I’m Nicole Chan. I’m a Boston-based photographer that works in both the wedding industry as well as the commercial world. I never thought I’d love weddings as much as I do.
I think it’s awesome to be able to connect with couples, get to know who they are, what makes them tick, what they love about their family and friends, and then create a set of photos that accurately reflects their personalities – quirks and all.
Visually, I’m attracted to vivid colors, or scenes where I immediately can say, “This would be such a bold black and white.” I’ve been told that I have a knack for making people feel comfortable, which I think is a cool compliment since some people see a camera and run away screaming.
I genuinely like people, and I like seeing people happy. I especially like ugly crying. I suppose it makes me a pretty good fit for weddings.
On the commercial side, I photograph a lot of corporate work – headshots, portraits, and office life. Prior to being a photographer, I used to be a management consultant, specializing in finance and tech strategy.
I fit well here because I speak their language and can visualize what their brand is looking for quickly.
Sony A7 III: I like to keep things simple, lightweight, and fast. The camera’s autofocus keeps up with me. That’s important.
Sony 35mm f/1.8: This is my favorite documentary and storytelling lens. It’s wide enough to show the environment, layer and have some cool creative compositions, but not too wide that it’ll distort.
Sony 55mm f/1.8: This is great for a clean balanced focal length! Not too tight. Not too wide!
Sony 85mm f/1.8: This is my favorite headshot and portrait lens. Love the depth of the field that this lens provides.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8: This is the least used lens in my arsenal, but I still love it because of the reach and bokeh that it provides!
I love all primes because they’re fast, lightweight, and unassuming.
Godox V860II-S: Powerful and small.
Godox XPro-S: A reliable trigger so that I can trigger my off-camera flashes.
MagMod MagGrids: I love being able to control the spill of my light!
ThinkTank Airport Navigator: This rollie is perfect because it allows me to put a shoulder bag ontop of it, and isn’t too big or bulky for me to carry around if needed to carry up a flight of stairs.
Think Tank Vision Shoulder 13: For on the go portrait and engagement sessions, it allows me to carry two bodies, three lenses, and a flash.
Think Tank Urban Access 15: This carries just as much as my Airport Navigator rollie, but assures me that I’ll be able to carry it all on my back!
Hardware & Software
Adobe Lightroom CC
Adobe Photoshop 2020
I eat a lot of snacks, mainly fruits, nuts, chocolate-covered fruit, and chocolate-covered nuts.
I feel very lucky to do what I love. There’s never a day that goes by that I take that for granted.