Nikki O’Leary

Nikki combines her critical eye from her fine art background, with her love of storytelling in order to capture those natural fleeting moments that are shared between her couples, while also paying attention to the tiniest details - encapsulating the look and feel of the wedding day.

She loves a soft, introspective moment, just as much as she loves an adventure filled with laughter and color. She especially loves shooting film - and being green!

She offers digital portrait sessions, as well as sessions with her gorgeously unique handmade brass and wood large format camera, to deliver the most luscious imagery for that special portrait.

Thistle and Twine Atelier is based in Chicago, but travels well.

More About Nikki…

Nikki lives in Chicago with her utterly adorable Shiba Inu pup.
Nikki loves to spend time in cafes and listen to records.
Nikki loves Halloween and horror movies.
Nikki received her MFA in experimental photography in Boston, and likes to make prints with precious metals.
Nikki is also an internationally exhibiting fine artist, making work about heritage and the sea.
Nikki loves to travel, and has lived both in Italy and in Japan, but sadly is not multilingual.
Nikki cares dearly for the environment.
Nikki once used to perform in the circus.
Nikki was once a DJ at a radio station.
Nikki loves the sea.


Green Mission Statement

Thistle + Twine Atelier strives to use sustainable business practices, and is a proud board member of the Green Wedding Alliance. Learn about the incentives on becoming Green Circle Certified by choosing 3 or more Green Wedding Alliance Members to create your wedding.



  • Paperless contracts, invoices and forms

  • Paperless online proof galleries and image delivery

  • Rechargeable batteries

  • Recycled paper for limited office printing needs

  • Responsible recycling and disposal of electronics

  • Eco-friendly wedding album options

  • Natural/recycled or reused packaging for deliverables