Tyler & Elle
By the time we booked Nirav for our wedding in Yosemite, we had loved his work for several years. We were so excited he was going to document our story and knew the photos would be incredible. What we didn’t realize was how Nirav would capture everything — every detail and collectively, the essence of the day — with such kindness and grace.
Since ours was a destination wedding, we’d only exchanged emails and Skyped once with Nirav before we met him in person at our rehearsal dinner. The first thing that struck us about Nirav was his calm, kind, quiet demeanor. He seemed completely at ease while remaining a true professional, and he put us at ease too.
Tyler and I (ok, just me) had the idea of doing portraits in Yosemite National Park the morning of the wedding, and Nirav was totally game for this. Even though it meant him waking up at 3 am and staying up for nearly 24 hours. We had the best morning with him shooting portraits at sunrise and stopping at multiple locations throughout the park to capture absolutely breathtaking images. He let us be us — offering helpful direction when necessary, but mostly just quietly capturing. And the results were gorgeous, authentic photos of Tyler and me, showing all the joy we were feeling that day. We adore these photos — every single one!
We are perhaps most thankful for Nirav’s attention to detail throughout the day. The way he captured all the most important looks, gestures, and moments, you would think he’d known us for years. It was as if he could sense the most important relationships and most meaningful moments — down to the smallest detail. My sister slipping me a tissue in the middle of the ceremony, Tyler’s dad wiping his eyes, my mom holding my hand as she opened my gift to her, our flower girl eying her reflection, a single tear on my bridesmaid’s cheek. Plus, all the big, glorious moments. Nirav captured them all. And meticulously edited them. Collectively, these photos somehow capture the un-capturable — the feeling of the day. They do justice to our joy.
We could keep going, but we’ll end with Nirav’s thoughtfulness. When we received our photos, Nirav also sent a slideshow of his favorites — complete with carefully selected music that matched the rhythm of the day. We immediately watched it twice through and were in awe. It is not every photographer who would make the effort to create this. Plus, at the time Nirav delivered our photos, he and his family had been evacuated from their home due to wildfires. And he still sent our photos.
In short, Nirav is a joy to work with! We admire his kindness and lovely spirit — my whole family wants to be his best friend — and his work is unparalleled. Every photo was a work of art that we will forever cherish. Thank you, Nirav!
Brandon & Jennifer
We are so thankful to have had Nirav document our most memorable day. Back when we were searching for photographers, we hoped to find something extra special, and I found myself unable to get Nirav’s work out of my head. We knew we found that ‘something special’ we were looking for. Every single image he presented us with tells a story and evokes emotion. When viewing our photos for the first time we were taken on a journey reliving the feelings of the day. We, along with our friends and family, can’t believe how breathtakingly beautiful the photos are; complete works of art. Not only do the images capture the utter beauty of the day, but also the beautiful emotions we felt throughout the day. Not a single moment was missed, from the tearful reactions of wedding guests during my father’s speech, to my grandma busting a move on the dance floor.
I feel deep gratitude that we can forever relive our wedding day in such an authentic way through these images. Not only is the quality of Nirav’s work superb, but he himself is one of the most quality humans I’ve met. He has the kindest soul, and it was in fact comforting to have him nearby during our day. We had such a magical wedding day, and Nirav was the best decision we made in our planning. We hope to have him document special memories for us in the future someday.
Don & Tanya
It’s honestly hard to put into words our adoration for Nirav Patel. He is an authentic artist and a genuine person. We had been admiring his work for a few years and it was a dream of ours to have him photograph our wedding one day. That dream became a reality when he joined us for our intimate ceremony in Bali, Indonesia! Nirav was so warm and easy to talk to from the moment we met him. He instantly felt like a close friend, not only to us but to our entire group.
Since it was a small ceremony, we were figuring out a lot of things on the fly. Nirav immediately embraced this and helped contribute many ideas that made everything move smoothly. The pace was relaxed and slow, exactly the way we imagined our wedding day to be. He was such a calm presence, we felt totally at ease and comfortable being photographed by him. He was very keen on lighting, composition, and posing. It really showed how much thought he put into each new setup.
When our photos were ready, he presented a slideshow of all his favorites backed by music. We watched our entire story unfold and were instantly brought back to Bali and all the emotions of the day. With an unobtrusive way of shooting, he managed to capture every angle, detail, and special moment. There is an extraordinary level of skill and polish in Nirav’s work that make his images feel so natural and engaging. His photographs truly captured the magic of our wedding day. They are a gift we’ll cherish the rest of our lives and be forever grateful for. Thank you, Nirav!
Jessy & Perry
Working with Nirav was like working with an old friend. He has this kind and gentle way about him that makes you instantly feel comfortable, like you have known him forever. Nirav takes times to listen, to create a safe space, to create a true human connection. His artistic vision is raw and genuine in a way that moves the soul and stirs the heart. When he presented me with the photos he captured I was in tears. He was able to bring my most inner emotions to life, to bring them out of me in tangible, incredibly moving images. I was shocked and humbled by his work, his kindness and his integrity as an artist. I am counting the days when I can work with him again, to work from his well of inspiration and create something that I will forever hold dear to my heart.
Jared & Madison
If you are reading this review, you are considering making one of your best wedding planning decisions and I am so very happy you have found yourself here. From our first conversation with Nirav we knew we had found a friend who just so happened to be a phenomenal photographer. With a guest count of only 10, it was important that Nirav was a part of the family and he truly was. Nirav was both our best man and man of honor.
