I’m so excited to introduce you to Nicole Moering of Three Little Birds Studio, LLC! Nicole and I met in college, and I remember her telling me at her own wedding that she was working on a new wedding photography business in Raleigh, N.C. Since then, I have enjoyed watching her and her husband Jordan take the leap into full-time wedding photography — each of their images is truly stunning. I’m obsessed.
(Side note: They even took my very first blog headshot! I have since changed my hair and blog aesthetic and had new photos taken locally, but those photos will always hold a special place in my heart! You can also download some seriously gorgeous desktop wallpapers that Nicole & Jordan took in the early days of F+W.)
If you’re interested in the wedding business or photography, or are wanting to take a big career leap, you will love reading this Q&A with Nicole Moering of Three Little Birds Studio! // susannah
1. How would you describe Three Little Birds Studio?
Three Little Birds Studio, LLC is a fine art wedding photography company! We are often asked what it means to be “fine art” photographers, and in its most simple form it means we approach each and every photo as if it is a carefully curated piece of art, so the level of intention behind each frame is tangible. We also use film cameras, as we feel this is not only the perfect nod to photography as an art, but also creates images that are timeless!
2. What were you doing before Three Little Birds Studio? What inspired you to change paths?
During my undergraduate career I had the joy of working as a photographer for the school paper which I loved doing! Then I graduated, and real life hit — bummer. I worked a corporate job for a year and literally felt like I was being swallowed whole. I just knew I needed to fill my life with creativity and art once again. So, I literally put in my two-weeks’ notice one day, and decided to dive head first as a full-time wedding photographer, without ever shooting a wedding in my whole life. Go big or go home right? Thankfully it worked out.
3. When ideas are scarce, where do you turn for creative inspiration?
I have a passion for all arts! I love painting and pottery. All the textures, lines and colors from these things I find really inspiring. I also LOVE to travel, and when I am in a real rut, I pack up and go somewhere new. A change of scenery can create a change in mind!
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4. Describe your workspace.
My work space… haha. It’s an old door used as a desk, because I like to repurpose. Said old door is in my office which is in my house. Which is wonderful because I then have an endless supply of English tea, and my mini Aussie, Lexi.
5. What have been your biggest successes and challenges for Three Little Birds Studio?
I would say my biggest challenge was simply trying to convince people I had any amount of talent as a wedding photographer even though I had almost no experience. I learnt that being good at what you do is important, but being good to people is even more important! I think investing in our clients and other wedding vendors really helped. These connections helped foster accomplishing my dream of being able to photograph clients internationally!
6. What are your dreams for Three Little Birds Studio?
One day I would love to be able to say that the majority of our clients are NOT local! That would mean I would have really successfully joined my love of travel and photography! (Not that I have anything against our wonderful Raleigh bride and grooms.)
7. Who do you look up to?
My parents are amazing. As teen parents that got married young, raised a family on nothing, yet managed to create a beautiful life full of everything, it’s hard not to admire them. They taught me what it meant to take a risk, and really LEAP. If it wasn’t for them, I would still be at a corporate job, wishing I had the confidence to fly.
8. Where and how do you love to spend your time off?
I try really hard to travel as much as I can… even if it is just to a nearby city like Asheville. Also, there is little in this world that can’t be fixed with a good brunch!
9. What resources do you recommend to someone whose dream job is your job?
I think the best thing you can do for yourself is reach out to other local wedding vendors and cultivate relationships! And always ask what you can do for them, as opposed to the other way around… then they will love you, as I promise we are all pretty nice.
10. If you weren’t running Three Little Birds Studio, what would be your dream job?
I think I would really like to be a potter. Something about ceramics is just so wonderful… Never mind the fact that I have never done it.