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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!"

Glamour Photo Shoot | Melanie

Melanie is as sweet as they come. She is so fun to be around and has the kindest energy about her. Not to mention, she is absolutely gorgeous.

She came in for a glamour photo shoot to celebrate turning 40. I love that she decided to do this and I know her husband is, too! One day, her kids will cherish these photos of their beautiful mom.


I asked Melanie to write me a list of 10 things about her. I loved getting to know her more!

10 Things You Might Not Know About Melanie

1. I was born and raised in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. We visit every year.

2. I am grateful to my husband, who centers me when I’m tipping over… which is frequently.

3. We have two young children, Calista and Micah. They’re the two most awesome children I have ever known.:)We have two dogs, Koa and Tucker (Boston Terriers).

4. My ethnicity is Filipino but have never been to the Philippines. We plan to go one day.


5. Books make me so so happy. I have more books than time to read them but I keep buying more.

6. I absolutely love photography but have no creative bone in my body.

7. My family is gigantic. My dad has thirteen siblings. My mom has three.:)





8. I will never decline a slice of tiramisu or a cup of French onion soup.

9. My life motto is: Be picky with your time. Do what you love with the people you love.

10. I believe in the power of prayer.


Melanie’s sweet husband came to her photo reveal. You should have seen the smile on his face! He looked so proud of his wife. It made me all teary eyed. I love what I do so much!


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Hair & Makeup by Kendra Springer

Stephanie & Pete | Salish Lodge

Salish Lodge Wedding

Stephanie & Pete had their wedding at the incredibly beautiful Salish Lodge. Everything from the flowers to the dresses to the adorable collar on their dog was just amazing. The whole day was filled with so much laughter and love and I feel so proud that I was the one to document it all.

Having a Salish Lodge wedding means that you will be next to the stunning Snoqualmie Falls. The whole area is so so so beautiful.


Stephanie’s Jimmy Choo’s were gorgeous — in fact, all of her details blew me away.

We did Stephanie & Pete’s first look on the walkway bridge at the Salish Lodge and it was such a sweet moment.

There is that collar I mentioned. Such a darling pup!

Look how gorgeous she is. How gorgeous they are together.

That bottom photo of Stephanie and her dad always makes me laugh! You can see how much fun it was!
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Wedding Coordinator, Invisible Hostess 
Hair & Makeup, Erin Skipley
Florals & Design, Stacy Anderson 
August 6, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Stacy Gendreau - Super super beautiful Nikki! Fabulous!

August 6, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Natasha - Simply beautiful. It feels like I am there as a guest :

Rachel | Personal Branding Photo Shoot

Seattle Headshots

Rachel is a fun, super stylish, extremely creative florist AND baker. She says her business, Butter & Bloom, came from her love for all things floral and frosted and her designs always blow me away.

I met Rachel over a year ago when she created the florals and cake for a wedding I photographed that you can see here.  She also designed the cake and flowers for the snowy wedding photo shoot I did here! Both of those wedding shoots were featured on Style Me Pretty and so many people commented on her cakes and flowers. She is amazing like that.

So, I was very honored to do her personal branding photo shoot and I think she looks absolutely gorgeous!





I asked Rachel to make me a list of 10 things about her. We have the pizza thing in common.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Rachel

1. As a kid I couldn’t bake to save my life
2. My first job as a florist was at Pike Place Flowers
3.  Popcorn makes me swoon


4. I’m a preacher’s kid
5. I have a Pomeranian named Ellie and a cat named Royal
6. My husband is the funniest person I know




7. I play piano
8. I probably won’t talk to you if I haven’t had coffee yet


9. If I could eat one meal for life it would be pizza
10. I am a Katy Perry fanatic




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Hair & Makeup by Katie McMullen

Glamour Photo Shoot | Heather

Heather. Beautiful Heather. She is a Love Coach (Be In Love), a photographer, a total sweetheart, and a fashionista. I often drool over her outfits and accessories. I mean, the girl comes up with the best looks! I’m incredibly honored that she chose me to photograph her.

Oh, and the darling Love is Love (LoveCore) tank that Heather is wearing down below was designed by her and you can order yours here!


I asked Heather to make me a list of 10 things about her. Just when I thought I couldn’t adore her more, I read her list…

10 (or 11;)) Things You Might Not Know About Heather

1. I don’t actually have time to be doing this right now —- but I have a strange, reverse kind of ADD where I can’t help but work on things instead of getting ready to get out the door to dinner, etc., and I’m always certain that I have enough time to do both…

2. I’m almost always 5 minutes late. See #1.


3. I have a DEEP love for helping women find, follow, and honor their path; become their most delicious selves; and create the most fulfilling and JUICY love and relationships —- it’s all embodied in a word that I discovered a few years ago: Poiesis. It is the ‘bringing forth’ of the essence of something… helping someone or something move away from its existing form to become its beautiful potential… It’s creating the space, the conditions, and the love in which to allow these entities to come to life, and come into their own being.

And it’s the driving force — besides LOVE — behind my Love Coaching + Photography business.

4. I gave Corporate America the middle finger this year, and dove head-first and whole-heartedly into #3 above. It’s terrifying, but the most aligned, enlivening, joyful and soul-filling thing I’ve ever done. Besides falling in love (which can be described in the same way).


5. One of my happiest happy-places is in the sunshine, outdoors, listening to Beck / Band of Horses / Washed Out / Ray Lamontagne / et al. Add a glass of delicious wine and my man by my side, and you’ll have a hard time making me leave.

6. I have weird ears.


7. I can get seriously and blissfully lost down the Pinterest rabbit hole — and I LOVE it when it happens.

8. I’ve spent most of my life, since about 12 years old, trying to hide the fact that I’m a weirdo…. I’m one of those ‘woo-people’, who has had energetic and intuitive experiences, and believes wholeheartedly in it. It was only fairly recently that I started letting my Freak Flag fly, and have started taking pride in the fact that it is part of my gift to give.



9. One of the first records I can remember playing is one that I stole from my dad’s collection, and played on my plastic Fischer Price record player: It was a 45 of Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser.”

10. I have 6 tattoos so far. Most people don’t notice that I have any. My last one was just this January — “be in love” on my left side-rib — and I already want more…;)


11. “This one goes to eleven.” Because I can’t resist a Spinal Tap reference, and because I always have to do things my own way — AND because I just felt incomplete without sharing more weirdness: I have a nearly-obsessive collection of The Clash / Joe Strummer paraphernalia… Records, books, posters, flyers, paintings by Ray Lowry, bootleg recordings, DVDs. I even had one of Joe’s oldest friends tell me he “would’ve really liked” me. If I could have tattooed that moment into my skin, too, I would have in a heartbeat…
While I was shooting Heather in her last outfit, the sun peeked over my backdrop and hit my lens causing, what I think, is the most beautiful sun-flare. It was very fitting. Heather truly adds a ray of sunlight to the room when she walks in.
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June 4, 2015 - 10:23 pm

Stacy Gendreau - This may just be one of my favorite posts of all time Nikki. You are simply fabulous. And Heather – well – pick me up cuz I just fell off my chair! Heather – you are a beauty – but truly the beauty comes from the kindness of your soul. You warm up any room you walk into. I adore you! I wish I could hug you both right now this second :)

June 12, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Fotografia Slubna Gdansk - Wow! These photos are totally amazing!