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    Welcome to the blog! My name is Nikki Tran and I am a Wedding Photographer based in the wonderful Twin Cities of Minnesota. Snuggle in your cozy chair, grab a cup of tea, relax, and enjoy reading about my adventures as a photographer, a wife, and a mommy to a furry little child named Rusty. I am so glad you are here! Check out my latest posts on the right --->

So Much NEW!

Hello friends! It’s been a very exciting week around here (both online and in person!) – I turned 26 on Sunday, had an absolutely wonderful birthday weekend thanks to Paul, my family, and my friends (including you!), successfully launched my NEW website FINALLY, and just launched my newest set of Photoshop actions from The Enchanted Collections. It’s been busy but absolutely wonderful. It’s always a good feeling when things get done, right?!

My birthday was dreamy. It started with my mom and dad visiting on Saturday, lunch at the lighthouse on the lake and ice-cream down the street. Then I worked. And worked. And finally showed you all my new website!! I can’t thank you all enough for showing me so much support and love this past weekend! I’m so glad you all enjoyed seeing it happen and I’m already seeing positive results from having a legit website/portfolio. Good things take time – sometimes 3 years. :) If you haven’t seen the new site, check it out! There’s so much to see – I actually had to trim some pages from it because I felt like I just had too much going on! Ha! And friends, I have an actual portfolio of all of my favorite wedding, engagement, and detail images. It’s wonderful. And you know what?? I’m so proud of Paul and I when I look at those photos. Can you believe 3 years ago all I had to show to potential clients was a photo of my nephew, some flowers, and the American Flag?? Again, good things take time. :) And now if you want to visit the blog you just have to go to www.nikkitranphotography.com/blog and to get to the website is just www.nikkitranphotography.com.

Simple, right??

Once the website was launched, it was time to celebrate. It was after 8pm when I finally forced myself to stop checking Facebook and emails, but we had already made plans to have a picnic in the backyard. So I pulled out every glass jar I owned, filled them with tea lights, made sandwiches (salami, pepperoni, roasted bell peppers, mozzarella, parmesan, pesto – YUMMY!), got out the wine, a nice comfy blanket, and out we went under the stars to celebrate the website and my birthday. Swoooon.

On Sunday, Paul surprised me with a trip to the Space Exhibit and Omnitheater at the Science Museum – AMAZING!! If you haven’t gone yet it is well worth the trip, especially the “Hubble” movie; you end up leaving in awe and feeling incredibly insignificant. I loved it and I’m sure you will too. :)

And today is the day my newest set of actions has become available for purchase!! I’m so excited it’s done that I’m offering a 40% DISCOUNT (use the code SPRING40 at checkout) until Sunday, April 19th! Picking names for the actions isn’t always easy, and the title of the whole set is always the hardest for me. I decided to name this new set “Felicity” because every action in the set is something that gives me an immense amount of joy. For example, some of the actions are called “Through the Garden”, “Old Letters”, “Under the Roses”…swooooon. :) So, if you are a photographer friend, definitely check out the new set (especially since they’re on sale!!) – I also have Photoshop tutorials if you’re not sure where to begin. :) There’s also a free action available for download, and beautiful sky overlays for sale! Enjoy, friends!! And don’t forget, the sale ends this coming Sunday!! :) Enjoy!! xoxoxo

 

 

Think Springish Thoughts

Hello friends!! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve chatted with you! I hope you all had a lovely Easter, spring break, etc., and I hope you were all able to enjoy that burst of gorgeous weather we had! Although the weather looks and feels extra gloomy today, at least we know (or are crossing our fingers at least) that the madness of winter has gone into hibernation yet again. Plus all this rain we’ll be getting means things will be budding, grass will be greener on our side, and new life will be here. :) Paul and I just bought our first hummingbird feeder and cannot wait to see the little loves outside our window. And if they don’t come, then we’re planning on getting a regular bird feeder since we have an abundance of birds just outside our house. :) I can’t wait for the momma’s to start building their nests in our trees like they always do – last year during a horrible storm, one of our little friends never came back to her babies and they ended up falling out of our tree. :( I’m hoping they pick a better spot for a nest this year so we don’t have to worry about them again. :(

But on to happier things!! :)

