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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 :)

Lauren & Greg | Rock Creek Gardens Wedding | Sneak Peeks

Rock Creek Gardens Wedding

Lauren & Greg got married at beautiful Rock Creek Gardens on a rainy June day in Puyallup, WA. The sun did show itself at the end of their amazing day and the rain stopped 30 seconds before Lauren walked down the aisle, and everything was just perfect. Their vows were very heartfelt and their family and friends were incredibly kind people.

I also LOVE white draping and chandeliers, which is the decor in the huge white reception tent at Rock Creek Gardens, so I was a happy girl all around.

Lauren & Greg are the sweetest lovebirds who have a lot of fun together! Here are some sneak peeks from their big day:

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Lauren & Greg did a “first look” before their ceremony. It was very sweet and intimate.

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I loved the boutonnieres!

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Just as the rain stopped…

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Samantha & Jacob | Whidbey Island Wedding | Greenbank Farm

Samantha swore she would never fall for a military guy…and then Jacob came along. She loved spending time with him and couldn’t help but fall in love. Shortly after I met these lovebirds, Jacob was being deployed to the Middle East — for the 6th time. He came home safe and sound in December and their Whidbey Island wedding planning was in full swing.

Their wedding was coordinated and designed by Sarah from EVENTful Moments. Samantha told Sarah that she wanted soft, pretty, and feminine for the decor, and Sarah went with it. I walked into the venue and squealed! It looked absolutely beautiful and totally matched Samantha’s sweet personality. It was perfect.

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Samantha did a first look with her dad. The look on his face was priceless.

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Greenbank Farm is a great little place for a wedding on Whidbey Island. They also have a wine tasting room.




The ceremony was simple and sweet and was officiated by their friend Nick.




Ceremony & Reception Site – Greenbank Farm
Wedding Coordinator – EVENTful Moments, LLC
Photographer – Nikki Closser Photography
Caterer – Serendipity
Flowers – Flowers by Tiffany
Hair Stylist – Salon Lux, Sunnie
Makeup Artist – CherWear
Wedding Gown – Bellevue Bridal
Chairs & Door Rentals – Diamond Rentals

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Glamour Photo Shoot | Sandra

Sandra came in for a photo shoot on her 52nd birthday. This beautiful woman is embracing her 50′s. Not only is she warm-hearted, fun, and adventurous, but she has been working very hard at caring for herself and she is feeling better than ever.

I loved spending time with her and hearing about her goals and dreams. Her life has only just begun;)

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10 Things You Might Now Know About Sandra
1.  I have my motorcycle license and like riding Harley’s
2.  I have a crush on Actor Sam Elliott and Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs

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3.  My favorite movie is Under the Tuscan Sun
4.  I love downhill skiing

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5.  I want to live in Sun Valley, Idaho
6.  I am surprisingly single (say’s my son)

7.  I love Baci dark chocolates because they taste so good, are wrapped in cute messages. Baci means Kisses in Italian.
8.  On my bucket list is to go to the Grand Prix in Monaco which falls on my birthday weekend.

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9.  I have a boot fetish
10.  My kids, Kayla and Weston are my best friends.

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Glamour Photo Shoot | Shawn

I have been doing some glamour photo shoots when I visit Michigan and I was so excited to photograph Shawn when I was there in May. She is the mother of two young boys and, since she is a stay-at-home-mom, she spends most of her time caring for them. While she loves her boys more than life, having some time away to be Shawn the Woman instead of Shawn the Mom, is definitely important!

She looked absolutely beautiful and I love her “10 things about her” list, so be sure to check it out below.
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10 Things You Might Not Know About Shawn

1. I love puppies and babies and shopping and eating
2. I’m completely terrified of ants

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3. I live for random adventures and have so many awesome stories to tell.

4. I believe that everything happens for a reason

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5. Although I may critique my body, I secretly love my butt;)
6. I have lived in 2 states, 11 cities, and at 18 different addresses.
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7. A good song can bring a smile to my face, even at the worst time
8. Being a stay at home mom is the hardest job I’ve ever had

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9. I talk too much…always have, always will
10. I’m living my dream! It’s not always pretty, but it’s more than I ever wanted

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June 12, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Angeline - I love your glamour portraits Nikki. It’s so nice to add those little “10 things you may not know about…” it really helps to connect with this beautiful woman.

I have watched you evolved since Roberto Valenzuela workshop on cL and I am very happy to know that you are living your dream now !

