictures, and couldn't have been more thrilled with his expertise, style, and Read more...
We were matched with Nicholas through Bella Pictures, and couldn't have been more thrilled with his expertise, style, and product. He is very photojournalistic and many of our guest commented on how wonderful he was, just in terms of being friendly, laid back, and flexibly following the flow of the day. There is basically nothing he didn't capture and looking through our photos I can really feel the whole day over again. He also has an awesome artistic flair in some shots, playing with light, focus, shapes, etc. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
5/30/2010
5.0/5.0
We were matched with Nicholas through a larger company. It took that company forever to match us with a photographer, so we were quite anxious when they finally matched us with Nicholas, but he was definitely worth the wait. As soon as we were matched, he reached out to us and discussed a plan for our engagement pictures and for our wedding day. We were impressed with his instant communication, detail-orientation and professionalism from the start.

He immediately scheduled our engagement shoot and really worked with us to get the perfect date and time that would hopefully provide the best weather and lighting, as well as be sufficient time before our wedding to get our proofs back before our wedding. He even scoped out our engagement picture site at our first meeting to find the best places to take pictures.

At our first meeting, he patiently gave detailed answers to all of my questions and waded through many, many pictures with us to ensure he knew exactly what we were looking for with our photography. We showed him the kind of light, exposure and overall setting we liked, and he told us what would work with our location and time of day. He also asked us intelligent questions to ensure he understood everything we wanted and expected from our photographer. It was a great meeting, where we left feeling very confident that he understood and could capture our exact vision for our wedding day.

We then met with Nicholas for our engagement shoot, which was perfect! We had a beautiful day with perfect weather. Nicholas arrived early to scope out the best locations for our pictures and walked us to different, creative locations to get our pictures. He did not rush us nor the shots, but rather he took his time setting up the shots and ensured that we had a variety of photographs. He was also very fun and enjoyable to work with and made us both, especially my husband, feel comfortable with him taking so many pictures of us. When we got our engagement pictures back, we knew we were truly lucky to have Nicholas photograph our wedding, as they were beautiful.

Before our wedding, we talked through my list of must-have shots and the schedule of the day. And Nicholas made sure he was completely prepared before the day.

On our wedding day, Nicholas arrived on time and ready to capture our day. He took some great fun shots at the house and then followed my detailed photography schedule throughout the pre-wedding shots, the wedding, the post-wedding, and the reception. He was there everytime a special event was happening, and he had some great ideas for shots post-wedding with my husband and I. My family and friends all appreciated his kind, enthusiastic, professional personality, which made everyone look happy and at ease in our pictures.

One of the best qualities of Nicholas is that after every shot, he had such a jovial reaction to the picture that was taken, which made me feel great as the bride that beautiful pictures were being taken.

Once we got our pictures back from our wedding, we were truly overjoyed with the beautiful pictures and have no idea how we will choose just a few for our album. Nicholas was there at every important moment and did not miss anything! He also used beautiful lighting and set up the shots wonderfully. He took over 2200 shots that day - incredible for one photographer - and the majority of all of those are absolutely beautiful and capture wonderful memories from that day.

You would be truly lucky to have Nicholas as your wedding day photographer!
We were matched with Nicholas through a larger company. It took that company forever to match us with a photographer, so Read more...
We were matched with Nicholas through a larger company. It took that company forever to match us with a photographer, so we were quite anxious when they finally matched us with Nicholas, but he was definitely worth the wait. As soon as we were matched, he reached out to us and discussed a plan for our engagement pictures and for our wedding day. We were impressed with his instant communication, detail-orientation and professionalism from the start.

He immediately scheduled our engagement shoot and really worked with us to get the perfect date and time that would hopefully provide the best weather and lighting, as well as be sufficient time before our wedding to get our proofs back before our wedding. He even scoped out our engagement picture site at our first meeting to find the best places to take pictures.

At our first meeting, he patiently gave detailed answers to all of my questions and waded through many, many pictures with us to ensure he knew exactly what we were looking for with our photography. We showed him the kind of light, exposure and overall setting we liked, and he told us what would work with our location and time of day. He also asked us intelligent questions to ensure he understood everything we wanted and expected from our photographer. It was a great meeting, where we left feeling very confident that he understood and could capture our exact vision for our wedding day.

We then met with Nicholas for our engagement shoot, which was perfect! We had a beautiful day with perfect weather. Nicholas arrived early to scope out the best locations for our pictures and walked us to different, creative locations to get our pictures. He did not rush us nor the shots, but rather he took his time setting up the shots and ensured that we had a variety of photographs. He was also very fun and enjoyable to work with and made us both, especially my husband, feel comfortable with him taking so many pictures of us. When we got our engagement pictures back, we knew we were truly lucky to have Nicholas photograph our wedding, as they were beautiful.

Before our wedding, we talked through my list of must-have shots and the schedule of the day. And Nicholas made sure he was completely prepared before the day.

