Caplinger Family | Newcastle Family Photographer

Hi friends! The Holiday season is upon us and do you know what that means?! FAMILY PHOTOS GALORE! I am super excited that the Caplinger family were one of the first families to kick-off mini-session-madness (yes, that is all one word.... I declare it!).

Fun facts: this is the 3rd year in a row I have had the privilege of capturing their family photos and this year  their littlest one, Lillie, is around the same age as their oldest one was, Calvin, when I started doing their family photos. I absolutely love watching them grow and they will always hold such a special place in my heart. This year we got to do something even more memorable - we took their photos ON their new property. If you want some serious house envy just visit the #CaplingerFamilyFarm because I am pretty sure every time I come home from visiting their house I tell my Husband how much I love it. ;) 

Heather & Matt, I hope you treasure these photos for years to come and I am looking forward to the next time I get to capture your family (no pressure but in-home lifestyle session anyone?! We just need to appease the people and I am sure everyone wants to see the INSIDE of that gorgeous home of yours). 

Happy Holidays!

xoxo, Nicole

Darcy + Cree | Kirigin Cellars Wedding | Bay Area Wedding Photographer

Happy Fri-YAY!

I am so excited to be sharing this wedding on the blog this morning. I have had such a joy looking back and editing these photos. This sweet couple got married just a few weeks ago at the beautiful Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy, CA. The day was completely smooth sailing and full of so much love. Both Darcy and Cree have big immediate families and you could just tell everyone was genuinely excited that the day had come for the two families to become one. They we're so affectionate with each other and really soaked in the entire day. I absolutely loved capturing their love for one another and the love that poured out from their surrounding families. 

Darcy & Cree, thank you for trusting me and allowing me to play a role in your big day. I loved working with both of you & hope to do more of that in the future!



Matt + Chelsey | Old Sacramento Engagement Photographer

Happy Wednesday, friends! It's been a busy couple of weeks over here as I have had two weddings (can't wait to share more!) and this sweet engagement session. I've known Matt (aka CHEEEEWWWW) for TEN years and his family is basically my family so when his sweet fiancée emailed me about photographing their wedding (before they had even found a venue) just a couple weeks after their proposal I was so excited! Chelsey has such a sweet soul and brings out such a soft side in Matt that is endearing to witness. Chelsey had the idea of doing a themed engagement session to make it a little bit more lighthearted and easy to be in front of the camera and after seeing the final results I am absolutely in love.

Chelsey & Matt - thank you for choosing me to capture this incredible season in your lives. I am counting down the days until your Bodega Bay wedding!



John + Jenessa | Sacramento Gibson Ranch Engagement

Happy Saturday! I hope you are drinking a nice iced beverage as you are reading this because here in Sacramento it's still 90°+ outside and I am DYING of sticky skin and weird tan lines. Today basically feels the exact same as a couple weeks back when we took these sweet engagement photos! John & Jenessa braved the heat, took some sips of liquid courage out of coffee cups (my kind of people, you guys!), and goofed around in front of the camera. It was perfect!

John & Jenessa, thank you guys for letting me capture this season of your life and for being so fun & carefree! I am counting down the days until your beautiful October wedding!



Katie & Matt | San Diego Wedding Photographer

Happy Wedding Wednesday, people!

I am so excited to share these photographs with the world. This wedding was off the charts beautiful. From Old Trolleys to a ceremony overlooking the San Diego Bay to a reception with a 360° view from the 34th floor of the Symphony Towers - every moment was breathtaking. I felt so honored to be included in on the day and it was a blast to make a little work-cation out of this wedding with my Huz as we stayed the following 3 days after this wedding in San Diego. 

Katie & Matt, you two deserve a lifetime of happiness and love. Thank you so much for having me photograph this monumental step in your lives. You two have the sweetest souls!



photography: Nicole Quiroz // venue: Maritime Museum & University Club atop Symphony Towers // sound + lighting: Sunset Mobile Music //  design + coordination: Reunion Specialists // catering: San Diego Catering Company cake: Heidi Mestaz Confections // trolley transportation: Old Town Trolley // hair + makeup: Running with Scissors Hair Studio & Nicole Niestemski  // groom & groomsmen attire: The Black Tux // dress: Berta Bridal

The Key Family | Sacramento Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Hi guys! I have to confess something... this summer has been absolutely nuts! I have gotten so behind on blogging and keeping up with social media as a whole and I need to apologize to everyone. I have totally felt the weight of trying to balance working a day job (resulting in about 24-32 hours a week) and my own photography business. I wouldn't trade any minute of my days for anything else, but the result of my busy-ness has been to let go of some fun things like blogging and posting Instagram photos everyday. Case in point? Just now I went to go prep a blog post for a recent wedding and when I logged in to my blog I discovered this draft from June 3rd.... YIKES! Here's to hoping the 'better late than never' attitude resonates with you!

With all this being said, here are some photos from the sweetest lifestyle newborn session ever. This session just gave me another reason why I love my job so much - clients turned into friends. After leaving this session my Husband (aka my assistant & better half) and I both knew we wanted to spend more time with the Key family and guess what? We made it happen! We've gotten to have dinner together and learn more about each other & now this family is gearing up to go on an adventure of a lifetime, RVing all over the USA, and we are so excited for them!

