Travel Adventures: Denver to Paris

the Eiffel TowerExactly a year ago my family and I were doing the unthinkable- traveling overseas with a 9 mos baby and a 3yr old toddler!   We originally were going to go this year for our 10yr anniversary but then we remembered how challenging it was to travel with a 1.5 yr old vs an infant that can be easily carried around and will still sleep anywhere.  And then when we came across plane tickets roundtrip from Denver to Paris for only $420 we decided to just do it!  It was still a challenge, especially trying to sleep on an overnight flight with a baby on your lap…but at least he wasn’t a big 2 yr old!  And while our daughter may have had some bouts of toddler tantrums, overall she did amazingly well and was a total champ for all the long flights, train rides, and other obstacles that come with such a huge trip.  Of course we also would have never considered the trip if it wasn’t for my mom whom now lives in France.  Since having kids we actually haven’t traveled anywhere for more then a weekend unless there are grandparents either at the destination or coming along with us.  Because not only do we like vacations that are fun and adventurous, but honestly we need a break for at least a few hours away from our kids to get some real rest and relaxation.   So anyway, my mother and her husband met us in Paris where we got to also visit with some other family, and then we met them back in the small town of Monterblanc where they live.  We had about 5 days of city life in the heart of Paris and a week traveling around beaches & castles of the West coast, also known as the Brittany region of France.

For the Moms- How did we do it with kids?
Slowly, with lots of stops at playgrounds and lots of patience.  We skipped going inside all the most crowded places like The Louvre & the Notre Dame.  But my daughter had been looking forward to going to the top of the Eiffel Tower for months, so there was no skipping that.  We booked a time slot in advance to try to avoid the lines, but little did we knew that you still have to wait in long lines to get up the elevators to the top.  That part was honestly a nightmare.   Nolan was fussy and hungry, so once we finally got to the top we looked at the views as quickly as we could then got back in line to head down, and thankfully a couple of sympathetic tourists let us cut them in line.  Screaming babies in extremely tight and crowded lines 108 stories high is not fun!  But we survived, and drank a lot of wine afterwards!  We also knew we would be spending a lot of time in our room with naps and early bedtimes.  So we made sure to find a place that had a full kitchen, a balcony (even though it was tiny one) with a view that we could enjoy while sipping wine while the kids slept.  Quite a few days one of us would walk down to La Boulangerie (typically me since I speak a tiny bit of French) for quiche and pastries for breakfast and bring it back to the room to enjoy.  By the time we figured out what we wanted to do that day Nolan was ready for his morning nap so then one of us would go to the market to buy fresh bread, cheese, charcuterie, and wine for a picnic lunch in one of the many nearby parks.   We would pick a park close to our daily destination so that after a long walk we could take a break and eat.  Then we would keep going, to the art museum, shops, or whatever we could fit in, till the kids would start to pass out.

For the Photo Geeks- How did I do it with cameras and kids?
I knew that traveling with all of the necessary baby and kid gear that it would be tough to also add a heavy professional camera and set of lens to my bag too.  But I was going to France, I couldn’t rely on my cell phone to document this trip successfully.  So what did I do?  Well I left home all my huge heavy lens, left behind my flashes, tripod and everything else that wasn’t essential.  But I did bring one of my pro digital camera bodies along with my favorite travel lens the 50mm 1.8, 10-17mm fisheye, and the 105 mm 2.8.  I love the 50 mm because its a tiny lightweight lens and works great in low light.  I love the fisheye because its also small and shoots really wide shots, which allows me to capture the whole scene such as tiny hotel rooms, or the entire Eiffel Tower from up close (see picture above and first two pictures below).  I almost left my 105 lens home because its not as tiny and light, but I knew we had a view of the Eiffel Tower from our Airbnb and I knew I would regret it if I couldn’t get any close up shots from our room.  And while I ONLY took it out for those pictures of the Eiffel Tower, it was so worth it.  We were about 3 miles away from the Eiffel Tower but with that lens it looks more like we were only 3 blocks away (scroll below to find those shots).  And compared to my other telephoto lens, the 70-200mm (that huge monster only comes out for weddings), the 105mm is actually pretty small!   I also brought along my mini travel waterproof camera, but the battery died before we even made it to the beach.  And of course I had my cell phone with me for all those times I just couldn’t carry anymore heavy stuff.  Anyway, so much I could say about our trip but I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking and I’ll try to add more details with the images.  Enjoy!

