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Nicole | Portraits | Brisbane | 4th July 2015

With all of the craziness that has been happening over the past month, I haven’t really been shooting very much. So now that I am settled and everything is getting back to normal, I am itching to shoot. I think I really needed the rest both physically and creatively and I am so excited to be back behind the camera again.

Yesterday I decided that I wanted to just shoot for an hour, with a lens I don’t normally use in the studio and have a focus on expression, emotion and making the end results black and white. Sometimes it is fun to challenge ourselves and just see what happens. Kristie was my lovely model who I have photographed before, so it was lovely catching up with herald just playing.

So here are the results. It was lots of fun to just play and capture different expressions and of course when fairly lights and confetti are involved, the results are always awesome. Thanks Kristie for hanging out and letting me just photograph for fun!


Today I wanted to share a little more about some of the amazingly beautiful moments I get to photograph being a wedding photographer. The one thing that I love most about weddings is being able to document love, relationships and the moments that my clients will treasure for a lifetime. I am incredibly fascinated by relationships – how different people interact with one another, how people show love in different ways. I am always on the look out and finding ways to capture these moments and showcase these relationships to the best of my ability. Today’s photo of the day is two photographs showcasing the love and the connection my groom Daniel has with his parents. I simply asked him to give his Mum and his Dad a hug and I just love their reactions. The photo of Daniel with his Mum showcases how close they are, how they have a special bond only a Mother and a Son can share and understand. I love how protective he looks of his Mum in this photograph. And I love the difference of reactions with Daniel’s Dad. I love the cheekiness of the expression and I absolutely love how it showcases their great relationship. The same direction, the same location, two different results. This is why I love being a photographer. I want photographs like this with my parents on my wedding day.


Nicole | Boudoir | New York | 3rd July 2015

A couple of months ago, I was on the trip of a lifetime, my American Adventure. We spent 3.5 weeks travelling around America with the last week spent in New York. When I turned 30, I wrote a 30 by 30 list and have slowly been ticking items off that list. Two of the things on that list was that I wanted to travel to New York (check) and the other was to experience a boudoir session with another photographer. So I decided I would combine the two and book a boudoir shoot in New York.


As a boudoir photographer, I think it is incredibly important to be able to provide the best experience I possibly can for my clients, and in order for me to do this, I felt that I also needed to experience what a boudoir session feels like – you know the motions of planning, preparing, the nerves, being in front of the camera, everything. Plus as a woman, I wanted to hopefully feel the same way that I want my clients to feel in the lead up, during and walking out of a boudoir session. Plus who doesn’t want gorgeous photographs of themselves?


So I began my search in New York. I was looking for a particular style and taste of boudoir sessions so I sent off my email enquiries. I initially didn’t mention that I was a photographer, as I wanted to make sure that I was getting the full client experience. It was an interesting process being on the other side of enquiries. Normally I am the one who is responding to my clients requests, so it was fascinating being on the other end. The responses to my enquires were quite interesting – some photographs asked no questions, gave no personality, some were quite rude but the one thing I was surprised about was the lack of willingness to give me their pricing information. I mean I was travelling half way round the world, of course I was willing to invest in my shoot.


In the end I decided on the beautiful Kate Ignatowski as my photographer. Her work really spoke to me. I love the heart behind who she is not only as a photographer, but as a person. She came across warm, friendly and asked me personal questions about why I was travelling, where I was from. And I loved the idea of being photographed on film – something that is different to what I do. I was excited!!


And so began the planning. I sourced my outfits, packed my bags and headed off to America. On the day of the shoot, I was feeling less than sexy. I was battling a chest infection and after a few weeks of travelling I was tired.  But Kate and the gorgeous makeup artist Annie worked their magic and transformed me from tired and sick to feeling confident and gorgeous. I must admit while I was walking to the shoot, I was a bundle of nerves. Going through the motions of getting my gear off in front of another photographer was nerve racking. I had such an interesting internal conversation with myself. I couldn’t believe how nervous I was considering I do this all the time with my clients, but I guess when the shoe is on the other foot.



Kate was amazing, she was so warm, friendly and we chatted and laughed through the entire session. I was so excited to see the final results and anticipated the arrival of the film scans for my viewing. I remember walking out of the session and through the crowds of people down on the streets of New York feeling on top of the world. I felt sexy, confident and just happy. I had completely forgotten I was sick and tired. That afternoon I really took a moment to be present. I took a moment on the sidewalk to just stand, absorb and feel so incredibly proud that I was working hard and achieving my dreams. There is certainly a vibe in New York that supports dreams. It’s a city thats tough, that’s diverse but oh so supportive of everyone getting down and living out their dreams. The fact that I had just walked out of an amazing experience, ticked two items off my bucket list I felt on top of the world.


So the most biggest thank you to Kate for your warmness, friendless, not freaking out when you found out I was a photographer, for creating some beautiful photographs for me that will be a constant reminder to live out my dreams.

