Back in August my boyfriend, Chris and I had the pleasure of visiting Seattle for the first time. It is a beautiful, laid back city. Notorious for it's rainy days, we were lucky to have only one in the 8 days we were there. We did a lot of touristy things like visit The Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum, Pike Place Market, and the Experience Music Project, but we spent most of our time exploring Seattle's unique neighborhoods. Seattle has some of the best vintage shops I have visited.
A friend of mine, Gillian moved to Vashon Island right outside of Seattle from Cincinnati a few years ago. I decided to give her a call to catch up while I was nearby. The island is about a 30 minute drive/Ferry ride from downtown. I have never been on a full size ferry, so that in itself was an awesome adventure for me. Gillian, who is a jewelry designer, lives in a house she and her fiance Nick are rehabbing on the island. Nick built her an amazing work studio surrounded by trees in the backyard. It is a dreamy space. The island is very secluded. At one point it was so quiet it was scary.
I am absolutely in love with Gillian's jewelry. Under her company name Aislinn Designs, she makes rings out of wood she finds on the island. She showed me a little bit of her process while I visited. Every piece is unique and made with Gillian's love. She can personalize the rings by engraving the inside. She also makes gorgeous sea glass necklaces and earrings. Below are a few images I grabbed (with permission) from Gillian's Facebook page.
See more images I took while in Seattle over at Love and Wander where they are featured.
Gillian not only uses materials that are native to her surroundings, she also pulls inspiration from the island and water surrounding it. Above are sea glass necklaces and below are her moon boat earrings. The inside of Gillian's work space.
A few images I captured of Nick and Gillian.
This is our view from the Ferry.This was on the island. It was late August, everything was so green and lush. We ended the day with a sunset picnic. More images of Seattle featured here .
I am so excited to announce that on Thursday I was named Raw Artist's Cincinnati Photographer of the year! Raw Artists is a nationwide, independent art organization for artists by artists. Their mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. I was asked to participate in one of their monthly shows back in July. It was a ton of fun. At the end of their show season they held an online contest and people had to vote for their favorite Raw Artist to represent their city in the national contest. I was chosen as one of the four finalists. Thursday was the semi final round where I was judged by the audience and a panel of three local judges. I was only allowed to display 5 pieces. I choose to show some pieces from this body of work. My good friend Marti, of Marti's Floral Designs helped me create an awesome display for my work. I was so proud to see it all come together. I hope to have some pictures to post to my Facebook Page soon. I was a nervous wreck that night... One of my favorite sayings about art is that it is not a competitive sport, but man I wanted to win. :) At around midnight after all of the voting they announced the winners from each category and I couldn't believe it when they announced my name! YAY!!! So the next step is the national awards. My online portfolio will be judged and the winner will be announced later this year...fingers are crossed!
I want to thank everyone who came out and supported me that night. You made me feel so special. This has been a crazy emotional year for me, so I also want to thank all of my friends and family for supporting me and encouraging me to keep fighting for my dreams. I love you all so much!! xx
I am so excited to announce that Courtney and Drew's circus themed wedding is published in the new fall issue of Kentucky Bride Magazine. This magazine is gorgeous and we got 4 pages! WOW!! Thanks to Courtney, Drew, and of the amazing vendors involved in making this wedding so unique and fun.
See lots more images and a full vendor list here.
I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing painter Tyler Wilkinson for Story Magazine recently. It was a treat to spend an hour with him discussing his work and his philosophy on art. Tyler is The Manifest Galley's first artist in residency. You can see more of his work here. Pick up the latest issue Of Story Magazine at Barnes And Noble or Joseph-Beth bookstores in Kentucky. Tyler's wall of inspiration is full of beautiful work.
Sheanean and Ryan's destination wedding in Mexico/Reception at the Bell Event Centre was published in Venue Magazine, how exciting!! I am a little late with this post, but I think you can still get it at Joseph Beth Bookstore, if not the digital version is on Venue Magazine's site.
Cover photo by Deogracias Lerma
Other recent buzz around the Internet
Some of my Boudoir images were featured on Hot Pink Brides (I forgot to post this one)
Thanks to all of these blogs for the love! :)
Last month I had the pleasure of working with a very talented group of people on this 70's inspired dream shoot. The idea came from one of the table designs at Love+Bash (the alternative wedding show created by Jen Pritchard and myself). Because there was so much hard work put into every little detail, we decided to set up a shoot using the ideas and concepts seen at Love+Bash with a few added elements and models. I used my digital camera, my Holga, and my Polaroid camera to create these vintage inspired photos. I am very excited to announce we got a huge feature on Rockn'Roll Bride today! Be sure to head over there and show some love! :) Thanks Kat!!
Thanks to the following people who helped make this shoot so awesome!
Table Design: Your Wedding by Jen/Desserts and Paper: Sweet Cakes Events, Ltd./Flowers, Handmade Dreamcatcher, Table Design: Inspired Floral Design/Hair: Shane Weber Salon/Models: Casey Linton and Nick Soloman (Nick is an amazing tattoo artist, check out the newest issue of Tattoo Magazine to see a full feature on his work)
Natasha and Hank's engagement session I shot at The Southgate House is featured on Hi-Fi Weddings today! This blog is super cool! They not only showcase some of the best wedding photography I have seen, but also offer great tools for creating a killer play list for your wedding.
Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. My past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.
This means Nikita Gross Photography stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.
Kinda cool, huh? Thank you to all of my clients and their awesome reviews for helping me achieve this. :)
How cool is this?! Amanda and Michael's wedding I shot at Jefferson Hall was featured on a very cool wedding inspiration blog, BeyondBeyond . "this Nikita is a photography assassin who instead of literally killing us chose to knock us dead with some amazeballs photography" I love it, thanks Beyond Beyond!!
You can check out the full post here.
If you are a fan of my facebook page you have already heard how excited I am to have Jeremy and Ashley's photo session featured on rocknrollbride.com. It is my first time ever submitting work anywhere and I got featured, yeah! In my little photo world that is a huge accomplishment. :) Be sure to head over to rocknrollbride.com to see lots more photos from that shoot. I cant thank Jeremy and Ashley enough for being such bad-ass models and thanks to Kat for featuring me! :)
I am completely honored that someone found my picture on the internet and wanted to use it as a book cover. The book is written by Judson M. Corey.. It is an inspirational book dealing with sorrow. He wrote it while experiencing the loss of his wife, Margaret to cancer. I will be honest with you when I say I have not read it yet simply because I am not ready. I know this story is going to be very powerful. I need to prepare my heart for it.
I am so thankful to be part of such a special book.
Here is the original image. Here is the book.