I’m Ivan Nicolau, an award-winning Photographer based out of Orange County, California. My online gallery consists of my finest pieces from various places I’ve been.

I love photography and I don’t go anywhere without my camera. I developed an interest in photography several years ago but had spent much of my time focusing on Graphic Design and Web Design as both a professional and a freelancer. Throughout my time as a designer, I developed my passion for photography. Photography held a great fascination for me as I realized all the different ways I could tell a story through a simple photograph and capture memorable moments that could be shared with others. I take great pride in my work and and get immense satisfaction from the reactions that my photography illicits.
My photography
I enjoy photographing anything from weddings to simple everyday events that are worth capturing and I enjoy every moment regardless of the situation. My relaxed style of shooting allows me to capture images that are spontaneous and real. My work is the result of a collaborative effort – I’ll give you a little bit of direction and then let the rest naturally fall into place. I love to see people laughing and having a good time. It’s not just my job to capture these genuine moments, it’s my passion.
It’s important to me to build lasting relationships with my clients, and I am committed to providing a level of quality, professionalism and personal service that will exceed your expectations.
My philosophy
My philosophy is a simple one: keep things as real as possible. My style of photography is very natural and expressive. I want your photographs to convey a sense of life and reflect who you are. It’s about capturing mood, expression and emotion through the lens and portraying them with my artistic vision. I don’t feel the need to over-process my images. A great image is great because of the moment it captures and the skill set needed to capture it, not because of what’s done to it afterwards. Simply stated, it’s about telling your story through beautiful photographs.
A little more about me
I love the outdoors. I enjoy mountain biking, kayaking, snowboarding, and anything else that challenges me. I love every form of expression from cooking to painting. If I wasn’t a photographer, I’d be a painter. If I wasn’t doing that, I’d probably be cooking all the time. Fortunately, I have a great eye for photographic moments and forked out the money for my camera instead and took that creative route with no regrets. Oh, and I like my coffee with sugar.

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