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# Sunday, November 13, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011 9:28:37 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
Well, I have to be honest and say that I've really been looking forward to this post. We took a little family trip to Montana a couple weeks ago to my favorite ghost town and found even more to love about the place. I think that they have about the coolest cemetery in the whole country (well, from my romantic photographers viewpoint). Old, falling-down picket fences surround large gravestones with sage brush overgrowing everything.

I have to say, I love everything about desert sage brush. It's silvery, muted green color and little leaves that blur so beautifully . . . . and then there's the smell of it, especially after a rain storm . . . . there's nothing quite like it. It speaks of wild, forgotten places for me. As I did this shoot right before Halloween, right on the heels of autumn, everything about it felt melancholy . . . I wanted to evoke mourning . . . I also fell in love with my 85 1.2 lens all over again. I actually don't shoot with it that much, but it really suited everything that I was going for here, so all the images from these sessions were shot with it.

So here are a couple images. There are many, many more to follow, but these suffice for now. First off, my daughter. She's always my favorite muse and she really got into character here (though it did cost me a $30 toy from Amazon to get her to actually touch the headstone).

And then a bride . . . . I really don't think that I could love this bride any more. She's as gorgeous inside as she is outside and a truly amazing model. Not only did she and her new husband drive forever to the middle-of-nowhere Montana, but she was so much fun to work with and such a trooper with the cold, cold wind that was blowing throughout this whole shoot. I completely admit that my inspiration for this came from Kamee June (who is also part of this circle, so check out her work!). She did a ghost shoot a year or two ago and I couldn't resist doing my own. So I shot every series of images on a tripod and also shot the scene without anyone in it and then faded the two together when editing. So here's just a taste of this entire shoot.

I do think that this will go down as my fav shoot of 2011. You know it's a good shoot when you slowly savor editing every image. There will be many more to come.

But in the meantime, don't forget to check out the amazing workshop giveaway we're doing and enter to win your choice of {life as art} workshop! And also don't forget to continue through this blog circle and see all the other amazing fine art creations that others have done. So hop on over to Maureen Wilson Maureen Wilson | photographer in McComb Mississippi and see what she's done!

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Monday, November 14, 2011 7:54:35 AM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
Nothing like some fine art images from nichole van to start off the week. brilliant, my friend!! just love it...
Monday, November 14, 2011 8:24:41 AM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
Nichole, magnificent! What a unique spot to shoot. I love the sky and the textures. I am impressed you got away with a mere $30 bribe for touching the headstone. It may have cost me much more. :)
Monday, November 14, 2011 8:59:28 AM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
Beautiful work as always!
Monday, November 14, 2011 10:54:28 AM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
beautiful beautiful nichole! you've always been a girl after my own heart! amazing location! incredible imagery. xo
Monday, November 14, 2011 3:38:51 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
This is really cool! I love the texture especially in the top photography. So moody and haunting!!! Beautiful work!
Monday, November 14, 2011 6:05:09 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
love the mood and texture!!!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:51:00 AM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
nichole, i have to laugh about the 30 dollar bribery from amazon. bribery should be considered a fine art too. ;) i can't tell you the money i have "invested" in bribing my kids to get the picture!! ;) haha! so good!!
your ghost is transcendent. her story epic: he never came for her, and she died of a broken heart. she's magnetizingly chilling...
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:24:23 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
I just adore how you set your subject apart from the rest of the background...I have loved that about you since I saw your work over 5 years ago and that you have done that from day one too. These are breath-taking Nichole!!
Saturday, November 19, 2011 4:22:37 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
Nichole, I simply <b>adore</b> your work!! I hold my breath in anticipation when I see that you've posted! One of these days, I will be buying both your workshops as I <b>can't wait</b> to learn from them. I wish I could say we've established a great clientele in our area, but the market here is glutted with photographers and wannabe's. We (my husband and I) want to do something a little different and your work fits exactly what I am interested in -- the truly artistic side of photography. This is the stuff I want on <b>my</b> walls!

Looking forward (as always) to your next post!
Saturday, November 19, 2011 8:32:38 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
this is simply breath taking! i love the emotion and mood you capture in your art!
Friday, December 9, 2011 10:50:05 AM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
i LOVE these!! the images are breathtaking.
Sunday, January 15, 2012 7:24:39 AM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
bravo for bribery....SO funny. Beautiful work my friend :)
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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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