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# Sunday, 11 September 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011 22:54:23 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
I love art. It’s been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I grew up thinking of myself as Anne of Green Gables where I had to turn the whole world into something romantic. I longed to be the Lady of Shalot floating to her doom down the river, pining in her unrequited love for Lancelot. I ached for rustling silk dresses with puffed sleeves and thick hair to my knees. I wanted a world that was removed from the mundane simplicity of everyday life.

But of course, life comes in and we grow up and move on. There isn’t enough time in the day to even shower, much less indulge in artistic flights of fancy. We have children, get a job and acquire debts. We cheer soccer games and kiss booboos and wash that same cup for the thousandth time.  We forget the past and become “adults.”

And then one day, we pick up a camera. And take that first shot.

And all that youthful longing comes rushing back—it’s as if we have been drowning all these years and someone finally pulled us back to the surface. Color comes back to the world, color that we had never noticed was missing.

Coming up for that first gasp of air is exhilarating. For me, I couldn’t get enough of photography. It consumed me as I was suddenly able to express everything inside, all this longing that had been pushed aside for so many years. I would stay up nearly all night working on a new project or a fun idea. I would read everything and had a huge list of photographic concepts I wanted to try out.

But of course, again, life comes in. And we want to share our newfound gift and now there are photography debts to be paid too. So we leave that list of concepts and turn our passion into our job. It’s fun and rewarding and exhilarating in a different way. But appointments and editing and deadlines leave little room for personal expression.

But I’m still that hopelessly romantic girl. And I still have a list of creative ideas a mile long that I would love to complete. Henri Matisse stated, “An artist is an explorer.” I often feel like that, though perhaps it’s just a journey of self-exploration, understanding myself a little more. So I decided to take a little time each month to explore photography as an art form, to elevate my understanding of both art and myself, and allow that deeply artistic side of myself a chance to spread her wings.

So I banded together with a handful of other photographers to create a blog project focused on exploring the fine art side of photography. Each month, we will post a photo or series of images focused on art and photography. There are no rules. Just post what comes from the heart and allow the inner artist a chance to explore and fly.

So welcome to “{elevate} a fine art photography exploration”

This is a concept that I've had in my head for a long time. I can't say that I'm 100% satisfied with this image . . . . you might see me rework it at some point . . . . . but for now, I just need a good title . . .

I'm so excited for this fine art exploration group and the fact that it will push me every month to learn and grow as an artist . . .

So head over to Maureen of Maureen Wilson Photography and see what her fine art vision is for this month!

