I’m a Boston wedding and family photographer, obsessed with documenting moments.
- I can eat more dark chocolate than you can (My sweet spot is 72% – 92%)
- I speak quickly (so keep up!)
- I am more excited about your wedding cake than you can possibly imagine
The relationship between a couple and their wedding photographer is important to me. Her photographic style should captivate you. Personality is vital – I believe the best images are created when there is chemistry and trust. I promise to hustle, bustle, and work my absolute hardest to make your experience fun and comfortable – because that’s what you deserve. Imagine – a stress-free wedding day. Crazy, isn’t it? I can’t promise it, but I’ll try my hardest to make that happen for you.
My previous life: A painter. A management consultant.
My academic background is in finance and computer science. My art background is in Chinese watercolor painting.
My photography “start” was with Playboy. I had a dream of being a fashion and boudoir photographer. After 7 years of building that portfolio (and dozens of trips to the Mansion), I finally realized that I thrived on moment and relationship-based images, the ones that really made you feel something.
Yes, there’s a lot more to this story, and I’m happy to share with whomever is interested. So why weddings, you ask? I believe in the power of love, am overwhelmed by the plethora of big AND small meaningful moments… and I really like cake.
I live to travel
I believe in kickass life experiences. My fondest memories include diving the SS Thistlegorm shipwreck in the Red Sea, eating deep fried bamboo worms with a Northern Thailand Hilltribe family and getting high off oxygen canisters while climbing Macchu Picchu. Last year, we set off to conquer Kilimanjaro, lived with a hunter/gatherer tribe in Tanzania, and spent a month road tripping through Australia and New Zealand. I’ve photographed weddings on four continents and cannot want to photograph more.
I have the laziest dog alive
For most of the day (~20-22 hours/day), she’s sleeping under my desk or using my chair as a pillow in my home studio. For a husky, she’s a runt at 35 lbs, but a super-strong puller and is blazing fast!
Fun fact #1: Sledder and I competed in an urban mushing competition where she pulled me on my mountain bike.
Fun fact #2: I didn’t really learn how to ride a bike until age 23. I know. Crazy.
Fun fact #3: We have aviation headphones for her when she flies with us
My brother inspires me
The people who have helped him and my family inspire me. My mother, with all her strength, inspires me. Alex is on the Autism Spectrum. I’ve tried to express how appreciative I am, but sometimes, a “thank you” just isn’t enough. Nicole Chan Photography LLC donates a portion to help individuals with Autism. To all my past couples and future couples, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for not only allowing me to photograph the first day of your life together, but also enabling me to help families like mine.
Alex can assemble puzzles better and faster than anyone I know. He takes incredibly complex ones (1000+ pieces from MULTIPLE puzzles), flips them upside down onto their cardboard side, and piece them together in a matter of minutes. He’s also got a funny thing where he likes to line things up (hence the magazines and other rectangular items) on his bedroom floor. Alex, you’ve played such a big part how I see the world.
“To do more for the world, than the world does for you. That is success” -Henry Ford
I am on the Board of Directors for Too Young To Wed, whose mission is to protect girls’ rights and end child marriage.
I am a volunteer photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, an organization that specializes in remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture.
On a monthly basis, my team contributes to Kiva, a non-profit organization that allows individuals and teams to lend money via the Internet to low-income / underserved entrepreneurs and students in over 70 countries.
I believe in supporting our local community – MARE (Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange) and Women’s Lunch Place (Women-only day shelter in Boston), and several others. View my most recent project with the WLPr. I went and photographed “empowerment portraits” of the women at the shelter.
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