Who am I?



Who am I?

 Nicholas Purcell circa 1980

 Nicholas Purcell circa 1980


I've been a full-time professional, photographer since 2004. I have shot commercial portraits for nationwide magazines. I've had work in the New York Times.

I put that childhood photo of me there because I wanted to emphasise a point, photographs stop time. And depending on the photographer they can capture your time well or not so well.

Photography is the tool I use to capture beauty.

To preserve it.

Have a look through my portfolio to get a sense of some wedding moments I thought were beautiful and worth preserving. 

Let me to do that for you.




Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

How did you get into weddings?

I've been a commercial photographer for years photographing famous authors and musicians for publicity and portraits. Some of my work is on this site here or you can see more here on

A friend asked me to photograph his wedding and after that, I was hooked.

Where in the world have you lived?

Ireland (born in Dublin), Jersey (a little island between France and England), Denmark, and wonderful Australia (Melbourne mostly). I used to speak Danish but have forgotten it unfortunately.


Where are you based?

Adelaide, Australia but often on the road.

Do you travel?

Yes, my passports are well worn. I've recently shot weddings and editorials in Canada, Iceland, France, England. I'm in Melbourne next week. I was in Italy in September and I'm back there next year. You get the idea.

We wish we could meet with you, but we don’t live in Adelaide. What's the solution?

I meet the majority of my international and interstate clients for the first time on their wedding day! Skype is wonderful and I'm also happy to jump on the phone and chat with one or both of you. I can also answer most things by email.

How do we arrange your travel?

I book my own airfare, hotel and transportation, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

The Basics

Do you photograph details and family group photos?

Yes if you want them. Some people don't and that's fine too.

How many images we we get?

No minimum or maximum but I've never given less than 300 images or more than 1000 (and that was a four day wedding).

How long does it take to receive the photos?

It actually takes a long time to edit your images. It's painstaking and I am a perfectionist so I make sure it is done well. I aim to get them to you within 6 weeks. 

Do we get full resolution images? What about RAW files?

Full resolution definitely, you paid for photos so I believe you should get them. RAW files are another matter though. I don't give RAW files out because these are not edited.

Do you offer albums?

Yes there's examples here.

We're not comfortable in front of the camera?

To paraphrase the classic movie line: I have ways of making you comfortable. Let me refer you to some testimonials by former clients: "For two individuals who do not typically like being in the spotlight or having numbers of pictures taken, my husband and I were both a little nervous about that aspect of the day. Nicholas’ calm and discrete presence allowed us to be 100% comfortable during the process." (Ellie & Josh) or "He was an absolute pleasure to work with as I felt comfortable in front of the camera" (Paloma & Deke).

Do you scout for locations before the wedding?

I rarely do this for a few reasons, the spontaneity evaporates which effects the photos, the light and conditions are rarely the same when you actually go to take the photo, and mostly I like the pressure of shooting unrehearsed. The photos are better. Having said that if not familiar with a venue I'll often go for a walk around it a few days before just to understand it and how the light is. 

What are your prices?

Contact me and we can discuss this.

How can we book you?

I work on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your date I need a retainer paid and a signed agreement which I will supply after we have discussed your day.


What do you shoot with?

Nikon D4 and Df. For lenses I only use primes, 35mm and 85mm. I like to travel light.

Do you bring backup equipment?




As featured in

Where I've been published

As featured in

Where I've been published

Commercial Photography

The Guardian
The New York Times
Good Weekend
The Age
The Australian
The Monthly
Penguin Books
Text Publishing

Wedding Photography

Print Magazines

Bride to Be Magazine - Australia
Today's Bride Magazine - Canada
SA Life

Style Me Pretty
Junebug Weddings
Project Wedding / One Lovely Day
French Wedding Style
The Carousel
The Knot / Wedding Club
Polka Dot Bride
Classic Bride
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Advertiser


Client reviews

Client reviews

Client reviews

Client reviews

Nicholas was absolutely incredible throughout the whole wedding experience. Our wedding pictures are so beautiful and truly capture the mood and details of the whole day. Having seen samples of Nicholas’ work, we knew how talented he is, but our photos blew us away (there were definitely tears during the first viewing). He captured exactly what we were hoping for - candid and natural, these are memories that we have forever.

