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Liz & Jean

I’m so excited to introduce you to my good friends, Liz & Jean!

When they first met, Jean couldn’t get Liz out of his mind. After talking all night with her, he regretted not getting her number. But he just had to see her again. He found out about the pottery shop, The Artful Potter, she owned and decided to get a little creative. Employing the help of a friend’s child, he came to “paint pottery” as a ruse to see her again. When he found out she had already left for the day, he decided he had to cook up another plan. He left the little ceramic dog and returned a few days later to pick it up. This time he came at midday on a weekday so that he could be sure to bump into her. His plan worked. He asked her to dinner, and they went out that same night. And this time, he didn’t leave without her number.  In addition to being good friends, Liz & Jean are also great photographers and owners of Elizabeth Le Photography. I’ve gotten to know them quite well and knew we had to plan something as fun and lively as they are for their engagement session! After brainstorming ideas together, we decided on a 2-Part shoot starting at the L.A County Fair.
After the fair we headed to Griffith Park for part II! We made it just in time for the magical sunset. I loved the adorable tree swing and ‘Sweet Love’ plates Liz made for our shoot!

I can’t wait Liz and Jean’s wedding day next spring at the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills! :-)


**Update: See more photos from Liz & Jean’s engagement session featured on Style Me Pretty California!

November 13, 2012 - 10:35 am Lisa Derfler - These are so amazing! I absolutely adore them!

October 29, 2012 - 1:23 am Gabby / En Route Photography - That bicycle pic.... I DIEEEEE!!!!!

October 25, 2012 - 5:22 pm Kim - The pictures look amazing! Soooo Beautiful.

October 25, 2012 - 12:13 pm Heather - Oh my goodness! Love these!! They look like they're having so much fun. And the ones on the swing are super dreamy and romantic. <3

October 24, 2012 - 4:40 pm Jessie Emeric - Love love love these! I love the colors and Liz & JP are just adorable! xoxo

October 24, 2012 - 3:01 pm Emily - Aww I love these Chels! JP and Liz, you guys are too cute!!

October 24, 2012 - 2:50 pm Jean Paulo - This was so much fun, thanks again to you and Jayse, pics are amazing! :)

October 24, 2012 - 2:35 pm Liz Le - Chelsea - These are so fun! I love them all! You and Jayse rock!!! Jean and I had such a great time spending the day with you. Thank you soooo much. You exceeded our expectations and the whole experience was simply ah-mazing! I can't wait for you to shoot our wedding next year!

January 30, 2013 - 10:28 am Engagement Photos… at the L.A. County Fair | Fairplex Insider - [...] Chelsea Nicole Photography comes the happy couple: Jean & [...]

Marie Antoinette Themed Shoot

Every year I put together an annual group photo-shoot for the Vegas PUG (a local meetup group I lead for super-cool professional photographers). It’s a chance for everyone to get out on location, have fun shooting with others in the community and hopefully come away inspired and having picked up a new tip or two.  This year I wanted to do something a little different, so I surprised everyone with a styled shoot filled with eye-candy just begging to be photographed!

For for theme, I took inspiration from the unique style of Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ (if you haven’t seen it, it’s a must!). I’ve always wanted to do my own take on it for a wedding-shoot and love how it turned out. Huge props go to my incredible team that pulled the vision together and made the shoot-out a huge success: AMAZING floral by Layers of Lovely, the epic cake and treats by Gimme Some Sugar, killer hair and makeup by Your Beauty Call, decor from The Pottery Shop, inspiring off-camera lighting demo by Steve Fogarty, an awesome behind-the-scenes video by Lighten Films, my girls Kristin Wilson and Liz Le for all their help bringing everything together and last but not least, our models: Carrie, Sarah and Lindsey – (all real and completely FABULOUS brides). Tons of love goes out to you all!

Here’s some of my images from the shoot:

Admittedly I always go a little crazy over Catherine at Layers of Lovely’s floral designs. Here’s Carrie modeling the pearl and peonies bouquet:

Lindsey’s rockin’ the macaroons – one thing a Marie Antoinette themed shoot would be incomplete without!

Towards the end of the shoot we topped things off with a surprise cake fight! While it was a bit sad seeing Gimme Some Sugar’s masterpiece getting torn apart, it was so much fun (and delicious too)! I couldn’t resist digging my fingers in for a little cake action – YUM!

Below is a fantastic behind the scenes video by one of my fave videographers, Terrence of Lighten Films!
You may notice that I sound like a complete dork at the beginning. I’m going to blame it on the cold, lol. It was freezing! Props go to the brides for rockin’ it out in the crazy weather we had that day.

