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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Relaunch! * Twin Cities Wedding Photographer

We are so excited to announce the launch of our BRAND NEW WEBSITE!

All future content will be posted at  Come on over!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

C + J Day 11

Tomorrow is THE. BIG. DAY!

We cannot wait to share our lovely new site with you!  The blog is moving to become part of the website, which will be at our current website address:

Come on over tomorrow to view our new home and see what all the fuss is about.  Also, we will be announcing the details of our $400 giveaway- you wouldn't want to miss that!

For now, we will leave you with another shot of Chelsea and Joel:

Saturday, December 8, 2012

C + J Day 8 * Milwaukee Maternity Photographer

This family of 3 is about to become a family of 4!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

C + J Day 5 * Milwaukee Maternity Photographer

We are just one week away from revealing our brand new website!  It has been a long time coming, and we still have plenty of work to do, but we are so excited!  Don't forget, there will be a giant giveaway worth $400 to go with it, so be sure to check back soon!

Onto the maternity image for today:

More to come tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

C + J Day 2 * Milwaukee Maternity Photographer

Back for day 2 of this pre-relaunch maternity extravaganza.  We had a super-gray, foggy day for our session, and I think this used it to our benefit:

Be sure to visit again tomorrow for a precious shot of the momma-to-be!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

C + J Day 1* Milwaukee Maternity Photographer

Hello 1000 Words Photography family!

We are in Milwaukee photographing Chelsea and Joel and their almost-addition.  We are IN LOVE with the images we have gotten, and in honor of our relaunch, we will be releasing one picture a day until we reveal the new website.  Here is the first one- aren't they beautiful?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Relaunch * Twin Cities Wedding Photographer

As you can see above, we now have a countdown timer marking the minutes until we relaunch this business with a new logo, website, and more!  Additionally, there will be 2 huge giveaways worth hundreds of dollars each!  

Between now and then, blog posting will be limited due to a large volume of editing and finishing up the website.  However, there will be plenty of posts coming up on the website- which will also contain a brand-new blog!  

We can't wait to show you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

M Family Preview * Menomonie Maternity Photographer

This beautiful momma is due soon, so I thought I'd better get this on the blog now!  Much more to come : )

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Offers and Some Big News! * Twin Cities Wedding Photographer

Hi Friends!  Thanks for visiting our little blog.  Hope you all had an AMAZING Thanksgiving with loved ones.  We have so much to be thankful for.

We want to share some exciting news with you, decided upon after weeks of prayer and planning:

We are once again booking weddings!

Honestly, we are SO excited right now.  The story is long (as are most great stories) and we will share it in the near future.  No, we are not crazy, and yes, we have thought about this carefully.  If you know much about us, you know we run this business as surrendered to God.  Sometimes His plans are not ours.  This was a careful and calculated decision.  But for now, we just wanted to give you a heads up that we are once again available to capture your priceless moments on one of the biggest days of your life.

In addition, we wanted to share our big Black Friday offer!

Please note that, as we do our best to keep our prices very reasonable, we don't offer a lot of discounts.  If you are looking for a great deal, snap this one up!

Have a FANTASTIC holiday weekend!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Baby C * Albert Lea Newborn Photographer

This sweet little family just welcomed a precious, brand-new addition.  Baby C is perfect and tiny and such a blessing.  We didn't have a ton of time, but we still got some beautiful shots that we hope will be cherished memories.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Jeff & Jenna, Part 1 * Duluth Wedding Photographer

This season has been so full of amazing sessions that I am way behind in sharing them with you.  I have several photos that were given to their owners weeks and months ago that are still in line for sharing here.  Jeff and Jenna's day is one of those.

This wedding marked the first time I have ever been fired from a job.  The conversation went like this:

Jeff:  You guys have been doing an incredible job, but I'm going to have to fire you.
Nicole:  Excuse me?  Umm...
Jeff:  Well, we've finished all the main reception/dance events, and we don't really need anything else photographed until the bouquet toss, so you are fired now, and rehired then.  Go and enjoy yourselves!

