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    I am in love with photography & I'm in love with being in love! There is something about capturing moments of love that makes me incredibly happy. I put a lot of care & hard work into photography & I continually look for moments that will make your heart swoon when you look at your images. I have a lot of fun with my clients and I focus on making them feel comfortable & beautiful! I look forward to working with you and capturing your moments :)

Seattle Photo Shoot | Katie

Katie has both the brains and the beauty. She and some of her friends started a science club at Interlake High School — how cool is that?! She is just an interesting girl all around and I really enjoyed photographing her.

We started with Katie looking through my studio wardrobe and then she began her professional hair & makeup styling (by Katie McMullen). For her first few outfits, I photographed her inside the studio. Then we headed outside and did some more head shots and other photos.

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I love that Katie chose to wear this sparkly dress that I bought in the fashion district in L.A.


I asked Katie to write me a list of 10 things about her and she has the coolest list!

10 Things You Might Not Know About Katie

1. My dream job is to be an astrophysicist like Neil DeGrasse Tyson
2. My favorite color is yellow. I was born in the spring so I think the pastel colors have stuck with me
3. My favorite sport is pole vault. I’m a little bit of a thrill seeker

4. Fun fact, I can solve a rubix cube in 2 minutes

5. I love rap and hip hop music; my favorites are Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, G-Eazy, Kendrick Lamar, and SchoolboyQ

6. I have always wanted to be a model since I started watching America’s Next Top Model when I was 6 years old

7. I am obsessed with going to Greece because I love Greek food and I think Mykonos is the most beautiful place on earth

8. The Seahawks are my favorite sport team #12

9. My favorite movies are Great Gatsby, Gravity, and the old Scooby Doo movies

10. Overall I’m adventurous, curious, and determined

Nikki Closser, Seattle Senior Photographer | Seattle Head Shots | Seattle Wedding Photographer | Michigan Senior Photographer | Michigan Wedding Photographer

Krista & James | Mountain Springs Lodge | Leavenworth Wedding Photographer

Mountain Springs Lodge Wedding! Leavenworth, WA

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Krista and James chose the Mountain Springs Lodge near Leavenworth for their wedding ceremony and reception. This place is just gorgeous! From the mountain view to the beautiful grounds, it was perfect for them. The Mountain Springs Lodge has a relaxed and fun atmosphere — just like how Krista & James are!

I love that they chose to give out drink koozies for part of their favors for their guests. Who doesn’t love a good koozie to keep their beer cold on a hot summer day?

James and the guys all looked so handsome! And they are a super fun group on top of it. James and Krista definitely surround themselves with quality people.

And, of course, here are the beautiful ladies!

Their first look was the absolute sweetest. James gets, um, a little emotional, and he definitely showed his soft side when he saw his bride for the first time;)

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I loved the mix of ties and dresses!

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There’s that soft side of James again;)Sadly, Krista’s dad passed away a few years ago and her beautiful mother walked her down the aisle.

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James made the M for Krista!!

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Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals
Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan (purchased at Nordstrom)
Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Banks
Hair: Lucy Rosario; Shears Salon
Makeup: Krissy Rawley Guenther; Shears Salon
The M Sign: Handmade by the groom!
Dessert: Linda at Homesfire Bakery
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Bride’s Ring: Shane Co.
Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Senior Photos | Hannah

Hannah is a senior at Gig Harbor High School who is super involved in her school and community. She came to the studio for her senior pictures and brought her mom and sister along to hang out while she got her hair and makeup done. I love how close the three of them are!

Once Hannah was done with hair & makeup styling, we started the in-studio part of her senior photo shoot.

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She switched up her outfit to this adorable floral dress and we did a few more shots in the studio. I love her smile so much!

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I always ask my clients to write me a list of 10 things about them and here is Hannah’s awesome list:

10 Things You Might Not Know About Hannah

1. I absolutely love dancing
2. I’m very involved in my church and faith is a big aspect of my life
3. I want to be a nurse
4. Kids are my number one passion so I babysit a lot
5. I’m dedicated to school which takes up a lot of my time
6. I’m involved in leadership at my school and and that is such a perfect fit for me
7. I mentor 6th grade girls at my church
8. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family
9. I love to hike
10. My favorite thing about high school is going to the football games with my friends:)

After we finished up in the studio, we headed outside for more shots. I love that she brought her cute rain boots!

