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  • and welcome to the blog! I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with Rusty, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just the two of us - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with your cup of tea and begin reading. Enjoy, friends! (Latest posts on the right!) --->

Hello, dear friends.

The window is open next to me, Rusty is curled on his “stoop” watching Paul change my brake pads in the garage, Finding Neverland is playing in the background, and I’m realizing how terrible I’ve been with my poor blog. (Shall we have some music first?)

I’ve spent the last two days completely gutting this thing, reorganizing posts and categories, archiving images, and I’ve come to a sad realization: I’ve abandoned this blog. In the last two years my views have dropped significantly. There are some months where I didn’t blog at all.

The past two years have been a bit chaotic in not only my personal life, but my career life. I’ve been trying to sift through the fog to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing. I’ve started new jobs, ended jobs, started school, ended school, moved from a place I felt grounded and whole to a place I’m just now trying to develop some half-hearted roots. In a nutshell, I’ve been trying to stay afloat ever since I announced my retirement from photography, and nowhere is that more evident than this poor neglected blog.

So here I am! I’m showing up, pumping life into the one constant that’s been with me since Day 1, when the background was green and orange floral and the theme song from Up blasted through your speakers when you came to visit.

To help get me back in the flow of things, I need your help. I need to know what you want, dear reader. What gets you wanting to read this blog? Do you like photos? Watercolors? Everyday life? Instructional posts? I’ve created this poll for you to take, similar to one I had you take over 3 years ago. Please do me this favor and help me out! This blog is no good if you don’t enjoy being here.

What would you like to see on the blog?

Thank you for taking the time to help me out. You’re the bee’s knees. :)

On to exciting news! Do you know what tomorrow is?? The sample calendar will be arriving!!! I wish I could convey how excited I am but trust me, I’m doing back flips in my head. I started creating that calendar in March, about a month after I left my last job. It’s been 4 months of creating, erasing, changing, and deleting and I am so excited to see the final product. Here’s a sneak peek into some of the months. :) :)

2019 Watercolor Calendar | Nikki Jean Tran |

Although it’s not technically for sale yet, I’ve added it to my new online store. Once I approve the sample coming tomorrow, I’ll be putting in the massive bulk order and they should all be here before the end ofAugust!! I’ve also added a downloadable/printable grocery list template to the shop, and I’m planning on adding more printable/downloadable items – next will be recipe cards. I can’t wait. :)

Now that the calendar is finished I’ve started on my next big project – a 2020 Children’s Calendar!! I’ve been wanting to create something for children for a long time and now that there’s no looming deadline, I’m enjoying this so much more.


This calendar is going to have all sorts of fun facts about animals and the earth. Each month is themed, for example, January with all its chilly frost and bluish days will be an Arctic theme, hence the polar bear in the above photo. :) I’ve also painted a narwhal, walrus, and I’ve even immortalized myself as a cartoon teacher that will appear somewhere on each page spewing off a random really cool fact. Think Ms. Frizzle but a cardigan and scarf-wearing brunette without a magical bus and talking lizard. :)

Well my darling friends, Paul’s about done changing out my brakes (he’s my rock, you know) and dinner still needs to be made. I’m thinking salmon for me, chicken for him, veggies for both, wine for me, beer for him. Perhaps we’ll dine under the twinkle lights tonight. I’ve rearranged the front porch – trying to grasp a spot outdoors that makes me happy like our deck at the last home – and I think I’ve found my new happy spot in our house.

Our deck at the old house…swoon.

Twinkle-Lit Deck | Nikki Jean Tran |

And the new spot that will slowly but surely be as darling as the old home. :)

Farmhouse Porch | Nikki Jean Tran |

Alrighty friends, it’s official – Paul’s done with my car and it’s time to eat. Toodles for now!! xoxo

  • Nadia MarieAugust 1, 2018 - 2:10 pm

    My blog is probably more neglected than yours, my dear, life happens so don’t worry! I’m excited for your calendar! I really want to get one for myself, one for my mom & one for my cousin-in-law (is that a thing?). Can’t wait!!!ReplyCancel

    • NikkiAugust 1, 2018 - 2:33 pm

      You are simply the best!! Thank you so much for taking the time to say hi – I appreciate it so much! I’ll be sure to update when the calendars are officially for sale!! :) :)ReplyCancel

(Before I begin, yes I am retired from photography sessions and weddings, however I made two exceptions: this wedding and my best friend’s wedding in October. If you’ve emailed me about photography I don’t want you to think I’m being selective and lying! I promise, I am retired. :))

These two are so special to me. They’ve been through so much together in a short amount of time and it was finally their day to celebrate themselves. The sun was shining, the views were stunning, the venue was beautiful, and although I missed having Paul with me (he’s officially officially retired :)) I was able to photograph with two lovely ladies who were helping me out, Meg Cooper and Nhia Xiong (thank you!!!).

There were lots of emotions throughout the day; a year ago exactly they lost Brad’s best friend/best man too soon. In between laughter and smiling there were tears of sadness with the heavy absence of Jordan. Instead of Jordan giving his best man speech, Linnea took his place as Brad’s best friend and new wife, an act that gave me goosebumps, and I’m sure only solidified how much these two really belong together to their family and friends. I am so proud of these two and so grateful I was there to watch their day unfold. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for them and I can’t wait to watch them grow in their marriage.

Brad and Linnea, although you’ve already received your entire gallery, I hope you enjoy reliving the day through my eyes. :) Love you both and congratulations for the millionth time. :) xoxoxo

PS. Some of this photos are Meg’s, so just know I’m not taking all the credit. ;)

PPS. I’ve been TERRIBLE at blogging, so if you’d like to see their engagement session from LAST FALL (aye ya ya), click here. :)

I could comment on all of these photos – I love them all. :)

Legacy Hill Farm Wedding | Nikki Jean Tran |

As always, this is why you should have two photographers, dear friends. :)

I could have taken photos of them all day.

Meg gets credit for the gorgeous head shots of Linnea.

:) :)

Just married!!!

The view!!

:) :) :)

I would have loved to have sat here with a pot of tea and my diary. Isn’t this perfect?

I went to grade school with the doll on the left!! So sorry I missed saying good-bye to you, Molly!! xoxo

Married the longest on the dance floor. :)


I squealed when I took the photo on the left. :)

:) :) :)

I’m in love.

I hope you enjoyed it, friends! I know it’s been awhile since you’ve seen a wedding (over a year ago since Andre and Ellen’s!!), but you’ll be seeing another one in October!! :) Enjoy your weekend! xoxo

  • LinneaJuly 26, 2018 - 10:13 pm

    I wish I could relive this day over a million times! Even if this was the sweatiest day of my life in the poofiest dress imaginable hehe :)

    But thanks to the lovely trio (you, Meg and Nhia) I can relieve every moment through timeless photographs. You captured every heartwarming memory and we are eternally grateful. Thank you for being part of our special day and making it stunning, joyous, and unforgettable!

    Love you for the million time girly XOXOReplyCancel

    • NikkiJuly 26, 2018 - 11:39 pm

      You just made my day. :) Thank YOU for inviting me to be a part of it. I’m so glad you love the photos and I’m so glad I got to be there for you both. :) xoxoxoReplyCancel