Bre Thurston is an award winning photographer, educator, speaker, and author. She began her professional photography journey in 2010 after working five years in publishing. In 2014 she published her first book, For the Love of Weddings: A Photographers Guide to Starting a Wedding Photography Business. She quickly realized that she had as much of a passion for teaching as she did shooting and has since taught at several successful conferences and events as well as online workshops. She is sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging. 2015 brought along a new endeavor, Blair + Thurston Retreats which she co-founded with Elena Sanchez Blair. They now travel the world hosting sold-out retreats.
Her work has been featured in People, Vogue Brasil, Cosmopolitan, Professional Photographer Magazine, E!, Click Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Bride Magazine, Dear Photographer Magazine, and several online blogs/platforms including The Huffington Post, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Lookslikefilm, Buzzfeed, Grace Ormond, and Grey Likes Weddings. Her clients have ranged from Olympians and fitness sensations to Forbes 30 under 30 honorees and tech start-up founders.
Nicola first developed a fascination of cameras at the age of twelve. Since then she has competed as a professional wakeboarder and traveled the world for over 10 years. Her journey began with sports photography, however, rather than document the action, time and time again she found herself drawn to one thing: the people.
She loves the elements that make up a wedding; from the nervous jitters of getting ready, dreams becoming reality when you finally see your love at the altar, to breaking it down on the dance-floor to your favorite song, surrounded by the people you love the most.
Nicola joined the Bre Thurston team in 2018 and has photographed dozens of weddings as a lead photographer all over Northern California.