It’s Spotlight Day! Where we introduce you to incredible Orlando wedding venues and vendors, and the stories behind their companies who help Wedding Venue Map couples have their best wedding day.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce Nicole Saunderson of Dreamscape Photography, LLC.
When people ask “what do you do”, how do you answer?
We are wedding photographers. We don’t just take pictures at a wedding, but we tell each and every one of our couple’s love story through each photograph. We are lucky enough to be a small (yet important) part of each of our couple’s wedding days and make sure they remember every single moment!
What did you do before you did this?
Prior to diving into our dream jobs full time, both Michael & I worked for Municipal Governments, while doing photography part-time for many years. I actually worked for the Fire Department as a Fire Inspector. We are SUPER thrilled to be working for ourselves now, and meeting so many awesome people!! 🙂 It really is a rewarding career that we are lucky to have now!
When and how did you get into the wedding industry?
When we started our business in 2015, we ventured into the wedding industry as we had a friend of the family ask us to photograph their wedding in Miami. We of course wanted to capture their big day, and fell in LOVE with weddings!
What is your favorite thing about what you do? What’s your WHY?
We love to be able to provide an unmatched service for our couples that they will treasure forever, all while being able to express our creative sides. It’s very satisfying to make people happy and at the same time provide for our family. We loveeee being a part of weddings because honestly, weddings are FUN!
What motivates you to do this every day?
We truly love the art of photography and capturing life’s special moments. Our clients are absolutely fantastic, and we truly appreciate them. Knowing that we get to be a part of someone having treasured memories and also use our creative sides to make a living is really a dream come true! Our motivation is making people happy from our work and taking care of our family!
What is the best compliment you have received from your clients?
One of the best compliments we received from one of our couples was that not only did our photographs exceed their expectations, but we were a pivotal part of their day being perfect! This meant so much to us because we really want to be everything you need us to be on your big day. We will definitely capture your memories via photographs, but we also want you to enjoy us as well and this made us feel like we are doing just that! 🙂
How did you decide on the name of your company?
When we were discussing starting a formal business, we were actually swimming in our pool. We thought of many ideas, but wanted to incorporate our dog’s name “Dreamer” as she meant a lot to us! We are true believers in dreams coming true with hard work, so we went with Dreamscape Photography. We also immediately reached out to my friend in Chicago who does graphic design and she created our amazing logo for us! Once we saw the logo, we knew it was “us!”
What is important for clients to know about your company before they book you?
When our couples book with us, they get more than just a photographer. They get a husband and wife team who do everything in their power to help the day goes as smoothly as possible! We spend a lot of time maintaining relationships with not only our couples but also other vendors to make the day fun for all! Michael and I work together all the time, and honestly, it works great for us – not everyone can work with their significant other all the time LOL. We know how to cover all bases, not be in each other’s photos, and pretty much know what the other one is going to do before they do it. We are a well-oiled machine LOL
What type of events do you specialize in?
We specialize in Weddings! We do cover other special events as well, but our specialty is definitely weddings 🙂 When we are not doing weddings, Michael also does real estate photography during the week, and we sneak in an occasional family photo session here and there.
Why do couples hire you?
Couples decide to meet with us because they connect with our portfolio. Once we meet, they can see that we are fun, reliable, and pretty relatable and overall it’s just is a great fit! We love when our couples ask us their list of questions because it gives them a chance to know us better and really see our vast experience in weddings and really feel confident in their decision to hire us for their big day!
What does your most popular package include?
Our most popular wedding collections include two lead photographers, an engagement or day after session, an online client gallery, a customized USB and case, and credit towards prints or a beautifully custom designed wedding album!
What are the most common questions you get asked by brides and/or grooms?
The most common first question we get is our availability to make sure we have their date open. Another common question is about how much our deposit is to book with us. Believe it or not, we frequently get asked about who photographed our wedding and how we did being in front of the camera LOL We end up chatting about how we got married only a couple of years ago and totally can relate to the wedding planning process with our couples!
The best piece of advice for brides or grooms.
Make sure you connect with your photographer(s) because other than your significant other, they will be with you the most on your big day! Also, ask to see full wedding galleries. A popular thing right now for wedding inspirations is beautifully stylized photo shoots where vendors of all sorts get amazing photographs of their work for their portfolios. These are amazing and honestly breath-taking sometimes, but you want to make sure your photographer has an actual wedding experience for your big day! 🙂
Tell us 3 venues you enjoy working at and why.
There are sooo many amazing venues we work with so narrowing it down to three is super hard!
– Altamonte Chapel (Altamonte Springs) This is the cutest historic church and is beautiful! We have been working here for years now! The staff there is also amazing and really ensures your day runs smoothly and on time!
– Leu Gardens (Orlando) This place has endless photo opportunities and offers a variety of unique ceremony locations. Walking around the gardens taking photos of a couple who just got married is a photographer’s dream.
– The Addison (Boca Raton) The architecture is stunning and the ceremony space is incredible with gorgeous Banyan trees. Their food is awesome and on point, and the photo locations are honestly endless! Their staff is super helpful too!!
Special shout-outs to Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand which is beautiful, Venue 142 in DeLand which has a super cool vibe, Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor in Daytona Beach, Harmony Gardens in DeLeon Springs, Highland Manor in Apopka, and the Delameter House in New Smyrna Beach. We love working at all of these places and with their staff!
Here is what some previous couples had to say…
“If you’re looking for someone in the Central FL area who does wedding photography, this company is the one!! My wife and I absolutely loved being able to get to know this couple during our bridal shoot before our big day. Our pictures turned out flawlessly because we were comfortable and to be ourselves on our special day. They have been so friendly and are hands down one of our favorite vendors!! Thank you Dreamscape Photography!!” – Erin, The Delameter House
“Let me begin with how wonderful, friendly, and admirable Nicole and her husband Mike were on my wedding day! They made me forget about the world and made it only about my husband and me. No one else existed. My pictures came out beautiful and so natural looking that you can tell it was literally the Romans world at that moment in time. Thank you again for everything.” – Yessenia, Victoria Hills Golf Club
“Nicole and Michael to start off are the most genuinely nice people! They are so easy to talk to and really have great chemistry. Now to talk about what they do. They are true pros & the photos came out amazing. They captured moments of the best day of my life and the photos were exactly what we were hoping for! They are elite photographers and we are so happy we went with them! We will be using them throughout our life for other big memories!” Jared, The Addison of Boca Raton
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