My name is Nickie Davis; I am a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in the Algarve, Portugal. I had my own wedding and portrait photography business based in the UK for 15 years named Blush Photography. My parents have lived in the Algarve for many years and after getting married here myself seven years ago, my dream of living and working in the beautiful Algarve began! Five years ago we moved with our children to a small picturesque fishing village called Ferragudo where we are very happy and settled; it was here that Blush Photography Algarve was born!
I have always had a passion for beautiful photography, As a child, I remember always having my bedroom walls covered in photos of me and my friends after having spent hours applying as much make-up as possible before piling into the nearest photo booth!
My passion for photographing people grew from there. I believe there is nothing like a good wedding and everything that goes with it; there are so many emotions and moments to capture, each one of them totally unique. I love weddings right from the early stages when all the excitement and ideas are flying around, to wedding mornings filled with laughter, love and anticipation; the excited chatter of girls getting ready, giggling trying to remember how to tie up the dress; the nervous look on the grooms face and most of all, the big moment when boy first sees girl in her magical dress. Oh, you also can't forget the first kiss, first dance as newlyweds or the hilarious wedding speeches...cringe cringe!
My energy and time is all yours on your wedding day; I have a great eye for capturing emotions and ensuring that I eternalise the very essence of your day. I am always watching to snap those unexpected, wonderful moments as they naturally unfold.
My photographs are unlimited; who knows what will happen on the day, but I will be sure to capture it when it does. I work with two cameras, one with a beautiful portrait lens, the other with a super huge zoom so no one gets away from me...!
My promise to you is to capture your day as naturally and as unobtrusively as possible, providing you with a collection of beautiful photographs to cherish forever.
I understand that every wedding is incredibly special and unique and it's with great honour that I will be sharing and recording your day with you. I will make sure you are relaxed in my company, unaware of my whereabouts but confident that I am doing my job with all my effort and love. I will be by your side when you need me, but never in your way. I will help you and guide you when needed; I will be your extra pair of hands, feet or voice and ultimately, I will ensure your day flows exactly how you planned it. I won't embarrass you or make you do anything you are not comfortable with; my style is fresh, fun and relaxed. My sole aim is to capture the moments in time that occur naturally between two people on their wedding day and all who share it with them. Whilst I am based in the Algarve, Portugal I am also available for weddings in the UK and the rest of the world. I love to travel and it's even better when I can combine it with my passion for wedding photography! So, if you are looking for wedding photographer who loves her job, has a lot of heart and likes to make it relaxed and fun, please contact me.
The question is not what you look at but what you see.
I am always asked what my "wedding packages" are and to be honest it's so hard to put packages together without meeting or at least chatting through your wedding photography wish list!!! I will be with you through as much of the day as you would like; maybe only until your wedding breakfast begins or until after the speeches, cutting of the cake, first dance or the very end. This is your day...so your choice.
Every single wedding is unique and every couple have a vision of heir dream day resulting in dream wedding photographs! Through discussion, can quickly determine how the day will evolve; my job is to document your day as it unfolds, capturing stills you can cherish forever; stills that remind you of how you felt from the nervous excitement as you get ready, to walking down the aisle, your first look, first kiss, joyous celebrations with loved ones, that all embarrassing best mans speech to your first dance. I am an artist of capturing and feeling those moments of raw emotion as and when they happen; that's the part of my job I love. On your wedding day I arrive roughly 2 hours before you leave for ceremony.
This time is not all about photographs but largely about us getting to know each other; you getting used to me being around with my cameras, me blending in and helping wherever I'm needed! In the past I have helped dress bridesmaids, helped remind everyone how to lace a wedding dress, sewn a bridesmaid into a dress after the zip broke, attached buttonholes and not to mention dishing out lashings of rescue remedy!
I shoot all day using two cameras, a Nikon D800 and a Nikon D700; one armed with a lovely portrait lens and the other with a huge zoom to capture you all when you least expect it!
Most of my work is candid and natural, the only time I take control is during the group formal photos ensuring g it all runs smoothly and efficiently and making sure you don't waste any of your drinks reception! This is something we will discuss in detail beforehand to make sure we capture every group shot you want whether its none or hundreds; the choice is yours...
Photos of just the bride and groom will then be taken at a time when the two of you will be least missed; I will guide you through this ensuring you are relaxed and happy as whilst some of us may love to pose, some of use simply hate it! Again, this is something we will establish beforehand.
It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.
This is a simply a great way for us all to get to know each other ensuring on our second photo shoot, your wedding day, you feel relaxed and confident in me as your wedding photographer. Plus it gives you another set of beautiful photos to add to your wedding album.
This is relatively new to the wedding photography world and is not for everyone! I love it for some really simple reasons; firstly, it makes your wedding day longer; you get to spend more quality time together and as you have done a considerable amount of your photos before the ceremony, you don't have to waste any precious time during your drinks reception!
This is how it works; the bride or groom choose location to meet; sometimes the groom is blindfolded, sometimes just facing me; the bride slowly walks up behind him and I get to capture the look of pure anticipation as he looks forwards, dying to turn round and see where his beautiful bride is; she taps him on the shoulder or releases his blindfold and reveals her beautiful dress. This is such a magical moment and there is time for you both to enjoy it without the ceremony starting.
Afterwards, we have a further opportunity to take some intimate photos of just the two of you in your chosen location. The first look can also work well with bridesmaids, the best man and ushers present.
When we are done, it's time for the bride to hide and the groom to meet his guests and the day carries on as normal except a lot of your photos are already done...
This is great fun and really something you should consider!
Not only is it fun and you get to where your dress all over again, it means you can have the photos you want without the pressure of missing any of your cocktail reception! I always try and work as fast as possible so you are not missed and you have had plenty of champagne and canapes before we go but you can't help but not be present for some of it!
Trashing the dress doesn't mean you literally have to trash your dress. it just means that if the bottom gets a little wet or you sit in the sand it doesnt matter, however some do like to get in the sea completely!!! This is up to you entirely! The other benefit is we get to travel to the location of your choice at the best time of day which is usually later in the day before the sun sets here in the Algarve that way the light is lovely and soft and there are less people around! View examples...
If you do decide to do this we need to check availability a couple of days after your wedding and book it in. As it is more relaxed and informal it's quite nice if you have done your hair and make up so it all looks more relaxed.
On your wedding day you strive to have every detail go right and to look perfect. Here's your chance to let loose, have some fun, and show off your personality in a photo session all about you.
Photo booths continue to remain increasingly popular and for a very good reason; they are great fun! There are two ways that I find work well; one is to use a backdrop and props and take photos which are included with your images from the wedding day; the other is to use a Polaroid camera, scrapbook, glue and pens to create a funny and unique guest book of photos and messages for you to take away with you that night and treasure!
I love the people I photograph. I mean, they're my friends. I've never met most of them or I don't know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.
With natural light and natural love I will create natural images.
If you are interested in my services as a wedding photographer please either email me at email@example.com, call me on +351 915 573 711, or complete the form under send a message to get in touch and find out more information.
Whilst I do offer a range of photography packages, I also like to create bespoke options to suit each bride and groom as we all have something different in mind for our big day!
I look forward to hearing from you and about the day you have planned so far!