For two individuals who do not typically like being in the spotlight or having numbers of pictures taken, my husband and I were both a little nervous about that aspect of the day. Nicholas’ calm and discrete presence allowed us to be 100% comfortable during the process. In fact, we both agreed that it was one of our favourite parts of our wedding day, as we had some special time together.
We really cannot recommend Nicholas enough - his work is stunning and he is a truly lovely person to be around on your special day. Thank you!!
— Ellie & Josh
Ellie & Josh

Ellie & Josh

Where to start on the fabulous Nicholas Purcell...

From first meeting to final catch up, Nicholas was amazing. An awesome guy with a lovely calm energy. A total professional with a portfolio that simply took our breath away. On the day, Nicholas and his assistant photographed every moment we wanted and so much more. Natural and candid images captured perfectly. He is the type of photographer that really needs no instruction, he is gifted. Our photos have been featured on two wedding websites which is further testament to his style.

My advice: Stop looking, you’ve just found your wedding photographer.
— Carmel & Doug
Carmel & Doug

Carmel & Doug

The photos taken by Nicholas on our wedding day are simply exceptional. He captured all of the key moments and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Nicholas’ professionalism and experience shone throughout the day and the photo’s he captured tell a beautiful story. As a photographer Nicholas is friendly, professional and more than happy to go over an above his duties which we both appreciated. We highly recommend Nicholas for any special occasion.
— Kasia & Peter
Kasia & Peter

Kasia & Peter

Nicholas photographed our wedding at the end of January this year, and did the most amazing job.
He had this way of always being in the right place at the right time, and managed to create a truly unique, and simply stunning, documentation of our day. Not only did Nicholas go above and beyond for us, he was a real pleasure to spend a chunk of our wedding day with. Highly recommended.
— Kate & Sam
Kate & Sam

Kate & Sam

Nicholas you are an amazing photographer! Both of my husband and I love your candid photos, they brought us so much beautiful memories.I really love the tone of your photos - less saturated, natural and blissful, and this is exactly what I’m looking for. Thank you for capturing those elegant and tearful moments for us!
— Chantelle & Bertrand
Chantelle & Bertrand

Chantelle & Bertrand

Nicholas did an amazing job with our wedding photography. His lovely, friendly personality made him a pleasure to work with on our special day and he managed to capture all our special moments so naturally. The pictures we received were far above our expectation, and we were surprised at how he’d managed to capture the ambience of the whole day without us even noticing.

I would highly recommend Nicholas. It was a pleasure to have him at our wedding, and we are delighted with the wonderful life long memories he helped us create through his talent in photography.
— Helen & Wade
Helen & Wade

Helen & Wade

Please note the following clients requested their photos be kept private.

Dear Nicholas, The photos are beautiful. You caught so many moments - the surprising, the unexpected, the split seconds, the genuine ones. I have many favourites and know I’ll have no problems remembering the day come 50yrs from now.
— Maybelle & Luke
Everytime I look at our album I feel like I’m looking through a magazine. Your photos capture the feel of our day in a truly beautiful way. Thank you.
— Laura & Ben
We couldn’t be happier with the excellent job Nicholas did in skilfully capturing our wedding day in beautiful photos. He captured the atmosphere and emotion of the day fantastically, was very professional, friendly and a pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
— Catherine & Peter
Dear we got back from our honeymoon yesterday. We watched the slideshow and photos and we love them, I even cried while watching....THANK YOU xxx.
— Kate & Lewis
Your photographs are candid and natural, and follow the day in a perfect progression of shots. We are loving remembering every moment through your beautiful photographs.
— Helen & Christen