PRAISE FROM CLIENTS
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!
GRACE & ADAM
When planning our wedding, we knew photography was incredibly important to us. Entrusting Nirav with capturing our entire wedding weekend was the best decision we made. He somehow managed to be both unobtrusive and additive at the same time, seamlessly weaving himself into the fabric of even the most intimate moments while bringing joy to us and our guests. The images are breathtaking, as anyone can see, but having him present with us was an honor and a pleasure. We put our faith in him to capture the weekend through his lens, which allowed us to feel free to make memories and fully immerse ourselves in the experience. As a result, we have a collection of images that truly tell a story. Each photo seems alive, as if the frame is in motion, and conjures up layers of feeling. We look forward to one day showing our children and grandchildren these images and inviting them into the celebration in a way that feels so natural. Nirav is an extraordinary human being with extraordinary talent.
CAMMY & BING
We are so unbelievably thankful to have worked with Nirav and his team for our wedding.
You might not know it yet (we didn’t), but you’ll probably spend more time with Nirav than just about anyone else on your wedding day. This makes picking the right person so important. While truly a professional, Nirav also quickly became the favorite family member of the wedding parties and our parents. Everyone commented on how lovely it was that Nirav was so good at balancing being at just the right place at the right time while still also letting family and friends have special moments together. This unique skill allowed all of us all to truly be seen by Nirav and it absolutely shows in every single photo.
As just about everyone who has ever worked with Nirav will tell you, he is kind, caring, and really good what he does. Its amazing to have someone so capable by your side on a day when you’re going to feel such a range of emotions, but also lovely to feel so taken care of and at your best. Nirav’s easy going, lovely attitude was the perfect oasis for us during an otherwise crazy and emotionally charged couple of days.
HOPE & DANNY
Nirav was the first vendor we reached out to when we got engaged. I had been following his work for several years and knew that if we ever got married, Nirav would be the one to document it. I had never seen any photos, much less wedding photos, that encompassed such sensitivity – not just to the subjects, but to the light, the details, the surroundings. We knew the photos would be the only tangible element left from our wedding, and as such it was very important to us to hire a photographer we knew would make beautiful images for us to look back on the rest of our lives. Reaching out and communicating with Nirav was easy, and it immediately felt like we were speaking with an old friend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
MATTHEW & PAULA
When we set our wedding date, priority number one was booking our venue and very close behind that was finding our photographer. My husband is a wedding photographer and a friend from the industry said we should check out Nirav’s work. We fell hard as soon as we looked through his galleries. Both of us immediately loved how he worked with light and seemed to see everyone from a unique perspective.
We were never able to do an engagement session because we were planning a Sonoma wedding from Boston so 1 skype session, 1 phone call, and a few emails was the entirety of our interaction before our wedding. Luckily, Nirav is incredibly laid back and easy to be around, he felt like a friend from the moment he joined us the morning of the wedding at the maid of honor’s house.
Our wedding day was seriously more special than I could have ever imagined and it went by in a flash. Looking back over the next few weeks I started to wish that we’d hired a videographer because I didn’t want to lose all those little moments. And then our pictures from Nirav came. I truly think that his pictures hold more emotion than any video recording could. Watching the slideshow that he sent us of our “highlights” really brought us both back to the day. Every picture had us reliving the parts of the day we’d shared, telling stories about our separate moments that day, or seeing parts of the wedding that we hadn’t been present for.
I think every review has said this in some way, but to reiterate it, Nirav is a truly gifted storyteller and there is absolutely no one else who could have told our story more beautifully. We are so lucky to have had Nirav document our day.
DAN & FRANCES
The one thing i didn’t realize is that after the wedding (while you are totally STOKED the wedding planning is over) you’re completely heartbroken that the wedding is…over! you spend so much time, thought and effort for what feels like a million years making this one day amazing – and it is, i promise – but then afterward it’s like, wait, COME BACK!
