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Happy 4th of July!

La Push, Washington Destination Wedding Photography

Just a little sneak peek from Holly and Vince’s beachfront wedding in La Push, WA. There’s lots more to come from these two! But in the meantime I thought I’d share one of their firework shots in celebratation of our nation’s birthday. Happy Independence Day. :-)

July 4, 2013 - 11:32 pm Holly - Wow!!!!!!! This is absolutely STUNNING Chels!!! Love love looooove :) Happy 4th!!!

Published in Destination I Do Magazine

I’m honored to be published in the Fall-Winter 2011 edition one of my FAVORITE national magazines – Destination I Do!

Lindsey and Nate‘s destination wedding in San Antonio Texas was featured as 1 of 5 Real Weddings in a special editorial piece – “What You Get for the Money.” The article features five weddings at different price-points and shows how each couple was able to pull off a gorgeous, personalized destination wedding while staying within budget.

The issue officially hit the stands today so be sure to check your local bookstore (or click here to subscribe online)!

October 4, 2011 - 1:34 pm trachette - Chelsea! So great to see your latest seem to constantly one up yourself! Keep up the momentum. I'll make sure to get my copy :)

August 23, 2011 - 9:04 pm Elly T - congrats congrats congrats! Looks fabulous - I'll look for it in the store now! :-)

August 23, 2011 - 8:34 pm Melissa - This is awesome! Gorgeous work as always. :)

Finalist for Pacific Weddings Magazine Contest!

I’m honored to have been chosen by the editors as one of the 10 finalists for the Pacific Weddings Magazine Contest! And now, I need YOUR help! Voting is open to the public to choose between the 10 finalists, and the winner’s image will apear FULL PAGE in the upcoming Winter/Spring 2011 issue on the “Last Word” page dedicated towards ending each issue with an inspirational quote and awesome image.

If you have a moment, please vote for my image – “Urban Escape by Chelsea Nicole” here: You don’t need to sign up for anything and it only takes a quick second to vote! Also, if you reallly like my image, you’re allowed to vote again every 24hrs up until midnight November 15th. :-)

Thanks for your support! And big congrats to Laura & Billy who’s engagement image was chosen!

November 13, 2010 - 11:35 am chels - Thanks for all the votes everyone!! Also, wanted to post a quick update that the deadline was bumped a week longer to the 15th! I'm not sure why they changed it... But if you can, keep voting! lol. Love ya guys!

November 3, 2010 - 10:44 pm Juliet Douglas - I've been voting!

November 2, 2010 - 8:52 pm lani - Been voting for you Chels! This photo is GREAT!!

November 1, 2010 - 2:30 am Rowena - Great pic Chels! Just voted and will vote everyday till the 7th :-)

October 28, 2010 - 8:36 am Autumn Cutaia - I will vote for you every 24 hours! I love that photo!

October 28, 2010 - 7:06 am Hannes Uys - Wow Chelsea I became a fan of your work today. Great header too.

October 27, 2010 - 9:43 am chels - Thanks so much guys!! Kat: Weird that the link wasn't working... Were you are to figure it out? Btw, you rock girl!  

October 27, 2010 - 12:55 am anja - That is a beautiful picture, you have my vote :)

October 26, 2010 - 10:15 am Kat Forsyth - It's struggling to open but I'll keep trying! I'll vote for you for anything!

October 26, 2010 - 8:49 am Stephanie - Congrats Chels! What a gorgeous image! You have my vote!


I’m excited to be traveling a good amount this year and wanted to post my updated travel schedule for destination weddings and events. I have limited availably for photo-sessions while traveling, but I can fit a few more in for cool, up-for-anything couples. If you would like to chat about the possibility of setting something up (engagement, couples session, boudoir, trash-the-dress, etc.) while I’m in your area, hit me up via email or use the contact form above!

July 25-28th: Los Angeles, CA

September 14-20th: Lille & Paris, France

September 21-24th: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

October 8-10th: San Antonio, TX

October 15-17th: Grapevine, TX

November 8-12th: New Orleans, LA

May 20-22nd 2011: San Jose, CA

Other Availability: I have 4 spots left for 2010 weddings and am now accepting bookings for 2011!

And speaking of shooting cool places… I was in California last week to celebrate my birthday and while in the area got together with one of my fab couples, Mindy & Neil to photograph their engagement session! It was a blast hitting up the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice with them. Here’s one quick teaser – with more to come very soon!

July 23, 2010 - 11:31 am Juliet Douglas - You need to go to San Francisco!  I would love photos with Derek and Bailey up there in my hometown!

June 28, 2010 - 7:27 am Whitney - Sounds like you have some fun trips coming up!   Hopefully you will make one out to the East Coast soon so we can do a trash the dress session!

June 23, 2010 - 6:21 pm Kate Whitmore - There is only one word to describe this image. And that is SEXY.  The lighting, the posing, the expressions....yum.

