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I'm just your regular old quirky St. Louis native who enjoys provel cheese and knows it's not the heat, it's the humidity. I'm an old soul who found the love of my life, a dude who is young at heart, who balances me out and makes me laugh every day. When he got me a camera as a wedding gift,  I don't think he fully realized he was creating a monster and giving me so much more than a camera to take along for our honeymoon.  This is where it gets really corny, so if you're not here for it, keep on scrolling - In giving me that gift, he reignited my passion for photography, one that I'd let fall by the wayside while I was figuring out how to be a grown-up; He inspired to me to trust my heart and reconnect with the artistic and intuitive part of myself that had been there all along, and to nurture that passion and joy into something bigger, something for more than just my own enjoyment. After shooting our friends' backyard wedding with film and an old DSLR, ideas started percolating in my head. Since then, I've taken my camera everywhere. 

I'm just your regular old quirky St. Louis native who enjoys provel cheese and knows it's not the heat, it's the humidity. I'm an old soul who found the love of my life, a dude who is young at heart, who balances me out and makes me laugh every day. When he got me a camera as a wedding gift,  I don't think he fully realized he was creating a monster and giving me so much more than a camera to take along for our honeymoon.

 This is where it gets really corny, so if you're not here for it, keep on scrolling - In giving me that gift, he reignited my passion for photography, one that I'd let fall by the wayside while I was figuring out how to be a grown-up; He inspired to me to trust my heart and reconnect with the artistic and intuitive part of myself that had been there all along, and to nurture that passion and joy into something bigger, something for more than just my own enjoyment. After shooting our friends' backyard wedding with film and an old DSLR, ideas started percolating in my head. Since then, I've taken my camera everywhere. 

Art is  a personal thing that touches everyone differently. I’m not going to tell you I’m the best photographer for everyone, ever -- I just want to be the best photographer for you. The truth is, we all have our own unique style and creative vision that we bring to this world. I chose to shoot weddings because I’ve been given a gift and it brings me joy to have the opportunity to share that with others.

To me, it's not just about getting great photos: it's about getting to know you, honoring your individual story, and being part of your team.

I love finding amazing opportunities in ordinary settings and scenery and bringing out the most comfortable confident side of you. I appreciate the clients who appreciate the details. I shoot weddings to include all of the things you worked so hard to pull together, and the things you’ll probably otherwise forget. I strive to capture candid moments throughout the day, the colors and textures that build the look and feel of your space, and the little pieces and parts woven together to make it YOUR day. 

My name is Nora Sandoval!

What makes me unique?

Let’s be honest, there are so many incredibly talented photographers out there.

TL; DR?
HERE ARE THE QUICK FACTS:

I love...

All things arts & crafts, especially counted cross stitch; irony, tattoos, anything Chris Cornell, most nerdy things but above all Harry Potter (Ravenclaws, holler at your girl), heartbreaking harmonies, inventing my own words, golden hour sunflares, leopard print, neon signs, and stopping to smell the roses.

For the most part....

I'm pretty much freezing all of the time. Like, regardless of the time of the year. Also,  I'm significantly better at solving the down crossword clues than the across.


Music-wise,

My iPhone is on shuffle, but I hit skip until I get to one of the three songs I actually like, which I then listen to about 400 times in a row.

My favorite genre

Of photography, besides weddings, is night street photography; my favorite way to explore is wandering around looking for neon lights and fun signs. I especially enjoy when businesses leave their "Open" signs on, even when they're obvs closed.

I think it's important you find a photographer whose work you LOVE - but, I believe it’s just as important you find someone who will bring out the best of who you are in your photos and is able to authentically capture the love you have for each other. After all, your wedding day is meant to be an amazing fun-filled celebration and you probably want a photographer who is all about that! I’m a lover of adventure, a dreamer, an artist, and - full disclosure - slightly addicted to wedding cake. Here are some other basics about me - I can't wait to see what we have in common!

My Style &
My Favorites

I have a huge soft spot for bright colors - not only in my work, but in my overall aesthetic. Give me the bright, saturated jewel-toney hues all day, every day, please! I love creating an intentionally collected, curated feel in both my space and my work: think mixing family heirlooms with found items and Target staples to create a one-of-a-kind, personalized space. I'm inspired by design that pulls from multiple styles, eras and color palettes and style doesn’t play by the rules. I'm all for mixing prints, gallery walls, and taking old things and making them new again.

My design style:
Bold & Eclectic

Specifically, our dog, Captain Thor the Destroyer. This sweet angel baby Mr. Nibblet is probably the best thing that has ever happened to our family. He is the most loving, most ridiculous and most endearing creature and is truly a compassionate soul. There is nothing quite like snuggling with a small dog. And to my clients? Please know that the answer to the question "Can we do the session with our dog?" will always be yes. Like, you don't even have to tell me first. Just bring all your pets. Maybe even adopt some on your way.

My favorite animal is
the Yorkshire Terrier

Locally? It's gotta be Target. I could get lost in there for hours. Outside of town? Probably Paris. History, food, people watching, dogs, art, food, coffee, pastry, culture, love, food, drama - this city has it all. Fun Fact - it is also a life goal of mine to visit all fifty states WITH my husband; I'm not counting ones we've been to individually or just driven thru. So far, I think we're at about five. He promised as long as there is WiFi, he will come with me, though! We just checked Montana and Wyoming off of the list and I am freaking pumped.

My favorite place 
to visit

Because love is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. The truth is, your wedding is a once in a lifetime occasion, and choosing someone to capture that day through photography is a big decision! It is a privilege to witness it, one that should be honored, one that I take very seriously and work hard to respect. Trust me when I say that I am just as excited about your big day as you are; more often than not, I grin so hard my face hurts while I'm editing. If you feel connected to what I do and my work resonates with you, I think we're probably kindred spirits and I can't wait to hear from you.

Why I became
a Wedding Photographer

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