We had the good fortune of connecting with Nichole Larson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nichole, what makes you happy? Why?
The simple things in life make me the happiest. A sunrise, a sunset, a butterfly or a bee atop a flower, good company etc. Life is too short to be unhappy. I believe happiness is a choice. Some days it is a harder decision to make than other days, but that is why I do my best to surround myself with things and people that make it easier to choose everyday. I try to take 60 seconds every time I see a pretty sky and just give myself a moment of peace.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What excites me the most about my photography is getting to share it with people who enjoy my work. I take a lot of photos of landscapes and flowers, along with anything else in nature that people have wanted to display in their homes. I also get to create lasting memories for people. I try to let the real moments shine through. I let littles lead the way in family sessions. I encourage all of the ladies I shoot to love the skin they are in without feeling like they need me to alter them in any way. I just kept taking pictures. I have gotten a little bit of criticism here and there but it has only fueled me to do better. I got where I am today by not quitting, by asking questions when I didn’t know something and by accepting honest, yet sometimes painful, feedback. None of us are perfect, I am still learning new stuff everyday and I will never stop learning. My brand is about memories and confidence. Memories are tremendously important to me. One day photos will be all we have of those we love and I want to be a part of creating those lasting memories for people while hopefully boosting their confidence.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start with a drive along my favorite route. It has the best curves and turns with hills and valleys galore. You head up Horestooth and drive until you get to the Poudre Canyon. You can go left or right depending on how adventurous you’d like to get. Some adventures call for a bloody Mary at The Mishawaka on the deck though. Followed by frolicking in the river at Picnic Rock if it was a summertime visit. Maybe even grab a tube a float down the river a little ways. It has been years since I have done that. Dinner at the Rio with Mini margaritas and endless chips and salsa. That’s day one. Day two would be a lunch at Casa Bonita.. because everyone needs to experience that gem at least once. Of course, since it is me, we would have to catch a comedy show at Comedy Works at some point as well. My favorite memories are concerts at Red Rocks. My first Red Rocks show was Motley Crue. I would definitely have to take my friend to a show there no matter who was playing. If it was during the colder months, I would love to explore the Ice Castles and the zoo lights. There is still so much I have yet to do in this beautiful state but I intend to do as much as I can. Winter in Colorado is so beautiful. We would snowshoe, sled or just sip spiked cocoa and enjoy the snow falling outside. It wouldn’t be winter without finding an empty- Un-plowed- parking lot to do donuts in. Some of the best adventures are the ones we don’t plan.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank the female photographers of Northern Colorado for encouraging not only myself but one another. The sense of community is so uplifting. All of these women are kind and helpful. From helping me fine tune contracts to helping each other cover weddings & sessions, giving advice on all things photography to creating genuine friendships with one another. I was welcomed into this group with open arms with more encouragement than I ever knew was possible.

Website: www.nicholemariephotographyllc.com
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