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Nick Kessler Photography

New York , NY

LOCATION

Richmond, VA US (map)

PHONE

804-647-4924

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ABOUT US

I am a lover of music and that is how I got started as a photographer, shooting my friends bands when I wasn't playing a set myself. I have the highest appreciation for this art and... Read more
I am a lover of music and that is how I got started as a photographer, shooting my friends bands when I wasn't playing a set myself. I have the highest appreciation for this art and truly love photographing weddings. I like to keep things simple and have fun with you guys. I think that building trust is an important part of getting great photographs on your day and it's why I love doing engagement shoots with as many of my couples as possible. My style has been evolving for many years and it feels really good to keep getting better after photographing close to two hundred weddings. While I mostly work from a photojournalistic approach I won't hesitate to pose you when necessary. If you are pumped about the photography I would love to get to meet you!

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
I do some pretty awesome work in the Lightroom.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I shoot weddings. The worst lighting in the world and the least amount of time to deal with it!
Is your media preference film or digital?
I learned on film. I love the conveniences of digital but spend a lot of time getting a film like character in my images.
How many photographers do you work with?
i have photographed a great majority of my weddings all by myself. I have had a second shooter on a number of occasions. I like to work out with my couples what they would like and what is necessary.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
I am at every single event from beginning to end.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I on the rare occasion will do two in one weekend but never two in one day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I like many full time wedding photographers am great friends with other great photographers. we have an un written oath to help each other if some emergency were to happen.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I bring a minimum of two pro cameras. I am currently shooting with two Nikon D800's, a great set of prime (fixed lenses) and one zoom. I also bring at least two flashes with back up sets of batteries and memory cards. I can have a lot of gear fail and still keep going. I also take very good care of all of it and have never had a camera or lens fail on me during a wedding.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
back ups of everything. Ever since the first one.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I charge by the day
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
I am and that can be worked out depending on the situation.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Photographing a wedding is a long demanding day. When everyone sits down to eat I like to sit down and eat some calories to fuel me through the wedding reception!
Do you charge for travel?
only when I have to.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
the copyright is shared and my couples have full permission to print them to their hearts content.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
yes
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
i provide high resolution fully edited photos as well as web ready versions.
Will images be available for viewing online?
yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
beautiful black leather ones.
When will the client get the final album?
usually about 5 to 6 weeks after they pick out their photos!

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Heather
Wedding:
5/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Out of the two of us, my husband is the photography guru, and he personally requested Nick to be our wedding photographer. And oh my gosh am I happy with that request. Nick created a custom package for our wedding; he was completely flexible and responsive and was willing to meet us anywhere we wanted for our engagement shoot. We had multiple Skype meetings and went over the timeline and my requests, and he had a lot of helpful timeline comments and suggestions due to experience.

My husband is not necessarily photogenic...and prefers "candid" shots. Therefore I've never really been able to get an awesome picture of him containing a genuine smile. But we have never taken such good photos as we have with Nick! Nick's photos are - amazing. I am literally staring at them while back at work. Saying that I am happy with them is an understatement. Thank you Nick!
Out of the two of us, my husband is the photography guru, and he personally requested Nick to be our wedding photographer. Read more...
Out of the two of us, my husband is the photography guru, and he personally requested Nick to be our wedding photographer. And oh my gosh am I happy with that request. Nick created a custom package for our wedding; he was completely flexible and responsive and was willing to meet us anywhere we wanted for our engagement shoot. We had multiple Skype meetings and went over the timeline and my requests, and he had a lot of helpful timeline comments and suggestions due to experience.