June 23, 2010 - 1:05 pm Dennise - Your talent is too much for words... that picture says it all.  And you take care of yourself on your travels! =o)

June 23, 2010 - 9:22 am Daniel Balboa - Thats Magical Chelsea!

June 23, 2010 - 6:53 am Mindy - Chels!  Amazing.  The wet and sandy clothes were totally worth it!  We are so excited to see the rest!

June 23, 2010 - 6:06 am Kyla - Oh wow that teaser is amazing!  I'm jealous you are going to Paris - lucky!!!  My sister and I will be in Vegas the week of July 5th - too bad I'm not bringing my little guy or I'd schedule a shoot with you!!!

June 23, 2010 - 4:54 am Adrienne - that image is almost too much to handle!! Might be my new favorite image of yours!

June 23, 2010 - 3:42 am Stephanie - You get to go to Paris, Amsterdam AND Grapevine, TX?!?! LUCKY! lol. What a beautiful pic... I can't wait to see the rest!

June 23, 2010 - 2:05 am Kat Forsyth - Oh man, I wish so hard that you were coming to South Africa! I've just DONE a trash the dress for myself, but I would do another for you! Heheh. Enjoy your travels!

June 22, 2010 - 11:55 pm Amber - You are killing it girl. Any plans to come east. If not - we have to do it up this year in Vegas.  xoxo

June 22, 2010 - 10:06 pm Autumn Kosik - Amazing teaser photo! You awe me with each new post.

Happy Earth Day!

In celebration of Earth Day, I wanted to do a post to celebrate all that’s green and earth friendly!


To start, here’s a couple of my favorite green vendors in here in Vegas!

– Earth Limos & Buses: Earth Limos & Buses is a limo company committed to minimizing their impact on the environment. One of the main ways they do this is using vehicles that run on eco-friendly fuel sources such as biodiesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). And not only are their limos earth-friendly, but they are also super comfortable and stylish! I especially love their luxury limo bus.

– The Springs Preserve: This 180-acre environment-centered preservation is tucked away in the middle of the city, just 10mins outside of the busy Las Vegas strip. Whether you’re looking for something a bit different for your Vegas wedding or just looking for a place to explore and have a little fun while in town, the Springs Preserve is wonderful. For weddings images from here, check out a few of my recent features on Style Me Pretty – Whitney & John’s Wedding and the Vegas Inspiration to Reality.

Also, for a great resource on more green wedding vendors, be sure to check out Juliet Douglas of Green Orchid Event’s blog – The Las Vegas Wedding Planner, which is updated frequently with great information for brides.


While I’ve never been the hugest tree-hugger on the planet, I do have an appreciation for the little things and products that attempt to make a difference. And I’m always looking for ways of incorporating more earth-friendly things into my own business. Here’s a few:

–  All proofing, ordering for prints, albums, etc. is done online via, which is much more convenient for me and my couples and really cuts down on printed forms and paperwork for product selections.

–  The album company I use and LOVE like crazy should seriously win an award. Not only do they offer the most gorgeous high-quality albums, they are the greenest album company I know. They take great care in selecting the materials they use. They take great care in how they package their products. And they even have an extensive office recycling program.

Chelsea Nicole Photography - Flushmount Wedding AlbumsSome specifics:

  • Their “pleathers” are all PVC free, and they wont use hides that have been tanned in Asia because of poor working conditions.
  • Their product packaging is completely green: hand-made recycled pineapple leaf paper used for wrapping, hand-made recycled mulberry leaves used for the ribbons, mulberry skeleton leaves used for decoration, natural kraft tissue used in wrapping and packaging, corn starch peanuts used as packing materials, paper tape used to seal all boxes, completely recyclable cardboard used for packing and shipping,
  • All their other packing is made from all natural organic materials that can be reused and recycled. Every possible scrap of paper, glass, metal and plastic is recycled.
  • Everything is made by hand. If it weren’t for building lighting, a power failure would hardly effect their production.

    – Simple Shoes: My newest craze! Their tag line “Shoes for a Happy Planet” says it all. And my feet are also quite happy wearing them. They are colorful, stylish, fun and oh-so comfortable! I made Jayse take a couple photos of them for me – thanks love!

    Simple Eco Sneaks | Earth Friendly ShoesCould one ask for a more perfect sneaker? :-) Here’s a cool video about their bio-degradable soles:

    April 28, 2010 - 9:18 am chels - Hey Sarah! I do my albums through Finao. LOVE them for many many reasons!

    April 28, 2010 - 6:38 am Sarah - Hey Chelsea! If you don't mind me asking, who do you use for your "green" albums?

    April 24, 2010 - 7:32 am Rene - Very cool post chelsea! Your albums are gorgeous! Also, cute new shoes. :-)

    April 22, 2010 - 6:20 pm Juliet Douglas - Thanks for the plug! That was a surprise!  I don't claim to be an eco-friendly wedding planner either but I'm learning more and more everyday and try to strive to be as green as possible. Love your pictures. You can be the face of Simple Shoes!

