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January 30, 2019


fresh 48 and newborn


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Hi I'm Nicole


When I picked this topic out of my blog jar, my initial reaction was, “Oy, what a way to start off my blogging mission!” But it is also a very apropos question at this point in my career — while I’m in the middle of rebranding my business (more on that later!) and still trying to rebuild my client base after moving to a new market.

I’ve always loved taking pictures, but becoming a mother gave me this profound desire to document EVERYTHING. I know, so cliché, right? But it’s true!! When my first daughter came into the world, every little face she made was camera-worthy to me. (And that’s still true, six years later. <3) So I got out my nice camera (usually reserved for parties and travel) and started snapping.

But having this sweet child also gave me intense anxiety thinking about a future I eventually wouldn’t be in. I distinctly remember driving down the highway after she was born and all of a sudden being very aware of my own mortality. What would she do if I was no longer around? Would she remember me? How would she remember this time? So, I started snapping even MORE pics.

And then I started thinking, “How am I going to remember all of this??” My memory is crap. I mean, it’s BAD. Capturing these fleeting moments — however big or small — ensures that I’ll always remember the details. They are snapshots frozen in time that, when woven together, will tell the story of our family.

I wanted to become a professional photographer because I knew I wasn’t the only mother to have these same thoughts, and I wanted other moms to have beautiful images to remind them of this special time in their own lives. I wanted to help them tell their family’s story. Life moves fast, and it seems to move at warp speed once you have children, so it’s important to capture life’s little moments (with mom in them!) as they happen. And not just on a smart phone…but on a beautiful print that you can look at each day and remember just how blessed you are.

(The gallery below is ME, practicing what I preach, and getting in the picture with my family. 🙂 Taken by my wonderfully talented friend @CottonCopperStudio.)

  1. I love this so much!! These pictures are amazing!!

  2. whitney says:

    I love all of the candid shots! Especially the one on the swing! too cute.

  3. Chad says:

    no words really!!! Your photographs are stunning to say the least!!! Amazing!!!


  4. brandy says:

    Beautiful images and I love the sentiment!

  5. I can relate in the sense of always wanting to capture every moment of my children’s existence. That’s where my love of photography began. Great blog you have here!

    • Nicole Bertrand says:

      I feel like a lot of female photographers have that same "a ha" moment…but it’s the truth! Having kids changes you and put a new lens on everything (no pun intended!). Thank you!

  6. Erin says:

    Beautiful photos, and beautiful family! It’s so wonderful to have these moments captured.

  7. Kim Seghers says:

    I love all the photographs your friend took. I hardly have no picture of me with my family . I definitely need to do what you did and hire someone to take family photos of us.

    • Nicole Bertrand says:

      You definitely should! Even if it’s a quick mini session. Get in those pics! Your family will appreciate it someday.

  8. Sara Welh says:

    Good for you! I am never in pictures; I’m always behind the camera! This past year, I decided I’d let myself be in photos even if I didn’t like them. These are just precious and your family is beautiful!

    • Nicole Bertrand says:

      DO IT!! The thing is — the pictures aren’t necessarily for you, they’re for you’re kids. Sure you want to look good, but the kids aren’t going to notice those extra 10 lbs or crows feet…they’re going to notice mommy’s smile and the emotion in the image. <3 Hopefully you will start to see them that way too!!

  9. Lyosha says:

    Beautiful family photo! so darling! Mother and child relationship sure is precious! wonderfully captured

  10. Marysa says:

    I love your inspiration for taking photographs. Great photos and it is so special to capture those moments!

  11. Sophia says:

    These really are some beautiful pictures the girls are adorable

  12. Amy Smith says:

    You aren’t too far from me! My brother is also a photographer in your area and he goes the candid route too. I think the candid shots are the BEST!!! I wish I had more candid shots from when I was younger.

  13. Catherine Santiago Jose says:

    Such a lovely photos from this amazing family. Everything here is so adorable and great to see this kind of photos that everybody should admire of.

  14. These are absolutely stunning! You are such a gifted photographer and mother, and its wonderful that you have got CottonCopperStudio to help captured some amazing photos of you and your family

  15. Preet says:

    im not good in photography and those photos were all great and awesome. I love it.

  16. Kara says:

    You have a beautiful family, good luck on your photography journey

  17. These photos are everything! I found myself in the same boat as you when I was pregnant with my first. Thanks for sharing with us.

  18. Eloise says:

    your photos are marvelous showing your beautiful family! your girls look so happy, the photos really capture the emotions ; )
    good luck on following your dreams!

  19. Becca Talbot says:

    I think it’s great that we can find out a little bit more about the blogger behind the words 🙂 looking forward to reading more x

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