**Click here to check out more images from this shoot in the feature on The Wedding Chicks!**

May 29, 2012 - 6:25 pm Rachel - Whoa - these are magical - really stunning work! The video is great too!

May 10, 2012 - 8:02 pm EN - These are simply WOW. In CAPS.

February 10, 2012 - 9:47 am J. Lemmer - Amazing work! Your photographs are brilliant! Can I ask for the designer or vendors of the gowns used in these photos? The off-the-shoulder gown is exactly what I have been looking for. Thank you for sharing these beautiful images.

January 31, 2012 - 8:24 pm Dennise - Chelsea, your skills and talent just keep growing with every go girl!

January 19, 2012 - 3:31 am Kat Forsyth - Yeah, um, this BLOWS MY MIND. I want to frame these on my wall! You rock!

Kickback to the 90’s wedding shoot!

When Brit Bertino (the fantastic lead coordinator at Simply Weddings) came to me with the idea of doing a shoot with 1990’s inspired elements, I thought it was uber-rad and couldn’t wait to be a part of it!

For the photography I decided to create images that had a modern feel while reflecting the playfulness of the era. I took visual cues from 90’s graffiti and vibrant color trends, using bold shapes and splashes of color.

The shoot was held at Rumor – a super swanky boutique hotel just minutes off the strip. If you’re looking for a cool, modern location for an intimate wedding or after party, you should definitely check it out!

Of course, a 90’s hip-hop themed wedding wouldn’t be complete without great entertainment. Brandon Namebrand totally brought it with his killer dance moves on a LED dance-floor from Naakiti Floral.
Some of the pretty details:

Check out the feature on Rock ‘n Roll Bride with even more images from the shoot!


Photographer: Chelsea Nicole (me)
Coordinator: Simply Weddings by Brit Bertino
Venue: Rumor Boutique Hotel in Las Vegas
Bride’s Dress: Bella Bridesmaid
Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo Junction
Hair & Make Up: Make the Bride Up
Linens: Creative Coverings
Stationary: Sky Orange Studio
Flowers: Naakiti Floral
Cake: Gimme Some Sugar
Break Dancer: Brandon Namebrand
Couple: Jenifer Duncan & Dominick Hill

December 6, 2011 - 11:16 am Nancy Ebert - Awesome! What a fantastic idea. Very inspiring work! Best wishes from Germany, Nancy

November 4, 2011 - 2:15 pm Stephanie - I love these colors and the whole 90's feel.

October 29, 2011 - 2:19 pm Antony - DAM! this rocks! Looks like it was so much fun!

October 26, 2011 - 6:25 am Chelsea Patricia - OH my goodness--this shoot is amazing, Chelsea! You made the 90's look classy--what up?!

October 24, 2011 - 4:19 am Kim - I really like all these 90's details! very lovely colors! awesome photos! fantastic work as always, Chelsea!

October 13, 2011 - 8:16 pm Tamea Burd Photography - LOVE this shoot! Super fun details and colors!

October 13, 2011 - 4:06 pm chels - Thanks guys! Adrienne: I really love your latest SMP feature! We MUST collaborate one of these days. :-)

October 10, 2011 - 3:02 pm Melissa - These are so unique! I love them! Your photography is so inspiring.

October 5, 2011 - 10:22 am E.N. - Wow! - just wow - you always wow. 'Nuf said.

October 5, 2011 - 7:28 am Adrienne - The surprise here. Really love the effect on images...RAD!

Sweethearts Themed Love Shoot

Happy Valentine’s Day!

With Valentine’s day approaching, I knew I just had to do a themed couples shoot to celebrate! And this fab couple, Larissa & Staford were up for anything and totally perfect for it. The inspiration for their candy-colored photo-shoot came from the classic heart-shaped Valentine’s candies we all know and love, Sweethearts!

To start things off, we went to the The Pottery Shop in Town Square. Big thanks to Liz for letting us take a few photos in her adorable shop!

Then we headed to the dry lakebed for a bit of outdoor fun with balloons!

L + S: You two are so cute together. :-) Thanks for a super fun time and for letting your inner kids loose with me! Hope you two have a wonderful Valentine’s day today!

April 14, 2011 - 8:17 pm Jonathan Cooper - incredible fun! incredible colors! incredible talent! thank you for sharing

March 21, 2011 - 5:01 pm Adrienne - The colors are TDF in these!!!

March 13, 2011 - 10:18 pm Alicia Lynch - I absolutely love these photos! I especially love the one where it looks like the balloons are lifting them up and away. Excellent job Chelsea and awesome colors. :)

February 27, 2011 - 4:48 pm Doug - Great photos!! You guys are so cute. Who said white men can't jump. haha

February 23, 2011 - 8:58 pm Cindy - you are so gifted! these just make me smile from ear to adorable, all of them!