From the moment we booked Nirav he was there for us and was an integral part of our wedding day. He was incredibly flexible and agreed to be our photographer before we even chose a venue. He included photoshoots that required that he stand next to sea cliffs and trudge down slippery slopes with his equipment to a redwood grove. As we got ready for the ceremony, he played music for us on his phone- we were so nervous we forgot about such details. He helped us choose where we said our vows and where we would have the rehearsal lunch to ensure that the lighting was right. His suggestion to form a receiving line allowed him to take photos of us with each of our guests which are some of my favorite shots of the day. During the reception, he rushed to find a waiter to help my nana after she spilled water all over the table. After the reception in the redwood grove, he suggested that we dance and was the sole witness of our first dance as man and wife. He truly is a professional and one of the best people you will ever meet.
I can say with absolute certainty that after the dopamine rush of your wedding and honeymoon subsides you will cherish the photos that Nirav takes of you and your loved ones beyond words as they bring you back to that place in time so well. He captures the moments you missed while in the whirlwind of celebrating. If you are fortunate enough be getting married on a day that Nirav is available I cannot urge you strongly enough to book him- you will not regret it.
Nick & Danielle
Nirav is truly a gem of a human being and an unbelievably talented photographer and artist.
Knowing what an intimate relationship you have with your wedding photographer given the roller coaster of emotions and sensitive moments that comprise the day, I am all the more grateful to have had Nirav by our side. He is gentle, calming and made photos feel so natural and even fun. Leading up to the wedding, he was quick and responsive over email, providing us with everything we needed to feel prepared and integrate photography into the timeline. He even gave us recommendations for other vendors and tips on the process – sharing his experience with us as we debated different options for our wedding. He is easy going, organized, reliable and resourceful.
Most importantly, the outcome was stunning!!! He captured the essence of our wedding in a way that I don’t think a video would have. He gave us the most incredible gift of seeing the moments the comprised our wedding rather than the staged photos we wanted to avoid. It is such an art, and we are so lucky to have shared the weekend with Nirav. I have truly never seen better pictures of my loved ones – he captured them making their quintessential expressions and in little moments that we never would have seen otherwise that gave a whole other dimension to our wedding. The wedding slideshow he creates with music filled our hearts as it perfectly captured the anticipation, joy and even the blissful summer breeze – transporting us right back. We also got to see many details that we missed on our wedding day inevitably caught up in the madness. We have been poring over them for days since they arrived. The photos are beautiful – artistic and could stand alone and totally avoid the staged feeling of a lot of the wedding photography I have seen. Taken together, they provide the experience of the weekend – transporting us right back to the happiest weekend of our lives.
We opted to have a second shooter, which I highly recommend if possible as it takes some stress of the timeline and Amari was also wonderful. So easy going, kind and a pleasure to work with. We had so much fun shooting our portraits with both Amari and Nirav.
Nirav is an artist, and all the couples he has worked with know how lucky we are that he chooses to share his talents with couples getting married. He will leave you with memories to cherish forever. All of the other reviews speak volumes to his talents and the unique quality of his photos, but he is also a pleasure to be with and share the weekend with. It is difficult to capture the support and calming sensation you feel with him by your side. Nirav will always hold a special place in our hearts!
Michael & Kat
Working with Nirav was easily the best decision we made for our wedding! Every one of his images are captivating and contain so much elegance, emotion, and timelessness.
My husband and I were fortunate enough to have two photo sessions with Nirav. Each experience being nothing short of perfection. Our Engagement photos were in San Francisco, California. We went to various locations and spent one afternoon for our entire session. When we received the photos, many of our friends thought we spent 2-3 days shooting. This is just one example of how good he is.
About a year later, we had our destination wedding in Santorini, Greece. Our budget only allowed for Nirav to shoot the entire wedding by himself. We don’t know how he did it, but he successfully captured every important moment brilliantly. I imagine him to be a skilled ninja with two cameras on his holster – all while being super stealth and quiet. Our wedding images came out so insanely beautiful. Definitely more than anything we could’ve hoped for. His editorial style allowed our friends who couldn’t be at our wedding feel as though they were part of the day. He captures so many incredible shots that we always have trouble choosing which ones to share. As a bonus, he throws in amazing scenery images too. Really, I can go on and on about his mad skills so I’ll just include some photos to let them speak for themselves.
In case you were wondering, he really is as kind and patient as others have mentioned! He replies to emails and gets photos back super quick. It was a total stress-free and reliable experience for us. My husband and I love Nirav so much and can’t wait to have him shoot our future events.
P.S. Well over ten of our friends have asked for Nirav’s contact after we posted our photos online. We can only imagine how busy he currently is. Book him in advance! He truly is worth every penny and more.
Jennie & Jack
Looking back on our wedding day my husband and I realized that the one person that we had spent the most time with was Nirav. We both agree that we couldn’t have chosen anyone better. Working with Nirav was not only easy but it was such a joy. It felt so natural to interact with him and each other as he photographed one of the most important days of our lives. The moments he captured during our wedding were not only stunning but also authentic. Nirav was kind, funny, and was so fascinating to watch as recorded the story of our wedding day. He truly is the best.
Robert & Bailey
When my husband and I began to plan our wedding our first priority was to get the best photographer. We wanted classic photos that we knew would stand the test of time. When searching for photographers we wanted someone who could capture the emotion and atmosphere of our special day. The second we saw Nirav we knew that he was the guy.
We planned our wedding date around his availability. Luckily he was available to shoot a wintery wedding in SF. His ability to capture intimate and fun moments that pair so nicely with the surroundings is nothing short of incredible. He understands the patience and detail that is required in capturing a real moment.
Working with Nirav was a complete joy. He is incredibly professional and organized in setting up locations for shoots both for engagement photos and the wedding day photos. His presence and personality was a joy to have on the wedding day. He was a calm constant for my husband and I, providing a sense of stability and comfort that was much needed on such an exciting and emotional day.
We love Nirav!