The title of today’s post speaks for itself, but I’m going to help it along by adding some lovely springish photos to encourage our thoughts. :) As some of you might know, I had surgery last month (I mentioned it in an earlier blog post but I didn’t go into detail) and since then I’ve been in recovery mode. If you’re wondering (and if you’re not wondering, feel free to skip to the photos :)), no worries, I’m completely fine and the surgery was a positive one – something I’ve been needing for a long time and I’m so relieved and excited that I had it done. Now my life can go on and the quality of it will be so much better. :) Since then I’ve been staying away from work (6-8 week recovery), hence the lack of blog posts and Facebook updates, etc. but what can I say?? I miss you. :) So here I am! In the comfort of our home with a very cuddly puppy, I’m sending you springish thoughts and photos!

During the first week after surgery, my mom played housemaid/nurse to me while Paul was at work, and while she was here I received so many wonderful cards and beautiful flowers (thank you again everyone!!). On one of those days I also received an adorable package of goodies from wonderful family friends (hint: their daughter/my best friend just got married in February and you may have seen a lot of photos from that day :)). Naturally, me and mom decided we had to take photos of them – they were just too cute!! So to begin our spring day, take a looksie at these cookies!! :)

 

The bluebird is my favorite. :) I tried not to eat him but I just couldn’t resist.

And since the weather isn’t cooperating, let’s bring the spring inside. :)

All of these photos may look different only because I like to experiment with my Photoshop actions. :)

Although bringing spring inside is wonderful, I think it’s time we take a stroll outside down memory lane of last year’s spring.

They should make floors actually look like this – how beautiful would that be for a wedding venue??

You can’t think about spring without some wildlife…

Nice weather means more nights dedicated to star-gazing. And bonfires, of course. :)

Spring also means more happy, carefree days for this little love. :) This is how I feel when spring has finally come – don’t you?? :)

Spring also means gardening and if you remember from last year, Paul and I got the gardening bug really bad. We can’t wait to start!!

And of course spring means lakeview dining, watching the boats come in and sail away while sharing a bowl of New England clam chowder.

What better way to end a spring day, filled with gardening, star-gazing, bonfires, etc. than dinner under the lights?? Swooooon.

Have I got you in the spring mood?? I hope so. :) I’ll try to be on here again, sooner than later!! Have a lovely day, friends!! xoxoxo

PS. The new website is almost done!! Just finishing my portfolio pages and mentoring section – cannot WAIT to show you all!! Crossing my fingers that it will all be done by this weekend! Cheers!

PPS. UPDATE! The website is completely done (although there are a few kinks in the mobile version that I will be fixing) – go take a look, friends!! :) I’m so excited to share it with you! Click on “Website” at the top of the menu or go to click HERE. :)

Kerby + Kailee ~ Red Wing Wedding Photographer

I’m not going to chat too long about these two because there’s a whole lot of photos on this post - all of them were my favorites!! Kerby and Kailee are seriously the easiest people to photograph; naturally cuddly, naturally cute, extremely photogenic, hilarious, and so, so, so kind. I’m so glad they found Paul and I for their photographers – I seriously cannot wait for their wedding!! Clicking with my brides and grooms just makes my day and with Kerby and Kailee, I feel like we’ve known them waaaay longer than a month. They even treated us to Caribou right before their session – they know the way to my heart. :)

Thank you so much for choosing us, Kerby & Kailee!! We cannot wait for your wedding this fall – you just make my job so easy. Cannot be happier for the two of you!! :) xoxoxo

Enjoy your sneaky peek!

I’ll start by saying I love ALL of these…just a warning.

Swoooooooon.

Love their smiles!!

Seriously, I can’t even pick a favorite.

Beautiful, girlfriend!!

:) :)

Such models.

This is where they’ll be married in November!! Gorgeous, gorgeous church!

Aren’t they just adorable?!

The lighting, the grass, the sky – everything in this field was dreeeaaammmy.

I squealed SO many times during their shoot.

Well done, friends.

Swooooon again.

Yummy, yummy lighting.

Yes!!

Those eyes. My goodness, girlfriend. Stunning!

Love, love, love!

And then they showed us the bluffs!! Amazing!

NAILED IT. Well done, girlfriend. :)

I love their height difference. :)

Cuties!!

So pretty!! Ahh!

And one last swoon.

Aren’t you all just excited for their wedding now?? I know!!

Until we meet again, friends. xoxoxo :)