It is with such joy that I introduce you all to my dear friend and colleague Mr. Nikolay Chernichenko from NCH Studio. I have known Niko for many years now and have had the honour of working with him and his team on various projects at some of the luxurious hotels in the Dominican Republic. He is such an exceptional photographer and videographer and has produced some of the most stunning imagery that my team and I have ever seen. He has worked within the wedding industry for many years but has also executed content for other industries and continues to push the boundaries. He is so passionate about his work and his clients and has such a genuine love for this industry, that it is truly a pleasure to be in his presence and see him bring his dreams to life.
So, if you’re newly engaged and would love to work with both a photographer and videographer who is simply outstanding, then please continue scrolling for more, and do not hesitate to get in contact with him to find out more about his services.
1. What drew you into the world of wedding photography & videography?
My journey in the wedding industry began as a wedding coordinator, where I was instantly captivated by the exquisite intricacies that make each celebration a unique work of art. It was during this time that a profound realization struck me—I possessed a deep appreciation for the finer details that often went unnoticed. Not content with merely coordinating, I yearned to capture the essence of these moments myself.
Driven by this newfound passion, I picked up a camera and embarked on a personal quest to translate the beauty I saw into tangible form. The more I immersed myself in the world of photography, the more I discovered that my vision offered a unique perspective—one that could breathe life into photographs and later on, into mesmerizing videos. I wanted to go beyond the traditional and mundane, and present the world with a visual representation of the sheer magic I witnessed within the realm of weddings.
As I honed my skills and delved deeper into my craft, I was fortunate enough to attract like-minded professionals who shared my vision. Together, we formed a dynamic team, bound by our collective determination to capture the true essence of weddings—the raw emotions, the intricate details, and the sheer enchantment. With every click of the camera button, we sought to freeze time, preserving the precious moments of joy, love, and elegance that dance in the air during these remarkable celebrations.
2. You are so intentional with the type of photographs that you capture and the way that you style couples on their special day. Where does your inspiration come from when it comes to this?
When it comes to capturing photographs and styling couples on their special day, my inspiration stems from a combination of personal vision and admiration for the artistry of others. Allow me to share the key aspects that drive my approach:
First and foremost, my goal extends beyond merely showcasing how things appear; I aspire to convey how I perceive the world around me. Often, my vision paints a picture that is even more exquisite than reality itself. I strive to capture the essence of each moment in a way that reflects the beauty I see through my own lens. This intentionality allows me to create photographs that evoke emotions and reveal the inherent magic in every frame.
Additionally, I always visualize how the photographs will come together in a wedding album. Envisioning the final presentation helps guide my creative choices and ensures that I capture all the intricate details that will truly shine when compiled into a cohesive collection. This foresight enables me to tell a captivating visual story that unfolds flawlessly when couples revisit their cherished memories through the pages of their wedding album.
3. What is it about wedding photography and videography that lights you up and gets you excited?
The excitement of wedding photography and videography stems from capturing beautiful details, being immersed in the stunning landscapes of the Dominican Republic, the trust bestowed upon my team and I, and the privilege of documenting the range of unique and heartfelt emotions that unfold throughout a wedding day. These elements allow me to create art that celebrates love, preserves memories, and brings joy to couples and their families for years to come.
4. What are your “must have” photographs on the wedding day?
5. What is unique about your particular style? What sets you apart from other wedding photographers & videographers in the industry?
Firstly, we pride myself on paying extra attention to detail. While there are numerous talented artists in our industry whom I greatly admire, I believe that our meticulous approach sets us apart. I strive to capture not only the big moments but also the subtle nuances and intricate details that often go unnoticed. This heightened attention to detail allows us to create a comprehensive visual narrative that reflects the couple’s unique love story and showcases the beauty of their special day.
Secondly, my team and I have developed a technique that involves posing couples in a way that looks natural and unposed. This approach enables me to create authentic and genuine images that truly reflect the couple’s personalities and connection. By guiding couples through subtle prompts and interactions rather than rigid posing, we are able to capture their true emotions and create photographs and videos that feel spontaneous and heartfelt.
6. How do you guide your couples throughout the process? Do you assist them in selecting their shot list for the wedding or do you work with whatever is sent to you?
I prioritize discussions with the wedding planner and couple to establish a well-planned timeline that allows us to have sufficient time for each aspect of the wedding day. I work closely with the couple to incorporate their shot list and preferences, ensuring a collaborative approach. While we strive to overcome challenges, such as inclement weather, our adaptability allows us to create beautiful and memorable photographs regardless of any unforeseen circumstances.
7. Do you have any photographers that you truly admire and look up to?
I draw inspiration from the work of exceptional fine art photographers who have left an indelible mark on the industry. Talented artists such as Erich McVey, Elizabeth Messina, Jen Huang, and Jose Villa have mastered the art of infusing their photographs with a timeless, ethereal quality. Their ability to capture raw emotions, delicate details, and breathtaking aesthetics resonates deeply with me. Their portfolios serve as a wellspring of inspiration, pushing my team and I to continually refine our craft and elevate our artistic expression.
8. What’s next for NCH Studio? What can we look out for, for 2023 and beyond?
Our goal for NCH Studio is to establish ourselves as the unequivocal choice for wedding couples. We strive to provide exceptional service and deliver outstanding products that surpass expectations. Looking ahead to 2023 and beyond, we aim to continually refine our craft, push boundaries, and innovate in order to solidify our position as the dream team for couples seeking exceptional wedding photography and videography.