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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!"

Krista & James | Mountain Springs Lodge | Leavenworth Wedding Photographer

Mountain Springs Lodge Wedding! Leavenworth, WA

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Krista and James chose the Mountain Springs Lodge near Leavenworth for their wedding ceremony and reception. This place is just gorgeous! From the mountain view to the beautiful grounds, it was perfect for them. The Mountain Springs Lodge has a relaxed and fun atmosphere — just like how Krista & James are!

I love that they chose to give out drink koozies for part of their favors for their guests. Who doesn’t love a good koozie to keep their beer cold on a hot summer day?

James and the guys all looked so handsome! And they are a super fun group on top of it. James and Krista definitely surround themselves with quality people.

And, of course, here are the beautiful ladies!

Their first look was the absolute sweetest. James gets, um, a little emotional, and he definitely showed his soft side when he saw his bride for the first time;)

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I loved the mix of ties and dresses!

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There’s that soft side of James again;)Sadly, Krista’s dad passed away a few years ago and her beautiful mother walked her down the aisle.

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James made the M for Krista!!

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Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals
Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan (purchased at Nordstrom)
Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Banks
Hair: Lucy Rosario; Shears Salon
Makeup: Krissy Rawley Guenther; Shears Salon
The M Sign: Handmade by the groom!
Dessert: Linda at Homesfire Bakery
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Bride’s Ring: Shane Co.
Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Senior Photos | Hannah

Hannah is a senior at Gig Harbor High School who is super involved in her school and community. She came to the studio for her senior pictures and brought her mom and sister along to hang out while she got her hair and makeup done. I love how close the three of them are!

Once Hannah was done with hair & makeup styling, we started the in-studio part of her senior photo shoot.

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She switched up her outfit to this adorable floral dress and we did a few more shots in the studio. I love her smile so much!

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I always ask my clients to write me a list of 10 things about them and here is Hannah’s awesome list:

10 Things You Might Not Know About Hannah

1. I absolutely love dancing
2. I’m very involved in my church and faith is a big aspect of my life
3. I want to be a nurse
4. Kids are my number one passion so I babysit a lot
5. I’m dedicated to school which takes up a lot of my time
6. I’m involved in leadership at my school and and that is such a perfect fit for me
7. I mentor 6th grade girls at my church
8. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family
9. I love to hike
10. My favorite thing about high school is going to the football games with my friends:)

After we finished up in the studio, we headed outside for more shots. I love that she brought her cute rain boots!

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We even did a shot with Hannah and her sister Amanda.

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Nikki Closser, Seattle Senior Photographer, Seattle Wedding Photographer, Michigan Senior Photographer, Michigan Wedding Photographer

Elania | High School Junior Photos

Elania contacted me about doing a photo shoot after she saw the photos that I did of her friends. I was excited that she wanted to do photos during her junior year of high school. We all change and grow so much during those 4 years of high school and I think it is so fun and important to have photos of each year to look back at and to show our families years down the road. And, it’s great practice for senior pictures;)


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My photo shoots include hair & makeup, so we started with Katie styling Elania. She has the most gorgeous long hair!

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We started the photo shoot indoors at my studio before heading outside.

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I love learning about the people I photograph. We always chat before and during the photo shoot, but I also like to have them write me a list of “10 things we might not know about them”. I always learn so much! Here is Elania’s list:

10 Things You Might Not Know About Elania

1. I love hiking.

2. My favorite summer activity is simply going to the river with friends.

3. I am a 4.0 student.

4. I have four younger siblings.

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5. I was born in Canada and lived there for 5 years.

6. My favorite color is purple.

7. I love singing

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8. If I could be anywhere right now, I would be at the beach.

9. I want to be a nurse when I finish high school and college.

10. I love kids and I babysit almost every day.

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Hair & Makeup by Katie McMullen
Nikki Closser, Seattle Senior Photographer, Michigan Senior Photographer, Seattle Wedding Photographer, Michigan Wedding Photographer,

Kelly + Teddy | Boettcher Mansion Wedding in Colorado

Kelly & Teddy are the epitome of love. They have been together for 8 years and they still look at each other with dreamy eyes and smile in the sweetest way when they talk about one another.

Their wedding took place at the Boettcher Mansion, which is nestled in the mountains of Golden, CO. It was absolutely beautiful!

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The jewelry that Kelly wore has been in Teddy’s family for many years. It was so special to Kelly’s new mother-in-law, Jeanne, that Kelly wanted to wear it on her wedding day.

Kelly has a “village” of women who adore and love her. And when I say “village”, I’m not exaggerating one bit. From her two sisters to her girlfriends to her mom and mother-in-law, aunts, cousins, and the girls in her neighborhood who she grew up with — they all surrounded Kelly on this day with light and love.

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Kelly and Teddy chose to do a “first look” before their ceremony. Just the two of them (and me ;)). Kelly wrote Teddy a letter and I gave it to him to read as she was walking towards him. It was the sweetest moment in the world.

