Liz + Casey Engagement Session | Edmonds, WA Waterfront

Posted by on Mar 10, 2010 in .Engagements., Lifestyle | One Comment

HELLO, hello, hello!!! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a photo blog entry. I am absolutely thrilled to have Liz & Casey’s engagement session to be my first big blog post of the year.  We went to my old stomping grounds of Marina Beach in Edmonds, WA to capture the love they have for each other. We had the most amazing weather anyone to ask for. It was simply, “An EDMONDS kind of day!” I am very proud to say that I grew-up near here.

From eating chocolate ice-cream, balancing on beach drift wood, hanging out in a nautical-like window, to walking their adorable dog and fishing off the pier, this shoot was a dream for me. I just LOVE lifestyle shoots.  Their wedding has a nautical theme so Edmonds was a perfect location for their engagement session! I will be photographing their wedding on Whidbey Island, WA in August 2010.

Congrats you two. I hope you enjoy these sneak peaks!!!

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Sweet Wedding Testimonials

Posted by on Feb 8, 2010 in Testimonials | One Comment

As I enter my 9th year in business (Woohooo!), I will be updating my *website* soon with PRAISE from past clients. Here are some sweet, sweet words I have received. I feel so fortunate to have such amazing brides and grooms!

Tracie & Bill | September 3, 2009 | Maui, Hawaii (See online gallery HERE)

Venue: Sheraton Maui

“I would recommend Nicole Goddard to everyone!!! She is extremely creative and has a great eye for unique shots. She is very friendly, fun and professional.

It was absolutely wonderful to have her photograph our wedding!  I don’t know where to begin to thank her for all her hard work, dedication and fantastic photos!!  When we got engaged, I knew immediately that I wanted Nicole to be there.  I could not imagine anyone else photographing our big day!  She has been extremely professional, despite being a good friend of mine, and I am truly thankful for that.  We loved her natural, laid back ‘aura’ throughout the entire process.  I enjoyed how Nicole molded Bill (and his groomsmen) right into the palm of her hand and kept me relaxed on our wedding day!

It has been absolutely crazy how many compliments we have gotten for our engagement and wedding pictures– our friends and family have raved over your photos!  Nicole has such an amazing eye and a different, creative perspective, setting her miles above others.  It is really fun to see someone so passionate about her work!  And in the end, we now have wonderful, priceless family keepsakes to start off our lives together.

I have already recommended her to numerous friends and co-workers and I can only hope her to continue to photograph us as our family grows!  Thank you very, very much Nicole!  We love you!”

Jay & Mia | August 16, 2008 | Torch Lake, Michigan

Venue: Private Beach House Residence

“Working with Nicole was one of the most pleasurable parts of our wedding celebration.  She has an amazing spirit of kindness and enthusiasm for her work and for those she is working with.  We had a unique format to our ceremony and not only was Nicole flexible and creative working in the situation, but she was able to capture every moment we could have hoped for and some we could never have planned.  Every moment was captured beautifully and her photographs tell the whole story over again when we revisit them!”

Phillip & Liz | August 12, 2006 | Issaquah, Washington

Venue: Pickering Barn

“Words could never express the joy you have brought to me and Phillip. Pictures mean a lot to us and you have truly given us memories to cherish forever. Every time we look at our pictures we can’t help but smile and feel as if it’s happening all over again. You captured our emotions in every picture and that’s something that our children will be able to look at and see the joy we felt the day we became husband and wife. You have made a way for them to experience the journey we took to get married. From our engagements to our wedding day portraits…they were truly fantastic. Thank you so much. My family and I fell in love with you from the beginning and you are a part of our family now and forever.”

Eric & Angela Weingrad | September 27, 2009 | Marina Del Rey, California  (See online gallery HERE)

Venue: FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club

“Our wedding day was the most exhilarating day of our life.  We invited our closest friends and family to share with us a moment that can never be recreated again!  And there to capture every second of our joy was Nicole and her wonderful team.  We opted to not hire a videographer but rather rely on the beautiful images Nicole took to tell the story of our wedding.  After all is said and done, we’d do it the same exact way all over again!  The wedding album she created for us will be cherished by generations as they flip through pictures that say more then just a thousand words.”

Jordan & Randy | July 4, 2009 | Malibu, California (See online gallery HERE)

Venue: Private Residence

“We are SO EXCITED about the photos!!! They are just stunning and capture the day unbelievably!  You did such a great job!  From beginning to end, they are so well done!

I also appreciate the organization of everything.  The categories of the photos on Pictage, the posting on Facebook, the pre-view DVD.  You are not only great at your art form but have such a sense of customer service to back up your talents.

Again and again – THANK YOU!!! Superb job on everything!!!”