And that was the basic attitude of this day- Jeff and Jenna were so thoughtful  of their guests, and just wanted everyone to have a great time.  This is seriously the most laid-back couple we've ever worked with, and it was totally reflective of them.  After they decided on a super edgy engagement session location, we weren't sure of what we'd find.  Oddly enough we ended up shooting a good chunk of their couple photos in a parking garage- and they were excited about it!

Please remember to leave a comment for the newlyweds- if they get 50 in 24 hours, they will receive a FREE 16x20 print!  Which shot would you choose?

Monday, November 5, 2012

7 Photos You Didn't Know You Needed * Make A List Monday

Every Monday, I will post a list that in some way relates to photography.  Upcoming subjects include Apparel Mistakes, What Doesn't Matter (In a Photo Shoot), Pictures You Shouldn't Miss, Unexpected Locations and many others.  I have learned so much from my clients since we began this business, and I am hoping to share it with you all.

This week I want to get us thinking outside the box.  We all know we need senior, family, and wedding pictures, but what are we missing?

  1. Anniversary Pictures-  I know literally dozens of couples who haven't had a professional picture together in ages.  Maybe your wedding photography has become outdated, and you want to try out some new couple poses.  Maybe you want to do this as a fantastic anniversary gift for your spouse.  Whatever the reason, you are sure to treasure the results forever.
  2. Grandkids picture- Have a professional session done of all the grandkids in your family.  Grandparents love these!  How many grandparents do you know that are difficult to find gifts for because they already have everything?  This may be the answer : )
  3. Holiday pictures-  Christmas pictures are great, but if your family has other cherished holidays, don't be afraid to incorporate that into a photo session!  My family loves the 4th of July, and I have been thinking about us incorporating flags and sparklers into a shoot at some point.
  4. Showers- as in wedding and baby.  Oftentimes, hours and hours of work and planning go into putting on a wedding or baby shower, and little if any of it is documented.  This is an occasion often full of emotion, and can highlight the relationships of family and friends.  Don't be afraid to hire a professional so you can enjoy the party yourself!
  5. Likewise, birthday parties are often elaborate affairs these days, with handmade decorations and carefully thought out favors.  Be sure to have someone available to document the hard work before in ends up in a storage tote or, worse yet, the garbage can.  
  6. Maternity pictures-  I am thankful that these are gaining in popularity.  This is such a special and fleeting time, and it is something precious to capture on camera.  These are fast becoming one of my favorite kinds of sessions- I am grateful to have a few scheduled in the next couple of months!
  7. Birth pictures.  Newborn pictures are awesome, but don't forget about the birth itself.  Think about having someone document the actual event for you.  A professional photographer should be able to document your labor and delivery in a tasteful and flattering way.  What a memory to capture when you first see your baby!  (If you are interested, please don't hesitate to contact us- we love this kind of work!)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Baby A * Albert Lea Photographer

This little guy is about to turn one, and it was time for some pictures!  Our session included LOTS of crawling, tractors, and silly sounds to get his attention.
Mom wanted a couple of shots with his sisters in the process, so we included a few of them, too!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Winter Mini-Sessions * Albert Lea Photographer

Announcing Winter Mini-Sessions!

We will be offering just 4 mini-sessions in Albert Lea for the month of November.  These are for individuals, couples, and small groups/families.  

Perfect for Christmas cards!

Please contact us ASAP if you are interested- they are first come, first serve, and we won't be adding more!

Adrie & Tony * Menomonie Maternity Photographer

Isn't this couple adorable?  They are expecting their 4th baby in December, and we had a great time documenting this time in their family.  We even got their little ones involved.  But, you'll have to check back for those shots- be ready for some serious cuteness!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ben & Jessica, Part 2 * Stillwater Wedding Photographer

Check back tomorrow for yes- not kidding here- part 3!  (We almost never do that!)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ben & Jessica, Part 1 * Stillwater Wedding Photographer

As soon as Jessica told me that her colors were aqua and red, I knew we were going to get along.

