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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 Brookings, Oregon, Gold Beach, Oregon, and Crescent City, California areas. Although I'm happy to make arrangements for on location shoots, and destination weddings!

    I shoot everything from births, newborns, children, families, tweens, seniors, engagement, and weddings, and I love it all. I've spent most of my last 6 years in business shooting children and families, and have more recently branched out into weddings, and found that I truly adore shooting weddings as well.

    I would truly love to work with you to make your memories last forever. Contact me today to book your session. 408-706-8706 or

Pretty Little Wedding {Brookings, Oregon Wedding Photographer}

I had the absolute privilege of photographing Brandon and Kathy’s wedding.  They are just a fun, sweet couple.  And this was such a fabulous wedding with lot’s of great little details.  And my gosh the front of the hall!  Can we just stop and say wow.  I’m totally in love with the sweeping view of it all, the columns… it’s just lovely.  And of course Kathy’s dress was just a perfect match for the grandeur.  These 2 were up for anything, even walked into traffic just for me lol. 

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Capturing real families {brookings and gold beach oregon family photographer}

It’s always an honor to be asked to capture your families memories.  Always.  I love what I do, and I love it even more when the client gets real with me, let’s me see real expressions, and how they all really interact with each other.  This family was hilarious!  We all laughed our heads off the whole time.  And we even had some passerby’s in a truck laughing with us, and of course causing some more hilarious fits of laughter at their comments yelled as they passed.  Can’t get any better than a funny family, who is also willing to tromp through some tall grass with you, avoid an ants next, and climb some fences.  All in all a great experience with the Gift family <3

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Personal projects {gold beach & brookings oregon portrait photographer}

One of the ways that I like to grow as a photographer is to emulate cool ideas that I’ve seen online.  It’s always a push to try something new, to get out of my usual way of shooting or editing, and to grow!  I’m not interested in copying someone else, or being like anyone else, but sometimes you can take the idea, turn it into your own, and create something really cool and fresh.  I’ve always wanted pics of my girls in my own wedding dress.  I’m pretty sure they won’t want to wear it when they are actually are getting married, so this is a good substitute.  And more than that, a really awesome way to see just how little they are right now.  Even though it feels like they are growing a million miles a minute.  I know it will only get worse!  When someone figures out a way to stop time, and freeze these little girls in these perfect moments I’m all ears.  They grow too fast!

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Just out exploring {gold beach family photographer}

Sometimes I take a break from shooting clients.  From doing formal assignments.  And I just shoot from the heart.  I have to remember what I love and why I started doing photography in the first place.  Sometimes I hop in the car, and drive.  I end up pulling off the road at whatever cool spot strikes my fancy.  Wherever the light is streaming in beautiful rays, those are the places that call to me.  Where things are old, and crusty I see beauty and potential.  Good thing I have a quiet little, old soul who is willing to be patient and ride along with me to be my model.  God knew I needed at least one like this.  We found the light together, and it was magical.



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