our wedding day was the happiest day of my life. bar none. i would live it over and again a million times. which won’t ever happen. that’s where nirav and his gift come in. there is only one way you will ever get to live those once in a lifetime moments of pure, total and complete bliss: through nirav’s photographs. nirav’s photographs are unlike any other you’ve ever seen and i doubt i’ll ever see others that will compare. everytime i see them, every. single. time. they break my heart because i remember those emotions of love, excitement, the thrill of living my wedding day. nirav captures the most intimate moments of the most intimate day of your life, yet you never even see him! he really is like a ninja – in fact, i found myself missing him! but he captured every part of the day and all the little parts you hadn’t even considered. those are the most beautiful.
if i had to give up every other component of my wedding day for nirav – i would do it in a heartbeat. the moments he captured are absolutely the most valuable “things” i own. to top off everything, nirav has become a true friend. when you share something this incredible with someone like nirav, who opens himself up to the whole world and all it has to offer, you can’t help but keep him as a friend forever. he is utterly an amazing human, the most talented photographer and i would get married all over again just so he could photograph it.
JEFF & RACHEL
Nirav was actually a surprise gift. Jonas Peterson brought him along to our wedding back in 2011 as a second shooter. Nirav quickly became very dear and important to us. He became part of the love that surrounded us that day and today. The incredible images he took revealed a lot about him – dynamic, patient, creative and mindful. It was hard to say goodbye after the wedding as he felt more like an old, dear friend than a brand new one.
The next year my husband and I found ourselves pushing through a very painful time and we knew we needed some love, support and positive energy around us. Nirav made time in his busy schedule to visit us between two East Coast weddings and brought his wonderful photographer pal Amari. They did a beautiful couples shoot with us, spent time with us and gave us the strength we needed.
You know when you meet someone in life who radiates warmth and love? That’s how Nirav feels to be around. He is adored by his friends, family, and clients because he cares about people and he cares about his work. You would be blessed to have him be a part of your special day.
SIMON & KARA
I can’t recommend Nirav highly enough.
Photography was a huge choice for my wife and I, as we love photography and wanted a set of really special memories to be left with us after our wedding day.
Nirav is an artist and a genius. The photography he’s taken has blown our expectations out of the water! There’s two things he’s done brilliantly in our mind:
The content. Those who were there are instantly taken back, and those who weren’t there feel like they were. He’s captured every kind of shot we wanted. From the standard shots that we needed, to the extraordinary artistic shots that we wanted. He seemed to be everywhere all at once, without us even noticing him. There’s nothing we’re missing. The subtle things that we didn’t notice on our day, Nirav did. It’s like looking through each part of our wedding through the eyes of a guest. A guest with an eye for really nice things.
The execution. Each photo is a work of art. Each photo looks like a composition. Each photo is natural. Each photo is different and yet the same. There’s a consistent mood that he managed to capture, which was the mood of our day! I don’t know how he did it, but our friend’s ideas of how good wedding photos can be have dramatically changed. They are beautiful and they are ours. I don’t know how Nirav has managed to capture it in the way he has. Lastly, Nirav is our friend. He is a wonderful human, a true gentleman, and a humble genius. We will stay in touch with him for a long time. He was worth every penny we spent and my wife and I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
NICK & SURYA
When you meet nirav you will undoubtedly be instantly at ease. funny and humble. kind and silly. he truly is the epitome of a good soul. you may even forget to be nervous about someone pointing a huge camera at you (maybe?).
you’ll love your time together and you’ll go home and you’ll feel great. you’ll know that he has it covered, that he is good at what he does. and he is . . . so.darn.good.
but then you’ll get your film back.
and you’ll realize that there was a point when you didn’t know you were booking him. that you were reading through reviews and something about him or his work or his connection to his clients stuck out to you. and you were smart enough to take the chance.
because you will look amazing. and all that gushy lovey mess that you feel about that person you are marrying? it will show through. but in a cool, non lame way. it’s your life, in art. that’s flipping cool.
people, you have a very rare chance. the chance to get in on something incredible before the entire world knows. seriously. nirav is a talent not to be taken for granted. he should be unbookable and unaffordable. it’s only a matter of time.
so when you get your film back, remember this moment. you totally made the right decision and you look awesome.
Sitting to write this review is a joyful challenge. I have been at a loss at how to fully capture our experience with Nirav through the course of our wedding planning. The emotion is so present, that my eyes become teary as I reflect on our experience. But there is also lightness as I think about the hilarious fun moments that we shared with Nirav and those amazing moments that he captured.