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Kelly gave her girls a color scheme and told them to pick out whatever dress they wanted. My jaw totally dropped when I saw the dresses. I mean, I LOVE mismatched bridesmaid dresses as it is, but this is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

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Every girl was able to rock her individual style and be comfortable in her own dress. I love that so much!

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I also love that Teddy had the guys where traditional tuxes. My husband happened to be one of the groomsmen and I don’t get to see him in a tux very often! They all looked so handsome.

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Kelly’s dad made these amazing table numbers! What a crafty guy he is. People talked about them all night.

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That’s my husband winking at me. I had to throw it in here. haha

Kelly’s BFF, Leanne, was her gorgeous Maid of Honor. I loved how she was so emotional watching her very best friend walk down the aisle.

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Then Kelly danced with her sweet dad.

And Teddy with his darling mother.

Venue – Boettcher Mansion

Wedding Planners – Seize the Day Event Planners 

Florist – Somerset Floral

Catering – Three Tomatoes 

Nikki Closser, Seattle Wedding Photographer | Michigan Wedding Photographer


September 16, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Claire Nordloh - Nikki! These photos turned out so beautifully…great work as usual :)

September 16, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Rachel Trudelle - Wow! Every single one is so beautiful! Great job Nikki!

Donate for a Chance to Win a Photo Shoot

UPDATE: The winner of the photo shoot is…. The Mathews Family! (Ashley & Wesley). Congrats!! Can’t wait to meet you!

As some of you may know, our beautiful, loving, quick-witted Katie Douglass has cancer. After suffering horrible back pain and numbness, a Sarcoma tumor was found wrapped around her spine and there are also spots on her liver and lung. She underwent spinal surgery to remove the tumor and some of her vertebrae and to have titanium rods implanted along her spine. Katie’s nerves around her spine were severed during the surgery. As a result, she lost the use of her hands. This is only temporary — she is continually improving — but, it could take up to a year for her hands to be back to normal. She is also receiving aggressive chemotherapy. Katie is staying positive and she is making great progress towards being cancer-free every day! But, because of all of this, she is obviously unable to work right now. On top of the physical and emotional struggles that come along with fighting cancer, there are crazy medical bills that pile up.

Katie and her husband Matt have two beautiful children, Shea & Everett. Katie is an incredible mother, wife, friend, daughter, niece, cousin, coworker — the list goes on. Katie was my Maid of Honor in our wedding and has been my BFF for 23 years. She is one of the most important people in my life. I HATE that she has to go through this and I have no doubt that she will completely recover from cancer — my girl is a fighter!

In the meantime, to help lessen the burden of her medical bills, I decided to raffle off a photo shoot. If you would like to enter to win, or if you would just like to donate a few bucks to help with Katie’s medical bills, please complete the following steps:

(You can donate directly to Katie HERE if you aren’t entering the raffle)

YOU HAVE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 26TH TO ENTER – The raffle will close after September 26th.

1. Click on the GIVE NOW button on the photo below. This will take you to a donation page. (The donation page is a separate page that I will be viewing to get the names of the people who have donated to enter the raffle.)

2. Enter the amount that you want to donate. For every $20 you donate, you will receive one entry into the raffle for the family photo shoot. (For example, if you donate $100, you will receive 5 entries. The winner must be willing to travel to within 30 miles of either 48170 or 98103 for the photo shoot — more details below.) Click continue.

3. Enter your name and email address, (message is optional). The amount you donate and your name must be PUBLIC in order to enter the raffle. If this information is not public, you will not be entered. Click continue.

4. You will be redirected to Matt & Katie’s Paypal where you will make the actual donation.


Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart! I can’t wait to throw a huge bash to celebrate when Katie is cancer-free!!!


* The contest will run from September 18-26, 2014.  The winner of the photo shoot must be willing to travel to within 30 miles of 48170 (Plymouth, MI) or 98103 (Seattle, WA) for the shoot. Scheduled photo shoot date will be coordinated based on photographer’s current bookings and availability.  The prize is a 60 minute portrait session for up to 5 people and 25 edited high-resolution digital images. The winner will be announced by September 30, 2014 via facebook and on my blog.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

September 12, 2014 - 1:21 am

Lisa Campagna - Nikki… you are an amazing friend to so many. Your generosity is beyond words. Xoxo


September 12, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Janine LaPorte - God’s blessings for a speedy recovery!! Ask and it is Given!

September 18, 2014 - 2:24 am

Melissa Werner - It is absolutely beautiful to see how much love and support Katie and her family is receiving. I feel so lucky that we know so many amazing people out there. thank you to everyone!

September 18, 2014 - 4:12 am

Kitrina Sullivan - Love you Katie, you are a wonderful niece and mom.
Keep smiling you will over come this and we all love you.
Aunt Kit