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Monday, 12 September 2011 07:25:10 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Thanks Nichole for starting the group....I found myself sitting working on a single photo like I did in the beginning so it was such a nice feeling to get back to my "roots." This is classic you....I could spot this in a sea of photos and say you did it. Beyond creative!
Monday, 12 September 2011 08:11:00 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Awesome Nichole! I love that Little Red tamed the Big Bad Wolf!! Love this.
Monday, 12 September 2011 09:36:51 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
wonderful concepts Nichole! looking forward to more...
Monday, 12 September 2011 09:50:12 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Nichole, this is magical in every sense. You are such a master at this and I'm thrilled to be included in this creative project with you. So thank you. Well done!
Monday, 12 September 2011 09:59:59 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
love the image...looks like it could be a still from Twilight's Breaking Dawn...Renesmee and Jacob, goin' for a walk! lol!
Monday, 12 September 2011 10:26:49 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
i am right behind them...where are we walking?
know how a good book can capture you in one paragraph? sometimes not even that? this image takes one second and the mind is completely engaged, their story starts telling scroll down wanting to see the next chapter, but it's left to the imagination.
genius nichole; on every level...
Monday, 12 September 2011 10:47:11 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
WOW... who would have thought of this? OH..the amazing Nichole Van of course! Not surprised. Nichole, I really really really love this. You know I love your work. We fly to Utah because of you! This one I love because it just "wowed" me. We've seen the red cloak but I would have never thought of putting the big bad wolf into the scene. I want this image of me in a red vampire cloak dragging a wherewolf (think Twilight) ha ha. I am just kidding, sort of. I love it Nichole. I love you!
Monday, 12 September 2011 11:02:29 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Magical!!! I share your affinity for fairy tale photography. This is absolutely perfect! I have always enjoyed your work for the way it makes me feel. I am so excited to see what you do next and happy to be in such talented company with Elevate.
Monday, 12 September 2011 11:13:01 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
awesome , great concept, perfect
Monday, 12 September 2011 11:13:49 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Monday, 12 September 2011 11:25:59 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Wonderful image "Hoodwinked" :o) I too am an Anne fan - my son is called Gilbert!
Monday, 12 September 2011 12:43:30 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Okay, the 1st paragraph gave me goosebumps beacuse I could have written it word for word. You are most definitely a kindred spirit. What a lovely writer you are as well as a crazy talented photographer. Now on to the image. If the first paragraph gave me goosebumps, the image gave me the chills. How absolutely breathtaking! I can not stop looking at it. The styling, photography and editing are just perfection. What a beautiful language you speak through your work.
Monday, 12 September 2011 12:44:40 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
This is incredible Nichole! I've got a "little red riding hood" shoot coming up this fall. I might have to borrow some inspiration! Holy cow this is just an amazing shot and you are the master of using textures!!
Monday, 12 September 2011 17:45:41 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
oh nichole.....goodness goodness....blown away indeed. this is just amazing and your little gal isn't so "little" anymore. what an absolute beauty. it's been too long since i've seen you all! you inspire me with your magic - you always have. i'm so honored to be in this group with all of these talented ladies! thank you so much for starting this. this image is cinematic splendor. i can't wait to see what you do next!! xo
Monday, 12 September 2011 20:11:47 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
i expected nothing less than perfection...
Monday, 12 September 2011 21:55:14 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
this is exactly what you do best ... what amazing imagery! you are such an inspiration ... filled with creativity and talent. thank you for including me in this project!
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 08:08:59 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
I just watched Red Riding Hood, the new movie, and this shares the enchantment and eeriness of the film. It is a beautiful concept. I love this group project, and I'm so glad that Gina told me about it....what an inpsiring group of photographers. I will be posting a fine art image/illustration I created of a maternity session should come take a look.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 08:51:50 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Oh, very exciting and a very powerful concept/image.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:04:29 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Thank you for being so inspirational!! This piece is so gorgeous-- So So much talent!
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 17:55:20 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
I love it. You are the woman. Your daughter looks beautiful.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 10:52:41 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Love this! I am so inspired by your work. Thank you for sharing your talent.
Friday, 16 September 2011 09:28:33 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
So happy to see this remarkable work coming from so many talented photographers. You all are sparking the rest of us to carry on with our dream projects.
Friday, 16 September 2011 11:21:48 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
W O W !!!! Love this so much! Amazing Nichole!
Chrissy Craven
Monday, 19 September 2011 20:34:52 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
Nichole, what a fabulous group. I haven't done this type of work for a really long time. I would love to be a part of your group. I don't know if that's possible or if its just a handful of photographers. Either way, what a great idea to spark imagination and creativity in our souls. Cheers.....Anne
Thursday, 04 October 2012 07:00:29 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00)
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About Nichole

Nichole Van has repeatedly been labeled as a hot, new, up and coming photographer. As a Utah wedding photographer and a Utah portrait photographer, she specializes in turning everyday life into art. Nichole loves expressing the unique beauty of every client, creating artistic images that make people gasp when they see them.

As an international award-winning photographer, Nichole won the prestigious International 8x10 Portrait of the Year from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) for 2007. Consequently, her international award winning photography was featured in Rangefinder Magazine in June 2008. She has also taken First, Second and Third place honors from WPPI in other international competitions for her child and family photography. Additionally, Nichole has received numerous Accolades of Excellence and currently holds an Accolade of Photographic Mastery from WPPI.

In addition to her love for photography, Nichole loves teaching and enjoyed being English faculty at Brigham Young University for nearly 10 years. As the best of both worlds, teaching photography to others is her passion. Nichole currently offers international photography workshops focusing on helping others enhance creativity and artistry in their photos. Combining her excellence in teaching with her photographic knowledge, Nichole’s Life as Art Workshops are quickly revamping industry standards for photographic workshops.

Nichole lives in southern Utah County with her husband and three children. You can see her work at

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