There was a moment during our cultural engagement ceremony when my husband’s almost three year old nephew was lazily strolling past us in the ceremony tent. My mother, who was sitting close to me, reached out to his exposed tummy and gave him a little pinch. He immediately exhorted her with a “stop it” and kept on his way to gaze at the object of his affection, a young family friend. We of course were laughing at his swagger and wit. It was a moment that I repeated many times to friends and a memory that stands out. Well I was gobsmacked GOBSMACKED that the entire interaction had been captured in the photos. I couldn’t even believe it. This moment that maybe was all of 5 seconds was immortalized. And that is what is so amazing about Nirav. There are layers to his photos. Each viewing is a different experience… noticing the Hollywood sign fuzzily in the background…seeing an interaction between friends that I hadn’t previously noticed…seeing a picture of an outside wall of my mom’s house that is a quiet reflection of our immigrant family’s American dream. Nirav’s photos tell the stories of your wedding, but his gift is his ability to capture the narrative about everything else- friendships, relationships, pride, achievement, resilience. Those are all of the things that I see and feel when I look at photos of our wedding weekend. Upon viewing the photos for the first time, my mom just kept on saying, wow…wow…wow. She was in awe, she was speechless and she said something that resonated so deeply for me I had to write it down. Of the photos she said, “the ‘silence’ is penetrating…I don’t know what to say, I just have to let the emotion wash over me.” Nirav’s photos are powerful; powerful in their depth, playfulness, richness. To me the power of the photos are not that I have an exact retelling of everything that happened, but that I have an experience that I can continue to build in my thoughts, imagination.
When I first spoke with Nirav, I was struck by the similarity in our family stories/trajectories. I immediately was so happy for this person that I had never met; that he had the incredible courage and support to choose the path that was truly his purpose. Nirav is present, he is truthful, he is generous, and there’s a calm that literally lives in his photos. Nirav and Jeramie were such a joy to be around. Our friends raved about them. They understood what we hoped our wedding weekend to be and they made it possible. We are forever indebted to Nirav; he truly honors the ritual of weddings.
NIC & SAMMY
Over the past 10 years I’ve adopted the philosophy of the Mayan people, succumbing to belief that cameras steal your soul, and in my case, your ability to look attractive on film.
In many a group photo you’ll see the edge of my sleeve, hidden behind the tallest person. In solo portraits, you’ll often glimpse a closeup of my hand, or an object successfully obscuring my face.
In other words, I’m not a photogenic person and therefore not a fan of having my picture taken. Candid shots of me always feature 12 chins, giant protruding teeth, a hook nose and devilish red eyes. So when it was time to chose a photographer for my upcoming wedding, I had to find someone who made people look exceptionally pretty, no matter if they’re not that pretty in the first place.
That person is Nirav. Although our wedding isn’t until Summer 2011, we spent time with Nirav taking engagement shots, which ended up being absolutely breathtaking. Details, emotion and color are all featured in his intimate, photo-journalistic style. He’s inventive and fun and most importantly, he makes you feel at ease.
His first request when he started shooting us was for us to be “natural and in love.” Well our natural in love pose usually looks like two people in sweatpants sitting on the animal-fur covered couch eating burritos. He then asked us “how comfortable are you having your picture taken?” To which we replied “not at all.”
Nirav tries to make you feel relaxed and doesn’t put you in ridiculous, cheesy poses, but rather, tries to capture you at your most natural moments.
We’re incredible happy with our engagement photos and can’t wait to spend our wedding day with Nirav, as his presence is akin to an old buddy (an old buddy following you around with a camera, but a buddy nonetheless).
Amazing guy with an amazing talent and amazing spirit. Oh and an amazing ability to not take a photo at the moment I have 12 chins. Thanks for that, man.
KAMBIZ & SARA
Nirav photographed our wedding and we honestly can’t say enough good things about our experience with him and his photography …but by golly, we shall try! Because he deserves some serious kudos.
We searched the internet high and low to find a photographer for our wedding and came across Nirav’s work. We were beyond impressed with his unique shots, brilliant use of light, and uncanny ability to tell a story through his photos. Nirav captures the big moments of course, but most impressively he has a knack for catching the subtle, unexpected moments, which is where the real magic lies. You can tell he truly puts his heart into each wedding he photographs, and needless to say, this and much more translated to our experience.