Love, From France

Stripped Down | Amy

Amy and I were close friends in high school and college and, at some point, we grew apart. We kept in touch here and there through facebook, but we hadn’t seen each other in over 15 years before this photo shoot.

But, there is something about having history with someone you shared your teenage years with. Someone you laughed with and cried with and got into trouble with. Someone who knows you better than most, even though you haven’t been close for years. And we have the same tattoo that we got together when we were 17. Ha! During her photo shoot, we spent a lot of time talking about life. Talking about our successes and our struggles. It was like no time had passed.

I photographed Amy when I was in Michigan. When we initially talked about her shoot, she said she wanted to do it “stripped down” — meaning she wanted to forgo the hair and makeup makeover that usually comes with my glamour photo shoots. She wanted no makeup and she would let her hair air dry. At almost 37 and with 4 kids, she said she feels more beautiful now than ever before.

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When I asked her to write me her 10 things about her list, she decided to really open up with a “stripped down” version, just like with her photo shoot. I felt really emotional reading her list.

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Me:

1. My twenties. I got pregnant when I was 21 years old. I was not married. I was scared and felt alone. I was a child who was going to be raising a child. I had not even graduated from college. I cried and ate a lot. I gave birth to her and she was an absolute miracle. She was perfect and made my life complete. I never knew I could love someone so much. She made me a better person. She was meant to be.

2. My husband. I married a amazing man. I love him. My marriage is not perfect and we have our struggles. We fight, we argue and sometimes I feel like we are roommates. Marriage is work. I fall in and out of love with my husband and he falls in and out of love with me. What I do know is I will work every day to make my marriage stronger because he is the man that I want to grow old with. He is the man that I know would take care of me if I was sick. He is the man I want to spend the rest of my life with.

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3. Kids. I was blessed with four beautiful, healthy kids. Three girls and a boy. They are awesome. They are great students and athletes. But, they too have struggled in life. It seems once I get one child on track another one falls off. That’s life, though. Everything is not always going to come easy or be perfect. I feel like if I am there to help them to pick up their pieces at low points or cheer them on at high points I am doing my job. Am I the perfect parent?…oh heck no. But I do my best, I do my very best and I give them every last ounce of love that I have in my body.

4. My parents. My parents are my life line. They are selfless, loving, caring, giving…I could go on and on. I am scared of losing them. Scared out of my mind. I just can’t imagine the day. The day that I can’t pick up the phone and call them. The day that I can’t wrap my arms around my dad. That day. I feel like I am being punched in the stomach when I think about it. I enjoy and cherish every single moment with them.

5. Business. My family business where I work is a crematory. We cremate 400 people a month from babies to elderly. Life can be short and every day is a gift. Treasure your life. Love your life.

6. Parenting. Once I let go of “mommy guilt” I was golden. I am not the perfect parent. I have yelled, lost my temper and on occasion, have acted like a complete lunatic. But, for every bad moment I have had so many many more good ones. I am human and will make many parenting mistakes. I am learning along the way. I love my kids and they know that. They are my heart. My everything.

7. Friendships. Every woman from young to old needs friends to laugh with and to cry with. I am so very lucky to have friends who are loyal, non judgmental, and love me at my absolute worst and best. My girlfriends can make me laugh even when I am at low points in my life. My girls are my soul mates. I don’t know how I would go through the ups and downs of life without them.

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8. Life. I am a true believer that every single person comes into your life for a reason. A purpose. This photo shoot is a perfect example. It was set up last minute. We made it happen and it fired up a 20 year old friendship. We bonded. I will never forget those moments. It was totally meant to be.

9. Me myself and I. I took me 36 years 3 months and 9 days to love every part of myself. I love my beautiful parts and my flaws. I treat myself and my body with respect. After all, it was my body that gave me my children. It is my body that takes me on long runs when I need them. My body is truly my temple and I take darn good care of it. I finally feel content with every aspect of myself. I finally feel beautiful.

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10. What you see is what you get. I am a very “real” person who wears my heart on my sleeve. I don’t pretend to have the perfect marriage. I don’t pretend to be the perfect mom with “little angels” for kids. I know I make mistakes in life every day. I learn and move on. Life is an every day adventure. I used to be such a planner…whether it was meals for the week or where I would be 6 months from now. I am finally starting to live for the day. Enjoy the moment. I think it happened when my daughter got her driver’s license and I realized it’s all just going by way too fast. Every day I remind myself life is short. Life is precious. Life is an every day gift.

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June 12, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Angeline - Gorgeous. I love the fact that she did choose to do her shooting “stripped down”, it’s a very interesting and honest variation around the beauty portrait.