Excited to finally make it to our Airbnb in Paris!

Excited to finally make it to our Airbnb in Paris!

baby crawling around our Airbnb in Paris

Nolan loved roaming around our Airbnb in Paris

 wine, cheese, and bread and macaroons

more wine, cheese, and bread please! oh and don’t forget the macaroons!

discovering Jardin du Luxembourg

discovering Jardin du Luxembourg

daddy and daughter at Le Jardin du Luxembourg

daddy and daughter at Le Jardin du Luxembourg

family picture at Le Jardin du Luxembourg

my turn to be in a picture, at Le Jardin du Luxembourg

perfectly trimmed trees at the Luxembourg Gardens

perfectly trimmed trees at the Luxembourg Gardens

boat ride on the Seine River

a relaxing boat ride on the Seine River

boat ride on the Seine River

boat ride on the Seine River

emotion of sculptures in the Rodin Garden

I love the emotion of these sculptures in the Rodin Garden

pigeon frenzy at the Notre Dame

pigeon frenzy at the Notre Dame

street musician and gothic doors of Notre Dame

street musician and gothic doors of Notre Dame

raindrops over Paris Eiffel Tower

watching the rain over Paris from our room

baby boy looks up to window

Nolan wondering what we’re doing out on the balcony

Paris balconies and rooftops

Paris balconies and rooftops

view from our airbnb

view from our airbnb on our tiny balcony

Eiffel Tower light show

the sun didn’t set till 9:30pm, so we had to stay up till 10pm to catch the twinkling light show that comes on every hour after dark

exploring art at the Pompidou Centre in Paris

exploring art at the Pompidou Centre in Paris

daughter holding mom

“come on Mommy, there’s more art to see!”

view from le centre pompidou

view from le centre pompidou

a stroll with the family in Montmarte

a stroll with the family in Montmarte

serenaded on the streets of Montmatre

serenaded on the streets of Montmartre

Parisian picnics with the kids in the many parks

we enjoyed lots of Parisian picnics with the kids in the many parks

 

up to the top of the Eiffel Tower

our day arrives to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower

little girl top of Eiffel Tower

she finally gets to the top of the Eiffel Tower

little girl top of Eiffel Tower

looking down from the top of the Eiffel Tower

view of the Seine River from the top of the Eiffel Tower

view of the Seine River from the top of the Eiffel Tower

view from under the Eiffel Tower

view from under the Eiffel Tower

no more walls, and wine

we definitely needed some wine after the stressful trip up the Eiffel Tower (read those details top of blog)

 quiche

such good quiche

baby boy books and window

I really enjoyed not having a TV in our airbnb, we had a ton of books and a great view to look at instead

sunset over Paris

sunset from our room was magical

sunset over Paris

sunset over Paris

So one of my favorite parts of our vacation was our photo shoot with professional photographer Elena Usacheva.   I wanted to look back at pictures from our trip and know that I was there too!  Since I’m always the one taking the pictures on our adventures I am hardly ever actually in the pictures, so sometimes you can’t even tell that I was there with my family.    Its also extremely difficult to get pictures of a baby and a toddler, even when they’re your own children, so I wanted to hire someone that specializes in family photography to capture these memories of our trip to Paris.  Elena was so great to work with too.  After a long day around Paris I was afraid my kids would be grouchy for pictures but she made it such a fun experience that they were all smiles the whole time!  She also knew exactly where to go for pictures that wouldn’t be crowded with tourists and she had our pictures edited and ready for us before I even finished unpacking my suitcases upon our return home!  When I can I’m now determined to hire a professional photographer for all of our big vacations.  And while we may not be able to go somewhere as far as France every year, I hope we can take many travel adventures together as a family.   Here are just a few of her pictures below.

professional family photos by Elena Usacheva

family photos by Elena Usacheva

professional family photos by Elena Usacheva

family photos by Elena Usacheva

professional family photos by Elena Usacheva

professional family photos by Elena Usacheva

 

Next it was time for us to embark on the 2nd half of our journey from Paris to the Brittany region on the West coast of France where my mom and her husband live.  We took a 3hr train ride from Paris to Vannes and then it was only about a 10 min drive to Monterblanc from there.

