Hi! My name is Nicole and I am a wedding, travel + lifestyle, commercial photographer, born, raised & based in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, serving all three Virgin Islands, and available for travel worldwide. I specialize in destination weddings + elopements, engagement and portrait sessions, with over 10 years of photography experience.
My photography style is very candid and photojournalistic, with a fine art approach. I take joy in connecting with my clients and creating a positive, fun, and comfortable photo experience. I love utilizing as much natural light as possible during my photo sessions, creating a fresh, soft, ethereal feel, or sometimes a moody, film-emulated look to my work. I strive to produce imagery that my clients will cherish for all time; capturing the love, emotional connection, beauty, romance and wonderful details experienced on their special day. Photography allows me to be honest, free & ever present, always honoring my subjects and the world around me.
I was inspired by my father’s photo obsession at a young age - he handed me a Polaroid camera at age 10 to take a photo of him in his military uniform - little did he know, he awoke the budding photographer inside of me. It wasn’t until I participated in Semester at Sea my senior year in college - a study abroad program where I lived on a ship for 100 days, circumnavigating the globe and visiting 10 different countries - that I caught the “travel bug” and knew photography and travel would become life-long passions. Life suddenly changed after my Dad: Lt. Colonel, David C. Canegata III was tragically killed in combat, while serving in Iraq in 2007. Out of that grief and pain, I decided to live more fully and embrace my innate passions - I purchased my first digital SLR camera shortly after, and life has never been the same!
My first solo exhibit, "The Traveling Lense" was the catalyst that inspired me to quit my financial research job of eight years and return to school to pursue a degree in photography. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, I had the amazing opportunity to intern for and be published in Santa Barbara Magazine. I have been a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) for five years, and joined the photography team of Flytographer (a global vacation photography company) in March 2019. I have been awarded the Wedding Wire 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 "Couple's Choice Award”, and was voted by The Virgin Islands Daily News, Reader's Choice: "Best Wedding Photographer of the Virgin Islands on St. Croix 2017." My wedding imagery has also been featured in the following online publications: Wedding Lovely, Artfully Wed, and The Well Groomed Groom. In November 2018, I had the pleasure of photographing award-winning, country singer, Brett Young and his beautiful wife, Taylor Mills Young (featured in my couples’ gallery) while on their honeymoon in St. Croix and my photos were published in Inspirato’s Winter/Spring 2019 Magazine.
An adventurer at heart, I have traveled to 6 continents, 55 countries, and over190 cities across the globe - one of my life's goal is to visit100 countries. I currently teach photography part-time to high school students at the Good Hope Country Day School (my Alma mater) - which brings me great joy, and was the 2018 resident artist at the Henle Gallery. I am absolutely passionate about what I do and am always striving to be a better photographer. I live for the ocean...am guided by the sun & ruled by the moon...inspired by stimulating conversations...loves grooving to good music…obsessed with my little fur baby & puppy, Lily…and could eat sushi everyday :) I am a bibliophile (proud bookworm) and when not shooting on location or editing my life away, you can find me at the barre (Barre Fitness that is), on my yoga mat, at the beach or wander-lust-ing around the globe!
For more information regarding my wedding photography packages and portrait sessions, please be in touch via my contact page.
I look forward to connecting with you!