ABOUT ME

I’ve never known anything else except photography. I purchased my first camera – a film camera (gasp!) – when I was in high school. I loved photographing family members, friends and nature. My camera went with me everywhere! When it was time to head off to college, I took my love of photography and decided to turn it into a career. I majored in Photojournalism at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Not long after graduation, I decided I wanted to use my photography to make an impact on the world, so I joined the Army, where I used my first digital camera. I served as a photographer on a newspaper staff for more than 5 years, and I also served as a photographer during a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq.

After my Army contract was complete in 2008, I knew wedding photography would be the next step in my career. So we moved back home to St. Louis, MO, and now I’m living my dream as a St. Louis wedding photographer. I am SO lucky to be doing what I do! There is no better job than that of a photographer, and I truly love shooting weddings. After the amazing experience of my own wedding, I knew I wanted to help preserve those memories for others through my photography. I am truly honored to be a part of the best day of so many couples’ lives.

My background in photojournalism makes it possible to catch those fleeting, once-in-a-lifetime moments that I hope you will treasure for years to come. My style is primarily photojournalistic, and if that is how you envision your wedding photographs, please use the contact form or give me a call so we can grab a cup of coffee and discuss all the details.

On the more personal side, I have 3 young sons and am married to an amazing man. I’m a lover of caramel lattes, pedicures, the smell of honeysuckle, baby chub, running outdoors, all Sheryl Crow songs, going to the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, and pugs. And everyone calls me Nikki!

Thanks for checking out the blog. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in the St. Louis area, check out the contact page and drop me a line! I’d love to chat with you.

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"“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” "

Franklin P. Jones

Services

I offer a variety of photography services in the St. Louis metro area, including:

wedding photography

glamour/boudoir sessions

family/newborn sessions

senior sessions

event photography

corporate photography

Please email me at nikkiwelch@mac.com or check out the Investment Page for more information. I look forward to hearing from you!

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St. Louis Wedding Photographer: Brittney + Chris

It’s been a loooong time since I’ve updated the blog – I was down for the count with a nasty stomach bug, so my apologies. And thanks to Brittney and Chris for their patience in getting this look at their wedding images! These two lovebirds were married at the dreamy Seven Gables Inn in Clayton. I had never even heard of this venue before Brittney had originally contacted me about shooting their wedding, and I’m so happy to have had the chance to shoot there. It really, is a lovely, ethereal kind of space. It was a steamy St. Louis day, aren’t they all in the summer?! We did a first look at the venue, and let me tell you, I’m not always loving the first looks (to be honest). I know most photographers push them, but I don’t. But this one, the emotion, the happiness they showed and I was able to capture, just completely made everything so wonderful. Then we went off to Forest Park for some wedding party pictures, and then back for the ceremony and time to PARTY! Thanks again Chris and Brittney for sharing your beautiful wedding day with me. It was wonderful! All the best.

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I just love their expressions! This is why couples should do a first look before their wedding!!!

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Concordia Seminary made such a dreamy backdrop for the wedding party photos for the day. It was worth the extreme heat, I do believe!
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Ruth Ellen Hasser always performs wonderfully personalized wedding ceremonies. This one was no different. Best in St. Louis, in my opinion!
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If ever there was a fairytale wedding venue here in St. Louis, Seven Gables Inn would have my vote!
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Chris + Brittney’s St. Louis Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony + Reception: Seven Gables Inn
Photographer: Nicole Welch Photography
Florist: Alex Waldbart Florist
Bakery: McArthur’s Bakery
Officiant: Ruth Ellen Hasser

St. Louis Wedding Photographer: Melissa + Andrew

Congrats again to Melissa + Andrew who were married in a beautiful wedding ceremony on Saturday. They also were brave enough to stand on a diving board at the pool where they met. Thank you for being so much fun to work with!

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St. Louis Wedding Photographers: Jibi + Renoj

Renoj + Jibi had a beautiful day for a June wedding in St. Louis. It was one of those miraculous Saturdays that it DIDN’T rain. It felt like a bit of a miracle. These two had their Christian Indian wedding ceremony in Kirkwood at the gorgeous

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St. Louis Boudoir Photographer: Miss J

This post is long overdue! Shooting boudoir and glamour has become a very real, recent passion of mine. Something I’ve always wanted to do more of, but honestly, with wedding photography, there hasn’t been much time!

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