Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins | Del Rio Vista Garden | Escalon Wedding Photographer

Happy Friday!

I am thrilled to share some highlights from Erica & Eric’s big day last Saturday. It was a joy to capture their best day ever and it was pretty sweet to get behind the lens for my first wedding back post-baby birthing! These two had 100 of their closest friends & family gather around them as they said their ‘I do’s’ and officially became one. One of the most special moments for all of us to witness was surely their first kiss - they waited so patiently to share that moment together on their wedding day. Their venue was so intimate and gorgeous — right on the river, people cheered them on from their innertubes!

I hope you all can feel the genuine happiness radiating from these images as much as I can — congratulations to you, Mr and Mrs. Hopkins, the best is yet to come!



Pressfield Family | Ancil Hoffman Park | Sacramento Family Photographer

Happy New Year, y'all!

I can't wait to share more sweet family sessions with you that I had the honor of taking this past Holiday season but for now I will start with one of my favorite families - the Pressfield's! After many failed attempts to get this session done prior to the Holidays and failing (face rashes, rain, schedules not lining up, etc.) we finally got to do this session last week and I think the stars perfectly aligned for us with this beautiful location and weather! This family is extended family to my Husband and I and I love them so much. Their hearts are so big and I love watching their bond and love grow as a family. I can't wait to photograph them for many more years to come! 

xoxo Nicole

Mr. and Mrs. Moore | Secret Gardens | Bodega Bay Wedding Photographer

Evening, friends! I set a goal to get this blog post up by 9pm Wednesday night and here I am with 15 minutes to spare! After countless hours (juggling two jobs is hard and rewarding) I seriously am so excited to be sharing this wedding with you! But first, let me apologize now for any typos because this girl is TIRED. ;) 

Matt & Chelsey's wedding was one for the books - it included so many fun elements and was so intimately romantic! Chelsey totally pulled off her vision and the incredible venue, Secret Gardens in Bodega Bay, was the most perfect setting that fit so well with all of the thoughtful decor. We took portraits as the sun was setting and Chelsey even did a fun little model fashion strut (she is so beautiful, just check out those photos below!). Also, there happened to be a few firsts for me at this wedding including but not limited to: the Bride & Groom doing keg stands AND convincing me to do a keg stand (don't worry, I secretly whispered to the bartender to just pretend!).  By the end of the night M & C were cozying up and roasting up some smores together surrounded by family and friends - can you even imagine ending such a perfect day in a better environment?!

Thank you two for choosing me as your photographer & congratulations to you both! You two are such a perfect match and I feel so honored to have photographed this huge milestone in your lives!

xoxo Nicole

PS - Relive their fun themed engagement session here!

Venue: Bodega Bay Secret Gardens // Bridal Bouquet & Flower Crown: California Sister // Videographer:  Paul Ortiz // Caterer: Franchetti's // Cake: Your Sweet Expectations // Rentals: PTE Rentals 

Wright Family | Roseville Family Photographer

Hi friends & family! Last week M and I got to hang out and photograph some of our closest friends, the Wright family! We love love love spending time with them and their kiddos. We had a bit of a rough start since little man had just woken up from a nap and as we waited for him to wake up more big sissy helped out a ton and was very patient (shout-out to Liz & Mikey for raising your kids with such great manners!). Going in to this session I had a few new poses I wanted to try out but when K wasn't having it I decided to have a more photojournalisti approach and to just roll with the punches and shoot, shoot, shoot whatever was going on. And guess what? These are some of my favorite images to date. There is something so sweet and pure about capturing real life moments and I am so glad I got to do just that with the Wright family.

Liz & Mikey, thanks for having us photograph your family again! I'm so glad you chose to have this season of life photographed (pretty spontaneously, I might add) and we love you guys so much!

xoxo Nicole

Martin Family | Veteran's Park North | Roseville Family Photographer

Hi everyone! This afternoon I am sharing a sweet look into this years mini session for the Martin Family (2nd year in a row!). I love returning clients & getting a chance to watch their kiddos (and puppies!) grow. This family is full of kindness and adventure & didn't even a bat an eye when they saw the ground was a bit muddy - we had so much fun!

Thank you for choosing me, Martin Family!

xoxo Nicole

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

Jacqueline & Erik | Keema's Pumpkin Patch | Elk Grove Engagement Photographer

Happy Saturday, y'all!

Today I have a very special set of photos to share with you - Jacqueline & Erik's engagement photos! We had so much fun roaming around the gorgeous property of Keema's Pumpkin Patch in Elk Grove (both Jacqueline & I share an equal obsession about all things pumpkin so this session was a DREAM). These two are saying 'I do' TOMORROW in the beautiful Tahoe area and I cannot wait to photograph their big day!



Andreea + Travis | Edgewood Tahoe | Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Happy Wedding Wednesday, folks!

Today I am sharing a glimpse into Andreea & Travis' beautiful wedding day. Their venue, Edgewood Tahoe sits in the heart of South Lake Tahoe and is absolutely breathtaking. Their day was filled with so much love and support from their friends & family that surrounded them. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Travis surprised Andreea's parents and recited a speech entirely in the Romanian language — it was so beautiful (talk about pulling the heart-strings) and I totally had to hold back tears as I photographed her parents registering what was happening.

To the new Mr. & Mrs. Folsom, thank you so much for having me capture your big day. I wish you two a lifetime of happiness! 



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!



Kevin + Michelle | Sacramento Vizcaya Wedding

Wow.... How it's already Wednesday again I will never know but since it is.... Happy Wedding Wednesday! I am thrilled to be sharing Kevin & Michelle's sweet day with y'all. This couple was so filled with light and love - the day had so much beauty and I loved watching them come together as a family in Christ. Just to top it off, their wedding took place at one of the most beautiful Sacramento venues, Vizacaya, talk about all the heart eyes! I am so grateful to have been their photographer and I look forward to some future coffee dates with these two!



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!

Pressfield Family | Mini Session

Happy Friday, friends! I am very excited to be sharing this family's mini session on the blog tonight. Reason number one? I get to spend half my week with the smallest babe in these photos and take care of him! I might be a little biased, but I totally hit the nanny jackpot with them. Currently my days with Eli typically consist of reading (or skimming) the same books over and over again, adventuring across the street (where these photos were taken) to pick up fall leaves, lots of cuddly hugs, and microwaving my coffee multiple times. I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Lissa & Justin, you and your boys are so incredible. I have loved every minute I have been able to spend with your family and I am so honored to be Eli's nanny. Thank you for trusting me & treating me like family. Looking forward to the many more days & adventures that await.