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# Friday, 21 February 2014
Friday, 21 February 2014 15:13:43 (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, 25 September 2013
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:13:22 (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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# Thursday, 12 September 2013
Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:11:50 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )



Don't miss out! I'm planning on shooting in a grassy field rimmed with trees and autumn leaves and hopefully will be able to haul out my red velvet antique couch. The sessions will be held on Sept 21st and Sept 28th going from late afternoon until sunset. You will get proof copy of every image I can take in 25 minutes on disk for printing, plus one completely retouched art print digital file with a corresponding 8x10 physical print of the art file.

This is the best deal that we've run in years for family photos. Call, text or email me (nichole @ nicholeV.com) today to get on my schedule, as we have a very limited number of spots!



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# Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 10:26:58 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Well, I'm so loving my birthday week! Who knew that turning 40 could be so much fun?

We're still doing the deals and amazing giveaways. Hop over to our Flourish Facebook page and share our post for a chance to win everything in our Flourish shop (over $1100 worth of products!).

And also don't miss out on today's incredible savings! Until 4pm MDT today, we have marked down our Creative Burst Collection to only $40. That is 7 of our most popular sets for the price of 1, a savings of over 85%. So don't miss out!

And in case you missed our blog post here, sign up for our newsletter and get some wonderful new freebies—a free sunflare overlay and 8 darling wallpapers for your phone/tablet/computer. I'm in love with them! I find myself turning my devices on and off, just to see my lock screen, haha.

And everything in our Flourish shop is 40% off for the rest of the week. Just enter

Celebrate40

at checkout and an additional 40% will be deducted from your order!

Yay! Thanks so much for celebrating my birthday with me!
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# Monday, 26 August 2013
Monday, 26 August 2013 17:08:34 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Well, this Friday is my 40th birthday, and seeing how it's my birthday and my birthday week, I decided I'd have some fun! I mean, you only turn 40 once, right? And I figured I could either spend my birthday sad that I'm growing older, or I could throw a virtual online party with giveaways, insane savings and freebies all week. And me being me, why be sad when I can throw a party instead? I'm so appreciative of all of you and your support and friendship. So I decided that this week would be about giving back!

So welcome to Black Friday Week, where we'll have deals and freebies all week long, all to celebrate my BIG 4-0.

To kick things off, enjoy this coupon code for 40% off you entire Flourish Emporium purchase, including bundles. Just enter the code

Celebrate40

at checkout.

And as a gift from me to you, I have created special new freebies of my favorite things—8 darling wallpapers for your smart phone/tablet/computer desktop and a free sunflare overlay for Photoshop or PSE.

Here are sample images of all 8 of the wallpapers. I'm so in love with these. They come from some of my favorite Victorian artists: Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane, and William Morris. Others are just some of my favorite designs (and a chevron background thrown in cause who doesn't love chevron?!).

And everyone knows how much I love me some sunflare. So here is this yummy free sunflare overlay for free too!

To download these freebies, just visit Flourish Emporium and sign up for our newsletter. (The link is at the bottom left of our homepage.) After you sign up, you'll be sent details on how to download your freebies. If you already receive our newsletter, we have already sent you an email with information on how to download these new freebies.

Also, stay tuned to our Facebook page, as we will be doing daily giveaways and added savings between now and Friday for those who pay attention!

Don't miss out on all the fun! And thanks for celebrating my birthday with me!


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# Sunday, 15 April 2012
Sunday, 15 April 2012 20:14:54 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
For this month's Elevate project, I decided to show a little Photoshop work on a recent engagement shoot. The shoot was a LOT Of fun . . . . involving some antique airplanes, vintage suitcases and some wonderful period styling. My editing for both of these images closely followed this YouTube tutorial I did showing one of my fav action recipes (minus the sunflare, obviously, haha).

For this first image, the groom's adorable daughter joined in for some of the images. I loved her cute Shirley Temple outfit and she was great to act bored for a couple frames.  So here is the image SOOC:



And here is one of my final edits. I wanted to minimize the distracting background and straighten and center the image a little more.



With this second image, I shot this using an off-camera light. But I didn't want to bother lighting the plane too, so I exposed the background more for the airplane than for the sky. As a consequence, I lost some detail in my sky.



So with my edit, I did a manual merge of two exposures of the original RAW file to bring detail back into the sky.