    Inspiring Kids Through Photography

    I’ve been super busy lately, but I just have to blog about WPPI 2010: an incredible event filled with great photographer friends, new faces, parties, classes – the works!

    The highlight of my week was Saturday’s “Lens & Learn” Charity event put together by the amazing team at Pictage for the children of The Boys & Girls Club here in Vegas.

    I was invited to be the moderator of our group and teach things like lighting and composition with the fantastic photographers Mike Colón and Ray Santana. It’s always great having the opportunity to give back – and I loved the idea of working with and inspiring children through a subject that has inspired me so much. Many of the kids were underprivileged and had never had the opportunity to ever handle a camera – even a point and shoot. This made the experience even more special for them. We started the day with pizza, an introduction by Pictage’s fantastic CEO, Jim Collins and classroom instruction at the Boys & Girls Club: teaching the kids about the art and fun of photography.

    Afterward we took the kids on a field trip to the one of my favorite shooting places, the Springs Preserve for some hands-on-shooting! And, to help inspire the them to think outside-the-box, a photo scavenger hunt was planned: The kids had to shoot things like “happiness without including a person”. Or “Create an image of an “A” shape without using a sign or any text.” Or “Take a picture of something large but make it appear small.” Challenging stuff for sure and it was so cool seeing how much the children got into it. We definitely had a few aspiring photographers in the mix. :-) Watching their faces light-up when they saw the results of their work was something I’ll never forget.

    Bellow is fellow photographer Matt Savage, Jim Collins and myself with our great group of kids:

    Chelsea Nicole, Matt Savage, Jim Collins, and kids!

    And a big group shot with all the kids, photographers and volunteers taken by Kenny Kim:

    Group photo by Kenny Kim | Pictage Lens & Learn Charity EventAt the end of the day, Mike Larson did his infamous camera toss where he throws his (very expensive) camera into the air. One of many favorite moments of the day was all the kids yelling in unison “Higher – Higher – Higher!” Haha, loved it!

    Image by Mike Larson

    I came in hoping to inspire and give what I could to this wonderful group of kids – but what I didn’t expect was that at the end of the day I would leave so incredibly refreshed, recharged and inspired by them. It was such a great experience. And a big, HUGE thanks goes to the Pictage team and to Jim Collins for having the vision and heart to make this happen!

    Also a big shout goes out to all the other photographers/friends involved: Mike Colón, Zack & Jody Gray, Will Jacks, Kenny Kim, Mike Larson, Justin & Mary Marantz, Shawn Reeder, Ray Santana, Matt & Stevi Savage, René Tate, Monty Jessop and Joe Buissink.It was great to experience it with you guys!

    Saving the best for last, here’s a video created by Ron Dawson that perfectly captures the energy and vibe of the day-long event:

    March 29, 2010 - 2:39 pm - Sweet post here!  It was great to catch up and see you in Las Vegas.  Nice shots!

    March 24, 2010 - 9:08 am Mindy Bean - Very cool for the kids!

    March 24, 2010 - 8:11 am Adrienne - awe chels! your always doing something inspiring!

    March 23, 2010 - 3:19 pm PictageSimon - Thanks for being there Chelsea and helping us out with so much for WPPI! What a special week it was for all of us. We're working on more Lens & learn events with the B&G Clubs so more inspiration can happen. Love your post...

    March 23, 2010 - 1:52 pm Monty Jessop - Dang Girl your making me cry all over again........... It would not have been the same without you there Chelsea. Thank you for sharing your images! Love ya girl!  

    March 23, 2010 - 12:46 pm Emily - I was so glad to have you there, you are so happy and cheery! We need to hang out more often, miss you!

    March 23, 2010 - 11:38 am scott anderson - Thank you for ALL you do Chelsea!

    March 22, 2010 - 2:27 pm chels - Sarah: That's awesome! This was a smaller scale event with a select group of photogs. But Pictage is always finding different ways of giving back and has also done larger events open to anyone who wants to get involved. You should come out to PartnerCon: this November! Last year they held a charity event for Katrina Families. :-) Also, here's some great charity organizations to look into: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, Flashes of Hope, and The Portrait House.

    March 22, 2010 - 7:04 am Sarah - Chelsea - how amazing! I am currently on a quest to find my niche to give back. Finding something like this would be incredible. Does Pictage only offer events like this every blue moon? Please tell me know if/how I can get plugged in  :)

    March 22, 2010 - 12:15 am s h e r r y - Oh wow. That is amazing. What an awesome thing you guys did!! (That group picture while the camera is in the air- incredible).

    March 21, 2010 - 12:29 pm Ryan Koral - awesome.  great vid, Ron... and great job photogs - what a gift you've given!