BE INSPIRED Family session| feature by Nicole Rimbey

Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you. 

I am a family photographer whose style is a true mix between lifestyle and documentary. I aim to capture those fleeting moments that we as parents will always want to remember. I’m really all about creating artistic heirlooms that my clients and their families will cherish for generations. I want my work to be passed down as a way of documenting family history.

I have been in business for a little over a year now, but have had a camera in my hand since I was a little girl. I focused on photography in undergrad for my BFA exhibition but drifted a bit from it after school. When I had my daughter a little over two years ago, I had a new muse and my love for photography rushed back full force.

A few personal facts about me: I married my high school sweetheart and we have a beautiful two year old blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter together. We live in rural Pennsylvania and really love to be outside when the weather cooperates. Since my daughter was born, I have been working on relinquishing control and limiting my swearing.

What makes you the most nervous during a session? 

Oh man. Everything. Ha! I get sweaty palms and an increased heart rate every time before a session. I’d have to say the thing that makes me the most nervous is the headspace of my clients. Since my work is lifestyle/documentary, it is all about interaction and connection, and when some family members are less than thrilled for pictures, it can make the session a little stiff and difficult to get those images I really strive to make.

What about this session was most memorable?

I would have to say the effortless vibe of the clients. They were so cool, calm, and collected. They are beautiful people who created beautiful children. Their connection between each other was inspiring, and I totally hope I get to photograph them again sometime.

Were there any hurdles?

Yes! The little guy’s bedtime was before golden hour even began, so we had to shift the session time to early evening and it happened to be a very bright, warm summer day. Due to this, I had to sacrifice some bokeh in order to properly expose. This is only the second time I shot a client session in full sun. I’ll be honest, as I was shooting I was getting stressed that nothing was going to turn out, but when I began editing them, that hurdle turned into a reconfirmation of my ability and my work. 

Your best photographer/session advice?

Over communicate. I am somewhat reserved when it comes to communication, but the only way your clients will know exactly what to expect/what you want is from your communication. Also, do not be afraid to tell them how it’s going to be, what to wear, and what to do. Most of them are looking for direction, and most are clueless about photography. Remember that you are the expert!

What is one goal for your business ?

My main goal is to find and fill my schedule with more family documentary-inspired sessions. I love my outdoor sessions where my clients are styled and dancing through fields, but I am craving more raw, real situations.  

What gear was used to achieve these?

Canon 6D and Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 

Any presets used or hand editing?

For this session, I used SMAL with considerable tweaks. 


Nicole Rimbey is a lifestyle and documentary photographer who resides in western PA with her husband and daughter. She is focused on creating artistic heirlooms and seeks those who cherish the everyday moment as much as her. 


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