My husband is not necessarily photogenic...and prefers "candid" shots. Therefore I've never really been able to get an awesome picture of him containing a genuine smile. But we have never taken such good photos as we have with Nick! Nick's photos are - amazing. I am literally staring at them while back at work. Saying that I am happy with them is an understatement. Thank you Nick! Read less
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Marshie
Wedding:
8/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Nick is an extremely talented artistic photographer. He puts his heart into everything he does. I am so lucky that we were able to spend the happiest day of our life with someone that we get along with so well. He delivered so many breathtaking accounts of our wedding day. We couldn't be happier.
Nick is an extremely talented artistic photographer. He puts his heart into everything he does. I am so lucky that we were Read more...
Nick is an extremely talented artistic photographer. He puts his heart into everything he does. I am so lucky that we were able to spend the happiest day of our life with someone that we get along with so well. He delivered so many breathtaking accounts of our wedding day. We couldn't be happier. Read less
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Cristina
Wedding:
6/24/2012
5.0/5.0
When people see my wedding photos, the first thing they want to know is "wow! who was your photographer?" That's because Nick Kessler lives and breathes his photography and cares a lot about the couples he works with and their vision for the day. He is clearly a professional with not only superior technical skill, but an artistic eye. He has mastered taking pictures in any type of lighting. The best part about working with Nick is his personality. He got along with the entire wedding party so well, I did not feel like he was someone I hired but more like another friend at the wedding that was sharing in our joy just as much as every one of our guests. I would recommend him to anyone getting married.
When people see my wedding photos, the first thing they want to know is "wow! who was your photographer?" That's because Read more...
When people see my wedding photos, the first thing they want to know is "wow! who was your photographer?" That's because Nick Kessler lives and breathes his photography and cares a lot about the couples he works with and their vision for the day. He is clearly a professional with not only superior technical skill, but an artistic eye. He has mastered taking pictures in any type of lighting. The best part about working with Nick is his personality. He got along with the entire wedding party so well, I did not feel like he was someone I hired but more like another friend at the wedding that was sharing in our joy just as much as every one of our guests. I would recommend him to anyone getting married. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Nick Kessler was my wedding photographer. I was a little concerned that Nick shoots weddings by himself without an assitant because I was afraid he wouldn't be able to capture everything. Boy was I wrong! Nick was fantastic and everyone at my wedding loved him. I even had one of my guests telling me "Your photographer is everywhere!" during the reception. He really makes sure he captures everything and must get an amazing workout at the same time! I don't know how he jumps around from place to place so fast but he did it. Nick is also extremely responsive. Almost every time I would email him I'd receive a response within the hour. Nick was recommended to us by another friend and we couldn't be happier we chose him as our wedding photographer. He truley loves photography and takes pride in his work. We would highly recommend...
Nick Kessler was my wedding photographer. I was a little concerned that Nick shoots weddings by himself without an Read more...
Nick Kessler was my wedding photographer. I was a little concerned that Nick shoots weddings by himself without an assitant because I was afraid he wouldn't be able to capture everything. Boy was I wrong! Nick was fantastic and everyone at my wedding loved him. I even had one of my guests telling me "Your photographer is everywhere!" during the reception. He really makes sure he captures everything and must get an amazing workout at the same time! I don't know how he jumps around from place to place so fast but he did it. Nick is also extremely responsive. Almost every time I would email him I'd receive a response within the hour. Nick was recommended to us by another friend and we couldn't be happier we chose him as our wedding photographer. He truley loves photography and takes pride in his work. We would highly recommend... Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
4/7/2012
5.0/5.0
I'm the mother of the bride and couldn't be more pleased with Nick. He was wonderful and made sure we had all the pictures we wanted and came up with some great ideas!! I've only seen some preliminary but they are great!!!!!!! Nick you are the best!!! If you want a great photographer then hire Nick!!
I'm the mother of the bride and couldn't be more pleased with Nick. He was wonderful and made sure we had all the pictures Read more...
I'm the mother of the bride and couldn't be more pleased with Nick. He was wonderful and made sure we had all the pictures we wanted and came up with some great ideas!! I've only seen some preliminary but they are great!!!!!!! Nick you are the best!!! If you want a great photographer then hire Nick!! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Nick was awesome in every aspect of photographing our wedding and engagement pictures. He was very professional, easygoing, and flexible. The best part, however, is the pictures!! I had several guests at my wedding wishing that they had Nick instead of whichever photographer they used. One of my bridesmaids wanted to recreate her wedding so that Nick could do the photography. I am so glad we used Nick for our wedding!