 

train ride from Paris to Vannes

train ride from Paris to Vannes

Rue Claude Monet

I love the street names around here

girl in grass fields

playing in the fields…so much open space compared to Paris!

fish market

first thing we did on the west coast? go to the fish market!

snails

snails

crab

crab

west coast of France

seashell hunting on the west coast of France

windy day on the coast

windy day on the coast

a coastline full of mussels

a coastline full of mussels!

house of vines

house of vines

castles in France

so many castles in France

grounds of a castle and some dancing

touring the grounds of a castle and some dancing

 beach of La Baule

our 1st day on the beach of La Baule was too chilly for bathing suits, but our daughter was wanting so badly to play in the water

kids playing at the beach in La Baule

finally a warm sunny day for playing at the beach in La Baule

mom and daughter run up the beach

sometimes I remember to give my husband the camera

the gorgeous coast of La Baule

the gorgeous coast of La Baule

town of Vannes

I love the little town of Vannes

downtown Vannes

downtown Vannes

la boulangerie

la boulangerie

self-portrait

some time to ourselves. self-portrait using a timer and the wall as a tripod

Vannes

Vannes

oyster farm in Cancale

oyster farm in Cancale

oysters in Cancale

oysters in Cancale

Le Mont St.Michele

a day around Le Mont St.Michele

walking on top the border walls of Le Mont St.Michele

walking on top the border walls of Le Mont St.Michele

daddy and daughter play around  in Mont St.Michele

daddy and daughter play around in Mont St.Michele

Le Mont St.Michele

Le Mont St.Michele

a view from the peak of  Le Mont St.Michele

a view from the peak of Le Mont St.Michele

Le Mont St.Michele

our baby loved to hear his voice echo in the old castle of Le Mont St.Michele

Le Mont St.Michele

Le Mont St.Michele

girl around Le Mont St.Michele

she loved running around Le Mont St.Michele, but she certainly wore herself out

another day hanging out in Vannes

another day hanging out in Vannes

 a pirate ship

we caught a boat festival and got to explore a pirate ship

you can find fleur de lis all around France

you can find fleur de lis all around France, even on pirate ships!

 a pirate ship

a pirate ship

fun on the playground

fun on the playground

carousels around France

lots of carousels around France, now my daughter’s favorite thing to do

fun with Nana on the carousel

fun with Nana on the carousel

Moules-frites in France

we ate lots of Moules-frites in France

kids on  the coast

a day on the coast, we forgot to bring bathing suits, but that’s OK

Oystering in France during low tide

Oystering in France during low tideOystering in France during low tide

Oystering in France during low tide

 

 

oysters

our catch was our last dinner in France

little girl with escargot

and one more serving of escargot as well, she loved them!

French cheese

and so much cheese, oh how I miss the cheese!

sad little girl

a sad last morning at Nana’s

saying goodbye at the train station as we head back to Paris

saying goodbye at the train station as we head back to Paris

one more night of our family vacation at the Paris airport hotel

one more night of our family vacation at the Paris airport hotel

one more night of our family vacation at the Paris airport hotel

last night of our family vacation at the Paris airport hotel

having fun in his crib

having fun in his crib

touching down back in Denver

touching down back in Denver

 

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Kara - You captured great memories! We did Italy with kids the same age. It can be done (and parts of it can be fun – ha!).May 17, 2018 – 2:06 pm

