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RESTART! – Seattle Wedding & Portrait Photographer


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Is there such thing as an emotional hangover? If so, I definitely had one yesterday. In a good way. Wednesday was the first of three reSTARt sessions on creativeLIVE and, wow, was it amazing. And incredibly educational. And insanely emotional!

During the two days of filming of reSTARt, 7 hours being live online, I felt encouraged, motivated, humbled, scared, proud, anxious, brave, grateful, and excited, just to name a few. Being a live participant of reSTARt will do that to you and it is worth every second! ReSTARt is an incredible opportunity to improve my business. And to improve my life as a result.

Jasmine Star, an extremely successful international wedding photographer and phenomenal business woman, took us through some of the ins and outs of the business end of photography. She worked her booty off to get where she is at and she is more than willing to share her secrets.

It still feels a little bit dreamy that I was chosen as a reSTARt participant. While I am in love with being a photographer, the business end has always been so daunting to me. Now, here I am, with the opportunity to create a solid business plan. To actually enjoy the business aspect and to become confident in that area. I am insanely GRATEFUL.

Here are my partners-in-crime, Melissa and Ryan. They are the other two photographers who were selected to be reSTARt participants. I’m so fortunate to have them! We are having a blast going through this process together.

One of our challenges of the day was to do a photo shoot in 10 minutes with a gorgeous couple on a set we had not yet seen and we had to shoot for our brand. While I was sweating bullets knowing that upwards of 15,000 people were watching live on creativeLIVE, AND I WAS WEARING 3 INCH HEELS, I tried to have fun with it and pretend I was just doing my normal thing. Here are some of the images I took during the 10 minutes shoot.

There was also a studio audience filled with 30 very talented photographers from all over the country (and Canada!). These folks were AMAZING to have there! I tear up thinking about them. We could see and hear their encouragement all day and it was so incredibly helpful to have this extra positive vibe in the studio.

As a side note, if you are a photographer and you haven’t yet tuned in to creativeLIVE, I HIGHLY recommend it! CreativeLIVE has by far been the best learning tool for me. Not only have I learned a crazy amount from Jasmine Star, but Sue Bryce and Roberto Valenzuela have also transformed the way I shoot. All from their creativeLIVE courses that anyone can purchase.

And then, of course, there is the stellar creativeLIVE crew! Everyone from the producers to the sound and tech people to the folks who make sure we have a yummy lunch to the hosts have been seriously awesome. They are so fun and welcoming. Here are Kenna and Susan, two beautiful souls who have been hosts of creativeLIVE from the start.

I’m not done with my love fest just yet. We started a reSTARt Facebook group  and the positive energy is flowing! So much support is happening in that group. People are even starting local reSTARt groups around the country (and in Australia!) to support each other and to keep each other accountable. You should totally check it out here if you haven’t already! Here is a screen shot from this morning…


I can’t thank everyone enough for the outpouring of love and support. The messages and comments people have sent to me  have made my heart swell. Strangers have taken the time to reach out and I am SO grateful for that. I truly believe that together, we can achieve more.

I am so excited for what is to come. I know that 30 years from now, I can look back at my life and be certain that I worked hard, took risks, and made changes to ensure that my life is what I want it to be. That I didn’t settle for unhappiness. And it feels amazing. 



January 11, 2013 - 6:53 pm

Susannah Gill - Congratulations on being so brave! As much as I learned from Jasmine I think I learned more from you, Melissa and Ryan! By the way, you rocked those 3 inch heels during the shoot!


January 11, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Jasmine Star - Can we just have a moment of silence for your heels? They were beautiful and SO worth the pain! ;)

January 11, 2013 - 7:35 pm

sarah mitchell - You were so awesome Nikki! Learning so much through you guys. Thanks for putting yourself out there! Three inch heels and all! phew!

January 11, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Kim Renee - You did awesome up there! I was one of those 15,000 people online. Way to be a great example!

January 11, 2013 - 7:59 pm

Kim Renee - You did awesome up there! I was one of those 15,000 people online. Great job!

January 11, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Mary Veterano - It’s incredibly brave of you to put yourself out there, and I’m one of those 15,000 people who are following along and excited to take the reSTARt journey with you guys! Also, I was dying over your heels – I need them!

January 11, 2013 - 8:51 pm

Berit - Awesome! I was watching it all day and it was just awesome! Fair play the three of you getting up there and being honest about your business! You’ll go far with your business for sure! :)
Berit from Ireland

January 11, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Eric Sanchez - Nikki, you are a star! Make no mistakes about it. Keep going. Be encouraged and never give up! I wouldn’t be surprised if you are a CL instructor in the making! There are so many people just like you and are learning WITH you as you go on this journey!


Eric Sanchez

January 11, 2013 - 10:43 pm

Tammy - Loved the show, Loved watching you and the others and Loved reading your blog!! I’m subscribing it to my Google Reader account right now. I also love Creative Live! Thanks for being brave and participating with Jasmine and the CL crew! I can only imagine how intimidating that may be!

January 12, 2013 - 7:27 am

Emma - Nikki, I was rooting for you! It must have been really hard to put yourself out there and you did a wonderful job. I really enjoyed watching you shoot too, a J* in the making :-)

January 12, 2013 - 5:00 pm

nikkiclosser - I think we need an “Amen” for YOUR heels!

January 12, 2013 - 5:01 pm

nikkiclosser - Susannah, thank you for the support! <3

January 12, 2013 - 5:02 pm

nikkiclosser - So glad you are learning so much, Sarah! Thanks for your support!!

January 12, 2013 - 5:02 pm

nikkiclosser - Thank you so much, Kim!! :)

January 12, 2013 - 5:02 pm

nikkiclosser - I love that you are taking this journey with us! :)

January 12, 2013 - 5:03 pm

nikkiclosser - Thank you, Berit! Your support means the world.

January 12, 2013 - 5:04 pm

nikkiclosser - Thank you, Eric! I am definitely encouraged and I’m so glad to hear that others are, as well! Thank you for your support :) Cheers!

January 12, 2013 - 5:04 pm

nikkiclosser - Tammy! Thank you so much. <3

January 12, 2013 - 5:05 pm

nikkiclosser - Thank you, Emma! I really appreciate your sweet comment :)

January 12, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Iris - I watched the re-watch on Thursday night. It was amazing. You rocked the images. Thank you for putting yourself out there.

January 12, 2013 - 9:53 pm

Kelly - Nikki, I was watching live on the internet and i just wanted to say I thought you did an awesome job!! And i loved your outfit :)

January 13, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Tami Paige - This is just the start of something amazing…I know it. So excited to follow through with you and see you in march!

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