Friday, November 26, 2010

Jon and Lisa | Engaged!

This sweet couple have a big spot in my heart and I was more than happy to offer up some engagement shots for them! Its the least I could do for offering so many years of love and kindness to myself and others! I have known these two for quite some time now and it only makes sense that they fell in love and are now engaged!

When I was in fourth grade (years and years and years ago...maybe ever decades...anywho) my neighbors took me to their church. The very first person they introduced me to was Jon. My neighbor introduced us by saying "Jon, this is Nicole, DON'T SCARE HER"! Through out the years, I continued to go to that same church and work in the same children's ministries that Jon did. In high school, I was transferred to Jon's high school and he made sure that I was well taken care of during my year there. Now, Jon is a grown man with the biggest heart of gold (much like when I first met him). He would give you everything he had if he knew it would make you happy. He has so much love in his heart that anyone would be blessed just to meet him.

I met Lisa a few years back while working in the same children's ministry as Jon. Lisa was a Kidz Town helper and was friends with a past boyfriend of mines sister. So we always hung out with Lisa or vice versa. She is super sweet and equally as caring as Jon. Lisa has such a gentle soul and is so caring! I enjoyed seeing her sweet little smile while working on Sundays.

Arranging this shoot was a bit of an obstacle as I had many roadblocks that continued to push their shoot out to a further date. Luckily for me, Jon and Lisa were more than patient with me. The day of our shoot, there was a little bit of talk about snow. When we met up at Washington Park, it was starting to sprinkle. By the time we really got into it, it started to rain. By the time I was ready to go inside, it began to snow! And we just happened to be right where Jon proposed to Lisa. It made for a perfect composition!

Thank you Jon and Lisa for being such great sports about the weather, timing and my being new to engagement photography! Congratulations you two! I cant wait to see you married and watch you live your lives together forever!

There is still more to come...stay posted!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Baby Judah Revived My Faith

Can I first say, this was the BEST SESSION TO DATE. I had been going through a bit of self doubt with my newborn photography but the Morgan's revived my faith! For those of you who have not done baby posing or baby photography, it can be one of the more challenging subjects to photograph. It takes a lot of patience and time but is well worth all the effort in the end. I have to give special thanks to Keri Meyers who helped me figure out ways to pose newborns more comfortably.

For those who are interested in my newborn photography, timing is essential! Infants need to be two weeks or less. The younger, the better!!

Baby Judah was a CHARM! Slept through everything, posed perfectly and was extremely patient with me! He was my first boy to photograph and Serena and Grace were my first children. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect shoot! I really hope to see this family again in the near future. They were so beautiful! May I now introduce, the Morgan's...

More posts coming soon! Promise...


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Keri Meyers | Baby Posing Class

Yesterday, I made the four hour drive at 4:00am to Duvall, WA to get some more posing guidance from Keri Meyers of Keri Meyers Photography. The drive was the usual until I got off I-405 and started to head into Renton and Duvall. Can I just say that if I ever decide to move, its going to be to Duvall, WA! Its the PERFECT little city!! All country except for patches of Safeways (thank goodness!) and Starbucks! And the little bits of city that were scattered about were so cute and up to date! If you are a true Oregonian, you would love Duvall, WA. It has just enough to keep you interested and is surrounded by enough nature and fresh air that you would feel at home!

I had met Keri about a year go at the Kelley Ryden class and have followed her work since then. She is amazing!! When I saw that she was offering one on one mentoring sessions, I decided to sign up. I needed to get a little more practice under my belt and I knew that Keri would be the perfect person to learn from. She has such an organic, natural style about her work that its like a breath of fresh air. And she was such a great teacher too! Totally hands on, really made sure I understood what was going on, she was ultra patient. She is just great!! She is one of the most positive people I know in this photography business and I love it! She has always been so encouraging to me and I appreciate it so much!

I would totally recommend Keri to anyone who is looking to get into baby posing professionally. I cant say enough great things about her!!

In other news, I think I have found my permanent photography name:


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