Jennifer K - OK I really want to go on vacation now!! This is such an evocative and wonderful visual journal of your family’s experience! LOVE the pigeon frenzy photo (so full of life!) and I love the “light” lens perspective on Paris. Wonderful!!May 17, 2018 – 2:05 pm

Brooke - WOW these are just stunning. I love the pigeon photo and your daughter’s expression!!May 17, 2018 – 2:05 pm

Denver Wedding Transportation & Limo Tips

If you are planning a wedding or a large event transportation is an important detail to consider.    I had a limo for my wedding party on my wedding day and it was such a fun experience for our large group to be able to ride together in style to the wedding.  No worries about traffic, getting lost, parking, and to top it off we could legally drink while someone else worried about driving!  And as a wedding photographer I get to document some of those fun moments and use the luxury limo or vintage car as a backdrop for pictures.  Here are just a few pictures I collected from different weddings feauturing all kinds of transportation options from hummer limos to antique cars.  And check out this article below by guest writer Alan with the Denver Party Bus for more important transportation tips to consider.romantic wedding kiss in Denver limo

Denver Transportation Tips
Transportation is an important choice to make when you’re planning an event in Denver, but especially for milestones like weddings. There’s a lot to consider when you’re trying to hire a transportation company, and it can be tough to know where to begin if you’ve never done it before. Here are some tips to consider when you’re trying to hire a Denver or Boulder Party Bus for a special event!

Make sure their website is easy to navigate
A transportation company that cares about their clients experience will have a website that is easily accessible across multiple devices. It says a lot about a business when they haven’t updated their website for years, especially in today’s digital climate. Keep this in mind when you’re searching online!

Check that they’ve been to your destinations
The places on your itinerary should definitely be a topic of discussion with any potential transportation services. This becomes even more important with events like Denver weddings. You’re looking for a company that has been to these areas in the past because parking, pick up and drop off locations are important details to be familiar with for efficiency.

 Ensure that there aren’t any extra fees
Some party bus and limo companies have a sneaky way of adding in extra charges. Make sure to ask if their prices are all inclusive! You can also take it a step further by asking if they have a sample contract that you can look over. Look closely for anything that talks about charges for tip to the chauffeur, fuel, additional tax, and potential damage charges.

Ask about their policy for viewing vehicles
If you have the ability to do so, viewing the limo or party bus that you’re interested in is the best way to ensure that it’s up to par. Pictures can be deceiving, and checking out the fleet in person will give you the best possible idea of what to expect for your event in Denver. Honest companies usually have no issues with this, so be wary of any company that avoids a visit at all costs. They might not even own their vehicles!

Denver Party Bus
1441 S Glencoe St
Denver, CO 80222
(720) 619-2720

 

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Urban Denver Engagement Pictures around RINO

John, like most men, wasn’t too crazy about having his picture taken.  But after a little persuasion Laura and I convinced him to do an engagement session.  And as you can see from the pictures it was totally worth it…and now I’ve got proof that he even had fun!  Laura & John live in Norway but are coming back to her home of Colorado to get married at the Golden Hotel.  For their engagement session “date” we decided on the upcoming RINO neighborhood of downtown Denver.  The trendy River North Art District is just north of downtown Denver and full of bars, restaurants, and colorful walls that make for a fun evening out exploring among the city streets.

fun carefree candid engagement pictures in RINO of downtown Denver

just chilling

And what better place to start an engagement session then at a Colorado brewery!  I love how the brewery re-purposed these old Colorado licence plates to create beer sampler holders.  After Laura & John had a chance to taste test almost all the beers at Mockery Brewing we started with some fun pictures in their matching Ninja shirts.  Then a couple more beers as we waited for the harsh sun to make way for the more photo friendly golden hour lighting.

engagement ring with a beer sampler

engagement ring with a beer sampler

silly candid engagement pictures with graffiti around downtown Denver

fun and silly pictures at Mockery Brewing

a toast to knocking out some wedding planning

As soon as the light become more favorable, we made our way around the neighborhood finding the best urban art, aka graffiti, to use as backdrops for their pictures.   The graffiti in RINO changes up about every year or so, so its great to always find some new walls to use but thankfully some of my favorite art, such as this black and gold geometric design below, was still around too.  And don’t you just love Laura’s engagement ring?  The blue stones on the side make it a truly unique creation.