February 23, 2011 - 8:04 pm eva - i LOVE these!!! you are SO SO SO talented!

February 22, 2011 - 7:52 pm Summer C. - I love all the pretty colors!

February 14, 2011 - 8:46 pm Liz - Your talent never ceases to amaze me. You are so creative...a girl after my own heart. You are welcome to shoot at the studio anytime!

February 14, 2011 - 8:35 pm Larissa & Staford - They turned out great! This was such a good Love Shoot idea!!!

February 14, 2011 - 7:38 pm Emily - Aww I love this shoot! So cute!!

February 14, 2011 - 4:20 pm Kyla - Chelsea these are adorable!! Love the colors!!

February 14, 2011 - 4:16 pm Alice G Patterson - I love the colors, textures, composition, and sweet emotions of these Valentine Portraits... as well as that adorable candy filled vase. Chelsea, you're AWESOME!

February 14, 2011 - 4:12 pm Juliet Douglas - These photos are so adorable! Love the theme!

Swept away…

May love sweep you off your feet and take you to great new heights this Valentine’s Day!

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend! More from Larissa & Staford’s love shoot will be posted on V-Day. :-)

xox Chelsea

February 13, 2011 - 12:32 pm Dennise - WOW, how did you capture that shot?!?

February 12, 2011 - 12:45 pm Wendhy Jeffers - I LOVE it. What an awesome photo :)

February 12, 2011 - 5:58 am Kassie Parrish - OMG! Chelsea - I LOVE this picture!

February 11, 2011 - 7:20 pm Larissa & Staford - We had so much fun, this was a great idea! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures! xoxo

February 11, 2011 - 7:06 pm lorenzfoto - Too cool! Can't wait to see the rest :-)

February 11, 2011 - 6:40 pm Dott Photography - Oh so cute! Happy LOVE day!

Lani & FX: A Recipe for Love

From our first meeting I knew this artsy couple (she’s an interior-designer and he’s an architect) needed an engagement session that showed off their playful, creative personalities.

What’s their favorite thing to do? Cook! What’s their wedding colors? Pink and grey. What were they up for? Anything! Even messing up their entire kitchen for a shoot? Bien sur! (But of course!) I’m quite sure I gave out an audible squeal of delight when I saw that they had done their kitchen with light grey cupboards and soft-pink counter tops.

I decided then: we just had to take advantage of this cooking thing they love so much!  Since we were also shooting Lani and François’ destination wedding in Lille France, we added a pinch of macaroons, a dash of crepes and a whole lot of pastries to make it all complete.  We tied it all together by designing a custom signing book with these images for their guests to leave their own recipes for a delicious marriage!

Lani & François were also featured on one of my fav wedding blogs, the Wedding Chicks! Click below to see the feature and tons more photos from their shoot:

Lastly, I’m super-duper excited to share the fusion video Jayse made of their shoot with my stills and his footage!

Big shout out goes to Signs by Diane who created the beautiful, handmade “Love is Sweet” sign! Her signs are perfect for photo-shoots or wedding decor, or both! I could totally see something like this being reused for a dessert display. And the engraved heart measuring spoons in the video are by Beehive Kitchenware Co.

February 23, 2011 - 10:17 am Noelia Kline - OMG, I absolutely love this! It's insanely fantastic. Kudos!!! :D

February 17, 2011 - 5:53 am L.A. Birdie Photography - OH my goodness. Such a magical video and set of photos. They're a lucky pair! :)

January 26, 2011 - 9:07 pm Cindy - so sexy and fun! you are da bomb! seriously you are.... i have a total crush on your work. Muwahh!

January 23, 2011 - 9:27 am Jasmine S. - This shoot is so adorable and full of personality! It's definitely a favorite!

January 21, 2011 - 6:55 pm Jason Talley - Chelsea, gret work!

January 21, 2011 - 11:57 am Adrienne - and jayse...oh jayse, you too are the best! love the fusion!

January 21, 2011 - 11:55 am Adrienne - Is there anything you can't come up with? Just beautiful!

January 21, 2011 - 10:49 am Angela K. - Love the photos and the fusion video! You and Jayse continue to amaze me with your talents!

January 21, 2011 - 10:22 am Jessie Emeric - what a cute idea! love the images, as always! xoxo

January 21, 2011 - 10:21 am Olivia - This is why I'm a fan--the photography is phenomenal and unique to each couple. They are pictures to be treasured forever!

January 20, 2011 - 11:15 pm Annie - Bravo! Wow this is adorable! Congratulations Chels you never disappoint. And wow Jayse this video was the icing on the cake. Love it.

January 20, 2011 - 12:52 pm Summer C. - Brilliant! Loved this.