Hey there!

I’m Nikki! I’m an Arlington, Virginia wedding photographer capturing Fun, colorful, and genuine moments during the best celebration of your life!

Most days you can find me laughing out loud, planning my next trip, and petting all the dogs. I feel most at home when I’m on the water – whether that be the Potomac, the Chesapeake, or the Atlantic. My favorite hobbies include eating, seeing live music, and watching the Washington Caps and the Clemson Tigers. I am mostly known for my sassy sense of humor, my ability to pick crabs for hours on end, and the overly-excited way I say “OMG hiiiiiii” to random dogs in public.

I photograph couples who are best friends, who are so excited for their wedding day to dance the night away with their friends and family, and who can make one another laugh with just a glance. Since I am lucky to capture them on this special day of love and celebration, to provide them with memories that become their first family photographs, it’s very important that I get the time to get to know my clients!

My photography style is best described as fun, joyful, genuine, and vibrant in both color and emotion. I do my best to bring out candid smiles, real laughter, and sweet moments.

Arlington VA Wedding Photographer, Nikki Schell Photography

My Motto:

People are their most beautiful when they are laughing, crying, dancing, playing, telling the truth, and being chased in a fun way.

– Amy Poehler

Some of my favorites!


My favorite person & best friend & roommate & person who is mine for forever! We’re currently planning our 2022 wedding, so we’re in very similar shoes!


Pretty sure eating is my favorite hobby. I love trying new restaurants in the DC area but my absolute favorite food is CRABS!

Puppy Baby Maho

Maho is a bernedoodle and we got her in 2019. If you follow me on instagram, you’ll see a lot of her!


My family is so special to me! I’m very lucky to get to spend a lot of time with them and that we’re all in the DC area! This photo was taken at my brother’s wedding by Kimberly Florence Photography.


This is such a generic thing to like (similar to eating) but I travel a lot and love it! My family instilled a love of travel and seeing the world – my favorite spot: New Zealand! This photo is from Iceland!

My Teams

I’m a sports lady – with my faves being Ice Hockey and College Football! I played ice hockey growing up and am lucky enough to go to Caps games every year! Also, I went to Clemson and am a huge Clemson fan!

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