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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hi! My name is Blair and I am a wedding and portrait photographer!
    I am based out of Southern California, but absolutely love to travel for weddings everywhere! I love becoming good friends with our clients; watching their love blossom, their families grow, capturing those fun and intimate moments in their life... and of course, having a blast doing it all along the way.

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Disneyland Engagement Photography – { Tracy & Chris : Engaged! }

Tracy and Chris have some serious history with Disneyland, and I love that they chose to shoot their engagement portraits there!! The park was a little bit crazy due to all the kiddos being out of school on spring break… and all the construction at the park, but we showed it who was boss, got creative, and had lots of fun with these pictures

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So apparently the High School Musical float was following us around California Adventures, it was a little bit strange, but pretty hilarious. So we had to grab this shot to capture the craziness.
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A total fave!
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Tracy and Chris, you guys are way awesome, and we just can’t wait till your wedding next month!!

p.s. I know these posts are sooo long, but I cant help it.;)

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Amber Fox - April 9, 2010 - 10:18 pm

You have soooo many great photos in here! Great back drops, fun props and lots of cool locations. I love them!

Sean Van Bussel - April 10, 2010 - 6:42 pm

Such a fun shoot! That stupid parade man! FOLLOWERS!

OHANA PHOTOGRAPHERS - April 13, 2010 - 2:37 pm

yay disney! we just shot a couple there too! you rocked em' b!!! rocked.them!

OHANA PHOTOGRAPHERS - April 13, 2010 - 2:40 pm

b when did you guys shoot there? we shot our couple during spring break too and it was nuts!

Katie Neal Photo - April 15, 2010 - 8:20 am

you are a brrrrave soul my friend! disneyland + spring break = nightmare! :) love em!

LAURA GARCIA - April 24, 2010 - 12:32 pm

Lol. My favorite picture here is when she is holding the BIG lollipop, and he is holding the SMALL lollipop… I love the faces they are making. You know he wants HER lollipop. :) I love how you can see their fun personalities in this picture! :)

I also love the picture right after that one… The kiss in front of the waterfall! Romantic. <3

{ WPPI Recap + My 5 Month Baby Belly }

Life has been pretty busy lately….so this post is coming to ya a tad late! We have been lucky to be busy with lots of business this year, all the fun baby classes, and family time. All this along with the baby buzz in our cozy apartment as we are getting things rearranged and prepped for baby Jordan’s arrival.

There are a bunch of fun sessions coming to the blog very soon, but I just wanted to take a second to share some super fun stuff from my WPPI trip!

WPPI was fantastic! I learned so much, and have already started making even more changes to Blair Nicole Photography …..and I am so excited for where I know this little business is going. I know all of my fun plans will come together slowly with time, but I am just so ready for it all! The small changes I have already made make me so incredibly excited. I just know Gods plan for us is unfolding perfectly!:)
I also got to spend some quality time with some of my best buddies (who also happen to be photographers). And ya’ll know how much I LOVE spending time with my photog buddies!!!

While I was there , I FINALLY got to meet my friends Chris and Jen (of Jen Stewart Photography) in person…after a long time of only chatting via Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and the phone. So it was so exciting to get to hang out with them… they are such a rad couple! Chris and Jen were awesome enough to take a few pictures of me in my 5 month pregnant glory Vegas style while there. And I am so so excited about them, they did an awesome job!!! I just wanted to give you a little teaser and share a few of my favorites here, so you have to be SURE to head over to their blog and check out more since they are all so fab – and be sure to show them some love!!;)

My VERY favorite shot….sooooo fierce!;)
Chris and Jen…..I cant say thank you enough for taking the time to snap these of me, you guys are too awesome!!! I know Jordan is just going to LOVE them when he gets older!!

p.s. I am hoping to get a few more belly pictures next month (when I am full term – now that the belly is growing soooo much) with my hot hubby included, and I will be sure to share those too!!  Since you all know I am SO all about capturing these moments in our life!;)

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chris stewart - April 7, 2010 - 11:19 am

Blair you are such a sweetheart and we had such a fab time with you!!! You and Sean are going to make a amazing mom and dad and to hear how God is moving with your business is amazing as well. Between him transforming your business and Jordan on the way, i would say that's 2 amazing blessings that he has given you. We love you guys!!!

OHANA PHOTOGRAPHERS - April 7, 2010 - 5:07 pm

well, you know how we feel about the stewart's. love. you know how we feel bout' you guys too! love. i have to say you look supa sexay time right there. jen and chris did a killer job bringin' it :)

Candace - April 8, 2010 - 6:50 pm

what a rockstar!!!

Kristin Joy - April 9, 2010 - 7:37 pm

Love the photo with the stairs! Love!

Fullerton Portrait Photography – { Nikki & Anna : Mother + Daughter Portraits}

One of the fantastic things about what I do is all the fun chances I get to catch up with old friends. Nikki and I went to high school together, and I was so excited when she contacted me for some fun pictures with her mom. We met up, chatted and snapped a few pictures along the way. Here are just a few of my favorites. They were so so fun to hang out with .

Nikki and Anna , thanks so much for thinking of me to hang out with you guys and take some pictures of you guys being you!:)


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ohana photographers - March 29, 2010 - 6:58 pm

what beautiful girls these two are, blair these images just make me smile.

chris stewart - March 30, 2010 - 7:23 am

Blair i really like this session. Those two are just so fun. Love the sun flare shot of them walking away from the camera.

nikki sawicki - March 31, 2010 - 9:01 am

We had so much fun Blair! Thank you thank you thank you for your time. You are so creative and just awesome with that camera! You are truly a talented photographer if you can make us look good lol. My mom and I are gonna sit down this weekend and pick our favs. It was great catching up with you, I can't wait to have some more excuses to shoot with you!
Much Love and appreciation!