Nirav was professional and extremely giving of his time. He was with us the entire day of our wedding and also agreed to meet us at our venue prior to our big day to scope out the place, not something every photographer will do. And as an awesome bonus, he was a joy and a half to be around. As many of his yelpers have testified, Nirav became an instant friend – he immediately puts you at ease with his warm personality, fun sense of humor, and personable nature. We can wholeheartedly say that his presence enhanced our day in a way we’d never imagine.
On to the photos. Only a couple of weeks after our wedding, Nirav sent us a slideshow that included his favorite images from our day perfectly synched to a beautiful selection of music. My husband and I pushed play, and we’re instantly transported back to our wedding day, emotions and all. We laughed, cried, oohed and awed as we viewed each image. As my husband put it, Nirav “put us up in the clouds” with his creation. Or as I put it, I wanted to hoist him up on our shoulders and parade him around town – strange thing to say for sure but I think it says it all. Nirav sent us the rest of our photos shortly after and we we’re excited to find countless other gems that we will love forever.
The moral of this yelp review is that Nirav is a phenomenal photographer with talent oozing out of his ears. His take on wedding photography is unique and refreshing; he’ll leave you with absolutely breathtaking images. Pair that with his wonderful spirit, not to mention fabulous taste in music, and well folks… you’ve got yourself a real winner. Nirav, we can’t thank you enough for documenting our day! Lots of love.
ALYSON & TYLER
Summary of my rather long post: Find an excuse to work with Nirav. Seriously. You will not be disappointed.
If you want the longer version, keep reading….
So, just over a year and a half ago, my (now) husband and I got engaged and I knew right away that photography would be one of the most important elements of our wedding. Almost as soon as we got engaged, I began the hunt for the perfect photographer and we luckily stumbled across Nirav’s work. We were immediately enamored with it, how he is able to capture and perfect seemingly peaceful moments framed and executed in a way only a practiced fine art photographer can. We loved his ability to fall into the background and capture sweet and candid moments of his subjects. So mere weeks after we were engaged, we booked Nirav, and my husband and I are SO glad we did.
A few months before our wedding, we met Nirav for our engagement shoot and he immediately put us at ease – we had never had photos taken of us before so it took a little getting used to. By the end of the session, Nirav genuinely seemed like a friend we had known for far longer than a couple hours. Not to mention the pictures came out amazingly – they not only make us look good, but they also beautifully captured the scenery around us.
Fast forward to the day of our wedding. Nirav was patient, diligent, and knew exactly what he was doing. As you can imagine, weddings can be hectic and Nirav and the second shooter he brought with him that day (Amari) kept things running smoothly and did not add to the fray.
When we received our photos from the wedding, they were AMAZING. Truly, truly amazing. I literally teared up as I saw them for the first time. He was able to naturally and organically capture genuine moments between me and my husband, and of our families and guests. While we had several amazing vendors on the day of our wedding, Nirav was perhaps the best. We hope we can find another occasion to work with him in the future!
Phenomenal. My daughter and her fiancé scrutinized photographers for their wedding more than any other vendor. A passionate hobby photographer, she looked for someone who shared her aesthetic and crafted beautiful, unique, and interesting photos that could tell a visual story of relationships and personalities with light, shapes, color, movement, touches, and nearly imperceptible details more than just capture great shots or posed portraits. After being recommended by a friend, reviewing Nirav’s website, speaking to him on the phone, and then meeting with him, J & R were completely convinced that Nirav was the photographer for their wedding. My daughter was impressed that he communicated what he does and how he does it extremely well, discussing certain guidelines and expectations well ahead of time, and asking them great questions when they met together over a casual meal. J mentioned that Nirav was very personable and open, and shared about his background, life, and family. J & R walked away from their meeting feeling like they were the only couple in the world that mattered to Nirav, their wedding was the most important event of the century to him, AND that they had really made a friend.