But, it was only after working with and getting to know them that I realized just how special this day was going to be- and it was.  It was SO emotional, but in a very good way.  There is something about a father crying when he sees his daughter in her wedding dress that makes you feel a little better about the world, you know?  And when she walked down the aisle to her groom...perfection.

This day was amazing.  I seriously can't say enough about this couple, the venue, the bridal party, everything.  And by the way, they waited to see each other when she walked down the aisle, which led to some interesting pictures beforehand : )

Ben and Jessica,  thank you so much for choosing 1000 Words Photography by Nicole Wilke to capture your memories.  It was a blessing to be a part of your day.

Please remember to leave a comment below- if the newlyweds get 50 in the next 24 hours, they get a FREE 16 x 20 print!

Check back tomorrow for LOTS more to come!

Monday, October 29, 2012

9 Ways to Display Your Photos * Make A List Monday

Every Monday, I will post a list that in some way relates to photography.  Subjects we've covered include apparel mistakes, photos you shouldn't miss, and unexpected locations.  Upcoming subjects include what doesn't matter (in a photo shoot), how to prepare your children for a photo session, photo session timing tips, how to choose a photographer, and many others.  I have learned so much from my clients since we began this business, and I am eager to share it with you all.

This week we are talking about ways to display your photos.  Since the digital photography revolution began, the lower cost and ease of use has meant that the number of photographs taken has increased exponentially.  However, the percentage of photos that actually make it to physical form is minuscule.  You likely have hundreds, if not thousands, of photos on your computer, but how many have you actually printed?  

***Confession:  I rarely print pictures, except when using them for gifts : ( ***

So, to inspire you to get some out of your "My Pictures" folder, here are some ideas for sharing them with the world:

1.  Collages.  

Obviously, prints are the first place most of our minds go when we think of displaying our pictures.  Prints are great, but you may not want to go through the hassle of printing each shot individually.  1000 Words Photography by Nicole Wilke does collages for FREE.  If you are a client of ours, be sure to ask us about this if you are interested.  Wouldn't it be great to get one 10 x 20 or 16 x 20 print to display on your wall instead of 20 smaller ones?  Here is an example of a recent collage:

2.  Mini- Albums.  

Obviously, you don't want to make a huge album for every photo session or event you take pictures at.  However, doing a mini accordion album or a 5x7 size album is perfect to stick in your purse and bring to a family reunion to show off the kids pictures, or to share your new engagement pictures with friends.  

 photo credit mpixpro

And really, these are super- reasonably priced.  We sell accordion albums for $20.

If that isn't in your budget, check out this tutorial on how to make a handmade version.

3.  Canvases.  

Canvases have been all the rage now for a while, and I don't see them going away any time soon.

4.  Smash books

Sort of like a scrapbook, but much faster and less fussy.

See examples here, here, and here.

5.  Metal prints.

photo credit mpixpro

These seem to be the new trend, nipping at the heels of canvases.

6.  Christmas cards.

Or New Year's, Valentine's, birthday, or whatever-occasion-you-want-to-celebrate cards.  We now offer flat cards, folded, tri-folds, and cutout shapes with multiple paper possibilities.  There is a perfect option out there for you!

7.  Calendars.  

I am not really into the cutesy keychain-and-button photo display genre.  Not judging those who like it, it's just not my thing.  However, I think calendars can be safely considered in the "classic" category.  They are a simple, easy, and fantastic way to display your photos year-round.  Perfect gifts for grandparents!

9.  Other creative displays.  

If you look around the internet, you'll find tons of creative ideas for displaying your photos.  Or come up with your own!  Some of my favorites can be found here, here, here, and here

Whatever you do, get some of your photos out there for you to enjoy on a regular basis. Photos have the ability to recall precious memories that remind us of the good in life.  Surround yourself, and enjoy!

