Always Hopeful

I’m Nikki. Two K’s. No C’s.

While we’re on the subject of letters, I guess you could say that two of my favorites are “x” and “o”.​

XOXO – hugs and kisses – they are what it’s all about for me as a photographer. The moment you marry your best friend. The days after your newborn is brought home. Your graduation year. Your engagement celebration. The moments in life you get to gallivant your love, appreciation, and dedication; that’s where you will find me with my camera, capturing the sparkle of it all.

The moments you won’t find me with my camera, you’ll find me trying to keep up with my 5-year-old son, Ethan, doting on my sweet toddler, Lydia, snuggling our newest addition, Marlowe, playing Rockband with my husband and partner-in-crime for the last seven years, AJ, and on the hunt for the best sunset views I can find.

And one more thing: while based in Omaha, Nebraska I will – and I do – travel for the ubiquitous XO. So please, don’t hesitate to contact me and arrange your special shoot.

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I'm Nikki. Wife to a contractor and designer of our real estate investments and flips, Momma to three little loves, Starbucks lover, Alaskan born, dreamer, techie, big sister, over achiever, and an eternal hopeful romantic.

a few things I believe:

family is everything

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"I'm a mom of three, and this is my favorite role. It makes me want to cherish all of the moments even more. For my family. And document them for your family. ❤ These three make me want to be the best I can!"

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"Make visible, what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen."

—Robert Bresson


love notes

love notes

Janie S.

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"Nikki was so easy and flexible! Her sweetness is so effortless and her amazing work shines through in every photo!!!"

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