nzaPhotography, LLC is owned and operated in Louisville, Kentucky by me - Nicole Zirnheld Aldridge. I have always had a passion for all forms of art ever since I was little. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Kentucky University where I studied Advertising and Graphic Design. I then went on to work professionally as an Art Director and Web Designer for several years before becoming a stay-at-home mother to my three children.
I started getting serious about photography after becoming a mom and during my work as a birth doula. My clients liked my work so much that they asked me to photograph their babies.
Photography was a natural extension to my background in design and also allowed me to explore my creativity while still being able to stay home with my young children. I began learning everything I could about the craft and still continue to learn everyday.
nzaPhotography, LLC officially opened for business in January 2011 after many years of practice and much hard work. My next dream came true when I opened my studio in October of the same year in Louisville, Kentucky.
Besides being a mom, a photographer and a Certified Birth Doula, I am also a former Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, who created and taught a unique and self-designed curriculum called Believe in Birth. I have trained over 300 couples in natural birth and have attended almost 200 births as a doula.
In 2014, I collaborated with fellow doulas Ashley Benz and Angela Garvin to form the first group doula practice in the area called Louisville Doula Group. Together, we have over 25 years experience helping families bring their babies into the world!
In October of 2012, I became an Affiliated Photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep - an organization that provides the gift of remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby. To learn more about this amazing organization or to donate to the cause, please visit www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org.
When you hire me, you are not just hiring someone to click a shutter button. You are hiring an artist who visualizes, plans, researches, creates, professionally edits and delivers to you a piece of art that you will be proud to show off to your family and friends.
You are not just buying a picture. You are getting a cherished memory; a piece of art that will hang on your walls for years to come and be passed on to future generations of your family.
I am able to capture all of life's special moments with a unique and artistic perspective. Let me document your family's journey...from belly to birth to baby...and beyond!
I am a proud member of the following organizations: