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    "It's not your job to be 'photogenic' or 'good in front of a camera'. It's MY job to pose you and guide you through your entire photo shoot. Photos are so incredibly important for your life, your business, social media, and for your family to have. You deserve to have beautiful photos that you feel proud of!"

Camilla | Photo Shoot

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Camilla at my studio in Seattle (I also have a studio in Plymouth, Michigan). Camilla’s mom brought her in for a photoshoot because she wanted to have portraits of her daughter at this stage in her life. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me!

We started with hair & makeup styling (Kendra Springer was the stylist) following by several different outfits.

Here is something that Ingrid (Camilla’s mom) said about her daughter:

“I would 100% define Camilla by her outspoken passion for human rights and equality ~ a healthy obsession for science fiction ~ and an excellent sense of humor.”
She really is such a cool girl, on top of being insanely gorgeous! I asked Camilla for a list of 10 things about her and she is just so interesting!
10 Things You Might Not Know About Camilla

1.      Peace * Love * Chocolate
I don’t care what the question is ~ the answer is chocolate:)

2.      Home is where the heart is.
I have visited 23 countries, and have lived in 9 different houses on 4 different continents.



3.      I love reading comics. Spiderman, the Flash and Deadpool.

4.      Science fiction * Dr Who * Dreams come true. I met my favorite actor, Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor. And in a strange twist of time and relative dimension in space (as well as the power of social media) – Matt Smith’s mother ‘liked’ and reposted my photo of me meeting her son:)



5.      School days
My favorite elective is photography. My grandfather was a photographer. I enjoy taking photos of my siblings, friends and pets.

6.      Cute Pets
I have a cat named Bunny and a dog named Bambi.


7.      What really matters

“Philanthropy is not about the money. It’s about using whatever resources you have at your fingertips and applying them to improving the world.” Melinda Gates
I have been actively involved in local non-profits for 3 years.

8.      Music
My favorite band is 5SOS.


9.      If I could have dinner with someone from recent history it would be Lucille Ball. She paved the way for women in the entertainment industry and she would have amazingly funny stories to share.


10. Need I say more?
“Happy Girls are the Prettiest Girls.” Aubrey Hepburn


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Portrait Shoot | Alaina

Seattle Glamour Photographer

Alaina is one of the those people you meet who you feel like kindred spirits with. We met through the photography world several years ago and I liked her right away. She lives in Chicago and came to my studio in Seattle for a photo shoot for both headshots and glamour style portraits and we had so much fun! And she is gorgeous on top of it all.

Alaina is both a speech pathologist and a photographer in Chicago (you can check her out here). She is multi-talented;)

She brought this beautiful pink dress and I loved photographing her so much in the backlight. I mean, look at her eyes…so so so pretty.


I asked Alaina to write me a list of 10 things we might not know about her and her list is so fun…10 Things About Alaina Bos
1. I love peanut butter! So much so that I eat it right off the spoon when no one is looking.
2. It was my dream to move to Chicago “when I grew up”. Now I’ve been here almost 10 years and I still love it.
3. My favorite movie is Love Actually. The scene where Mark professes his love for Juliet at the front door still gets me every time! “To me you are perfect…” ahhh.
4. My motto: “Wine about it, you’ll feel better” My favorite kind? Pinot Noir from Oregon or France.
5. I lived overseas in Ireland with my husband for two years. I was sure this would get the wanderlust out of my system but now I just want to visit more places and experience as many different cultures as possible. I’m now certain that wanderlust never really goes away.
6. I have visited over 20 countries but have lost count. My goal is to visit 30 countries by age 40. I better get on that because I’ll be 34 in July. And there’s a baby on the way!
7. I love Taylor Swift (and her music too)! I look up to how she always manages to be a role model and take the high road. She is the real deal and I love how she plays such an active role in her business, making many executive decisions regarding her brand.
8. I love reading and buying new books. I always end up buying them and not reading them all the way through though… You should see my book shelf.
9. I am a total cat lady, but have a love-hate relationship with my kitty Buddy (his love bank is never full!!).
10. This year has been one of self-growth thus far. I’m finally learning how to love and appreciate myself at 33. This journey really began when I did this photo shoot and now I’m looking forward to providing the same service to other women through my photography as well.
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Bridal Portraits – Glam the Dress

I’m in love with shooting bridal portraits. Brides spend so much time choosing the perfect dress and then wear it one time. Their gorgeous dress then sits in the closet after the wedding begging to be worn again;)Bridal portraits give you a chance to have a totally different look than you did on your wedding day. You could do a different hairstyle, maybe more dramatic or down with curls if you wore your hair up. You could add a statement piece or gorgeous jewelry or flower crown. And you could do a totally different makeup style, as well. I’ve been a bridesmaid 12 times and a bride myself and I can say that most women have a difficult time deciding which “look” to have on their actual wedding day. So, bridal portraits give you the chance to have fun and mix up your look. Or maybe you loved how you looked on your wedding day, but there wasn’t quite enough time to get the bridal portraits that you really wanted.

You could even do your bridal portraits BEFORE your wedding. That way, you will be able to see your dress from all angles and it can help you make a better decision about how to wear your hair and just your overall bridal “look” in general.

In the states, bridal portraits are very common in the south, but for some reason, the west and east coasts haven’t quite caught on to this yet.

I did a bridal portrait shoot with Erin in my studio and we were able to do a dramatic hair piece and change up her dress and look all together. Katie McMullen was there the whole time to change up her hair & makeup and we had so much fun. Erin wore dresses from BHLDN and they are seriously GORGEOUS. She wore both the Petra  dress (the lace one with the stunning detail on the back) and the Bella, which converts from a full tulle skirt to a formfitting gown and my jaw dropped when I saw it. I would have worn this to my own wedding in a heartbeat.






Nikki Closser, Seattle Portrait Photographer | Seattle Senior Photos | Seattle Headshots | Michigan Headshots | Michigan Glamour Photographer

Olivia | Glamour Photo Shoot

I can’t tell you enough how much fun it was photographing Olivia. I also can’t say enough how impressed I am with her. She started her photography business when she was still in high school! Talk about being smart and driven on top of being drop dead gorgeous.
Olivia came up from Portland for her shoot. We did several different looks so that she would have photos for her website and photos just for fun. I was so happy she wanted to wear the vintage dress that my uncle gave to me! You’ll see it down below in the photos where she is wearing a white and gold dress.
I started with Olivia in the backlight with this adorable purple lace dress.
I always love learning more about my clients, so I asked Olivia to write me a list of 10 things about her.
10 Thing You Might Not Know About Olivia
1. I wake up super early on weekends to watch Arsenal matches.
2. Best sports moment: Going to the Women’s World Cup Final and seeing the USA win the gold.
3. I can read a whole book in a single sitting.
4. I want to move to London.
5. I’m obsessed with Anthropologie candles.
6. I’m addicted to coffee.
7. I started my business when I was 17.
8. I love peonies.
9. Italian food is the best food.
10. I’m a total Harry Potter nerd.
This is the vintage dress from my uncle that I was telling you about!
 Nikki Closser, Seattle Glamour Photographer |Michigan Headshot Photographer | Senior Pictures | Plymouth, Michigan Photography
Olivia’s hair & makeup was done by Katie McMullen
February 16, 2016 - 6:47 pm

Latasha Haynes - These are incredible!! WHOA! Nice work Nikki! Love them so much!

February 16, 2016 - 8:13 pm

Jennifer Allanson Findlay - Wowza! You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful photographs! What a go-getter this young woman is. I’m going to use her website as an example for the tween girls I’m volunteering with. I think she’ll be inspirational for them. xoxoxo

Exist in Photos!

Having beautiful photos that you feel proud of is such an amazing gift to yourself and your family will cherish them. MOMS, get out from behind the camera! It’s time to treat yourself to some hair and make up pampering and an uplifting photo shoot experience. Or treat someone you love with a gift certificate. It is such a priceless, forever gift!!

Look at all of these amazing people I photographed in my studio in 2015. It has been such an incredible year and I’m so so so grateful! #existinphotos


Nikki Closser, Seattle Portrait Photographer | Senior Pictures | Seattle Headshots | Glamour