1. I grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but I now call Waukesha, Wisconsin "home"! I travel as much as I am able to and I am so thankful for all of the places that I have been and seen... but my favorite place of all is California... for the wine (and the views!)

2. My family is my pride and joy. I married my husband in 2008 and our sons were born in 2010 and 2011. This job came to be because of my desire to be home with them during their most important moments. With that said, my family comes first and due to our varied schedules, I do not have "set" office hours. Sometimes I completely check out.  please be patient 

3. I am obsessed with food. Like, a lot of different kinds of food. Which is pretty funny because as a child, I was a VERY picky eater. Now, I love to cook! A home-cooked meal is so comforting to me and it is definitely one of my love languages! I will be sharing my favorite family recipes on my blog, eventually!

4. Dogs. Cats. Guinea Pigs. Pets. All of them. Give them to me! I absolutely love animals. I have 2 dogs and 2 guinea pigs but there have been times that our zoo has been bigger. The biggest member of our furry family is our Saint Bernard, Charlie. Look for her cameos on my Instagram! @nikkiallenphotography

5. Aside from photography, my other "job" is another fun one! I am a group fitness instructor. I teach a yoga based class and a high intensity interval cycling class at a local gym. I absolutely love the community and connections I've built in the fitness world, and it helps keep me sane!

Hi! I'm Nikki!
I am mostly known for my love of tacos and wine, affinity for road trips, and oh, yes, photography! I have had the honor of being included in some of my clients' most special moments and it is with great joy that I share with them my artistic gift! I feel so lucky to have a job that I absolutely love. The art of photography, to me, is about truly seeing all of the little details and small parts of our life that make up the whole story of who we are, and goal is to tell that story with my unique vision!
In 2018, I was honored to be named runner up in the Top Milwaukee Photographer Contest by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Some of my photography has been printed in both local and national publications. I do not do this for the awards and recognition though, I do this for my clients; they become part of my family!

Education is also very important to me, which is why I am a constant student of photography. I have completed several business courses, and have extensive knowledge and advanced study in fine art wedding photography and portrait photo posing. Mastery is something that I may never achieve, because much like the mythical phoenix, my art evolves with all of the knowledge that I soak up!


The Artist



rachel & Kieran


milwaukee, wisconsin


dominique & andrew


chicago, illinois


samantha & jake


racine, wisconsin


view more




chicago, illinois wedding

dominique & andrew

rachel & kieran

milwaukee, wisconsin wedding

racine, wisconsin engagement

samantha & jake

pewaukee, wisconsin family session

carow family

sweet words

"She makes you feel so relaxed; she has the ability to bring out the real you in your photos."

"She truly cares about your family and the memories you are capturing. Her photos are real, raw and in the moment."

"She has the gift of catching moments of pure relaxation and beauty that isn't forced or posed. Her photos are natural and genuine and capture a realness of the people she is working with."

"She knows how to capture EXACTLY what you're feeling every single time!""

She was awesome! We loved all of the pictures she took and are having trouble deciding which ones to print because we love them all! All my friends and family have been commenting on how lovely the pictures are. We highly recommend Nikki!

"She has a big heart and truly cares about people. If she can help someone, she will. She always greets everyone with a big smile and she loves to laugh, even if it means at herself!"

"Passionate! That is one word to describe Nikki. When she decides to do something, there is no halfway. She is all in with everything she's got! She has the biggest heart and truly is a sweet soul."

"She is not afraid to show the world her true colors, the dark ones and the bright ones, and she loves to color outside the lines every now and then too. She makes the world a brighter place."

I ALSO asked my friends what they think of me

"She is authentic."

Boudoir sessions are held on location at our beautiful Milwaukee studio. Professional hair and makeup, not required, but highly recommended, may be added onto your session for an additional fee. Requires advanced scheduling. Includes digital delivery of images via password protected online gallery. 



