I have David largely to thank for encouraging me to go to Montana to further study photography. He is one of the first people I talked to about it, and I think he literally asked: why wouldn't you? 
And so, I went. Okay, there was more thought to it but in the end I needed that push.

That being said, when David asked me to photograph his wedding... well, David does things weird. "Hey, are you going to be around in January?" I think is what he actually asked.

I was dying to capture this moment. 
Look at him. Have you ever seen someone so incredibly happy?

Katy is female David. 
and I mean that in the best way possible.
I have thought this so many times, which made it even more perfect to hear their family and friends saying this exact thing in their toasts to the bride & groom.
They compliment each other and it is easy to see. 

There is a version where the five of them are smiling, but this is so much better...

Yes, I made David wait for his bride in the snow. 

So. Worth. It. 

When your legs don't work like they used to before
And I can't sweep you off of your feet
Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love?
Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?

And, darling, I will be loving you 'til we're 70
And, baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23
And I'm thinking 'bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Well, me—I fall in love with you every single day

Perfect 10

Senior Model Information

HEY! Graduating Class of 2015! 

Nicole Bates Photography is looking for a number of enthusiastic guys and gals to be senior models! So, what's in it for you?

As a senior model, you would represent Nicole Bates Photography at your school. By telling friends and other soon to be graduates about me, you will have a chance to get a FREE senior portrait session. 

How does it work? 
Every time a senior portrait session is booked and they say you sent them, I will take $25 off of your session! An hour session with me is $175, BUT I will give you the entire shoot for free by referring just six of your friends!
PLUS, you will receive a DVD of edited images from your session. 

A few more details: 

You can be a part of the graduating Class of 2015 or a junior of the upcoming Class of 2016
(you just might be booked a few more months out!)
If you are under 18 your parents must sign a minor model release.
If you are 18 you must sign a model release. 
I will take $25 off per referral & booking, but your session is only free upon referring & booking six portrait sessions. 
These session must be booked before you receive any discount. 
Payment will be due upon receiving your DVD. 

Not all clients who contact me will become a senior model.
 I am looking for 5-8 models from each graduating class. 

Contact for Nicole:
269 861 9010

September 18 2015 || #diddyandbluesayido

Sometimes you meet people and you just know that they are meant to be together. 
Ben and Robyn are these people. 
And I am beyond happy that I got to be a part of their day. 

Sundance was a dream. 


That. Dress.

I love weddings. I love capturing these moments. 
I mean, look how happy they are. 

Some music played. 


They said I do. 


and then they danced. 


Joey & Kimy | Part 2

A little less than a year from now this gorgeous couple will be getting married!
The first time they see each other on their wedding day will be under this very bridge.

Lets just say I cannot wait. 

Sunrise with the Mermaids.

I must be a mermaid.
I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living. 
Anais Nin

But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers much more. 

Thank you beautiful mermaids. 
May your friendship continue to grow as you begin your new adventures. 

September Brings New Beginnings

This beautiful belly will be delivering in September.

Charlie will be here in about a month, and this mom to be and her family couldn't be more excited to meet her.

Be sure to follow the blog to see newborn photographs when Charlie arrives.

Makenzie Lynn 4 | Lillian Rose 2.5 | Issac Abraham .5

My best friend and her husband make the most beautiful babies. 

I mean look at that face. 

This 6 month old has been through more than you can imagine. 
But don't worry he has two incredible big sisters to stand by his side. 

With two very distinct personalities. 

Look at those baby blue eyes. 

Lily smiles just like her momma. 

I think I proved my point.