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# Friday, May 23, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014 12:18:53 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
For this week only, my novel Intertwine is on sale for only $.99! If you haven't picked up your copy yet, now is the time. I don't know if we will ever price it this low again (loooooooong story why), so buy it, gift it to a friend, curl up with a good read this Memorial Day weekend.

When I started down the path of creative writing, I wasn't sure what to expect, particularly as a first time indie author. But Intertwine has done so well! It made Amazon's Hot New list within a week or two of being published and that resulted in a nice mention in USA Today. From that point, the book has taken a life of its own and continues to receive rave reviews from all over the world. So thank you to everyone who purchased the book, enjoyed it and has taken the time to leave it some love. As a mom/photographer/writer, I appreciate all your kind words of support and encouragement!

I put Intertwine on sale this week because I belong to an awesome indie author group and we have all banded together this week to offer an amazing sale of ebooks called Bookmarked Bargains. So after grabbing your copy of Intertwine, hop on over to the Bookmarked Bargains page and so some more serious shopping! Oh and don't forget to enter for your chance to win a fabulous Reader's Party Pack!

And finally, in honor of all the book sales going on, I threw together a quick, mostly studio photosession with Miss A. She's always a happy, willing model (thank goodness!), particularly if I let her wear my favorite vintage scarf as a headband.

Hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

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# Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 11:30:52 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
So I have a serious backlog of sessions to work through from the last couple months. Thought that I would begin with this darling family session from Paris. Loved their sweet energy and kindness and how this image seems to capture that for me.

# Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:00:33 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Well, still trying to get caught up on my sessions over the last few weeks. So many sessions and not enough time, haha. This couple was so darling and fun to work with! Just a few from our session together:

# Friday, April 18, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014 8:56:36 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Oh yes, still going with session sneak peeks. So many wonderful images, so little time, haha. This was a fun senior shoot on Crescent Beach in Laguna right at sunset. She is such a fabulous person, inside and out!

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# Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:14:20 AM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Here is another sneak peak from another session in California, again in Temecula. Love this little family so much! We usually do a shoot together each year and it's been so fun to watch their kids grow between each session. Can't wait for them to see the rest of their images. I think this session was my favorite yet!

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# Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:32:11 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Alright, I have listened to the many requests and have decided to be better about posting sneak peeks from sessions. So here is the first image from my sessions last week in California. These two little guys were so darling!

Stay tuned for more!

# Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:08:38 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
I just wanted to pop in and give a huge shout of thanks to everyone who has made my novel Intertwine a great success. Though only out for six weeks, the book already hit Amazon's Hot New list and was listed on USA Today. I so appreciate everyone who has purchased the book. And I particularly appreciate those who have taken the time to leave a review. The book currently has an overall average of 5-stars, so thank you! If you haven't got your copy yet, you still can here. Also, the book is still free to borrow if you have Amazon Prime and own a Kindle device. Come see what everyone is talking about! It's the perfect book for spring break.

I also just returned from a trip to Europe and particularly England where I did research for the next book in the series. We even stayed in a Tudor manor that is similar to Haldon Manor in Intertwine. This is just an iPhone Instagram image, but you get the idea. This is Charlecote Park.

Can't wait to post more images from this trip!
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# Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:14:43 AM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
Thanks so much to you all for your kind words of support about my last post. This book has been such a personal project and I so appreciate your encouragement! So thank you!

And also thank you to everyone who jumped in and voted on the cover image in my last blog post. In the end, I completely agreed with those who felt that Cover B (with the figures on top) probably was better graphic design. But Cover A won by a margin of 70% to 30%, because, let's face it, it's more dramatic. I loved seeing how your comments completely encapsulated my difficulties in making the decision. So here is the cover image:

The book has been through final copy edit and I'm just working on finalizing formatting today. It should be up on Amazon as an e-book within the next day or two. The print book should be available through Amazon hopefully by the end of the week.

In the meantime, how's about a book teaser? Just to give you a taste of my fiction writing style and a sense of what to expect. As I've mentioned, the book is historical romance with a time-travel twist. It's meant to be an enjoyable read that is PG-rated and fun. The kind of thing that you would curl up with on the beach and then pass off to your teenage daughter when you're done without worrying about content.

If you want to check out the book description, you can here. Otherwise, just jump in and read the Prologue below. Also, the text can be hard to read on the blog here, so this link takes you to a pdf version, if you'd prefer.

Intertwine_NicholeVan_Prologue.pdf (46.42 KB)

Intertwine: Prologue
        The obsession began on June 12, 2008 around 11:23 a.m.

Though secretly Emme Wilde considered it more of a ‘spiritual connection’ than an actual full-blown neurosis.