On our wedding day, Nicholas arrived on time and ready to capture our day. He took some great fun shots at the house and then followed my detailed photography schedule throughout the pre-wedding shots, the wedding, the post-wedding, and the reception. He was there everytime a special event was happening, and he had some great ideas for shots post-wedding with my husband and I. My family and friends all appreciated his kind, enthusiastic, professional personality, which made everyone look happy and at ease in our pictures.

One of the best qualities of Nicholas is that after every shot, he had such a jovial reaction to the picture that was taken, which made me feel great as the bride that beautiful pictures were being taken.

Once we got our pictures back from our wedding, we were truly overjoyed with the beautiful pictures and have no idea how we will choose just a few for our album. Nicholas was there at every important moment and did not miss anything! He also used beautiful lighting and set up the shots wonderfully. He took over 2200 shots that day - incredible for one photographer - and the majority of all of those are absolutely beautiful and capture wonderful memories from that day.

You would be truly lucky to have Nicholas as your wedding day photographer! Read less
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jovell82
Wedding:
5/8/2010
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Wedding date: 05/08/10
I did my photography through Bella Pictures and they linked me with this special guy. Nicholas is cool and professional, we welcomed him with open arms like he was family. I'm already getting requests from my single girlfriends to use him as their photographer. Ladies if your lookin for a photographer look no futher. Two thumbs up. (Up tight bridal parties need not apply)

Colette Brown-Taylor

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Wedding date: 05/08/10
I did my photography through Bella Pictures and they linked me with this special guy. Nicholas Read more...
Wedding date: 05/08/10
I did my photography through Bella Pictures and they linked me with this special guy. Nicholas is cool and professional, we welcomed him with open arms like he was family. I'm already getting requests from my single girlfriends to use him as their photographer. Ladies if your lookin for a photographer look no futher. Two thumbs up. (Up tight bridal parties need not apply)

Colette Brown-Taylor

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Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
I was EXTREMELY pleased Nicholas. My photos exceeded my expectations by far....they were absolutely beautiful! He also had an extremely quick turn around getting our photos back to us after the wedding, which was perfect since we were so excited to see them.
I cannot say it enough...Nicholas Critelli was incredible! He was professional and also fun to be around....everyone loved him! I am still getting comments on how he was all over the place snapping photos and catching moments.

If you haven't selected a photographer, trust me, you will love Nick!

Sincerely,
April
Married 4-10-10
I was EXTREMELY pleased Nicholas. My photos exceeded my expectations by far....they were absolutely beautiful! He also had Read more...
I was EXTREMELY pleased Nicholas. My photos exceeded my expectations by far....they were absolutely beautiful! He also had an extremely quick turn around getting our photos back to us after the wedding, which was perfect since we were so excited to see them.
I cannot say it enough...Nicholas Critelli was incredible! He was professional and also fun to be around....everyone loved him! I am still getting comments on how he was all over the place snapping photos and catching moments.

If you haven't selected a photographer, trust me, you will love Nick!

Sincerely,
April
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heidrice
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Nicholas was great. He was planning is own wedding when he shot ours, so he knew all the moments we were looking to capture. Honestly, at some points, I had no idea where he was...(good thing). He was busy catching angles and moments without getting in the way. He even sent me a CD with all 2500 pictures he shot on the day.
Nicholas was great. He was planning is own wedding when he shot ours, so he knew all the moments we were looking to Read more...
Nicholas was great. He was planning is own wedding when he shot ours, so he knew all the moments we were looking to capture. Honestly, at some points, I had no idea where he was...(good thing). He was busy catching angles and moments without getting in the way. He even sent me a CD with all 2500 pictures he shot on the day. Read less
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megan7798
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Nicholas was a fantastic photographer! He got all the important shots yet was not intrusive at all. He was friendly, professional, and wonderful to work with.
Nicholas was a fantastic photographer! He got all the important shots yet was not intrusive at all. He was friendly, Read more...
Nicholas was a fantastic photographer! He got all the important shots yet was not intrusive at all. He was friendly, professional, and wonderful to work with. Read less
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gardocki772
Wedding:
4/11/2009
4.9/5.0
My wife and I couldn't have been happier with Nicholas. He went above and beyond in every way for us. His calm presence during several "crisis" on our wedding day kept us both cool. He even had safety pins when my wife's dress strap broke.
The pictures he took were beautiful and captured so many moments we didn't even know happened - it's like he was everywhere at once. We've since hired him to do photography of our newborn and my parents 50th anniversary. He blows us away every time.
I would recommend him to anyone.
My wife and I couldn't have been happier with Nicholas. He went above and beyond in every way for us. His calm presence Read more...
My wife and I couldn't have been happier with Nicholas. He went above and beyond in every way for us. His calm presence during several "crisis" on our wedding day kept us both cool. He even had safety pins when my wife's dress strap broke.
The pictures he took were beautiful and captured so many moments we didn't even know happened - it's like he was everywhere at once. We've since hired him to do photography of our newborn and my parents 50th anniversary. He blows us away every time.
I would recommend him to anyone. Read less
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