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Rising Stars: Meet Nathalie Gaines

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathalie Gaines.

Hi Nathalie, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My name is Nathalie Gaines, I am a wedding and portrait photographer serving Central Florida. I am the daughter of Haitian immigrants. Their hard working nature inspired me to pursue greatness in everything that I do. My mother started her journey in entrepreneurship early and helping her with that gave me some skills that I still use to this day.

My love for photography started early. I’ve been the unofficial photographer for everything I can remember since high school. I was the yearbook photographer and it gave me a taste for documenting memories for myself and others.

I graduated from UCF with my degree in Information Technology and I have been working in the web hosting industry ever since. Craving a creative outlet, I picked up the camera again, shooting my very first wedding in 2012. Since then, my camera has connected me with some of the sweetest couples & families in Orlando.

Coming to my niche of weddings and portraits wasn’t a direct route. I’ve tried everything from shooting construction sites, traveling to parties around town selling portraits on-site, real estate photography, night clubs… I feel like I’ve done it all.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. I am balancing entrepreneurship, motherhood and full time work all at the same time. There have been a couple of hiccups along the way, like getting pregnant and capturing a wedding ten days before giving birth. And catching COVID and having to rely on my talented photographer friends to shoot weddings in my place. Overcoming these obstacles in my business made me and my business practices stronger. I feel like I’m prepared for anything that comes my way.

One thing that I struggle with is self-doubt. I go back and forth between loving and hating my work, comparing myself to some of the amazing photographers that I follow. Overall, I believe the message that is expressed through my work is one of love and pure joy. The images are priceless and the experience that my clients have with me is too.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
As a wedding photographer, I understand that I am the vendor that spends the most time with my clients on their wedding day. With that in mind, I want to play a part in making this important day as smooth and stress free as possible all while capturing the essence of what made your wedding special.

Photography is a big part of this, but on past wedding days I’ve mended wedding gowns, moved furniture, made beds, assisted with placing boutineers, taught first-timers how to wear a suit, helped planners stay on time, and more.

I pride myself in super-fast turnarounds. After you’ve spent a year planning your wedding, I want you to see what it looked like ASAP. This is for you, but really it’s a stress reliever for me. I never have clients calling to ask when their previews will be ready and that keeps my anxiety LOW.

The way I manage my business reflects my busy lifestyle, the way I would like to be treated and the experiences I have had with amazing vendors in the past. My pricing and packages are posted on my website, I have online booking, all so that I can make your planning process as easy as possible.

What does success mean to you?
Success is reached when you are able to enrich the lives of others by sharing your gifts and talents.

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1 Comment

  1. HOPE Doc Tahira Lee

    June 16, 2021 at 7:22 am

    Nathalie Gaines with Epiphany Image, is my absolute all-time favorite photographer EVER! She creates magic. She has captured the most special moments of my family’s life. I would never hesitate to recommend her to anyone who wants a true professional to create a customized photography experience!

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