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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!"

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.
Nikki Closser, Seattle Glamour Photographer | Seattle Wedding Photographer | Michigan Photographer | Seattle Headshots


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!

Whitney | Glamour Photo Shoot

This stunning girl came down to Seattle from VanCouver, B.C. for her glamour photo shoot. Whitney is a world traveler, wife, philanthropist, and an incredible wedding photographer who I have gotten to know over the last few years. She and her husband Kel are two of the sweetest people and I always have a blast with them.



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I love sharing about the people who I photograph, so I asked Whitney to write me a list of 10 things about herself.

10 Things You Might Now Know About Whitney

1. I love to cook and have a goal of creating a travel photography/ journal cookbook with foods I have loved in my travels.

2. I have been in over 25 countries mostly doing philanthropic work. Our current goal is to live part time in Cambodia as I feel I’ve left my heart there.

3. I never got over my love of horses.. to this day, my favourite smell is still leather and horses.




4. I feel like its magic when it rains hard in a tropical country. Something about the way it feels, makes me feel alive.

5. I’ve never been able to define myself into a specific category. Tomboy, girlie, a lady, Indiana Jones… I feel that I have all categories in me and I hate to set restrictions in life.

6. I married up. My husband Kel has literally saved my life in more ways then one. Our love story makes me feel so special and grateful.



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7. I have a huge fear of mechanical rides. Put me on a surfboard, snowboard, mountain climbing gear and I’m good, but there’s no way I am ever going on the zipper!

8. I’ve never been able to dress myself.. or shop.. I just point to mannequins that I like and buy the outfit.


9. I don’t ever believe in ‘settling”. I believe in being content and when you’ve found what your at peace with, and it truly makes you happy then contentment comes quite naturally.

10. I LOVE to sing. I used to sing in front of my school and talent shows and had the opportunity to take it further but decided I didn’t want the life that came with having a singing career.


seattle-headshots-glamour-photographer_0026seattle-headshots-glamour-photographer_0025seattle-headshots-glamour-photographer_0024seattle-headshots-glamour-photographer_0035Nikki Closser, Seattle Glamour Photographer | Headshot Photographer | Wedding Photographer
Whitney’s Hair & Makeup by Cynthia Obertubbesing

April 28, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Kacie - Beautiful photos, Nikki! Whitney, you look gorgeous! Love my CL girls!

June 3, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Anna | ANNAdventure - Simply gorgeous, Nikki!

Glamour Photo Shoot | Patricia

Patricia had never had a proper photo shoot of herself before this and she decided it was time. Time to celebrate who she is as a woman, mother, wife, and friend. I enjoyed every moment of getting to know Patricia. She is kind, funny, positive, and an overall amazing person.




I asked Patricia to write a list of 10 things about herself that she would like to share. I loved learning even more about her!

10 Things You Might Not Know About Patricia

  1. I’m Dutch; although we moved from The Netherlands to Seattle in 2013 for my husbands job, I was the one who loved living here from the very first day (everyone is very much loving it now, no worries!)
  2. My husband and I are high-school sweethearts (I’m 44, we’re together for 28 years and married for 20!)


seattle-headshots-glamour-photographer_0003seattle-headshots-glamour-photographer_00053. I’m a proud mom of 2 teenagers, 15 year old Denzel and 13 year old Zoë

4. I’m a passionate reader of thrillers

5. I love making lists ( I’m the planning kind of woman)




6. My musical taste has a broad range from Katy Perry and Macklemore to Tom Jones and the Beatles but loving Nickelback as well.

7. I’m a proud lifetime Weight Watchers member

8. I love spending time with my Dutch friends and my new Seattle friends

9. I adore my mom and dad

10. My favorite movies are action movies and on top of the list The Rock, James Bond, Indiana Jones and Star wars


I did some glamour style photos of Patricia and we also did some headshots for her LinkedIn page. I would totally hire her!


I love this gorgeous Michael Kors jumpsuit she brought.






Nikki Closser, Seattle Glamour Photographer | Seattle Headshots | Seattle Wedding Photography

Hair & Makeup by Katie McMullen

Nerys & Nate | Engaged

Discovery Park & Golden Gardens Engagement Photos

Nerys & Nate are such fun and down-to-earth people. Dan and I have been so lucky to have them (and Cheeba!) as our neighbors for the last few years. (You might actually recognize Nerys from the photo shoot I did of her with her best friend Courtney HERE.) I knew they were going to the Space Needle on New Year’s Eve and I had a feeling Nate was going to propose;)It was such a special night for them and some of their greatest friends were there to celebrate, as well.

We did their engagement photos at Discovery Park & Golden Gardens. It was a mostly overcast day and we were so glad that the rain held off until a few minutes after we were finished.

I started adding “10 Things About Me” (about my clients) in my glamour & headshot photo posts and I realized last week that I should be doing the same for my wedding clients! So, I asked Nerys & Nate to write me a list of 10 things about them.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Nerys & Nate

1. We first met working as servers at an Italian restaurant in Eugene, Oregon just before starting our last year of college
2. When it comes to planning and organization we are quite the opposite. I plan months in advance and makes lists for list and Nate, well, he doesn’t really do any of those things.:)
3. When we get married later this year we will share the same initials: NJS
4. We have a 13″ height difference which makes for a good team when a magnet falls under the fridge or a light bulb needs to be changed
5. Nate would love to get in a shark cage and experience the thrill and I would rather die (Ok maybe not, but I could think of a million other things I would rather be doing)
6. Nate is always hot, I am always cold. On the regular, you’ll find me in sweats and socks wrapped in a blanket on the couch and Nate will be lying on the ground sweating in shorts and a tank. It’s always a debate whether to turn up the heat or open a window.:)
7. We are really good at making up words to any song and performing them as duets. It’s not hard to beat, but Nate is hands down the better singer.:)
8. A few things we both love; hot yoga, fast cars, coffee, gum, our fury baby Cheeba, which has led to a very spoiled 12 year old Bull Terrier, and long runs (oh wait, only Nate LOVES that! I just do it for the exercise!)
9. When it comes to food, Nate is pretty picky and I’m definitely NOT, but we both like sweet treats. Nate’s would be an easy choice, going with Reese’s peanut butter cups and I would have to stick with carrot cake….with cream cheese frosting of course.
10. On numerous occasions we’ve been told our celebrity look a likes (in their younger days) are:
Tommy Lee (hahaha) and Olivia Newton John (hmmm… what?)
Nikki Closser, Seattle Wedding Photographer | Seattle Headshots | Seattle Glamour Photography
April 1, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Heather - simply stunning! ~love these shots~

June 3, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Anna | ANNAdventure - Love! I also love the shot of the engagement ring with them in the background. Stunning images!