“Growing up, we are told to “Do What We Love.” Nothing could be more true for me…”

Hey There! I’m Nicole & here’s how I see it….

Real life doesn't happen in a studio, where you are asked to smile + say cheese. It’s when you are caught in an uncontrollable laugh, it’s grass stains + goofy faces, It’s a loving embrace and emotional stares. It’s something that can never be repeated. These are the moments that are important; the ones you will want to remember. These are the moments I strive to capture.


Why the name “Orange Anchor”? - The anchor represents being grounded and constant for my love of all things creative. It also represents my finance, who is in the Coast Guard.  I chose Orange not only because it’s my favorite color, but because orange is a power color – it stimulates enthusiasm and creativity and means vitality with endurance.

The thing I love most about being a photographer? – Meeting people and discovering the little things that make them extraordinary.

What is a typical session with you like? - Not one session is alike. But the majority of my sessions include laughing, running, singing, funny fart noises, story telling, booger picking, jumping, hand holding, ring-around-the-rosie, red rover, and puddle splashing… just to name a few. Brides reading this – fart noises and booger picking usually only happen during the reception after guests have had a few.

Do you have a studio? At this point in my life, no. Why work against a white backdrop when you have nature’s backdrop outside your front door. Natural lighting is where it’s at.

What is your style? - If I had to use one word to describe my work, it would hands down be VIBRANT. Life is colorful; your images should reflect that.

What’s “in your bag?” - I shoot with a Nikon D700 with my 24-70mm 2.8 Nikkor Lense and the 50mm 1.4 Nikkor Lense, I also have a Nikon D90 and a D40x as backups, and a Speedlight SB900. And my bag… it’s a Kelly Moore, not that I’m bragging or anything.

What is the turnaround for photos? - Portrait Sessions are 2-4 Weeks and Weddings are 8-12 weeks. Keep in mind that these are by no means set in stone. I feel like sometimes it’s hard to make a promise for a certain deadline, because it means I have to limit my creative process just to be finished by a certain time, rather than by when I feel like everything is the way I would want it to be.

Besides a Photographer, Who are you? - I’m 27 and a Gemini. I’m a proud Coast Guard Wife. I’m a Step Mama to Blaine’s beautiful son, Knox. Cancer SURVIVOR in the House! {2 years in remission} I’m a fan of good wine, dark chocolate, cheese, and our homemade pizza. I’m a closet Vampire Diaries Fan. I’m a fitness buff and a deer hunter. I dislike milk with a passion. My fingers and elbows are double jointed, and yet I cannot touch my toes to save my life. Lemongrass is my favorite scent. I’m terrified of cotton balls. Please don’t ask about the last statement. My feet are always cold and I’m not big on socks, so I suffer. I like singing “Proud Mary” when forced to do karaoke and I’m pretty good at it, or so I’ve been told. My mother and I look like twins. I love watching SciFi Shows + my guilty pleasure is any and all Teen Vampire Shows. I really really really like the color orange. I’m a huge giver and a total procrastinator at times. I love me a good nap during a rainy day. — All in all – I’m me and it’s really nice to meet you. x’s + o’s.

Based out of Northern Wisconsin & available for travel worldwide.