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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

Day in the Life {brookings oregon lifestyle photographer}

I got to try out a totally new concept with sweet little Caleb, and his awesome mama.  I spent 4 hrs just following them around, and documenting their every day life.  All these little moments add up to the parts of life we actually remember!  They are so important, so fleeting, and so…. ordinary.  This could not have been more fun for me.  We didn’t pose anything, didn’t dress up special, didn’t tell anyone what to do.  Just let life happen, and it was beautiful all on it’s own.  I know that in several years,  Sarah will be reminiscing and looking back at this regular old day, and loving every minute.  He’s so small, and that doesn’t last long.  Perfect, ordinary, every day grace.  FYI I would do this again any time for anyone 😉  No need to have a fancy house, just be you.

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Cute little family {gold beach and brookings oregon family photographer}

Gahhhhh, ya’ll know how much I love babies.  And this one…… he’s so squishy and tiny and sweet as pie.  And his mama wraps him up, and holds him close.  Some of my very very best memories from when my kiddos were this small was wrapping them up.  Their sweaty little heads laying on my chest, just perfection.  Then you can so easily reach down and kiss their head that smells like heaven.  Nothing better.  Such a special session as a brand new family of 5!  These girls love their baby brother.  We had another beautiful garden session, with the most lovely light. 

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Beautiful Garden Sunset Session {Brookings oregon family photographer}

This family is just the cutest.  And little Hope is a doll.  I’ve had the honor of photographing her several times, and every time she charms me!  This time we chose a really fun location for their family session.  It’s supposed to be a well manicured flower nursery…. but this time when I showed up there were no flowers.  Talk about throwing me for a loop.  The nursery was in between plantings, and everywhere we looked there were empty mounds of dirt.  Urmmm not the most inspiring background for our session.  However just behind the well manicured albeit flowerless gardens, there was a wild and much less organized veggie garden.  I would never have guess it, but it made the PERFECT back drop for our time together.  Little Hope had a blast picking and eating some tiny left over tomatoes, and she found the perfect baby size watermelon, and insisted on carrying it around for the whole session <3  No seriously guys, she’s amazing, and spunky and so much fun!  I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

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Family is Everything {Brookings Oregon Family Photographer}

These little ones make me crazy and happy all at the same time.  Meet my own 4 precious children!  I am just loving spring time in Sonora.  There is green everywhere, and seriously it makes me giddy with excitement.  Add in some delicious watermelon, and yah I’m in Heaven.  And so are they 😉  They have some serious photographer child syndrom, but bribing them with food normally works wonders.  This time was no exception.  The slurped it up happily, and gave me a couple quick smiles in between.  What more could a photog mama ask for? Nothing <3


Beautiful Birth {Curry county birth photorapher}

I had the absolute priviledge of being invited in to witness a truly beautiful birth a few weeks ago.  This mama was strong, determined, and so very beautiful and primal in her efforts to bring her precious little girl into this world.  It was my first time at the Sierra Natural Birth Center, here in Sonora California.  I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to find it easily in the dark, since we’ve only lived in Sonora for a few months.  My fears however were relieved when I arrived and realized the Birth Center is only 4 miles from my house!  I’m sincerely hoping to be able to capture more births there again soon, as it was so close to my house.  The actual birthing center is really lovely inside.  All the charm of an older comfy house, with all the convience of a recently rennovated and modern space.  It just felt right!  As I walked up to the door I could hear the familiar sounds of a woman working hard at the business of labor.  And sure enough within an hour I had witnessed a sweet new baby slipping easily earthside.  It was amazing.  And all I can say is I’m HOOKED.  Let me capture the sweetest, truest moments of new life any day <3


Ellie Jasmer - December 3, 2015 - 10:25 pm

Beautiful, Nicole!!! I have not seen these photos, until now!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!
I would love to use them on our new website.
We already have a link to your site (I believe)but would love to Post this!!!
Love and Blessings, Ellie

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