Of course, her brother, Marc, her mother and a series of therapists all begged to disagree.

Thankfully her best friend, Jasmine, regularly validated the connection and considered herself to be Emme’s guide through this divinely mystical union of predestined souls (her words, not Emme’s). Marc asserted that Jasmine was not so much a guide as an incense-addled enabler (again, his words, not Emme’s). Emme was just grateful that anyone considered the whole affair normal—even if it was only Jasmine’s loose sense of ‘normal.’

Jasmine always insisted Emme come with her to estate sales, and this one outside Portland, Oregon proved no exception. Though Jasmine contended this particular estate sale would be significant for Emme, rambling on about circles colliding in the vast cosmic ocean creating necessary links between lives—blah, blah. All typical Jasmine-speak.

Emme brushed it off, assuming that Jasmine really just wanted someone to organize the trip: plan the best route to avoid traffic, find a quirky restaurant for lunch, entertain her on the long drive from Seattle.

At the estate sale, Emme roamed through the stifling tents, touching the cool wood of old furniture, the air heavy with that mix of dust, moth balls and disuse that marks aged things. Jasmine predictably disappeared into a corner piled with antique quilts, hunting yet again for that elusive log cabin design with black centers instead of the traditional red.

But Emme drifted deeper, something pulling her farther and farther into the debris of lives past and spent. To the trace of human passing, like fingerprints left in the paint of a pioneer cupboard door. Stark and clear.

Usually Emme would have stopped to listen to the stories around her, the history grad student in her analyzing each detail. Yet that day she didn’t. She just wandered, looking for something. Something specific.

If only she could remember what.

Skirting around a low settee in a back corner, Emme first saw the antique trunk. A typical mid-nineteenth century traveling chest, solid with mellow aged wood. It did not call attention to itself. But it stood apart somehow, almost as if the air were a little lighter around it.

She first opened the lid out of curiosity, expecting the trunk to be empty. Instead, she found it full. Carefully shifting old books and papers, Emme found nothing of real interest.

Until she reached the bottom right corner.

There she found a small object tucked inside a brittle cotton handkerchief. Gently unwrapping the aged fabric, she pulled out an oval locket. Untouched and expectant.

Filigree covered the front, its gilt frame still bright and untarnished, as if nearly new.

Emme turned the locket over, feeling its heft in her hand, the metal cool against her palm. It hummed with an almost electric pulse. How long had the locket lain wrapped in the trunk?

Transparent crystal partially covered the back. Under the crystal, two locks of hair were woven into an intricate pattern—one bright and fair, the other a dark chocolate brown. Gilded on top of the crystal, two initials nestled together into a stylized gold symbol.

She touched the initials, trying to make them out. One was clearly an F. But she puzzled over the other for a moment, tracing the design with her eyes. And then she saw it. Emme sucked in a sharp breath. An E. The other initial was an E.

She opened the locket, hearing the small pop of the catch.

A gasp.

Her hands tingled.

A sizzling shock started at the back of her neck and then spread.


There are moments in life that sear into the soul. Brief glimpses of some larger force. When so many threads collapse into one. Coalesce into a single truth.

Seeing him for the first time was one of those moments.

He gazed intently out from within the right side of the locket: blond, blue-eyed, chiseled with a mouth hinting at shared laughter. Emme’s historian mind quickly dated his blue-green, high collared jacket and crisp, white shirt and neckcloth to the mid-Regency era, probably around 1812, give or take a year.

Emme continued to look at the man—well, stare actually. His golden hair finger-combed and deliciously disheveled. Broad shoulders angled slightly toward the viewer. Perhaps his face a shade too long and his nose a little too sharp for true beauty. But striking. Handsome even.

Looking expectant, as if he had been waiting for her.

Emme would forever remember the jolt of it.

Surprise and recognition.

She knew him. Had known him.

Somehow, somewhere, in some place.

He felt agonizingly familiar. That phantom part of her she had never realized was lost.

The sensation wasn’t quite deja vu.

More like memory.

Like suddenly finding that vital thing you didn’t realize had been misplaced. Like coming up, gasping for air, after nearly drowning and seeing the world bright and sparkling and new.

She stood mesmerized by him until Jasmine joined her.

“Ooooh, you found him.” The hushed respect in her voice was remarkable. This was Jasmine after all.

Emme nodded mutely.

“Your circles are so closely intertwined. Amazing.”

Jasmine turned the locket in Emme’s hand.

“What does this inscription say?” she asked.

Emme hadn’t noticed the engraved words on the inside left of the locket case. But now she read them. Her sudden sharp inhalation seared, painfully clenching.