Tina & Sung Min | June 27, 2009  | Highland Spring, California  (See Engagement Gallery HERE & for Wedding Gallery click HERE)

Venue: Highland Spring Resort

“NICOLE NICOLE NICOLE…. Absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!!!! Both Sung Min and I were in complete awe when we saw the pictures….. Thrilled.

We can’t believe how perfectly the web gallery and the photos captured the true feeling of the wedding day. We’ve already been raving about your photos…. friends that weren’t able to attend the wedding are watching the web-gallery and they keep saying how they feel like they were there!

Nicole, Sung Min and I really wanted to thank you for your wonderful pictures and how perfect you made the wedding day. And lets not forget the engagement photos! Your kind personality and love for photos made standing in front of the camera comfortable– and it shows in the fabulous photos.

Sung Min keeps telling me that working with you was one of the “up” points of the wedding day…. and his father is in love! Sung Min’s father has been staring at the computer since yesterday, he can’t stop looking at all the photos…. loves them!

Working together with you has been a dream!

Please come shoot for our next milestones in Sung Min and my life together!”

Tasha & Kyle | July 2, 2006 | Leavenworth, Washington

Venue: Mountain Springs Lodge

“When we first met with Nicole to discuss her style and what we envisioned for our wedding we knew she would fit right into the celebration we had been planning for the last five months.  She was flexible, laid back, perceptive, and the pictures she had taken in the past were as creative as they were beautiful.  On the day of the wedding, Nicole came up with wonderful ideas for how to shoot our wedding.  She has a great artistic sense and knows when to pose her clients and when to capture them in the moment.  Our wedding day was a joyous event that Nicole only added to and captured in wonderful pictures for us to enjoy for years to come.”

Jen & Jon | April 18, 2009 | Seattle, Washington (See Online Gallery HERE)

Venue: Columbia Tower Club

“Nicole was absolutely amazing!! She suggested 2 location ideas for outdoor shoots, which turned out to be perfect. In addition, she helped plan the timeline for the photos prior to the wedding and was able to keep us exactly on schedule! We never felt rushed and made it to the ceremony with plenty of time to get ready for the walk down the aisle. Nicole was also great about getting every to be relaxed and have fun with the pictures so that we didn’t look uptight or too “pose-y”. She was very professional and produced a gorgeous online web gallery that all the guests loved! I would highly recommend Nicole for any photography needs!!”

Mallory & Dylan | July 18, 2009 | North Bend, Washington

Venue: Bybee-Nims Farms

“Nicole’s pictures are really outstanding! She really captured the atmosphere of our wedding, and we honestly could not be happier with the way the pictures turned out. The quality is simply amazing and so worth it!”

Katie & Loren | June 24, 2006 | Bellingham, Washington

“Nicole Goddard was a great wedding photographer who did an excellent job capturing both candid and posed shots of my wedding day!  From the moment she started, till the end of the night, she captured every shot I desired, and really listened to my requests.  Her skill and attention to detail really impressed my husband and me, and we are very pleased to look back at the photographs that perfectly captured our beautiful wedding day! ”

Melody & Pat | August 7, 2004 | Tacoma, Washington

Venue: Tacoma Union Station

“It is hard to put in words how much I appreciate the memories that Nicole has helped us capture.  Basically, the best decision I made in planning for my wedding day was choosing her to spend it with us.  Working with Nicole is effortless.  She was so easy to get along with that both of us immediately felt at ease and it felt like she really wanted to take photos that best represented who we are as a couple.  She captured every moment we would have hoped for.  Looking through our photos made us relive all of the emotions we felt on that day.    We were so fond of our experience with Nicole that we had her shoot my brother’s senior portraits and some family photos.  And now that we have a child of our own we only hope that we will get to use her again in the future.”

Laurel & Brian | April 7, 2006 | Seattle, Washington

Venue:  DeLille Cellars

“Brian and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding day that much more special.  Not only were you professional and easy to work with, but your creativity produced beautiful photographs!  We truly enjoyed getting to know you through the months of planning and hope we can maintain a lasting friendship. Every time we look at a photo from that day we remember how perfect it was- you captured that, thank you!”

Sweet Baker Family | Mercer Island, WA

Posted by on Jan 13, 2010 in .Families., .Little ones., Lifestyle | One Comment

Reading Dr. Suess books to toddlers is so much fun, right!?!! Well, I think so. I especially like taking photos of their reactions when their parent read to them. Below are a bunch of photos doing just this. This shoot is my 4th session with the Bakers. The first two shoots were their engagement shoot and wedding back in 2005. Since Laurel & Brian have started a beautiful family, they have asked me to capture them in a fun, lifestyle kind of way. I absolutely love it when past clients come back to me– such a big compliment!

Here are 20 of my favorite images, focusing on toddler Logan.

