Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mini-pre announcement announcement

Big things are happening over here and I will be announcing them soon! I know that is a bit cryptic BUT I can tell you this for now: the changes mean that I will be able to offer my clients MORE specialized service and higher quality products!

That deserves a great big WOOP!

In the mean time...

feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what YOU would like to see from NYP!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Couture Boudoir

It is that time of year again! No, not football season, although, GO HAWKS!

No no, it is Boudoir Marathon time, baby!

I LOVE boudoir photography. Honestly. I truly enjoy watching women reconnect with themselves. It doesn't seem like it should be such a big deal, until you start to think about what it really means.

As a mom, I know what it feels like to STOP feeling like a woman. I am a chauffeur, a cook, a nanny, a handkerchief (yes, it's gross, I know) a wife, a scrubber of toilets and a wiper of poopy-oh-god-someone-gag-me baby butts. As a photographer, I am a customer service rep, a gofer, a research assistant, a student, a technical consultant, and accountant...and the list goes on.

By the end of the day, it is hard to remember that somewhere underneath it all, I am still a WOMAN. Hard to remember that I am still feminine, still sensual, still sexy (beneath the snot on my shirt...thanks, toddler) still beautiful and worthy of being celebrated simply for being the amazing creature that is woman.

Boudoir photography is a way to remind woman that while we are complex creatures, multifaceted and multidimensional, we ARE sexy, sensual, feminine, and lovely. All one has to do is look at the proof in the images.





The next boudoir shoot, Couture Boudoir, is happening October 11th in the historic Theater District of Downtown Tacoma.

We are really going all out for this one with fantastic sets, swag bags full of goodies, gourmet refreshments, leather bound albums, silk robes to lounge in, the whole nine yards. The celebrity treatment isn't too good for MY ladies!

You can contact me for booking information at, or message me on Facebook.

If you would like to see more examples of my boudoir work, let me know. I only share images with the permission of the client, so they are all in a password protected online gallery.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Senior Representative Program for the Class of 2015!

A Senior Spokesmodel Representative is someone who will represent Nicole York Photography to their Junior and Senior Classmates. I'm looking for someone who is positive, friendly, outgoing, creative, active, and bright, who can let their friends see their amazing photos and tell them about their experience working with me!

Only 2 representatives will be chosen from each High School

*I will stop taking applications on August 30. Selected Senior Reps will be notified by email or phone on September 1st!

What you get:

  • Free deluxe Senior Portrait session (a $250 value!)
  • Makeup done by a professional makeup artist
  • An online gallery with password protection where you and your family can order prints
  • 40 rep cards with 3 of your favorite shots and my contact info to hand out to your friends
  • 5 low-res, watermarked photos, perfect for Facebook and other social networking sites
  • Featured spots in advertisements for Nicole York Photography
  • Be featured in a blog post all about YOU and our session
  • Any referrals who bring your rep cards in and book a shoot earns you credit towards swag bags, gift cards, and other cool stuff!

What you have to do:

  • Have parental consent and sign a model release so I can use your photo in advertisements
  • Live within 25 miles of Yelm, WA or being able to travel
  • Be part of the Junior or Senior class of  2015
  • Share your rep cards with friends at school
  • Use your low-res images online in social media to show them off to friends and family
  • Agree to represent only Nicole York Photography as a spokesmodel

Interested!? Sounds like a pretty good deal, right?  Here's what you have to do to apply:

Nicole York Photography Senior Rep Application

Full Name



Street Address

Address Line 2


State / Province / Region

Postal / Zip Code


Name of Parent or Guardian



What school do you attend?

Graduation Year

Upload a great photo of yourself!

Please tell me about yourself! What are your interests and hobbies? What clubs, teams or organizations do you participate in?

What forms of social media do you use?

What 4 words best describe YOU?

In 200 words or less, tell me why you should be selected to represent Nicole York Photography to the Senior Class of 2015.

By checking this box, I agree that I understand and agree to the terms and conditions of the Senior Rep program as outlined on this page


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Conceptual Family Portraits...Super Powers

Everyone knows that super moms have to be in 5 places at once. Little boys run around with their hair on fire, climbing walls, and jumping fences in single bounds. Teenage girls have a super-human ability to ignore everything outside their own little world.

That was the theme for this round of conceptual family portraits.

I wanted to showcase individual characteristics of each family member, and celebrate a little bit of what makes them unique inside the family unit. While I was talking to mom, she and I discussed each family member, what they love and the things they did that made them distinctive. One son was constantly climbing, the other loved soccer, the little guy was in constant motion, the baby rode his little four-wheeler like a speed demon, and the teenage daughter seemed to be able to ignore anything while she was on her phone.

I brainstormed and story boarded, trying to figure out how I would visualize each person and their distinct super power. I had to decide how to light them, how to shoot so that the powers were believable AND so that the editing could be seamless, and what my editing techniques would be.

Images like this require shooting on a tripod, because compositing several images from the same point of view needs to be seamless.

The photos were all composites of at least two and up to 5 or more photos. That was just the beginning.

Here are a few untouched examples of what was happening behind the scenes...

 Mom is here holding a piece of plexiglass so that we could get the right effect for the "privacy force field"

This is the close up photo after I had taken 6 images of the room in order to make a clean composite

Even Super Dads get overwhelmed sometimes...

It's so true to life that no matter how well we plan, life will throw curve sick, crabby babies who don't care that it's time for family photos, and diffusion panels that don't cover quite as much area as you expected them to. At the end of the day, you've got to be able to roll with the punches, and that is just what we did.

After much compositing, masking, and other assorted editing techniques that I won't bore you are the finished images :)

These were great fun, and the end result says so much about each member of the family. What would YOUR super power be?