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Monday, January 30, 2012

The Most Important Story This Blog Has Ever Told...

… And it doesn’t even include any pictures.

There is a lot of mystery surrounding the creation of this business, and we get asked questions about it all the time.  This is one post (or it might even become more than that) that I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time.  I have felt a leading from God to share this story, but have been too overwhelmed to be obedient.  Today that all changes.  I am trusting in Him to glorify Himself.

Here’s the short version for those of you hoping to save time:  there is no earthly reason why 1000 Words Photography by Nicole Wilke should exist.  It is only by God’s guidance and vision that we do what we do.  The purpose of this post is to share that with you.

End short version.

For the rest of you, here are some details:

I never wanted to be a photographer.  I hesitate to even say that, as I know this is a dream job for some and I don’t want to seem ungrateful.  However, I want to be completely honest in the hopes that my moving out of the way will give more glory to God.  He is always shocking and stretching me with some new idea or plan, but this one was pretty extreme.

In 2010, while we were still overseas, I received a generous scholarship and stipend to a wonderful doctorate program, to begin in the fall.  I was blessed that they accepted me, and so excited to start, but God soon made it clear in my prayer times that it was not His will for me to go there.  He had a different plan.  His plan happened to be more complex and harder and significantly less financially lucrative, but we definitely wanted to trust and follow him.  (Well, most of the time.  I would be lying if I said there weren’t times I questioned whether we were making the right decision, but ultimately we knew we wanted to be obedient.)

I was overwhelmed by this new plan, primarily because it would involve paying out money rather than being paid.  We were missionaries, with little money and some student loans to pay back.  I spent a lot of time sitting and listening to God, saying “How are we going to do this?”  And one day I sensed Him saying:

Wedding photography.

“Umm, I beg your pardon?”

Yep, I had heard right.
I was surprised, to say the least.  Although I had worked in a photo studio, I had never been a photographer.  I had never even taken a single class!  The only way this girl was ever going to be a photographer was with some MASSIVE divine intervention.  If I was going to run a photography business, it was going to take a miracle.

A whole lot of things just fell into place, none of which I can take credit for.  By the time we had returned to the U.S., I had already booked a wedding.  Other than a couple of wedding expos, we have never advertised.  It is a prayer of ours that God would bring the clients to us with whom He wills us to work, and we have been so blessed by them.  I am convinced they don’t find us by accident.  He has provided the right support, equipment, mentors, and ideas all along the way.  What began as just a job to pay for school has turned into an adventure that God is using in lots of ways.  I graduate this May, but will continue with 1000 Words as my full-time job for the foreseeable future.  God is making it clear that he has some exciting plans in mind, and I don’t want to get in the way of them.

I want to make something abundantly clear:  I am sharing this story to publicly give glory to God.  I have been afraid to share thus far, thinking that maybe my skills aren’t to the level that they would adequately glorify God and a host of other worries.  I used to try to hide (by omission) the fact that I don’t have a photography degree.  But really, that’s pride speaking; this is God’s story, not mine, and who am I to prevent Him from telling it?  I am not sharing this to try to pretend I am extra-special or something; rather, I am hoping that you will see how average and non-special I am, and that it is totally Jesus that makes this company work.

For every photo of ours that you appreciate, and every moment captured that moves you, know that there is more behind it than us.  We pray that our work will be a blessing to you, and a reminder of God’s gifts to us in this life.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

February Wedding Promotion!

I seriously love, love, love this job.  
I love babies and families and couples and seniors striking out on their own, and I could go on and on.

But one of my most favorite things ever is photographing a wedding- 
the commitment, the emotion, the expression, the gravity of it all- it's mesmerizing.
And, when a couple invites us to be involved in some of the most and personal moments of their life, it is nothing less than humbling.  

I love the emotion of the day- when the groom cries at seeing his bride, the giggles while getting ready, her mom helping with jewelry, her dad walking her down the aisle.
My favorite part is taking the couple away from everyone else so they can have a moment- just the 2 of them- on the most momentous day of their relationship.

Which is all to say, I love being a wedding photographer.  

With that in mind, I am offering a promotion through the end of February.  Any couple booking during this time will receive:

$50 off the Gold package,
$75 off the Platinum Package,
$100 off the Diamond Package!

We already have almost as many weddings booked for this year as last year, but since I will be running 1000 Words Photography by Nicole Wilke full time, I can take on several more than last year!

Also, please keep in mind that we offer military, law enforcement, full time ministry discounts!

If you have any questions or are interested, please don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ben & Katie Part 1 * Twin Cities Wedding Photographer

I triple-heart love working with these guys.  Their wedding day was a beautiful celebration filled with love- that of family, friends, and the love they share for each other.  It was a privilege and a joy to witness.  

If you frequent this blog much, you know how wedding posts work:  Please leave a comment below for Ben & Katie.  If they receive 50 comments from 50 different people in 24 hours, they get a FREE 16x20 print of their choice. Let them know your thoughts about them, their pictures, or which shot you would choose!

Ben & Katie, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your unforgettable day!

Please check back tomorrow for more shots of the newlyweds!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baby M * Albert Lea Newborn Photographer

This little guy is not only adorable, he was a complete joy.  The only problem was we couldn't get him to go to sleep, so we took a lot of shots in the position he's happiest- with Mom and Dad.  It was absolutely precious, and their love for their little boy is beautiful.


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