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Jennifer & Jon | Malibu Engagement Session

Posted by on Jan 12, 2010 in .Engagements. | 2 Comments

I am so happy with how these photos turned out from Jennifer & Jon’s engagement session at the historical Adamson House. It was a stunning day on Tuesday, December 29, 2009– the light was perfect, our background felt like we were at Villa in Italy (truly), and Jennifer and Jon were so much fun to photograph. This coming August, I’ll be photographing their wedding in Pasedena, CA at The Athenaeum.

Congrats Jennifer & Jon on your engagement. I am so excited to photograph your wedding!

Here are my favorite shots from this session:

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Family Portraits | Shih Family

Posted by on Jan 11, 2010 in .Families., .Little ones., Maternity | 5 Comments

It was a gorgeous day in Encino, CA for the Shih family photo session. It’s hard to believe that in the winter month of December, we had vibrant, colorful leaves & bright, warm sunshine as our background. Little Claire is simply adorable and has such a cute personality. Her Mom (who happens to be my first cousin), Rachel, is pregnant with her 2nd child. So, I made sure to capture her baby bump.

Here’s a mix of my favorite shots from our session… starting with Eddie fixing up Claire’s pigtails and finishing with Claire doing her daddy’s hair.

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1st Year Anniversary photos (reverse E-Session)

Posted by on Dec 30, 2009 in .Engagements. | No Comments

One year ago, I shot Rebecca and Zack’s wedding in Malibu, CA. We are doing things a little backwards. We did the “engagement” shoot as their one year anniversary celebration. I LOVE  this idea. Their love for each other is contagious. Congrats you two for a fun & happy 1st year of marriage!

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Max turns 3 months one day shy of his parents 1st anniversary

Posted by on Dec 30, 2009 in .Families., .Little ones. | No Comments

Giggles ::  Hanukkah :: Christmas :: Parents 1st year anniversary :: Max had a fun filled photoshoot. Since this is his 2nd shoot with me, I’d say he’s getting used to me. hehe… This shoot with the Blunt Family is the 2nd session out of the “Year in the Baby’s Life” series I offer. His parents, Rebecca and Zack, celebrated their year anniversary over this shoot weekend of December 19, 2009. I photographed their wedding December 20, 2008. Ok, this time for you to do the math. Max is 3 months old.

Max is super adorable and I feel so lucky to get the opportunity to photograph him as he gets older and older! I am now about to blog about the mini-shoot we did while Max was napping. You will soon see the images of JUST Rebecca & Zack. Happy Anniversary you too!

Here are some of my favorites from Max’s session:

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Classic, Elegant & Simple | An Autumn, Seattle Wedding Celebration | Anne + Brian

Posted by on Nov 30, 2009 in . Weddings . | One Comment

My first time meeting Brian, the groom, was minutes before he saw his stunning bride, Anne. He was calm, collective & cool; anticipating their first glance in front of the Alexis Hotel downtown Seattle. I set-up the first glance alongside the hotel making sure it was clear of people. I absolutely LOVE this moment. It’s a time when brides & grooms can have an intimate moment seeing each other for the very first time on their wedding day. They can exchange sweet, loving words and even have time to shed a few tears of joy during this once in a lifetime moment. And, during this, there aren’t 200 set of eyes of them, just me from afar with a long lens capturing every second. Anne and Brian’s expressions were transparent of the love they have for each other, not just during their first glance, but also throughout the entire day.

The rest of day unfolded beautifully, full of smiles & sunshine. It was brisk fall day, October 10, 2009. The autumn colors were beaming of reds, oranges and yellows which perfectly tied into the wedding day color scheme. We took the ‘formal’ shots of the wedding party near the Seattle iconic Kerry Park and met the family at the most beautiful Catholic Church called Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in the University District followed by their lovely ceremony. The reception was held at The Canal in Ballard!  So much fun. A special thanks to Melissa Parker with Amazing Events and my amazing photography assistant, Amber Brickman.

Congrats Anne and Brian!! I had such awonderful time capturing your wedding.

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Sweet Family in the Park

Posted by on Nov 16, 2009 in .Families., .Little ones. | No Comments

Yesterday I photographed the sweet Goldstein Family at Douglas Park in Santa Monica. It was a gorgeous Sunday and the Goldsteins looked awesome.  We fed some ducks, made silly faces, climbed some trees and tried to make a cute, little baby giggle. At the end of our photo session, Aiden, 4 years old, helped me take apart my camera and he said, “Hey, your camera breaks.”  This definitely gave me a good laugh. Oh, the things 4 years olds say– gotta love it!

Thanks for a very fun shoot, Goldstein Family.  Looking forward to photoshoot #3 with you!

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La Jolla Wedding | Congrats Amanda & Rod

Posted by on Nov 11, 2009 in . Weddings . | 7 Comments
  • Mariachi Band.
  • La Jolla Shores Hotel.
  • Old Fashion style photo booth.
  • Tons of  bright, pink flowers (Grand Floral).
  • Great friends & family.
  • Wild, fun, huge star-shaped sunglasses.
  • Ocean-themed Wedding Cake.
  • Sweet music to dance to.
  • Lots of love.
  • Krista Romberg, Orange Blossom Events.