All wedding collections include a complimentary engagement session, and the fully-edited high resolution images are delivered on a usb housed in an heirloom quality wooden print box. Additional portrait, bridal or bridal boudoir sessions, prints and albums are also available for a la carte purchase.
Wedding pricing begins at $4500

I believe that wedding photography is the second most important investment you will make on your wedding day, with the first being the investment you make in each other! I will be there every step of the way during your planning process. I have been called an "extra bridesmaid" by some of my brides, because when you become my client, you also become my friend! My laid back personality and easygoing nature will make the wedding photography the least stressful part of your planning. I will capture your unique day in my true to life, colorful, romantic and joyful style. The images we create of your day will be ones for you to print, frame, post and cherish forever! 

Your family has a unique story to tell and it is my honor to get to know you and help you tell it! I capture the essence of my families using a combo of lifestyle and posed photography at the location of your choice. The love and joy between your family will be photographed using a variety of prompts in order to create unposed, candid images and also traditional sitting and standing poses. Together with your family we will spend approximately one hour together creating beautiful artwork that will be loved for generations to come. Make an album, book, or print a canvas - your digital images are yours & you'll want to show off your gorgeous family!

 My goal for senior portrait sessions is to capture the essence and true personality of your senior. A lot of times, the sessions tend to start out a little on the shy side, but by the end of our time together we are creating real, fun and unique portraits! That's why I prefer to have these sessions be scheduled a longer than a typical portrait session. I will spend about an hour and a half with your son or daughter, capturing their unique personality in the one or two places that they love the most. No idea where to shoot? No worries! I have lots of suggestions! Your senior will receive their very own online gallery, with digital images included!

 Single (one household) Family Sessions are held within Waukesha or Milwaukee county; inquire about travel. Extended family sessions are available; please inquire about your unique family! Prints and other products are also available for purchase.
Family pricing begins at $425

Senior sessions are held in one to two locations (within reasonable driving distance) with up to 3 outfit changes. Only need "one" good photo? No problem! Inquire about our senior "mini" session! Full session includes digital image delivery of all edited high-resolution images. 
Pricing begins at $525

family portrait sessions




Maternity Sessions

Boudoir photography is one of my photography passion projects. While I only take on limited clients each year, I always love the outcome of the shoot and the pure shock on my clients' faces when they see their images! The empowerment and self love that my clients feel both during and after their session is the reason why I will never tire of this specialty of photography. You will look and feel amazing during your shoot and have beautiful images to share with your partner, or even keep to yourself! Print an album, or save them for some saucy text messages... your get to choose what you do with your images!

Boudoir sessions are held on location at our beautiful Milwaukee studio. Professional hair and makeup, not required, but highly recommended, may be added onto your session for an additional fee. Requires advanced scheduling. Includes digital delivery of images via password protected online gallery. 
Pricing begins at $525

As a mama myself, I know what a special time it is when you're carrying a life inside of you that you can't wait to hold in your arms!  This session is designed to celebrate you, your little one and the love that created him/her! A combination of romanticism and glamour, we will document this time in your life in beautiful natural locales and create stunning wall art for your nursery or wherever you'd like to keep your precious memories!

Have a corporate event or new venture that you'd like to highlight or showcase? I can help you! I am fully equipped with all of the lenses, lighting and equipment to photograph your space well. Real estate, startups, law firms, fitness centers, meeting spaces... let me help make your vision a reality!
If you're in the market for some personal branding content, let's chat! I can tag along with you and photograph your typical day, the places you visit, the product you sell or create, and together we will create beautiful portrait and detail work for all of your social media branding needs. This can be a single day or done on a monthly basis. Ask about membership discounts!
Personal branding is such an individual process and many clients' needs differ. For that reason, please
Inquire for Pricing

Together we will brainstorm a beautiful location that is meaningful to you and your growing family to create stunning maternity portraits celebrating this special time in life. Please allow up to 90 minutes. This session also includes up to 3 outfit changes/looks.
Pricing begins at $425