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    I am Nicole Ratliff, a busy mom to 4 kids, and pastors wife to an amazing husband. I see life in pictures, and there is nothing more wonderful to me than capturing a sweet newborn sleeping, a playful child twirling, or the true love and affection between a family. My goal is to catch the magical everyday moments that are happening all around us, and turn them into a lasting memory.

    I work mostly in the Sonora, Jamestown, Oakdale areas. Although I'm happy to make arrangements for on location shoots! Especially if they involve Santa Cruz, and the ocean (just a few of my favorite things!)

Some more very special family photos

I mean is this little one not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?  She is full of wonder and magic, and everything that goes along with being 1.  I just love her and her adorable little family <3  100% worth the drive from Sonora over to visit with her little face.  Plus her connection with her mama and papa is really spectacular.  This is what I love!  Capturing the real true emotion between families.  Freezing those little moments forever in time to be remembered.  Makes my heart sing.  I know these photos will be held special for years to come.  And what can be better than that?

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Beautiful Family

I have had the pleasure of knowing this beautiful little family for several years.  Their daughters are just pure gorgeous perfection with the most amazing dreamy eyes.  So when they asked me to travel from our new home in Sonora, Ca.  I of course jumped at the chance!  This session was totally worth the drive.  These little girls just stole my heart clean away with their cuteness, and fun little antics.  This session was seriously one that dreams are made of for me.   I love nothing more than capturing the real true strong love between a family.  And all the better when I can do it in a totally natural and playful way. 

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Beach Sessions!

I am so very excited to be offering beach sessions!  I adore the ocean (as we all know) and there is nothing I love more than the beach AND taking pictures.  I think the beach makes a super timeless classic backdrop that will never be out of style….unless of course you all wear kahki pants and white shirts, then we might be dating ourselves just a little.  Come be your normal happy selves, get a little wet if you’re up for it, and create some magical memories turned into art for your walls.  I can’t wait to see what we come up with together!


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A week at the beach

I’m in love with the ocean.  Let’s start there.  The way it sounds.   The way is smells.  The awe inspiring, breathtaking, aching beauty of it all.  Once I get there I never want to leave.  So it only makes sense that our latest trip to the Southern Oregon coast has produced some of my most favorite photos to date.  I just can’t help but be inspired.  My poor children were sick to death of the camera once I was done.  But you can’t tell it by these photos.  Obviously they love me ;)  I didn’t really plan their wardrobe choices well enough before we left (I was too darn excited to get to the Ocean!), but we made do with a little thrift store shopping, and some creativity.  I also brought along my sister on this trip and was able to get INTO some of these pics!  Yipeeeeee!  So glad I did.  We were in desperate need of some new family photos.  As soon as we move into our new home, there will be some big prints happening.  I can’t imagine that I’ll have very many bare walls after this.  There are a LOT of photos…. are you ready for this?

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