Oh. Oh!

The words reverberated through her soul, shattering and profound.

Emme didn’t recall much more of that day—Jasmine purchasing the locket or even the little restaurant where they ate lunch. Instead, she only remembered the endless blur of passing trees on the drive home, the inscription echoing over and over:

To E

throughout all time

heart of my soul

your F

Thanks for reading!
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# Friday, February 21, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014 3:13:43 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )

I have a secret I've been keeping for months now. It's not a huge secret—nothing earth-shattering. But I am a little shy about it. Which is why I haven't said anything. But now is the time to come clean.

I wrote a book.

Not a photography book. In fact, I don't think the word "photography" is even mentioned. It's fiction. As in historical romance, time-travel, don't-judge-me fiction.

It's a long story how I ended up writing a fiction book (which I'll spare you for now). As many of you know, I have an MA in English and taught technical writing for ten years. I have written more textbooks—photography and not—than I can easily count (Fourteen? Fifteen?). Turns out that technical writing and creative writing are not as far apart as you might think. Writing is writing, in the end.

So just transfer all my love of dramatic flair and obsessive eye for technical detail into fiction and you have this book: a compelling tightly-plotted storyline, dynamic characters, snappy dialogue and a satisfying ending. Sound good?

How's about a book description? The book is called Intertwine.

Time is not a river. It is a vast cosmic sea. Where each life exists as rippling circles on its surface, past and future being eternally present. And occasionally, one expanding ring intertwines with that of another, weaving the lives of two people together. . . .

In 2012, Emme Wilde can’t find the right guy. She wants to feel that swept-off-your-feet dizziness of true love. But so far, her dating life has come up short. Star Trek geek? Nice but too serious. Hippy artist? Cute but too vulnerable. Instead, Emme obsesses over the portrait of an unknown man in an old locket. Granted, a seriously hot guy with delicious, wind-swept hair she just itches to run her fingers through. But still. Dead men may be great listeners, but they are not exactly boyfriend material. Emme travels to England, determined to uncover his history and conquer the strong connection she feels. 

In 1812, James Knight has given up finding the right woman. All he wants is someone to share his love of adventure. Instead, his life has become a Shakespearean drama. His brother languishes in a tragic star-crossed romance. His beloved sister clings to life, slowly dying of consumption. But then he finds a beautiful mystery woman—dripping wet and half-dead—beneath a tree on his estate. Now if he can uncover her history, perhaps adventure—and romance—will find him at last.

So that's your plot teaser . . . The book is in final (final!) copy edit this week and should be released next week on Amazon. I chose not to seek a publisher for it (loooong story there too) and will instead go the indie publish route.  

Which means that right now I'm trying to finalize the cover. And I would love some help making the decision, because I've stared at these two options for so long, I fear I'll go cross-eyed.


Just click on the link and tell me which cover you prefer, A or B.


Survey Link

Thanks so much for taking the time to vote!
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# Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:13:22 PM (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
After months of work, our new digital workshop—Mastering On-Camera Flash—is finally here! I'm so excited about this workshop. Even better, scroll down to find out how to win our entire Digital Workshop Collection!

Best of all, we've launched this workshop at the amazing price of only $29 (reg $49) which also includes a $20 gift certificate. See all the details here and don't miss out on this crazy price, good until September 30, 2013.

Let's face it. On-camera flash is hardly anyone's idea of exciting, powerful photography. I can't think of a time that I've run out the door to a photosession, giddy with excitement over using my speedlight on-camera.

That being said, on-camera flash is the one skill that saves the day. Every.Single.Time. It's not a "sexy" thing to know, but it's the one skill that can save a difficult situation. And when you really know what you're doing with on-camera flash, the light from a bare bulb flash can be flattering and even pretty. I'm often amazed at how soft and natural on-camera flash can look.

Here's a case in point. The first image was shot without my flash firing, so you can see that my model was a little dark and shadowy with the background being a little bright. The two images after were taken with the same metering, only with my flash firing. Both images were taken with bare bulb flash pointed straight at my model. You actually get to watch me shoot these images on the workshop supplemental videos.

A more images from the workshop. I love that the workshop doesn't rely on any gadgets or diffusers. Instead, it just focuses on how to use your flash bare-bulb to get the best results. I love that these images were all taken using on-camera flash in a variety of situations.

Don't miss out on this amazing workshop!

Even better, to celebrate this launch, we'll be giving away our entire Digital Workshop Collection which also includes our Mastering On-Camera Flash workshop to one lucky person. To enter, just post a reply to this blog post. If you already own tour Digital Collection or the new workshop, no worries. If you win, we will refund your purchase! We'll announce a winner on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

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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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