Nicole | Personal | Brisbane | 30th June 2015

Wow! I don’t even know where to start this blog post. The last couple of months have been some of the hardest, most challenging, most exhausting but exhilarating of my life. So much change has happened, finally all of the damage (studio and car) from the stormaggedon (crazy hail storm) back in November last year has been finished and I am adjusting to life in my new normal.

But what is my new normal?

I guess change has been on the cards for me for a while. I think it was around this time last year (or maybe even a little earlier) we started planning our epic American trip. We counted down the days, planned some great adventures and I worked my butt off to save and invest in a holiday of a life time. The trip came and went and I came home really sick with a chest infection. I started feeling sick in New York, but sucked it up and hit the cold and flu to ensure I could still enjoy myself as much as possible. When I got home I stopped taking them and it hit me really hard. That together with jet lag it took me a really long time to recover. What I didn’t count on though, was how burnt out I was feeling creatively. I had worked so hard, often sacrificing personal time for business to work towards going away and when I got back I was so sick and creatively drained that I found it really hard to focus on business and do anything else other than sleep.

About six weeks after we got back from the states, I had booked a trip to Melbourne for another conference – Zero Regrets. I was really looking forward to the conference for helping me to be inspired and motivated to get me out of my creative funk. I had been to a Matt & Katie workshop before (who also organised this conference) but what I wasn’t prepared for was how much change it bring and impact my life in the coming weeks.

I was super excited to be learning from and being inspired from an incredible bunch of photographers from all of over Australia and the amazing international speakers who were also present. Each speaker was so willing to share their stories, their challenges and what inspires them to be not only great photographers but also great people. We laughed, we cried, we were challenged to face our fears all while meeting a new bunch of friends. We were guided to share our fears and our hopes and dreams and had some really interesting conversations. The kindness and friendship that I witness at Zero Regrets was awesome.

One of the big revelation moments for me, was when I was sitting in a small group with one of the speakers on day 3 (My speaker was the wonderful Jeremy Cowert, seriously look him up he is an awesome photographer and an awesome human) and we were asked to explain our fears and challenges. At that moment I realised that my biggest fear was ending up alone in life after being badly hurt after a long term relationship ended that I threw myself into my work and hided behind work instead of getting out there, dating and having a social life. I was hiding behind my work, content in capturing other people’s happy moments but not being brave enough to create my own. So right there in that circle I knew what needed to change.


The above photos are the views from the rooftop pool and out of my bedroom window. I just love it!!

So over the past eight weeks I have had some incredible change occur. My lease on my current home was up and after some careful consideration and a bullying property manager, I decided that it was time to move home. The place that I was living at was my healing home and it was time to shake things up and do something different. So I found a new apartment to live in with amazing views, great facilities, a creative cultural vibe and an awesome new flatmate. As murphy’s law would have it, I had a phone call from the Project Manager looking after the insurance repair job for the studio organising the tradies to come and start work on my studio. So the same weekend of my house move, I also had to pack and move everything out of my studio for repairs. I seriously didn’t realise I had that much stuff in the studio until I had to box it all up and move it out. Thank goodness for my parents massive shed, in which I was lucky enough to be able to store my 20 plus boxes and all of the studio furniture.

So while the repairs where happening, I decided that it was the opportune time to also do a bit of a renovation and refit of the studio. Part of the reason of moving home was that I no longer wanted to do all of my editing and office work from home. When I am home, I am relaxing and doing the things I love outside of photography. But in order to do that I needed to make sure that I had a great office space in the studio I could work from. So we reorganised, rebuilt and added some new blinds to the studio that make it the perfect location for me to have an office and separating work from home.

This week is the first week where the studio is back to normal, my home is a sanctuary and all of the moving, packing, cleaning, building, painting and renovating has been done. The last three weeks have been the most intense of my life and I am so glad that I have come through the other side still smiling. I am still a little bit exhausted from all the moving but I am slowly day by day getting into the routine of my new normal and actually loving the downtime. I have already found that I am itching to shoot again and actually do some personal work and getting back into blogging regularly again.

I am really looking forward to the next six months – setting new goals, setting new boundaries, making plenty of time for social events, trying new things, creating new experiences and catching up with family and friends. I finally feel like I have my priorities straight and everything is feeling so much more calmer.

And before I finish this really long post, I just wanted to give a shout out to my wonderful parents and the few close friends who have been there for me over the past two months. Without my parents I wouldn’t of been able to do three moves in two weeks and those few close friends who have checked in on me when I was MIA and struggling and asked if I was ok and if I needed any help and for that I thank you. Your support has been amazing and I am incredibly grateful to have you in my life.

So here is to the next six months! It is going to be awesome!!!


Cait Ní Dhuibh - July 2, 2015 - 7:17 am

Awesome!! Good for you Nicola 😉 Go get’em <3