I met him the first time when he and his assistant were performing their magic by taking photos of the girls prepping the morning of the wedding. He was warm, friendly, witty, kind, flexible, and purely enjoyable to be around. Someone in a previous review described him as a Ninja, and I concur. He and his assistant were part of the ambience of the wedding preparation and dressing (boys and girls), ceremony, games & cocktails, dinner, and reception. They seemed to be everywhere and capturing the most intimate, hilarious, touching, and incredible moments with the backdrop of an absolutely beautiful venue (Nestldown), but never in the way or prominent. Working with him was very easy – he knows his stuff, knew the venue, has a great eye, and is efficient. The posed shots took very little time because he was very clear in his direction and ultra organized. He worked incredibly well with our venue coordinator, caterers, and videographer.
The confirmation of his technical expertise, artistry, innate talent, and professionalism is in the resulting photos. He compiled a collection of his photos which he put to music commemorating the day (from beginning to end) that simply took our (collective) breath away. Every person who has seen it is awestruck and, in most cases, moved to tears – between unbridled belly laughs to intense tenderness. Along with this presentation are over a thousand photos posted on a web site to review. J & R are now reviewing layouts and selecting photos for an album Nirav is creating.
How Nirav is able to use every available element to tell the story of this couple’s lives and values and love and devotion and humor and joy and craziness and passions and friendships and families and sensibilities is mind-boggling. He GOT them. That’s really the best that can be said of a photographer. In the short time he had to get to know them and understand what they wanted, he nailed it unconditionally and resoundingly.
My daughter and her husband have now been able to see their entire wedding day, and especially the two of them, as their guests, family, and bridal party experienced, but with much greater depth, breadth, and intimacy. These photos, like Nirav, are precious treasures. I cannot recommend Nirav more highly with absolutely NO reservation, and I want him to be part of our family. He just makes you feel that way.
KRIS & APRIL
When you hire Nirav, you’re getting the full meal deal. Not only is he a great photographer, he is also one of our favorite human beings.
Nirav’s ability as a photographer has sky-rocketed him to the top of the wedding photography world. His proven talent is not only evident in his work but is also appreciated by his peers (he was recently named one of Rangefinder Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography). Accolades such as these are well deserved but what makes Nirav truly top-notch is that the quality of his personality matches his jaw-dropping photographs.
Nirav is open and kind and will immediately put you and your better half at ease. For our engagement session we spent an adventurous day exploring the coast followed by dinner, beer and good conversation. By our wedding day, Nirav already felt like an old friend.
Clicking through our photos brought back all the emotions of our wedding day and we know we will experience those feelings every time we see them. Nirav was a great fit and we’re so happy we found him. We wholeheartedly recommend him!
IAN & KEMI
Damn. Working with Nirav was amazing. Some bullet points:
He’s patient, kind, and fun to be around. Seemed unflappable, which seems difficult in the world of weddings, with a million personalities and ideas in the mix.
I knew that photography would be important to me, but I hadn’t been prepared for just how much the moments Nirav and his awesome second shooter (Jeramie Shoda in Seattle) would mean to me. It’s like they were everywhere, but never underfoot or overwhelming. Looking back at my photos now brings me back in a way I hadn’t known was possible.
The photos. Not only were all kinds of moments captured, but the photos are each little masterpieces. I don’t know much about the technical aspects, but they were warm, inviting, creative and beautiful. They were exactly what we hoped for.
The package. Every single penny was worth it. Nirav really does a ton of work and he clearly puts time and thought into all of it. We have an amazing account of our engagement and wedding ceremonies, plus a post-wedding shoot.
Can’t say enough good things about he man, his work and the experience. Super satisfied. Thank you!
BRENDON & MONIQUE
Nirav, you have a natural talent for capturing timing, movement, and light… but all that I knew before I hired you. When we met I realized that you also had a rare quality that makes all the difference – you have a way of making people comfortable around you very quickly, allowing for real reactions and therefore much more arresting images. What really struck me was how quickly you understood our personalities and how delicately you captured them in your photos. The slideshow you made for us proved your perceptive nature – not only did you organically illustrate the story of the day, but the addition of certain shots had us laughing out loud and saying “yep, that’s about right!” – you clearly saw us, not just a subject. The technical precision of your fine art practice combined with traditional wedding influences makes for an emotional bond, a long lasting romance with the image for all those who view – our guests have been as breathless as I have over our collection. We are so very grateful you made the decision to become a photographer – the world is all the more beautiful for it!