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

silly candid engagement pictures with graffiti around downtown Denver

urban engagement photography by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

silly candid engagement pictures with graffiti around downtown Denver

goofing around in RINO alleys

romantic engagement pictures with graffiti around downtown Denver

Even in October its sometimes difficult to find fall foliage in the middle of the city.  But we found just enough around the alleyways to capture some red and yellow colors.

urban engagement pictures in Denver

a little romance and a little fall foilage

romantic engagement pictures around downtown Denver

finding fall colors in alleyways

There is certainly lots of interesting graffiti surrounding the RINO neighborhood of Denver, gracing the walls of business, the alleyways, and even the food trucks.   We couldn’t resist getting a silly shot with this taco truck below.  As you can see below we definitely had some silly moments…I think I was pretty successful breaking the Brit from his shell…or maybe it was the beers?

silly candid engagement pictures with graffiti around downtown Denver

we just couldn’t resist

urban art and engagement pictures around downtown Denver

urban art isn’t always what it seems

urban engagement pictures in Denver

urban engagement pictures in Denver

fun carefree candid engagement pictures in RINO of downtown Denver

a little game guaranteed to induce laughter

fun carefree candid engagement pictures in RINO of downtown Denver

having some silly fun

I think John’s favorite part of the whole evening was when we found a food truck specializing in pasties, a British pie stuffed with beef and vegetables that fits perfectly in your hand and taste like heaven…or like a meat pie.  John is from England so he was delighted to have a long missed memory of home to bite into.  I didn’t get a chance to try one but they did look really good and even John was impressed, so I certainly won’t pass one up next time I see The Pasty Republic food truck.

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

a break for some food

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

the way to a man’s heart…

This painted wall below was by far my favorite find of the day.  You can’t even call a lot of this art “graffiti,” it just doesn’t seem to do it justice.  I can’t even imagine the time and talent it took to create so much of the amazing artwork found around the RINO art district.  This one below is more of an urban masterpiece in my opinion.  I really wish I would have taken a picture of the name of this artist, as she or he is definitely someone I would love to follow.  If you know who the artist is please leave a comment, I would love to know!

urban engagement photography by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

my new favorite graffiti wall

urban engagement photography with graffiti art Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

To finish our adventure we took a slightly rebellious detour to a hidden spot across from downtown that with a little fence hopping gives you a perfect view of the Denver skyline.  It was certainly a unique way to end the night and to capture one last picture of this fun free-spirited couple before they are married.  I am however super excited about their wedding coming up really soon!  It’s not only going to be a unique creative wedding but will for sure be a lot of fun!  I would tell you why but then I would ruin the surprises.  So just check back in for a glimpse of their wedding pictures to come!

rebellious adventurous engagement pictures in downtown Denver

the city at night

rebellious adventurous engagement pictures in downtown Denver

one more picture with the Denver skyline

rebellious adventurous engagement pictures in downtown Denver

a little adventure to capture the Denver skyline

 

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Nicole Nichols Photography - Awesome Sonja thanks so much for that info!March 30, 2018 – 8:27 pm

Shea - What a fun couple! It looks like you all had a great time capturing these!March 30, 2018 – 2:35 pm

Sunshine Lump - What a fun session! They look so relaxed and happy. I love the variety of locations too.March 30, 2018 – 10:32 am

Sarah Fosco - What a gorgeous couple! You clearly made them feel at ease and this session looks like a blast. I really love the night ones at the end!March 30, 2018 – 9:19 am

Sonja - Awesome session! You rocked the harsh light, too. You can find almost all of the artists to credit their murals at http://crushwalls.org/2017-artists/ – I believe the one you like at the end is by Clandestinos – @clandestinos – @shalakattack and @brunosmoky. It’s so cool that Denver supports these artists in this way! Love the RiNo! And I love your photography!March 29, 2018 – 9:21 pm