Friday, October 26, 2012

P Family * Albert Lea Family Photographer

We had the privilege of working with this sweet family for this amazing announcement just a few weeks ago:

We recently had the chance to do some more pictures with them, this time with the whole family!  What a blessing they are!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

D-H Family * Chicago Area Photographer

This was a session we looked forward to for a very long time.  Due to our tight schedule and the travel, we had to schedule it a couple of months in advance.  However, we couldn't have planned it any better- the fall colors were perfect!  We had been warned that some members of the family were not big fans of smiling, but I am happy to report we got lots of smiles out of everyone.  1000 Words, for the win : )

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

G Family Bonus * Woodbury Photographer

Sometimes, even I bring the camera out just for fun  : )

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

G Family * Twin Cities Photographer

We love this family SO. MUCH that it is impossible for words to describe.  So I will just show you the pictures : )  

[For more G family loveliness check out posts here, here, here, here, and here.]

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cake Smash! * Albert Lea Photographer

This little guy turns one this month, and his momma wanted to celebrate in style with a birthday cake all his own.  He ate is slowly and carefully- he is by far the neatest one-year-old I've met.  He kept looking at us with questioning eyes- "...are you sure?"  Check out these adorable shots of his experience!

7 Fantastic Locations You Might Not Notice * Make A List Monday

Every Monday, I will post a list that in some way relates to photography.  Upcoming subjects include Apparel Mistakes, What Doesn't Matter (In a Photo Shoot), Pictures You Shouldn't Miss, Unexpected Locations and many others.  I have learned so much from my clients since we began this business, and I am eager to share it with you all.

Today we are going to talk about locations you might not otherwise notice.  One of the more challenging- and important- aspects of being a photographer is choosing locations and figuring out how to work with them.  Some photographers eventually develop an eye for such things, and they can immediately see the potential.  However, you as a client might want to get involved in the process as well.  

Of course, there are the old standbys- parks and brick walls.  There is nothing wrong with those, but I LOVE originality.  Little in photography frustrates me more than when a client says they want to be original, then gives me a laundry list of shots or locations they want that their friend did.  This is YOUR session, so we want it to be unique to you!

With all that in mind, here are some ideas you may not have thought of:

1.  Zoos and aquariums-  they give a very relaxed, laid-back feel ideal for working with kids or couples.  Great distractions for fussy little ones.

2.  Coffee shops- sometimes, you just need an indoor location.  Even if you aren't a lover of coffee (and especially if you are!) the quirky, cozy nature of a coffee shop can be a good fit for a couple or small group).  Check out this post for some sweet coffee shop shots!

3.  Carnivals and fairs- lots of action and fun!  Make sure you have a photographer who knows how to shoot action, but this can be a very cool idea.  Look forward to a few carnival shots on this blog coming soon!

4.  Private land of people you know.  You've probably got friends, right?  Talk to them about using their land!  It doesn't have to look perfect, but it will definitely be unique.  Also, most people are honored that you appreciate their property enough to want your photos there!

5.  Places that are important to you.  Maybe your workplace has great lighting or is really cool.  Maybe you spend a lot of time at your church, the library, or a certain restaurant.  Why not?  Make it say you.

6.  Your house!  I know you might think it's nothing special, but it's YOU!  Let me come in, we might move some stuff around, and you will have beautiful shots in "your" space.  This is especially great if you have little ones, or if you want a winter session.  

7.  Let the photographer decide.  Sometimes, something that might not jump out at you sticks out to me.  I've  shot at hotel lobbies, pools, barns, alleys, and random side of the road locations most people would never choose.  But you know what?  It turned out amazing!  Of course, if something isn't your style, say so.  But, if you are willing to take a risk, you might just get a pleasant surprise!

Thanks for checking in on this week's edition of Make a List Monday.  We have some great photo sessions coming up the rest of the week, so I hope you will visit us again!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Josie * Menomonie Portrait Photographer

Let me introduce you to Josie.  She is a friend and fellow blogger, and she has a heart of gold.  She recently asked me to take a couple of updated pictures, because she just became involved in a new ministry, and I am so excited for her!  It is called Broken but Priceless, and is dedicated to encouraging people with chronic illnesses.  I love this quote on their website- 

"Even though our bodies may be broken,
we are priceless in God’s eyes."

Beautiful.  Just like Josie.

Isn't she gorgeous?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


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