Nick was awesome in every aspect of photographing our wedding and engagement pictures. He was very professional, Read more...
Nick was awesome in every aspect of photographing our wedding and engagement pictures. He was very professional, easygoing, and flexible. The best part, however, is the pictures!! I had several guests at my wedding wishing that they had Nick instead of whichever photographer they used. One of my bridesmaids wanted to recreate her wedding so that Nick could do the photography. I am so glad we used Nick for our wedding! Read less
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cbj1110
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
As soon as we met Nick, we knew we wanted him to photograph our wedding. He was very easy to talk to and we instantly felt comfortable with him. Nick photographs weddings by himself but no need to worry that he won't capture every moment; he told us he would look at the venues before (if it were a place he was not familiar with). All of our family members and friends couldn't believe how he could be in so many places-we received so many compliments about him from how professional he was to how comfortable everyone felt with him. He was also very easy to schedule times to meet-i have a job where it is difficult to leave during the day and he met us on weekends or after work; communication through email made all of this even easier! The album quality is outstanding; once we received the album, he gave us all of our pictures on CD. We cannot say enough positive things about our experience with Nick except that we hope you pick him too!
As soon as we met Nick, we knew we wanted him to photograph our wedding. He was very easy to talk to and we instantly felt Read more...
As soon as we met Nick, we knew we wanted him to photograph our wedding. He was very easy to talk to and we instantly felt comfortable with him. Nick photographs weddings by himself but no need to worry that he won't capture every moment; he told us he would look at the venues before (if it were a place he was not familiar with). All of our family members and friends couldn't believe how he could be in so many places-we received so many compliments about him from how professional he was to how comfortable everyone felt with him. He was also very easy to schedule times to meet-i have a job where it is difficult to leave during the day and he met us on weekends or after work; communication through email made all of this even easier! The album quality is outstanding; once we received the album, he gave us all of our pictures on CD. We cannot say enough positive things about our experience with Nick except that we hope you pick him too! Read less
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cristinpatti
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Nick Kessler photographed our wedding on September 4. To say that Nick did an excellent job would be an understatement. He was professional, made everyone feel comfortable, captured amazing shots and balanced the "formal" shots our parents wanted and the creativity we were looking for. He has a great eye for detail ...and i extraordinariliy talented. He is fun and we just had a blast with him. When the pictures came back (very quickly!), they just took my breath away. Hands down, the best investment of our wedding. Thanks Nick!
Nick Kessler photographed our wedding on September 4. To say that Nick did an excellent job would be an understatement. He Read more...
Nick Kessler photographed our wedding on September 4. To say that Nick did an excellent job would be an understatement. He was professional, made everyone feel comfortable, captured amazing shots and balanced the "formal" shots our parents wanted and the creativity we were looking for. He has a great eye for detail ...and i extraordinariliy talented. He is fun and we just had a blast with him. When the pictures came back (very quickly!), they just took my breath away. Hands down, the best investment of our wedding. Thanks Nick! Read less
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Billy and Kathy
Wedding:
8/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Nick Kessler did an absolutely spectacular job photographing our wedding! When we began looking for photographers, it was very important to my wife and I that we find a person with ample experience and knowledge of his or her craft. We found that there are many qualified photographers out there, but many of them tout their knowledge and experience over finding out about the bride and groom and providing a package that specifically fits their needs. Nick met with us prior to the wedding so that he could have a good understanding of our wishes and desires. He used his knowledge and experience to propose ideas and gave us tips to help the photography run more smoothly on the wedding day (less time sitting, more time celebrating!). He did an excellent job balancing the traditional while introducing the creative element to our wedding pictures. When we got our photos back, we were simply amazed. It was easily the best investment we made towards our wedding. If you talk to a bride and groom after their wedding, they will generally tell you that the whole thing flies by so quickly that it’s difficult to remember what even happened. Thanks to Nick, we have a beautiful collection of memories from our wedding day. Thank you so much, Nick Kessler!
Nick Kessler did an absolutely spectacular job photographing our wedding! When we began looking for photographers, it was Read more...