Jackie - So much fun!!! Love these playful shots!March 29, 2018 – 9:14 pm

Kathryn - These are so so fun! I feel I can definitely tell their personalities from the photos- great job!!March 29, 2018 – 3:53 pm

Ginny - I adore their spunk and love the bright and playful vibe!March 29, 2018 – 2:23 pm

Kara Pearson - I really like those last few images with that mural – so cool. Looks like they had a ton of fun and lots of laughs!March 29, 2018 – 2:13 pm

Chelsea Ellingson - What a perfect spot for such a fun couple! You can see their playful nature, you captured their personalities so well! 🙂March 29, 2018 – 2:09 pm

Jennifer K - Eeek! I always love how much variety you can get on a session in this part of town! Beautifully captured photos!!March 29, 2018 – 1:29 pm

Jennie Crate - It does look like they had fun–sassy fun!March 29, 2018 – 12:23 pm

Laura - Such a fun night, Nicole! <3 I'd also like to know the name of that artist – that mural is incredible. Can't wait for the weekend! We're so glad you're a part of it. 🙂March 27, 2018 – 11:42 pm

Intimate Wedding in Estes Park

Black Canyon Inn– Estes Park, CO
Intimate LGBT Wedding

lesbian bridal portraits in Estes Park, CO

Leilani & Janelle have been partners for many years and they felt like now it was finally time to have a wedding ceremony to celebrate their love for each other.   Not only did November make 20 yrs of being together, but with the recent 2015 Supreme Court decision to declare same-sex marriage legal in all states, there was even more reason to celebrate.   The strong love and affection these two ladies hold for each other is so evident just by the endearing way they look at each other.  And they may have been together for 20 yrs, but they still had that newlywed smile upon their faces.  They didn’t want the traditional big wedding, but Leilani did want her white wedding dress and a small intimate ceremony with the gorgeous Rocky Mountains as her backdrop.  With only about 6 wedding guests it was almost more of an elopement, but they did want their immediate family there to celebrate with them.   Janelle opted for the more comfortable but seriously styling black suit with purple tie and converse sneakers.  Leilani & Janelle have 2 daughters and a son, whom all also wore suits, each styled slightly different from the other, but all with the matching purple tie.

Following the short but sweet ceremony we did the traditional family photos followed by a nice long romantic portrait session with just the two brides.  One of my favorite parts of elopements or small intimate weddings is that there is typically no strict timeline or reception to hurry off to, so we have plenty of time to get creative and do some fun relaxing photos.  After about an hour of pictures we did meet back up with their family for a small toast and cake cut ceremony.  Black Canyon Inn provided them with a cake and did their flowers as well which made those details nice and easy for them.  Also, their oldest daughter is a makeup artist so she did Leilani’s makeup, which was a such a sweet mother-daughter moment captured below.

I always feel so special being able to take part in such small private celebrations.  I was truly honored to have been chosen to spend this special time with them and document their long overdue wedding day.  Thanks again Leilani & Janelle for allowing me to capture these special moments and good luck on 20+ more years together.

candids documenting getting ready on the wedding day

candids documenting the day

getting ready for the wedding

getting ready for the wedding

getting ready for the wedding

LGBT wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

LGBT wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

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fun family photos

fun family photos

lesbian bridal portraits

lesbian bridal portraits in Estes Park, CO

beautiful bride portraits over the lake at Black Canyon Inn

lesbian bridal portraits in Estes Park, CO2 brides toast to happiness

an intimate wedding toast

an intimate wedding toast

sunset silhouette over the mountains

sunset silhouette over the mountains

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Ashley - Love that her daughter was her makeup artist. So special!January 19, 2018 – 3:10 pm

Haley Allen - Nicole this is such a beautiful intimate wedding in Estes Park! Love these smaller ceremonies! Congrats to the happy couple!January 19, 2018 – 3:05 pm

Valeria - Wow, 20 years! How beautiful 🙂 Love those portraits with the sun behind them!January 18, 2018 – 10:45 pm

