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    Welcome to the blog! My name is Nikki Tran and I am a Wedding & Portrait 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 --->

Jim & Megan ~ Perham Wedding Photographer

Eighty percent chance of thunderstorms was predicted all day, people!! 80! And guess what?? We literally got drizzled on for maybe 10 minutes. That’s it! I swear, sometimes I think Paul and I bring good weather with us…;)

I love the feel of up north. Especially when there’s a wedding up north. On the lake. It was absolutely beautiful! Megan would tell us how she was looking forward to the wedding planning work to just be done with, but friends, her, Jim, and their families put on a beautiful wedding at a gorgeous location – their hard work paid off completely!!

Their ceremony was at Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, MN. All the things you can expect to find at a camp were there. Log swings and furniture, cabins (of course), beautiful wooded areas, boats, beach, and of course, the lake surrounding the entire camp. Their vows took place on the tiny peninsula on the island, right on the shores of the lake, underneath the dark storm clouds, surrounded by gusts of cool, water-spritzed wind. It was absolute bliss. And in between the ceremony and reception, we took a new mode of transportation; a pontoon. What else?! Oh it was wonderful!

Jim and Megan, we have had such a wonderful time getting to know this past year – whenever we eat at Chili’s we shall be thinking of you! :) We are so happy for the two of you and just so thankful that we were able to be a part of your beautiful day!! We seriously had such a wonderful, relaxing time – like a vacation. Up north. :)

Enjoy some of my favorites, friends!! Happy Friday!! (Credits at the end!)


Haha! Love his reaction!


Annnd a photobomb. :)

Love this one. :)

Isn’t it gorgeous?!? Love this place!

Just married!!

Love that Paul got this one of us! Can you even spot me?!

Check out those storm clouds, friends!

The ceremony view from the middle of the lake.

We had a little too many people on the pontoon so when anyone moved to the opposite end there was a chance of tipping – and finally it actually nose-dived into the water!! No worries – we were all safe (camera gear included). :)

This was probably my favorite part of the day – so relaxing.

Those glasses are just too funny!!

Love all the rustic details.

Megan got gifts to help take care of the husband…like beer…

Jim got a book all about how to understand women…

She got a fire extinguisher – earlier this summer Jim got too close to a fire!! Scary!!

Jim’s book was empty – there are no tricks to understanding us women I guess! ;) Megan also got a first-aid kit. :)

The Shoe Game…

Paul said I was photo-bombing him all day…oops!!

Well done, Jim. :)

Haha!! Love Jim’s face on the left!

I love when my brides and grooms opt for later photos. We sneak away from everybody and just enjoy the time together, taking romantic photos of course. :)

So many favorites!!

LOVE this one.

And I LOVE this one. :) So happy for these two!

Congrats again, lovelies!! So happy for you! xoxoxo

Ceremony: Lutheran Island Camp

Reception: The Cactus Restaurant & Bar

Life vs. Work

It has been a bittersweet couple of days for me. My brother, sister-in-law, and nephews came home for the week and it has been absolutely wonderful. I was able to play hostess to them for a couple of nights – something I’ve wanted to do for so long! But it’s always the worst when it’s time for good-byes. For the past 13 years my brother hasn’t been “home” permanently. Between basic training, active duty, deployment, and work, he has been back and forth between states and even countries. So when we have the chance to see him and his family, it’s time for work to be put on the back-burner.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a tad of a workaholic. It’s hard for me to put work away knowing I haven’t finished (sometimes Paul even has to remind me to stop working) – and if I’m not working, I’m thinking about the work I have to do. Of course it’s not always like this, but in the midst of wedding season it’s hard to find time when work isn’t looming over my head. But I managed to put work out of my head while my family was in town. And it was wonderful. :)

They arrived on Sunday and stayed until Tuesday morning. We showed them around our little lakeside town, ate dinner on the lake, met with my sister and her family at a water park, had a traditional spaghetti dinner, enjoyed a bonfire, ate s’mores, watched the stars come out – absolutely bliss.

I’m so glad I decided to enjoy life vs. worrying about work. :)

Enjoy some of my favorites, friends. :)


Brian ~ Minneapolis Senior Photographer

(I was planning on posting this Friday morning, but I have the lovely opportunity to host my brother and his family while they’re in town a few days. So my Friday will be spent sprucing the house up, shopping for food, and all sorts of other housewife things instead of actual work. :))

Onto the post…

Oh how I love strolling through St. Anthony Main. Paul and I have only been there three times, but there’s just something about it that I love. Perhaps how alive it is. Or perhaps the history. Or perhaps it’s just so beautiful.

We met with Brian and his wonderful parents there earlier this week for his senior session. I can’t believe I’m photographing people from the Class of 2015!! That doesn’t even seem real! Where oh where has the time gone, friends?? Anyway, Brian was such a good sport modeling for us, looking serious on command, and pretending there weren’t tons of people walking in and out of his photos. Jen and Mike, it was so great seeing you again/meeting you!! :) We had such a wonderful time with you and wish you all the best during Brian’s last year in high school! Congrats, Brian!! Enjoy your senior year!! :)

Enjoy some of my favorites, friends!! :)


Jen - August 22, 2014 - 10:18 am

Thank you so much to Nikki and Paul! You captured Brian perfectly! He was so hesitant and not looking forward to his pictures but loves them and had fun taking them!

Nikki - August 26, 2014 - 6:24 pm

You are so welcome, Jen!! So glad you all like them! :) Brian did AWESOME!