Oh so lovely! {San Moritz Lodge Wedding Photographer}

Oh these two on their wedding day! How cute are they?!

Tim & Melissa met on Eharmony last year in June. They then met for coffee and less than a year later, he asked her to marry him. Tim had a little boat they often took out in the Long Beach harbor and in March of this year, they took it out. Well, this time, he had a huge sign draped over the bride for her to read asking her to marry him. How sweet!

They love outdoors and spending time together. They are a beautiful couple! I wish them so much love and an awesome first year of marriage!

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Love at the Lake {Lake Arrowhead Wedding Photographer}

This wedding could not have been more gorgeous! From the bridesmaids dresses, her flower crown and the big smile on each of their faces as they became one.

These two were quite a joy to photograph. They laughed, smiled and snuggled perfectly!! People ask if I’m a posy or a candid photographer. I am neither. I will find the location that has beautiful light along with a complementary background and ask you to get close, to kiss, snuggle, enjoy the moment!! I will direct you to make your posture straight, to rotate a little bit so I can see both your faces or walk hand in hand, but my goal is to make YOU look natural. Not some contorted pose that you don’t even recognize your self in. I’m looking for genuine smiles and laughter. I want YOU to shine through these images. I want you to look back at your wedding pictures and see the love you have for each other looking back at you. So, what is my style? Natural, romantic and genuine.

Congrats to this sweet couple! I wish you both an amazing first year of marriage!!

rustic mountain weddingLocation: San Moritz Lodge, Crestline

Happy {almost} Fall Y’all! {Lake Arrowhead Family Photographer}

Fall is my most favorite time of year! It’s not that Halloween is here or thanksgiving. It’s just the fall feel. It’s the hot apple cider on a chilly night. It’s the snuggles with the kids because it’s cold outside. The throwing of leaves, the frosty mornings, all the MANY pumpkin things. Oh, my, have I told you about Pumpkin Ice Cream? Ok, ok, so pumpkin pie, is amazing, the pumpkin wax to make your house smell yummy, is… awesome, but Pumpkin Pie ice cream is GLORIOUS! You really have to try it this year. If I could by it year round, I would, but it only comes out…in the fall.

So, with my excitement for fall, the first weekend in October is going to be my mini sessions! These mini session will be up here in Running Springs, actually where these pictures were taken. It’s a beautiful spot, one of my favorites. This is where I did my family pictures that are now hanging on my walls. My blog subscribers are the first to know about these sessions!! So be sure to book quick, there are only 6 spots for those two days!

You get at least 7 high-resolution files with this package. Which means you can print them for christmas presents, use them for your christmas cards or simply update your families picture wall!! The images will be digitally enhanced and they come with a photo release! The high-resolution, means you can print a poster size if you’d like!!

Email me with any questions you have and to book your session!!! Nichol@LovesPhotos.net Cant wait to see your family!!

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Prospect Park Engagement {Redlands photographer}

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to photograph this sweet couple! They get married spring of next year! We laughed and walked around Prospect Park in Redlands for more than an hour. The got engaged at Disneyland on her birthday last year! How sweet is that?! Wonder what they will be doing next year on her birthday as husband and wife!

They are looking forward to the wedding and I can not wait to see them both again!!

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Camping Cake Smash {Lake Arrowhead Photographer}

I thoroughly enjoy photographing kids! They are full of wonder. They are curious about everything and when you win them over, they will laugh and smile for you!

This little guy turned one this month! He is so cute and he loved his cake! Typically when I do cake smashes, the expectation is that the little one is so excited to have a cake of his own that he just dives in and makes a mess. Well, what usually ends up happening, is that they are not sure about it and then we {mom and dad} make the mess for them. But if you think about it, we tell them no, don’t play with your food for a year  and then we put a cake in front of them and say… “play with your food”. LOL

His Mom found a place on Etsy that had this little fire-place and log set for sale.  She found it at Two Tiny Sunshines. Christi is the business owners name and she does amazing work! I have to say, it’s a really cute and awesome set!! It has the logs, some rocks, the fire, marshmallows and sticks!! OH, and it came with an axe.  They are all hand-made felt products! I took a look at her site, A-Mazing stuff! I will be placing an order when I need props for kids! I mean, LOOK at that camp fire!! SO cute!!

