Nina Roland WeddingsPRO+ Member
I'm Nina. I'm a couple and wedding photographer in love with lovers' energy, details and flowy dresses. My approach is unintrusive, my style honest. I always look for a hidden smile and a spontaneous touch. Ever since that first job as a wedding photographer, it's the energy that drives me. Something magical happens when two people bind themselves to each other; a palpable sensation of love fills the air. It's the tears of joy, the hugs and kisses, the loving glance, the soft touch.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
By accident. I was working a job unrelated to photography when I started filling in for some friends who did mostly event and product photography. I liked it, but it wasn't anything exciting. Until I went to second shoot a wedding with them. That was it, I fell in love really and never looked back. Throughout the years and various jobs, something kept dragging me into weddings. Eventually, I took the leap of faith and went full time.
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
Picking one is hard! One of the most surreal is when a couple took me into their home and treated me as family. It was (my first!) destination wedding and they took such good care of me I still can't believe it's true. It was one of those moments when people just click, when you feel as if you've known each other for years and the relationship simply glides. It wasn't just a great experience at work, it was a great life experience as well.
What equipment do you use?
I use two Nikon D750 bodies, one of which has a Sigma 35mm 1.4 almost always attached to it. I also have a Nikkor 28mm 1.4, a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 and a Nikkor 85mm 1.8, and a Nikon flash unit. I have a bunch of memory cards, batteries, a back-up flash unit lying around my bag too.
I got a Fuji XT3 with a 23mm 2.0 lens which is being tested in 2019 season. Quite a different feel to it so not a full-time member of my wedding gear just yet.
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
Getting ready must be one of my top moments during a wedding. They are intimate and emotional, private. I feel both honoured and a bit as an intruder during getting ready.
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
When choosing a photographer go with what feels good. There are thousands of great photographers out there, go with the one you feel is a good match for your style and personality.
On the wedding day itself, just don't worry. Don't worry about that mini stain on your dress or suit, don't worry if your make-up will smudge once those tears of joy start running, don't worry about flowers, dinner, seating order, if someone else in the wedding party had a fight, don't worry about things that aren't 100% as perfect as you wanted them to be. Remember that you are getting married to the love of your life. That is all that matters.
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Respect your surroundings and other professionals working at the wedding.