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Map + Compass Photography

6429 S Vinewood St #208, Littleton CO
Austin, TX, CO
Services: Photography | Login to save vendor
(903) 926-7908
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  • 26 Reviews


    Autumn D.

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  • Here’s why booking Map and Compass for your wedding is the best choice you can make: The old adage “you get what you pay for” could not be truer when it comes to photography. There is no way around it. Neither that all inclusive wedding package from a resort nor your aunt’s neighbor who does photography on side will be able to capture the emotion on one of the biggest days of your life like a professional artist can. I know I can look back on these pictures for the rest of my life and be instantly transported back to how I felt vowing to love my husband for eternity. You also want someone you can trust to be organized, put the work in, and roll with the inevitable punches. Nicole is all that and a bag of chips. Her work is beautiful and her work ethic is unmatched. She will bring order to your chaos. I absolutely stole that line from her website but it is so true and one of the reasons we chose to work with Nicole. We came with almost zero idea of what we wanted our weddi... Read more

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    Oh my goodness, you guys are the best! I loved our path of planning your special day and am so honored you selected me!

    Rachael N.

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  • Working alongside Nicole in designing our elopement was one of the biggest impacts in our day being everything we dreamed of and more. Not only did she help us scout out a perfect location to avoid people and capture the scenery we love, but her photographs were inspirational, artistic, and authentic. Nicole is compassionate, flexible, organized and knowledgeable. I couldn't have asked for a better person to be with us during our elopement.

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    Thank you, Rachael! I loved planning and capturing such a special time for you both! It was a memorable day to act as the officiant!

    Erin B.

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  • Nicole did an absolutely incredible job for our wedding. She worked so hard to make sure the day went exactly the way we wanted it to. She listened to our concerns months ahead of time, and even when unexpected things came up (including a pandemic) she handled it in the blink of an eye. Nicole is organized, responsive and professional. She was a trooper even through touch and go rainy weather, went above and beyond for our day after session, and thought of every little detail. We really enjoyed her company and she made the whole "picture taking process" a breeze. She did a great job distracting us and making it actually fun to be in front of the camera, coming from two people who don't particularly enjoy being in photos. She has a calming presence and brings confidence to any situation, which put our minds at ease. We are thrilled with how our pictures turned out- she not only captured our special day (and day after) with the beautiful scenery, she also documented the memories in a ver... Read more

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    You, Josh, and everyone at your day were a joy to be around! I loved working with you guys and capturing your day!

    Helen R.

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  • Nicole is a tremendously talented photographer and a gem of a person. I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience working with her. From our first consultation, I knew we had found a great photographer for our wedding. She took the time to get to know us and find out our priorities. Like so many others, we had to change our wedding plans multiple times due to COVID, and she helped this exhausted bride think through the details of our wedding day and scouted amazing locations for portraits that I would have never thought of. And boy, did she deliver. The photos are works of art and my husband and I could not be more thrilled with how they came out.

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    Thank you so much for the kind words! I loved helping you guys plan your special day! I appreciate it more than you know!

    Kendall B.

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  • Nicole made our elopement a breeze. My husband and I had never visited the place we eloped and it was just us two making the trip, so it was essential that we had a photographer that could provide tips, tricks and advice. Nicole did just that and more! She arrived on time and stuck to a schedule the entire time we had her booked, which made me feel at ease with not missing any important shots as the sun set. Weeks before the ceremony, she provided a timeline as well as a check list and both helped tremendously. I can say I was not stressed one bit and it was entirely because of Nicole’s help! Nicole has the right personality for photography – she keeps you on schedule while making it seem fun, you can trust her with anything. She suggested different angles so that we looked our best for each shot, as well as provided instruction on how to relax and just be natural with each other. We highly enjoyed chatting with her as well, she is very personable and makes you feel at ease. Within... Read more

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    Your words mean so much to me! It's always my goal to make wedding days stress-free! So glad I could be there to capture such a special day!

    Eshton L.

