About Me

Hi, I'm Nikki and I'm so glad you're here! My passion goes beyond the lens; I truly feel blessed to connect with my clients and consider them my friends! I would love to introduce myself in person, but for now here's a little more about me.

5 things I LOVE:

chocolate truffles / romantic comedies / my black Calvin Klein dresses / hardcover vintage novels / JESUS (saved the best for last)

5 of my credentials:

Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) / board member of the Professional Photographers of Michigan (PPM) 2020-2022 / award-winning photographer; named one of the "Top 7 Photographers of 2019" by PPM / published in places such as The Wed Clique, The Perfect Palette, Wedding Day, and more / Educational instructor for the Professional Photographer of America (PPA)

Before expanding my photography career, I was an international youth speaker and Creative Arts Director traveling to over 40 countries. Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, I married my high school sweetheart and we now have four amazing kids, ages 9-16. We recently followed our hearts to the south and now reside in a quiet part of Lawrence County, halfway between Louisa and Paintsville. We love road trips, hiking, board games, birthdays, and family movie night!

I have loved photography since the age of 12, when I would go through rolls and rolls of film and disposable cameras. Somewhere around 2006 I upgraded to my first DSLR and never looked back. My favorite memory during this journey was the first wedding I photographed (for a friend). That day my soul LIT UP and I knew I had found my passion. I love every moment of the wedding day; the beautiful little details, the stunning couples who are so in love, and the emotional moments shared between family and friends.

It would be an honor to get to know you, hear your story, and create amazing photographs for you to enjoy forever!



P.S. If you'd love to see your wedding published, let me know! I'm happy to take care of the submission process and have worked with numerous blogs & publications!

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"When Nikki sent the wedding pictures over, I started crying with joy. The photos turned out amazing! She captured all the perfect moments and little details! Thanks to Awakened Light Photography, we now have tons of beautiful pictures to remember our wedding day. Nikki is truly a gem to work with and I highly recommend her."

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