Seattle's Sunshine Charlie and the wedding photography social experiment that just might completely change your wedding

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Nicole Firestone is the brilliant eye behind the lens at Sunshine Charlie — a wedding photographer based in not-so-sunshiney Seattle. You've seen her work before on Offbeat Bride — she shot Christine and David's purple-themed wedding. She's also the (crazy/genius) mind behind her "Pay what you think it's worth" photography offer/social experiment.

To learn more about Nicole, her work, and her amazing social experiment that is both delighting brides and shocking photographers everywhere, keep reading…

Sunshine Charlie's style of photography is candid and photojournalistic. Most of the time she's out of sight, catching all those unexpected laughs and funny faces, or you may see her lying on the ground, trespassing, or climbing all over things just to get that perfect shot.

Speaking of going anywhere to get that perfect shot, Nicole is open to travel anywhere in the world — her passport is raring to go! Which means ANYONE can take advantage of this special deal/social experiment…


Nicole launched a special project, what she calls a "year long social pricing experiment in wedding photography" aka GimmeThisFor.com. Here's how it works:

  • You book your wedding date with a $1000 deposit.
  • Nicole shoots your wedding and you have a great time.
  • Upon delivery of your gorgeous wedding photos, Nicole also returns your ENTIRE $1000 deposit.
  • Then you pay Nicole what you think your photographs are worth.

If you're still scratching your head wondering if this is too good to be true and also, WHY!? Here's what Nicole had to say about it:

I hope to give people an opportunity to have gorgeous images at a price they feel they can afford and for me to see how much value people put on their wedding photography if given the choice to pay what they think is fair.

Since Sunshine Charlie launched their project, Nicole has been booking weddings in places she has always dreamed of going. Will YOUR wedding be part of the Gimme This For project? Go on and pay what you think is fair!

  1. We found Nicole through this project and are SO EXCITED to have her shoot our May 6th wedding. We just love her style and think this project is the coolest – I feel so lucky to be a part of it!

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  2. I hope nobody rips her off!Really interesting project. Something like this would encourage me to hire an expensive photographer that I'd be afraid wouldn't be worth the money. Plus someone whose price isn't set is going to work extra hard because they know if they don't get it right they won't get the cash.

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  3. This sounds pretty cool -but presumably 'anywhere in the world' would involve us paying travel fees?

    Britain is a long way from Seattle!

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    • Ruth,

      Yes, I do require my clients to pay for my flight and one nights accommodation. However, I am very flexible and have stayed with families many times. Can I come? :)

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  4. I love this! I hope it works out! One of the worst part of planning is knowing you're getting ripped off…one price for weddings, one price for everyone else. If a vendor does good work, you feel fine about the money spent. But if they botch it and you still have to pay, it stinks. Nicole must have faith in her work and talent, hopeful that when brides see she's done a great job, they'll be happy to pay. I would!!

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