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  • Not seeing a lot of reviews from Grooms on here, so I wanted to chime in. As a guy who tinkers around with cameras and creates stuff in my own time, there are a few things I wanted to say about Nicole and what she has created with Map + Compass. Buckle up, family. I imagine that every couple that elopes or plans their wedding out in West Texas or some other remote location does so because they are dreaming of a unique experience that they and their families will cherish forever. Those of us that end up running with this idea are so incredibly lucky that Map + Compass exists. Nicole not only glides into your life, coming alongside you to help visualize and plan your wedding from the jump -- she then has the audacity to show up PERFECTLY on time on your big day, fill in all of the gaps, make sure everything moves along smoothly (at the exact right time), only to go on and capture the best day of your lives with such genuine artistry, care, and grace. Nicole isn't just an amazing pe... Read more

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    BEST review ever! I want every couple to have the experience you guys had! Thanks for making my year.

    Morgan H.

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  • My husband and I got engaged right at the beginning of Covid and Nicole was there from the beginning. We had to change our wedding plans about 3 times and Nicole was a major support throughout all of it. She was extremely understanding, flexible, and had great experience and advice to offer - whether it be on location, the flow of the day, or just general wedding planning stuff that I had not even thought of. Ultimately we eloped in Moab and we both couldn't have been happier with how it turned out! It was a smooth and seamless day, personal and intimate while incorporating family and friends even though they weren't able to be there in person. Nicole and Hereafter films were extremely skilled in capturing us and our dogs in a natural and beautiful way. It also helped that they were just all around great people to hang out with in general! I cannot recommend Nicole enough and have already been recommending her to friends interested in eloping or trying something different for their wed... Read more

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    I loved all the planning and dreaming we did together! Most importantly, it was magical capturing your and Corey's day!

    Bailey B.

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  • Hiring Nicole Thomson (Map + Compass Photography) as our wedding photographer was one of the best decisions we made during the planning process. We had prioritized photography in our budget because it was extremely important to us, and it was well worth the investment. From the beginning, Nicole was a huge resource for me as I navigated through planning a mostly-traditional 113-person wedding in the hill country of Austin, Texas. We hired her because we loved the way she captured moments big and small, and I honestly didn’t think I would need much of her “planning” help. I was wrong. Nicole helped me think about things I would have otherwise dismissed or overlooked. She helped simplify for me what was actually important to us and let that drive the decisions we made. She listened to all my concerns, scheduled check-in calls regularly to work through our photography timeline, created a mood board for me when I was really struggling with overall design cohesiveness, and even sen... Read more

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    Bailey, your words mean so much to me! Everything you said is exactly what I aim to deliver in my business. I want each couple to receive a personalized experience, just like you! My heart is so full!

    Alexis F.

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  • Working with Nicole is a magical experience. Her work speaks for itself, but as an individual she is incredibly thoughtful, professional, artistic, and TALENTED with what she does. She planned not just one, but two sessions for us due to COVID and even had a backup plan day-of in case we couldn’t get into the park (it was extremely crowded the week we were there and there were limitations on entering the day before). Throughout the whole process, Nicole was extremely timely in her responses and checked in with us periodically/gave us tips to help us feel more prepared since professional pictures are way out of our comfort zone. During the session itself, Nicole literally made it feel like we were hanging out with a friend and made us so comfortable - which I think translated well into our photos. We had to deal with some crowds, but she handled it super well and even somehow managed to edit all of the people out of the final pictures (like I said, she’s magic!!!). Fast forward t... Read more

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    You and Scott were wonderful throughout the entire process! I can't thank you enough for your patience and understanding as we navigated such an odd time in life! Your session was a blast! I am thrilled you love your photos and had a wonderful experience!

    Priscila A.

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  • I will be forever thankful to have found Map + Compass Photography in our search for a Big Bend elopement photographer. Despite all of the curveballs COVID-19 has thrown our way (canceled wedding, park closures, etc.), our elopement was fun and everything we were hoping it would be. And my husband and I know that we have Nicole, the heart and soul of Map + Compass Photography, to thank for that. Nicole went above and beyond what I expected - and based on her portfolio I was expecting alot - she is truly an amazing destination elopement photographer, wedding planner, officiant and hiking companion. Leading up to our elopement, she really held my hand as we planned the big day. We exchanged several emails and scheduled calls. There were also several great guides, recommendations and tips that helped us piece everything together. Then when the unexpected happened and Big Bend National Park closed due to COVID-19, Nicole was a rockstar. Throughout the ordeal she provided us with s... Read more

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    I am so honored you guys chose me to help plan and capture your day! It was an amazing day and destination elopement in Big Bend National Park, hike included!

