Testimonials <3

Nicole has a wonderful gift! The pictures she took of our family and my daughter on her first birthday were breathtaking! She’s friendly, talented and great with kids. She really captured my daughter’s personality in her images. Plus, she’s just a really nice person which makes her very easy to work with. I highly recommend Choose to Shine photography!

-Rachel L. (San Diego, CA)

Nicole is amazing with kids and has an amazing eye for what she does. Her passion shines through.

-Kate E. (La Mesa, CA)

We had such a great shoot with Nicole! Loved all of her ideas and picked great locations. She did an amazing job getting our 12 month old to smile. Highly recommend her for your next shoot.

-Jami L. (San Diego, CA)

Nicole did an incredible job on our family session. She was extremely patient, had great spots picked out, and managed to capture so many smiles from our little monster- something no other photographer had been able to do before. She’s got a great eye and I’m so happy to have her. Highly recommend!

-Amanda D. (San Diego, CA)

Nicole did an awesome job with our family photos! It seemed like our two-year-old never held still during the shoot, but she was able to capture so many great pics! She was very patient and had great ideas. Looking forward to another shoot in the near future with Choose to Shine Photography!

-Ciara V. (Lakeside, CA)

Nicole took our family photos and we are more than pleased with the outcome! She was patient with our boys (ages 2, 5 & 6) and was able to get tons of shots with all of them smiling at the camera, which us almost impossible lol. She was also very fun to work with! The pictures turned out fantastic! Thanks Nicole!

-Ashley C. (San Diego, CA)

We couldn’t be happier with the wonderful family and maternity pictures Nicole took for us! She’s professional, friendly, and went above and beyond trying to get a smile from our little guy. She scouted out a great location, made us feel very comfortable, and had lots of ideas for different poses. Our pictures came out beautifully! We would highly recommend her and will definitely be working with her again. She’s the best!

-Shannon H. (San Diego, CA)

Nicole took our engagement/2 year Bday (for my daughter) pictures and they turned out amazing! She really knows how to work her camera And helps you feel comfortable. My daughter had A melt down during the middle of the shoot and Nicole was so patient with her and had candy to help little Victoria lift her spirits! I would highly recommend Nicole to anyone looking to get high quality pictures for an equality amazing price!

-Janette M. (La Mesa, CA)

We just had our second session with Nicole, and once again she did an amazing job! She did a newborn shoot for us, and we love the pictures. She had a variety of backgrounds and props to use, and was wonderful with our newborn. She even managed to get our 20 month old to sit still long enough for some pictures with his new brother. Not an easy feat! We can’t wait to work with her again when it’s time for Christmas cards!

-Shannon H. (San Diego, CA)

HIGHLY recommend! Nicole is so amazing and totally got the vision I was looking for for my sons 1st birthday shoot. She even got some great family photos for us. I didn’t have any props but she came fully prepared with a blanket, box for my son to lean on, balloons and an antique walker. Her pricing is very reasonable and we got sooo many great pics to choose from. We will definitely be using her again for any other photos we need done.

-M. S. (San Diego, CA)

What can I say about Nicole with Choose to Shine Photography! I am not naturally one to take 1 year pictures and make a big fuss, but Nicole was the perfect photographer to help me out! Not only did she come super prepared, but the whole shoot was done in less time than I expected and my 1 year old was great through the whole session!

Some photographers are great at taking pictures but lack the skill to comfort and relax the people they’re shooting, but not Nicole! She was so sweet to my daughter! She took the pictures really fast and was very skilled at getting the pic she wanted! I have the most beautiful pictures now, and it was the best experience! I can’t say enough good things about Nicole!

Long story short, if you are looking for a warm, happy, and extremely talented photographer, than Nicole is your gal! I’m so happy I chose to use her for this little blip in time for my baby girl!

-Mary. M. (San Diego, CA)

Nicole went above and beyond for our photo session. We were having family photos done in addition to a cake smash session for our little girl that just turned one. She arrived at the location ahead of time to scout out spots and lighting that would work well for the photos, but she was very considerate to listen to our suggestions and ideas as well. She works carefully with you to determine a location that would provide a nice backdrop for your photo session and she even brings props to add to and enhance your ideas. Once your photography session is complete, Nicole spends multiple hours enhancing and editing the photos so that she can send them to you digitally. Our edited photos turned out AMAZING!!! Not to mention the turn around time to get our photos was very quick. The digital files we received could be easily downloaded to our computers.

Taking photos of a family is very personal and sometimes a little bit awkward when posing, but Nicole’s calm, friendly, and inviting personality helped us relax and made it easy for us to smile and have fun. I highly recommend Nicole for your all of your photography needs. She is flexible, knowledgeable, reliable, creative and just an overall great person to work with.

-D. P. (San Diego, CA)

Nicole did an AMAZING job on our newborn photos!!  I could not have asked for a better experience or better photos!!  She was so patient and calm with our baby.  She took her time, coaxed him to sleep, and let him guide the session to get the best shots possible!  I was stressed out when he wouldn’t initially stay asleep, but Nicole maintained her relaxed demeanor and it made the session so much more enjoyable!!  I don’t have a single negative thing to say about her or our session…  Now I just have to decide what pictures to print out for our walls as there are SO MANY great ones!!

Additionally, Nicole was in the delivery room for the grand entrance of our son into the world!  He was a little miracle baby born via surrogate and we wanted to capture the moment we had been waiting years for.  Those pictures are so special to us and truly captured the most incredible time of our lives.  We are so grateful for her ability to freeze that moment in time for us forever!  We could not be any happier with her photos for both sessions!!!

-Sarah B. (Santee, CA)