STEPHEN & KALISHA
Where to begin….
I had spent weeks researching for someone who was more than just a wedding photographer. I wanted a photographer who could capture depth and the genuine emotions piercing through each person photographed. I wanted the scenery to sing like a sweet song behind the complicated features of my husband and I. I wanted my wedding photos to be a work of art. I wanted the photos to say I love you, I needed them to tell our love story.
Nirav is one of the most talented photographers I had ever seen, we were determined to have this man photograph our wedding. He was the one, I actually based my wedding date on his availability. As a bride my wedding day took so much time to create, on the day of I was nervous and busy, I was on a true roller coaster of emotions and just like that, it was over in the blink of an eye. I couldn’t really go back and savor those moments in my mind, everything was a blur. it all happened so fast.
After the wedding our days went back to normal, it had already began feeling like a distant memory. One day while skimming through my mailbox an email popped up from Nirav; our photos were ready and he prepared a beautiful slide show with warm music to really re-live those moments. My husband and I sat together in bed and watched the clip, tears began flowing, we held each other tight, time traveling back to our wedding day. He surpassed our expectations, I honestly didn’t know it was possible to create something so beautiful. The small details I had forgotten about came back to life, each photo had a story that shined through his subtle and perfectly timed snaps.
Nirav is a gentle soul, an honest, kind person. His presence was warm and we felt so comfortable being ourselves while he did his job. His rates if you ask me are below what he should be charging haha. Nirav is on a spectacular path and I cannot wait to see where that journey takes him! If you’re so fortunate to have this talented young man photograph your wedding, you’re in great hands.
ANNIE & TOM
I am a professional photographer myself, so photography was KEY for me in priorities for my wedding. It was the one piece that I was willing to make the investment in, because I understand the quality of the portraits that come with it. Choosing a wedding photographer based on price is a bad, bad idea. This day in your life is truly one of the most important. Having someone that is able to tell your story is great, but having someone who can tell your story in the most absurdly magical, eloquent and artistic way is freakin’ PHENOMENAL.
There truly are no words to describe how transporting Nirav’s work is. They are full of emotion – he has the ability to capture expression, emotion, stillness, joy, light, shadow, breath, heartbeat, laughter, tears, and love – all in one image. He is a master of light. The way he sees it, in combination with the subjects he captures, is the ultimate recipe in storytelling. I’ve never seen anything quite like his work.
He himself is a rockstar. Super down to earth, so easy to get along with! He has become part of our tribe. We love him. I’ve enjoyed working with him so much that I’m sad to see it end. I’m looking forward to being able to hire him in the future for an anniversary session, or whatever reason I can think of as an excuse for more.
People, he’s the real deal, and being recognized by major establishments such as VSCO, Instagram, Rangefinder Magazine and Forbes to name a few. Get him while you can before he’s even more in demand than he is now. You won’t regret it… not one bit.
MARIAN & ELLIOT
Nirav’s work shines in a sea of sameness among wedding photographers. If you’re tired of looking at the same poses and want something different for your wedding, hire Nirav. This man is a genius and a prince among men and we are so beyond lucky to have had him there for our wedding.
If you’re here you’ve probably already seen examples of his work so you know you like his style. What you want to know is if he’s kind. If he answers emails. Shows up on time. Doesn’t yell at guests for taking their own photos. Yes, yes, yes and no. But more than that, Nirav told our story.
Our wedding was easily the most wonderful day of my life. I think about it every day, just to catch a glimpse of that joy I felt. When we got our photos back from Nirav last week, it was like I smelled something I hadn’t smelled since my childhood. The library. My grandma’s soup. It hit me all like a flood and suddenly I was there again and I didn’t have to try so hard to remember or imagine.
From start to finish, Nirav captured the essence of our wedding. From the chairs before set up to his drive back across the Golden Gate Brides at night, I can now re-live my wedding day whenever I want (with the added bonus of feeling seriously beautiful in all the photos he took).
Nirav captured the moments I missed (my friends coming in and greeting each other before the ceremony started) and the ones I want to re-live over and over (giving our dog a scratch on our way up the aisle). Basically, Nirav has a gift and I am so grateful I got to experience a glimpse of it.
Stop looking for a photographer now. Hire him.