    Kelly

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  • Nicole was one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding day! We were looking for a photographer who would spend the time to get to know us and understood how to tell the story of our own unique wedding. That’s exactly what we got with Nicole and feel so lucky to have been able to work with her. When COVID struck, Nicole talked us through our options and was nothing but supportive and flexible. Because of her guidance we were able to make a quick and early decision to postpone which allowed us to seamlessly readjust our plans and keep almost all our original vendors. By the time we got to our wedding day we were on about plan D for the year, and I honestly don’t know what we would have done without Nicole’s support. Besides her professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond, the pictures are amazing! Nicole captured everything in such a creative way, and we will cherish them forever. If you have the chance to work with her, don’t hesitate!

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    You guys and all your plans definitely experienced a roller coaster with COVID! I'm so glad I was able to help ease the tension and capture a time in your life that will last forever!

    Nicole R.

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  • Nothing fills me with more joy than when I think back on that magical day when I married my best friend. And the best part is that we have every special moment captured by the photo genius and wizard also known as Nicole. Due to the crazy 2020 series of events, we spontaneously decided to elope in the awe-inspiring Moab landscape In the middle of the summer. Due to her expertise in adventure elopements and vast knowledge of Moab, we contacted Nicole 2 weeks before our planned date, crossing our fingers that she had availability. Not only we were able to book with her right away, but we were so happy with how flexible and professional she was with us every step of the way. My fiancé didn’t understand the investment of a photographer until after our first video call we had with her and he discovered that she did way more than just take photos. She expertly planned every single detail of the day, provided us with several location and time recommendations, offered multiple tips to strea... Read more

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    It was a magical day indeed! I'm so honored you trusted me to plan and capture such a monumental moment in your lives! Truly an honor!

    Sami S.

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  • When my fiancé and I set out to find a photographer for our wedding, we knew we were up for a challenge. We are both creative individuals and we recognized that we needed someone who understood our vision and our personalities and who could make both shine through in photographs. After our first interaction with Nicole, we knew she was our gal. Nicole is not only a wonderful to work with, she executes with precision. From our engagement photos to our wedding day, Nicole did an incredible job of bringing us back to the moment and reminding us of what was important – each other – amidst a whirlwind of a day. She manages to create raw and personal images without intruding on intimate moments and did a beautiful job at capturing our wedding day. We are, in a word, obsessed.

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    I knew within minutes of chatting with you both we were a great fit! I'm so happy I was able to capture this time in your lives! Thank you for entrusting me with such scared memories!

    Molly I.

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  • Oh, where to begin. I like to think that there was some sort of karmic force at work to push me and my (now) husband to connect with Nicole, who shot some of the most beautiful, raw and real photos for our elopement day in Colorado. For a little backstory. We’re one of those stereotypical couples who went back and forth on what exactly we wanted to do for our wedding day. We initially thought we wanted to elope then decided we couldn’t imagine our day without friends and family there to celebrate with us… so we started planning a full-on wedding and realized halfway through the cost, the stress, the time, the planning and trying to balance everyone else’s needs and wants with our own was making us miserable. 
So I fell into a rabbit hole of researching photographers on Instagram, The Knot and just about every other wedding site out there to try and find someone who vibed with us, and was within our budget. I also work in marketing so finding someone who shot real,... Read more

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    Molly, your words mean more than you know! Capturing your and Tim's day was amazing! I loved our time together, despite all the craziness with COVID! :) I will gladly hang out with you both if I move back!

    Stephanie M.

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  • I was interested in working with Nicole because I loved her work and thought her natural style of photography would be great for our small elopement in West Texas. She captured our moments beautifully, provided guidance during the whole process, made us feel comfortable in front of the camera, and I’m so glad she was able to be a part of our day! It’s great to have an amazing collection of photos to be able to share with family and friends who weren’t able to be there with us on our day. Really happy we got to work with Nicole to help us capture these memories for us!

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