Amber Fox - April 5, 2010 - 6:56 pm

This is so special for them Blair. I don't know anybody who has fun pictures like this with their mom. The daughter is going to treasure these forever!

Lindsay Fields - April 8, 2010 - 1:18 am

Beautiful Blair! I should do something like this with my mom. :)

LAURA GARCIA - May 7, 2010 - 6:20 am

Any "Mother/Daughter" photos are precious… especially taken by you.
Seen these two women, you can feel the bond. <3
I love it!

Fullerton Portrait Photography – { Anthropology Inspired }

So the photography community is just where I fit in, its where my heart is just so happy!. I thank God all the time for giving me this opportunity to do what I love along with some fantastic people who share the same passion! Not only are these people so fun to hang out with, but also so generous! I have grown to love all my photog girl friends so much and look forward to any time I get to spend with them on these fun little projects, dinners, or networking events – it’s ALWAYS a good time!

One of these fantastic ladies is Wai Reyes…she is an amazing photographer!!! She put together a fun shoot recently and invited me and a few other friends to come along to share a fun few hours of just hanging out, chatting, and shooting the model together. How blessed am I to have such sweet friends!? I love it!

Wai, Katie and Sirena, I had such a fantastic time hanging out with you! Love you guys lots and lots!

A big thanks goes to Carla & Karla for some amazing make-up and hair . And to Emily for being such a fab model – you ladies are amazing!!!!

Every one else, hope you enjoy these fun Anthropology inspired shots as much as I did taking them!


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ohana photographers - March 13, 2010 - 10:28 am

gorgeous! love 6th from the bottom b!!!! rocked it!

Amber Fox - March 13, 2010 - 5:54 pm

Beautiful and playful images! I especially love the first and last one. Gorgeous!

Sean Van Bussel - March 13, 2010 - 6:20 pm

Again…. Photo domination!!! Great job B!

amanda lynn photography - March 13, 2010 - 7:40 pm

love these!!!!! what an awesome location too!!!

my. - March 15, 2010 - 11:45 am

These are beautiful, Blair!

kristi clark - March 15, 2010 - 3:28 pm

fun fun fun!

Katie Neal Photo - March 16, 2010 - 7:11 am

gorgeous! :)

chris stewart - March 18, 2010 - 2:35 pm

HOLY HECKLBERRIES!!! Blair this is AMAZING work!!! The whole feel of this shoot is outstanding!! Very anthropology fo sho!!!

jenn king - March 26, 2010 - 5:17 pm

amazing!!! great job blair! please invite me next time!!!

{ My CRAZY WPPI Schedule }

Hey there peeps! So on Sunday I leave for my very first year at WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) in Las Vegas.. and let me tell you, I could not be any more excited! As you know if you are going, it’s pretty pricy, so last year it was just not possible for me…and I felt so left out reading about everyone’s adventures on Twitter and Facebook, but this year I was offered an fantastic opportunity to go, and I am sooo thankful for it!

I am rooming with some of my photog besties (Katie, Wai and Amber….LOVE YOU GIRLS!!) and I know we are just going to have a FANASTIC time together!!:)

So here is my insanely packed “schedule” ….but I am thinking realistically here and its more like “my list of things I would absolutely LOVE to do, but we will see how much energy this pregnant lady can muster up to pack it all in” . So, this is what I really hope to do, and I really really hope to see lots of you there! So if you see me, please stop me and say “Hi!” , I honestly am so excited to see everyone!!!!

Oh and since lots of people have asked me, no….Sean will not be there with me :/ …. Hopefully next year!!:)

Please be sure to leave a little note in the comment section below and let me know what you are MOST looking forword to checking out at WPPI, or if you have any first timer tips for me! xoxo!

2010 WPPI Schedule

Sunday , March 7th :

8am: Drive up

6pm: PhotoLovecat Happy Hour

6-7:30pm: Shootout Dinner GTG

7:30-9pm: WPPI & Canon Welcome Reception?

9:30pm: Airhorns & Lasers Party

8-10pm: Finao Party – MGM?

Monday , March 8th :

8-10am: Jesh de Rox – “Beloved”

11am : Shoot with Jen & Chris Stewart

12:30 : MPixPro booth
Bobbi + Mike – “Why Fake it!?” (Mon-Wed)

1:30 : MPixPro booth  (or 11:30 Tu)
Carey Schumacher – “Solutions for home-based photographers”

2:30pm : Chenin Boutwell – ProDPI booth

3pm : Becker’s avatar shoot

4-5:30pm: Fast Track Shootout

6:30-8:30pm : Jasmine Star “Ghetto Fabulous Marketing”

8-10pm : WPPI Pool Party?

9pm: Photog Shootout Party

10pm : B-School night shoot?

Tuesday , March 9th :

8-10am : John Michael Cooper “An almost backwards workflow”

11:30am : Boudoir Divas “Boudoir tips and tricks”

3:30-5:30pm : Dane Sanders “Anatomy of a creative”
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3:30-5:30pm: Justin and Mary Marantz “Creating loyalty beyond reason”

6pm : Fast Track Photographer Afterparty

6-7:30pm : Shootout Dinner GTG

8:30pm-11pm: Kiss / Pictage party – Studio 54?

9pm: SmugMugPro BayPhoto Slumber Party at WPPI MGM

10pm-1am: PIF party

10pm-1am : B School Party

Wednesday , March 10th :

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Blair Phillips — Break the Mold: Eclectic Elegance

1pm-2:30pm: Photog Shootout

3pm: Go home!

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justin - March 6, 2010 - 6:19 am

That's so awesome!! Hope to see you there!

Justin & Mary