There are many more images from this shoot that I'm dying to play with, haha, but this will have to do for now. To continue this circle, hop on over to
kamee june photography  orange county, ca and see what she's done this month!
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# Sunday, 12 February 2012
Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:29:37 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
Just one for this month's post . . . . . I loved the light in this image and how it captured the folds of her beautiful dress . . .



To continue this blog circle, hop on over and see what Wendy VonSosen | San Francisco Bay Area Photographer has done!
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# Thursday, 02 February 2012
Thursday, 02 February 2012 22:02:22 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
Alright. It's a new year and time for resolutions and such. So let me start by at least starting on one New Year's Resolution (and yes, I know that it's February, haha): posting more client sessions.

Yes, I do workshops and, yes, I do design and sell actions and such for Photoshop.  But I am first and foremost a photographer. I firmly believe in practicing what I preach. So I photograph. A lot. It feels like every other day I'm shooting a family or consulting with a client or traveling to a wedding. But as I was looking through my blog for 2011, it dawned on me that you don't see that. Cause I'm REALLY bad about posting client sessions. And when I don't post them, it looks like I'm not actually busy in the true work of photography. But I am. And I need to be better about showing my client sessions. So I do intend to get caught up, haha. But in the meantime, how's about a little taste of 2011.

So here you have it. One image from every client session I shot in 2011. Just one. Though I really wanted to post more, I limited myself to just one image per session. Realize that for some of these images, they represent an entire day shooting a wedding or hours photographing a large multi-generational family. There are no workshop images here, no photos of my kids, no "creativity" sessions, no commercial shoots (though I did all those too). Those will have to wait for another blog post. These are my actual clients. Ironically, 2011 was not my busiest photographic year, haha. Spending nearly a month in Australia over peak wedding season put a damper on my wedding bookings. But I still hugged repeat clients and made amazing new friends and cried during EVERY "first dance" I photographed (that's why I have such a large camera; it's useful for hiding behind).

So, in no particular order, welcome to my 2011:










































































































Thank you if you've made it this far through the images! I'm so excited for 2012 and can't wait to do the same sort of post next year too!

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# Sunday, 29 January 2012
Sunday, 29 January 2012 20:55:18 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
So for this month's installment of the lifestyle blog circle I belong to, I thought that I would post a couple snapshots I took of my kids on Laguna Beach a couple weeks ago. It's been an extremely dry but very cold winter here in Utah. It's like the worst combination. Bitterly cold but no snow so the kids can't really sled or do any wintery things and it's waaayyy too cold to do anything else outside. So a week in sunny, summery Laguna Beach was just what I needed. The thermometer in my Jeep read 12 degrees when we left home and then steadily climbed as we drove south, hitting 80 degrees when we reached Anaheim. Ah yes, THAT was heaven. It took the kids all of about 3 minutes to get into the ocean once we arrived in Laguna.

So here are a couple shots. This is actually an iPhone snap of all three kids right after we arrived. Yes, they're still in their "Utah" clothes. They just rolled up their pant legs . . . . well, sorta . . . they pretty much got soaked . . . . . and love me some iPhone sunflare, haha.


This is the next day more properly prepared with a real camera and wet suits . . .


So loved the sunburst reflection at the bottom of the image with this last one . . . uh yeah, I totally meant to do that, haha.


That's just a little taste of our trip. To continue the circle, hop on over and see what
Brenda Acuncius | Dallas/Ft. Worth Child Photographer has done this month!
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# Saturday, 07 January 2012
Saturday, 07 January 2012 10:18:10 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
Well, as some of you know, I've been working on a fabulous new set of flares and sunbursts for Flourish. And it's finally up on the website. I so love this new set! I know it's a good set if I can't seem to stop obsessively using it, haha. This new set includes 22 huge overlays that I've created from actual sunflare, so it's not PS-created sunflare, but the real deal that you're integrating into a photo. This creates extremely believable sunflare. And even better, this set uses our Flourish Palette which allows you to see all the sunflares at once, choose which one you'd like to integrate and then the palette opens, merges and integrates the texture for you, all in just seconds. So fabulous and saves so much time! You can watch a little demo video of this set in action here and see the set here.

And even better, save 20% on your entire Flourish purchase between now and Jan 15. Just enter code

flare2012

at checkout! And here are a couple before and after images from the set, just to give you a taste of what this set does.









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About Nichole
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 www.nicholeV.com.

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