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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

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.



Golf Course Wedding {Brookings & Gold Beach Oregon Wedding Photographer}

2015 was the year of the wedding for me!  I’ve turned down many many weddings over the years after doing a couple early in my photography career.  The first couple I did, I just didn’t love.  It’s sooooo much work, and I think because I had small babies at the time, it was just completely overwhelming for me.  I was not interested at all in pursuing shooting weddings.  All of that changed this year!  I decided since my kids are all a bit older now, that I would accept a few on a limited basis, and work them around my families schedule.  Guess what???? I fell in love!  I love shooting weddings now.  The love, the details, the party.  I love it all.  It’s like a whole new photography world has opened up to me, and I can’t wait to see where that takes me in 2016!  And this wedding was absolute perfection, especially as one of my first 10 weddings.  This couple have so much genuine love and friendship they made my job a piece of cake (wedding cake lol)!  Small, intimate, last minute, gorgeous, and super fun. 


Lucky Ducky {brookings oregon family photographer}

This amazing family won this session at a fundraiser.  As it turns out I was just as lucky to get to photograph them.  3 amazing sisters, and 2 amazing little ones, and 1 more on the way!  Seriously, they are the cutest.  We had a blast walking in downtown historical Jamestown, California.  So many beautiful old building, it’s like a photographers dream location. 

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