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We even did a shot with Hannah and her sister Amanda.

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Nikki Closser, Seattle Senior Photographer, Seattle Wedding Photographer, Michigan Senior Photographer, Michigan Wedding Photographer

Elania | High School Junior Photos

Elania contacted me about doing a photo shoot after she saw the photos that I did of her friends. I was excited that she wanted to do photos during her junior year of high school. We all change and grow so much during those 4 years of high school and I think it is so fun and important to have photos of each year to look back at and to show our families years down the road. And, it’s great practice for senior pictures;)


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My photo shoots include hair & makeup, so we started with Katie styling Elania. She has the most gorgeous long hair!

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We started the photo shoot indoors at my studio before heading outside.

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I love learning about the people I photograph. We always chat before and during the photo shoot, but I also like to have them write me a list of “10 things we might not know about them”. I always learn so much! Here is Elania’s list:

10 Things You Might Not Know About Elania

1. I love hiking.

2. My favorite summer activity is simply going to the river with friends.

3. I am a 4.0 student.

4. I have four younger siblings.

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5. I was born in Canada and lived there for 5 years.

6. My favorite color is purple.

7. I love singing

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8. If I could be anywhere right now, I would be at the beach.

9. I want to be a nurse when I finish high school and college.

10. I love kids and I babysit almost every day.

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Hair & Makeup by Katie McMullen
Nikki Closser, Seattle Senior Photographer, Michigan Senior Photographer, Seattle Wedding Photographer, Michigan Wedding Photographer,

Kelly + Teddy | Boettcher Mansion Wedding in Colorado

Kelly & Teddy are the epitome of love. They have been together for 8 years and they still look at each other with dreamy eyes and smile in the sweetest way when they talk about one another.

Their wedding took place at the Boettcher Mansion, which is nestled in the mountains of Golden, CO. It was absolutely beautiful!

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The jewelry that Kelly wore has been in Teddy’s family for many years. It was so special to Kelly’s new mother-in-law, Jeanne, that Kelly wanted to wear it on her wedding day.

Kelly has a “village” of women who adore and love her. And when I say “village”, I’m not exaggerating one bit. From her two sisters to her girlfriends to her mom and mother-in-law, aunts, cousins, and the girls in her neighborhood who she grew up with — they all surrounded Kelly on this day with light and love.

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Kelly and Teddy chose to do a “first look” before their ceremony. Just the two of them (and me;)). Kelly wrote Teddy a letter and I gave it to him to read as she was walking towards him. It was the sweetest moment in the world.

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Kelly gave her girls a color scheme and told them to pick out whatever dress they wanted. My jaw totally dropped when I saw the dresses. I mean, I LOVE mismatched bridesmaid dresses as it is, but this is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

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Every girl was able to rock her individual style and be comfortable in her own dress. I love that so much!

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I also love that Teddy had the guys where traditional tuxes. My husband happened to be one of the groomsmen and I don’t get to see him in a tux very often! They all looked so handsome.

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Kelly’s dad made these amazing table numbers! What a crafty guy he is. People talked about them all night.

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That’s my husband winking at me. I had to throw it in here. haha

Kelly’s BFF, Leanne, was her gorgeous Maid of Honor. I loved how she was so emotional watching her very best friend walk down the aisle.

boettcher mansion wedding photosmichigan wedding photographersfirst kissThey had some serious moves during their first dance. It was such a magical night!
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Then Kelly danced with her sweet dad.

And Teddy with his darling mother.

Venue – Boettcher Mansion

Wedding Planners – Seize the Day Event Planners 

Florist – Somerset Floral

Catering – Three Tomatoes 

Nikki Closser, Seattle Wedding Photographer | Michigan Wedding Photographer


September 16, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Claire Nordloh - Nikki! These photos turned out so beautifully…great work as usual :)

September 16, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Rachel Trudelle - Wow! Every single one is so beautiful! Great job Nikki!