Kathryn - What a gorgeous ceremony site! This is a lovely intimate wedding and you captured them beautifully!January 18, 2018 – 6:28 pm

ginny - Beautiful couple! That location is epic. I love the shot of the 3 women watching (guessing that one was brides mom). They must be very happy.January 18, 2018 – 3:59 pm

Sarah Fosco - What a lovely couple and photos! I adore how intimate and special this wedding is. The photo of them with the water behind them is pure magic <3January 18, 2018 – 2:49 pm

Ashley L. Hepworth - I just love how intimately you captured this wedding Nicole! These are wonderful!January 18, 2018 – 2:40 pm

January Boudoir Special in time for Valentines

Check out my current boudoir photography special, just in time for a Valentines gift for that special someone…or for yourself!

boudoir photography special for Valentines

Where?  While I love to do boudoir photography in all kinds of unique locations like music venues and rivers, I do recommend for the most personalized and intimate experience doing your session in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  I utilize the natural window light as well as bring in additional lighting to get the best results.  No need to pack a bag or worry about forgetting your wedding ring or favorite stilettos, its all right there.  Make it easy on yourself and let me come to you!  No travel fee for locations within 20 min of Denver metro region, including Golden, Parker, Arvada, Broomfield, etc… If you really don’t want to do your home a boudoir studio in central Denver is available for an additional $100.  Due to the high demand of the studio leading up to Valentines, please inquire asap if you would like to reserve a time slot at the boudoir studio.

When?  I am currently booking sessions on Tuesdays & Thursday between 9:30am-3:30pm, as well on weekends as space is available.  Weekends do book up the fastest, so please email me at nicolenicholsphoto@gmail.com asap if you want to do a weekend time slot.

I don’t have a significant other?  I often have people say that they want to do a boudoir session but don’t have a lover to give the image to.  I say “do it for yourself!”   Having beautiful images of yourself will make you feel good and 20 yrs down the road you will be thanking yourself for doing this.  And who knows how soon you may have someone to show these off too, just because you don’t have someone now is no reason to wait.

Am I too old? You are never too old to feel beautiful!  Age is just a number and if you put this off I promise you in 10 yrs you will be saying “Darn, I should have done boudoir pictures 10 yrs ago!”  (and even if you’re saying that now, then stop putting it off and schedule your boudoir session today!

Am I too big/skinny?  No one is perfect, no one!  Even Angelina Jolie and the Kardashians know how to use the right camera angles and get treated to a little photoshop magic to look magazine perfect.  My job is to disguise those less then perfect areas and flaunt what you (or your partner) love best.  You will feel like you belong in a magazine once you see your pictures!

Do you provide hair & makeup?
Hair and makeup is not included in this boudoir special.  If you would like to get pampered before your session (which is so worth it), there is a fantastic salon nearby that I recommend that typically charges $150 for hair and makeup.

What happens before the photo shoot?  All photo sessions include a Design Consultation which is a brief meeting or phone call with the photographer, myself.  At this time we will decide on a location, date, clothing, and other options that will work best for your photography needs.  I can also do your design consultation complimentary before you even book, that way you can be sure you feel comfortable with me and my services before committing to anything.

And during the photo shoot? For your photo session expect to have fun and feel like a supermodel!  We will meet at the agreed upon time and place.  You are free to bring anything that will help you relax and have fun, whether it’s a glass of wine, your favorite music, or your best friend (but I do not recommend bringing your significant other).   I will provide music to lighten the mood and posing assistance to make sure your best angles are photographed.

And what about after the photo shoot? We will schedule a time for you to do your Image Unveiling either in person or remotely.  At this time I will unveil all your edited images and help you narrow down the best ones for your order and you can let me know of any specific retouching requests.

OK, OK, I’m ready to let my beauty shine!  How do I schedule a session? Click on the “Contact” button in the menu above or you can call Nicole at 720-470-9849 or email nicolenicholsphoto at gmail.com.   We will make sure all your questions and concerns are answered and get you scheduled for your fun & sexy photo shoot!

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