Nick Kessler did an absolutely spectacular job photographing our wedding! When we began looking for photographers, it was very important to my wife and I that we find a person with ample experience and knowledge of his or her craft. We found that there are many qualified photographers out there, but many of them tout their knowledge and experience over finding out about the bride and groom and providing a package that specifically fits their needs. Nick met with us prior to the wedding so that he could have a good understanding of our wishes and desires. He used his knowledge and experience to propose ideas and gave us tips to help the photography run more smoothly on the wedding day (less time sitting, more time celebrating!). He did an excellent job balancing the traditional while introducing the creative element to our wedding pictures. When we got our photos back, we were simply amazed. It was easily the best investment we made towards our wedding. If you talk to a bride and groom after their wedding, they will generally tell you that the whole thing flies by so quickly that it’s difficult to remember what even happened. Thanks to Nick, we have a beautiful collection of memories from our wedding day. Thank you so much, Nick Kessler! Read less
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Palmer
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
I have know Nick for many years and when it came time for my husband and I to pick a photographer he was the first and only person that came to mind. Nick is fantastic. He has an artist's eye. He is very detailed oriented and unbelievable. Not only will you have great photos of your wedding but you will have great photos of all the little details that you tend to miss b/c you are talking to everyone. He helps you re-live your ceremony and reception over and over again. Please visit his website and see for yourself. www.nickkesslerphotography.com
I have know Nick for many years and when it came time for my husband and I to pick a photographer he was the first and Read more...
I have know Nick for many years and when it came time for my husband and I to pick a photographer he was the first and only person that came to mind. Nick is fantastic. He has an artist's eye. He is very detailed oriented and unbelievable. Not only will you have great photos of your wedding but you will have great photos of all the little details that you tend to miss b/c you are talking to everyone. He helps you re-live your ceremony and reception over and over again. Please visit his website and see for yourself. www.nickkesslerphotography.com Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
10/25/2008
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Nick's work. He delivered a collection of wedding photos to us that exceeded our expectations. Everyone enjoyed his easy-going personality, and he was able to connect with all of our guests to get the best shots possible. He also shot my bridal portraits and they came out better than I could have imagined.
I can't say enough good things about Nick's work. He delivered a collection of wedding photos to us that exceeded our Read more...
I can't say enough good things about Nick's work. He delivered a collection of wedding photos to us that exceeded our expectations. Everyone enjoyed his easy-going personality, and he was able to connect with all of our guests to get the best shots possible. He also shot my bridal portraits and they came out better than I could have imagined. Read less
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momma1208
Wedding:
8/28/2008
5.0/5.0
I have to say that I was blown away when I got our pictures from Nick. HE WAS AMAZING!!!!!! He is very easy going and everyone at our wedding loved him. I look at my pictures every day and they still amaze me at how beautiful they are. He is truly an artist and would reccomend him to any one who wants beautiful pictures for a reasonable price.
I have to say that I was blown away when I got our pictures from Nick. HE WAS AMAZING!!!!!! He is very easy going and Read more...
I have to say that I was blown away when I got our pictures from Nick. HE WAS AMAZING!!!!!! He is very easy going and everyone at our wedding loved him. I look at my pictures every day and they still amaze me at how beautiful they are. He is truly an artist and would reccomend him to any one who wants beautiful pictures for a reasonable price. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/31/2008
5.0/5.0
Nick worked so well with everyone in the wedding. There were so many personalities to work with and he did exceptionally well. He is so creative and really got some beautiful shots of us before, during, and after the wedding. He is so nice and easy to work with. I would recommend him to ANYONE. We are acutally getting him to do my sisters Senior portraits! Check out his site... www.nickkesslerphotography.com. He is well worth it!
Nick worked so well with everyone in the wedding. There were so many personalities to work with and he did exceptionally Read more...
Nick worked so well with everyone in the wedding. There were so many personalities to work with and he did exceptionally well. He is so creative and really got some beautiful shots of us before, during, and after the wedding. He is so nice and easy to work with. I would recommend him to ANYONE. We are acutally getting him to do my sisters Senior portraits! Check out his site... www.nickkesslerphotography.com. He is well worth it! Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
10/20/2012
4.9/5.0
Nick was such a great photographer from our engagement photos all the way to our wedding. The photos were better than I could have expected with an artistic quality reserved for anything but a wedding and he was always responsive with questions.
Nick was such a great photographer from our engagement photos all the way to our wedding. The photos were better than I Read more...
Nick was such a great photographer from our engagement photos all the way to our wedding. The photos were better than I could have expected with an artistic quality reserved for anything but a wedding and he was always responsive with questions. Read less
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Chrystal
Wedding:
5/27/2012
4.7/5.0
Great to work with and provided us with great photos! Thanks for the memories :)
Great to work with and provided us with great photos! Thanks for the memories :)
Great to work with and provided us with great photos! Thanks for the memories :) Read less
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