This handsome little guy was excited about his cake! He started right in and made his own mess. We helped him along, but he did an awesome job of getting started!

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Beautiful Mountain Wedding {Mountain wedding photographer}

What a gorgeous day in Crestline! These two are an amazing couple!! They met on E-Harmony, talked through email and on the phone for a little over a month and when they decided to meet and have their first date together, it was the day after his birthday! Now he gets to spend all of his birthdays with his beautiful bride!

They were surrounded by family and very close friend to witness their sweet vows, which they wrote! His dad was the officiant and it was perfect. The lake is going through some renovations at the moment, but you would not be able to tell anything was out of place by looking at these pictures! I wish these two love birds nothing but the best and I can’t wait to see them both again!!

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Handsome boys! {Lake Arrowhead Photographer}

I had the honor of photographing each of these little boys newborn pictures. As they were leaving from this little ones pictures, mom reminded me that they were all tough to get sleeping pictures of as newborns. Neither of them were mad, or crying terribly, they just didn’t want to sleep. The older boys came to me for pictures about 2 weeks old, but this little one was only 3 days old and he was not wanting to sleep at all either. LOL But he was so sweet to hold!! Towards the end of the session, he did fall asleep and we were able to get a few sleepy ones.  How handsome is his little face?!

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Beautiful inside & out! {Redlands photographer}

My friend is so very sweet, has a heart for Jesus and a love for people! She travels the world telling people about God’s love and who He is. The time we spent together seemed to fast considering I only had the opportunity to hear a couple of stories from her travels! She loves missions work, her latest trip was to Peru.

I exciting to me when I get to talk with people and hear their stories, but it’s SO awesome when I get to hear their stories and the passion they have in their voices! I can hear the joy missions brings her. She is so smart, so kind and is such an inspiration to those around her!

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Roof inspection {Aerial photographer}

There are many uses for a drone. Right now in my business I use them for weddings and real estate photography.

Using “Snapper” {that is the name of my drone} for weddings are pretty cool! Flying over the water while the couple is on the shore, or photographing from above the boat and making it seem as though they are in the middle of a large lake. Often times my brides are looking to get a group picture of all the guests at a wedding. That can easily range from 30 people to 200 people to sometimes 400. Well, to fit everyone in an image where I’m standing at the same height they are, it’s really hard to do. So doing it with Snapper, it makes it a lot easier! And a pretty cool shot!

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Snapper is being used for a lot of real estate photography as well. Agents are finding that their clients are seeing the aerial images as an asset and help a lot when selling their homes. Aerial images can easily show property lines, solar panels on roofs tops, the proximity to town or a great shot of their view.

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If you happen to be thinking, how can I refer Nichol and her drone. A real estate agent would be an awesome referral for me, but also, I’d love to get in touch with a building contractor. Maybe someone who needs to do roof inspections but really doesn’t want to climb the roof. I can take care of that with snapper!!

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Drones are fun to fly, for sure. But they are also heart stopping to fly. The thing is, they don’t just hold still, they drift. Sometimes it’s only a couple of inches, sometimes in a few inches and if you move the toggle the wrong way, it’s in a tree. It also, sometimes, thinks on its own. I know, “thinks on its own”, but when I’m flying it and I’m telling it to hover. Instead of hovering, it takes off on it’s own and it’s not listening to me. Heart stopping! If you happen to see me flying, I’m probably talking to it or holding the controller funny. Remember as a kid when you were playing video games and when you want the thing to go right you turn your controller to the right, even though that has no relation to moving the thing, it’s the joystick that moves it. Well, I’m that girl when flying, my controller is always moving along with my drone.

It’s kind of funny, I’m always so nervous to fly it, but I have never crashed it. And if it does happen to crash in to a tree, I can get another one. But I’m always so stinkin’ nervous that I’m going to crash it. All the  heart stopping, drifting and thinking on it’s own…still LOVE to fly it and even more, I love the images I can capture from above!

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