With all these combined + a very cool couple = An awesome wedding to photograph!

Thank you to my second photographer, Nicola and my assistant Jimmy. We had a great time capturing all the fun and special moments of Amanda and Rod’s wedding on September 29, 2009.

Congratulations Amanda & Rod!  {To see their sweet engagement session taken at the Disney Music Hall, please view them HERE}

It takes many bridesmaids to help Amanda getting on her stunning dress. So pretty.

It takes 6 bridesmaids to help Amanda getting on her stunning dress. So pretty.

Amanda's ring is in my top 3 I have ever seen. Nice job, Rod! Such fantastic style.

Amanda's ring is in my top three I have ever seen. Nice job, Rod! Such fantastic style.

I love wedding details! Rings, Shoes, Gowns, Flowers.. YAY!

I love wedding details! Rings, Shoes, Gowns, Flowers.. YAY!

The flower girl was patiently waiting for her turn.

The flower girl was patiently waiting for her turn.

And... It's her turn!

And… It's her turn!

Champagne flute + wedding rings

Champagne flute + wedding rings

I love this shot. There's something so calm about it.

I love this shot. There's something so calm about it.

My favorite color is green, so I couldn't resist photographing Amanda's awesome shoes against this pretty, green pattern.

My favorite color is green, so I couldn't resist photographing Amanda's awesome shoes against this pretty, green pattern.

Simple, yet there's so much here.

So HAPPY! I entered this shot in a photo contest.

So HAPPY! I entered this shot in a photo contest.

Love the beach-inspired details...

Amanda's beach-inspired cake! It was yum.

Amanda's beach-inspired cake! It was yum.

Here's Rod! Rod has amazing, bright, blue eyes.

Here's Rod! Rod has amazing, bright, blue eyes.

Showcasing Amanda among her lovely bridesmaids.

Showcasing Amanda among her lovely bridesmaids.

Amanda's Bridemaids!

Amanda's Bridemaids!

and... another shot of her shoes.

and… another shot of her shoes.

Rod seeing Amanda for the first time.

Rod seeing Amanda for the first time.

The Ceremony.

The Ceremony.

So many memorable moments captured.

So many memorable moments captured.

Ring Exchange

Ring Exchange

Aaaah, finally. The KISS.

Aaaah, finally. The KISS.

Groomsmen enjoying the ceremony.

Groomsmen enjoying the ceremony.

Hello Mr. and Mrs. Rod Conti! Congrats.

Hello Mr. and Mrs. Rod Conti! Congrats.

Such a happy, loving couple. You two are inspiring!

Such a happy, loving couple. You two are inspiring!

The entire wedding party!

The entire wedding party!

The ring bearer and flower girl. Even super cute when not smiling.

The ring bearer and flower girl. Even super cute when not smiling.

The Mariachi Band... SO fun. They set the tone for the cocktail party perfectly!

The Mariachi Band… SO fun. They set the tone for the cocktail party perfectly!

Break from formal photos...

Break from formal photos…

I love this photo of Rod and Amanda. It really captures their personalities perfectly.

I love this photo of Rod and Amanda. It really captures their personalities perfectly.

I couldn't resist. Nearly their entire wedding party! Love props.

I couldn't resist. Nearly their entire wedding party! Love props.

Amanda worked so hard at making her wedding details perfectly. The shot on the table was from our Engagement Session at the Disney Music Hall downtown LA.

Amanda worked so hard at making her wedding details perfectly. The shot on the table was from our Engagement Session at the Disney Music Hall downtown LA.

To the beach...

To the beach…

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One of our many fun "Thank YOU" shots.

One of our many fun "Thank YOU" shots.

Stroll on the beach... getting a breather alone.

Stroll on the beach… getting a breather alone.

First Dance to Bruce Springsteen

First Dance to Bruce Springsteen

One of my favs. Mysterious yet telling.

One of my favs. Mysterious yet telling.

Getting their groove on!

Getting their groove on!

The ringbearer was getting DOWN to the beats.

The ringbearer was getting DOWN to the beats.

Cutting the cake!

Cutting the cake!

What was Amanda saying? Eh, doesn't matter. Ended up in a kiss!

What was Amanda saying? Eh, doesn't matter. Ended up in a kiss!

Such a pretty candid of Amanda

Such a pretty candid of Amanda

Kisses + champagne

Kisses + champagne

Birds-eye view

Birds-eye view

8 hours later... Amanda and Me. Thanks Jimmy for taking this for us.

8 hours later… Amanda and Me. Thanks Jimmy for taking this for us.

Fun in the photo booth!

Fun in the photo booth!