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 our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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The flu has hit the Tran house in full force! On a positive note I am fighting it like crazy and am feeling so much better after only 24 hours. For this, I owe Paul. When the bug first hit at about 3am yesterday morning, the first thing Paul asked was, “What can I get you? I’ll go to the store and get you whatever you want.” I told him, “No, really, don’t worry about it,” and he went right back to sleep. Who can blame him though? If I had said, “Yes, can you please go get me popsicles, a cold towel, etc.” he would have been up within a second and ran to the grocery story, like he has so many other times in the past. (He did end up going about 4 hours later when I decided I finally needed some food. :)) That’s just how he is. I am fortunate to have married my best friend.

For those of you who do not know, Paul is also my co-worker. It is because of him that I have been able to make my dream of this business into a reality. (He’s going to be so embarrassed when he sees that this post is about him…o well. :)) Not long after the conversation we had about starting a photography company, Paul was researching constantly on the computer about the best cameras, lenses, how to make a company official, and the list goes on. Paul is the type of person that LOVES to research. He researches ANYTHING. If he doesn’t know something, he researches it. How do you change out an alternator? Research it! How do you take apart a lens and put it back together? Research it! Literally, the kid is a book filled with random knowledge. And of course, he had a field day getting my business together. Where was I when all this was taking place? Don’t worry, I was working too. :) Once we bought my first camera I practiced taking photos of anything and anyone. I practiced editing in Photoshop. I asked everyone I knew if I could practice posing techniques on them. I began building my website (I know, crazy – Paul had nothing to do with making my website – he’s a software engineer so it is actually hard to believe) and my Facebook page. I researched too, just in a different way. :)

Throughout my first year of business, Paul has truly been amazing. He has been so supportive about everything. Literally EVERYTHING. If I feel like I could use an update with my lenses, Paul is right there to find the best deal for the best lenses on Ebay (we love Ebay). If I want to go to the local vintage store for props, he is right there with me helping me decide which items would work best for different shoots. If I want to drive around searching for different locations for shoots, he’s always there with me. For those of you who read my last post, who do you think was the person who found out about this lovely opportunity in the first place? Yes, Paul. However, when I’m editing a shoot and continue to show him photo after photo I don’t think he is “all there” when he says “Yea, looks nice.” But, in his defense I’m usually doing this type of stuff during a football game. :) Fun fact: I actually watched a WHOLE football game on Saturday (before the flu) – 49er’s vs. Packers (naturally anyone playing against the Packers we vote for) and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Paul was so proud. :)

Our first wedding without co-shooting is coming up in less than two weeks! Can I be honest? I’m so nervous! But, I’m also soooooo excited! Paul and I have been pep-talking each other to get us prepared and calm for the big day (you’d think it was our wedding, ha!) and I have to tell you, it’s such a wonderful feeling knowing that I’m going through this big adventure with him. How often can someone say that they love their job AND they get to work with the person they love the most in the whole, wide world? I am one lucky lady. :)