Amanda & Tim, thank you for letting us into your world and for trusting us to photograph your precious babe in his first weeks of life. We look forward to more hang-outs in the future!



Natalie + Will | Sacramento Lifestyle Photographer | Gibson Ranch County Park

Happy Friday!

I am so excited to be sharing this sweet session with you all mostly because that means I am finally catching up on work ;) but also because I love these two and I love photographing them. This is the third time I have photographed Natalie and the second time I have photographed Natalie & Will together. One reason I love photographing them is because their love is so evident which makes it so easily to capture and also so fun to capture! 

Natalie & Will - thank you so much for trusting and believing in me, for laughing at me while I hyperventilate behind the lens because the light is so beautiful, and for making sessions so much fun! 

I also need to give a shout-out to all the support and words of affirmation for my work Natalie has given me since I started photographing them a year and a half ago. You guys are dream clients and I want to clone you! Thank you for choosing me again and again and I can't wait to photograph the next big or small moment in your life! 



Caleb & Jackie | Bay Area Lifestyle Photographer

Happy Monday, everyone!

The other week I had the privilege of capturing this incredible joy-filled proposal and my oh my, I couldn't stop smiling throughout the evening! I also may have cried a little, no big deal. Caleb is a dear friend of mine & my husband's and we are SO happy he found the love of his life, Jackie. We love Jackie so stinkin' much; she shines light so brightly and her smile and laughter are contagious! I can't wait for this next season for them, as they plan their wedding day and most importantly prepare for a lifetime of love & marriage together.

Thank you so much for letting me witness & capture this unforgettable moment! 



Catherine | Bay Area Senior Photographer

Good evening, guys! This session I am sharing tonight is one close to my heart - my (not so) baby sister's senior portraits! I can't believe this young woman is 18 and will be graduating high school in under 2 months! She is so caring, intelligent, and full of joy. I love the person she has grown into and I praise God she is my little sisser. 

Here's to you Catherine - you are going to do some awesome things in this world and I can't wait to stand beside you every step of the way. I love you to the moon & back!


Mr. & Mrs. Smith | March 11, 2016

Happy (wedding) Wednesday, friends!

I am so filled with joy as I sit here about to share these images with you all. Chantal & Will's wedding kicked off my 2016 wedding season and let me tell ya, it sure set the bar high. There's just something so incredible about a couple so happy & in the moment on their wedding day, even the rain and last minute change to hold the ceremony indoors didn't stand in their way!

Mr. & Mrs. Smith, thank you for including me on your special day. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!




Haddon Lincoln | Birth Story

Hi everyone! I am so ready to share with you all the most amazing photos I have ever had the privilege & honor to shoot -- my nephew entering this world. Birth photography is not something I had ever considered in the past but then all of a sudden it seemed like I couldn't get away from it. I would scroll down my Facebook newsfeed and my Instagram home page and would be hit with so many emotions as I saw photos of these incredibly strong women giving bringing life into the world. The only logical thing for me to do was to text my SIL and ask her what she thinks about birth photography. Her response? "We love it!" Done deal. 

The days leading up to Haddon's due date were filled with anxiety and excitement, then his due date came and went and heavy emotion started kicking in. When I got the text 5 days after his due date that Brittany had been having contractions since the early morning I packed up my bags and hit the road. Once I finally got to their house (after maybe speeding a little and yelling at every single slow driver "DO YOU NOT KNOW MY NEPHEW IS ABOUT TO BE BORN?!") I was greeted by a very excited Daddy and a very determined Mama. After lots of pacing and finishing the laundry (Brittany, you are supermom) we finally packed the car and headed over to my brother's coffee shop in local Oakland market, Rocky's. Mama, determined to get a hot chai tea latte, started doing laps around the block. Meanwhile, as we timed each contraction and how far apart they were, my brother & I conspired together to call the hospital and ask them if we needed to come in yet. The nurse on the phone had the nerve to ask if Brittany was in pain. We laughed & snapchatted away, because there was no way we were going to forget that moment. Soon after a contraction ended we all piled in the car and sped off to the hospital. 

Remember how I mentioned that Mama was determined? Well, she was. We got into the hospital and she was already dilated 7cm (as the kids call it these days, she is very literally "goals"). After we got moved into her personal room the rest is pretty much a blur (as I am sure both Brittany & Christopher would attest to). There were lots of lower back massages, swaying back and forth, a full room of doctors, some yelps of pain evened out by some laughter and a little stubborn babe that made Mama wear an oxygen mask. All of a sudden it was time to push; a push or two later my brother turned around & exclaimed "YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS" after a milli-second of feeling like I might pass out I obliged and witnessed my tiny little nephew's head popping out, then one shoulder, then another, then his torso and lastly his feet. I fell in love instantly.

To my brother & babygirl -- I will never forget these moments and I will be forever grateful that you two allowed me to be by your side during such an intimate, life-changing, beautiful time. I love you both & your kiddos too much (in the words of Sums). You have forever changed my perspective on birth photography and I look forward to capturing more in the future (even if birth photography means signing adoption papers for your next one).  

Welcome to the world little man!

Love, Zia

PS - Brit, you are totally going to be my midwife when the time comes for Morgan & I to have babies because quite frankly, you are a rockstar. 

*If you are interested in booking a birthing session please email me: or fill out the form via the contact page on my website. Thank you!