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Durrance Party of 4 | Lifestyle Newborn | Leesburg, Va

This family! There is so much to say, but I'm not the best with doting words. The Durrance's are the sweetest people you will meet. With compassion and wit, style and love, they are some of the most patient and giving people I know. You may remember their birth story, where Miss A graced us with her presence! Here they are again, cuddling, protecting, and smiling through their early days of adjustment as a family of 4. How sweet are her nursery details and daddy cuddles!?! Oh, and older brother R peaking at his new sister, my heart melts!

Any advice for a new family of 4?

be inspired. live boldly.

Nicole

Moments in Motherhood Recap1 | Meet Nicole Series

Do you ever feel lost in your own body, home, or the world? I have always been an artist. I drew everything as a child, delved into music with a passion, and found a fondness for photographic art. When I found out I was pregnant a couple of years ago, I had to slow down. I was so sick for the better half of my journey carrying my daughter. Our house flooded and we were living in a hotel for the majority of our pregnancy as well. It was a crazy time to say the least and I stopped exploring my artistic side.

As my belly grew so did my aspirations for who I wanted to be and what I wanted give to this tiny human. I was a self-affirmation junkie. I researched anything and everything regarding childbirth. I was determined to be prepared! The path to motherhood was fraught with emotions I wasn’t quite ready for, and others I relished.

Fast forward skipping a bit through things, here I am back on my artistic journey sharing my soul with my family and others. To really dive back in I met with a new friend (Emily Gerald) about a workshop that was coming to our area. I got all the information, set aside money and made some sacrifices to get there. Moments in Motherhood with Mae Burke.

Mae is the sweetest and most warm hearted person I have met in a long time! Part of this workshop was to pull together a session that encapsulated who we are as an artist and a person. I was daunted by this task, to say the least. I have a photography bucket list, knowing WHAT I wanted to capture wasn’t the problem. The problem came in figuring out my voice. The WHY. I knew what I wanted, found a couple models and set everything up. I made what I feel are beautiful images of motherhood. I was left with the feeling of, “what does it all mean?”

I took the images. I smiled as I saw my work uploading to my computer. My heart was singing that I could capture these women and really just shoot for myself. My head was still stuck in the feeling of, “so what?” I questioned myself throughout the process. Doubted my ability. I felt a draw to give up and go back to playing with my daughter as much as possible. I nearly backed out of going to Mae’s workshop. I felt a little like an imposter knowing I was going to be in the audience of people who I look up to and admire, celebrities in my mind.

I had to stop myself, change the rhetoric. I am on a path and I believe to the core of my soul that I am where I am supposed to be. I may sacrifice some time away from my daughter and husband, but I want her to know that you can pursue your dreams. That being the best mom is being the best me.

I wanted to give a shout out to Mae. She dropped a truth bomb that left me a bit shaken, but it helped me see that I needed to be more authentic and share my boldness: with myself, my family and what I share with you, my audience. I grew so much that day. Mae welcomed me with open arms, and the women in attendance were so amazing and supportive. When I left, I knew my life had changed.

THIS IS MY WHY:

I cannot be my best self if I don’t have faith in myself. I can’t be the best mom, walk the path of “right and wrong” as a mother if I don’t have faith in my instincts, my positive affirmations. This mini-series calls on all of this. Motherhood to me is the grit and the grace. It is finding the light for ourselves to share with these little people we bring into the world. I still have days that I want to sit and the dark, feel completely in adequate at everything, but I’m here, living and breathing and showing my daughter, my husband and myself that I can be me. For them.

be inspired. love authentically. live boldly.

Nicole

Snow Day | Meet Nicole Series | Leesburg, Va

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things,

but just look what they can do when they stick together.

-Vista M. Kelly

As the snow began to stick and pile up today this quote really settled in my heart. Life, like snowflakes, is fragile, fleeting, and magical to behold.

Whether you have family, or have created your own through marriage or community, we must stick together. As one person we simply cannot do it all. We can't make everyone happy, we can't be in two places at once, we can't work and play at the same time (there are exceptions, yes; this is a general statement). However, we must reach out and ask for help, be present in out interactions and just plain be open to life.

Today, as the snow fell I decided we were going to play in the snow. It was cold, we got wet, but we giggled and had fun. As a family too, we all went outside. Not for long, I think we spent more time getting ready, but hey it was part of the experience right? My husband rolls his eyes, but whenever we leave the house I tell Miss Bit we are going on a adventure. Life is just that for us. Who cares if it is just grocery shopping, it will be fun because it is something we chose to do as a family. In the end, we went outside twice to play in the snow, ate grilled cheese and tomato soup, built forts, napped and cuddled. The best way to spend this snowy Saturday!!

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe :)

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be inspired. love authentically. live boldly.

Nicole

Welcome to the World Miss M | Woodbridge, Va | Birth Photography

The journey of carrying a child and birthing is so amazing to me. It is true magic from an act of love and passion. All mixed with science and faith. This momma was so amazing. She was so quiet during labor, even taking girl scout cookie orders between contractions! On this birthday, and after only 3 pushes, the Hoffman family became a party of 5. Without further delay here is the condensed authentic birth story.

"You need chaos in your soul to

give birth to a dancing star."

-Friedrich Nietzsche

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be inspired. love authentically. live boldly.

Nicole

2015 Manifesto | Meet Nicole Series

Nicoleinbold Manifesto Inspired ImagesThrough sharing my ideas, my enthusiasm, and my skills I want to communicate visually with you, change your perspective, and just simply be me. Here are 8 mottos to help me love more authentically this year.

#1 Less is more, simplicity is authentic

I have always found that the “white space” in our lives colors our character. This year is about guarding my time.  Saying no sometimes, but yes to trying new things that excite my spirit (rumi).

#2 Create good habits

Beyond resisting trends and needless upgrades, I plan to live my passion this year. This means having creative nights (alone or with friends, come join me), volunteering more, and drinking more water.

#3 Be an active participant in life

Life is so short. This year I want to be my own hero and act without expectation. My recent motto: you always have time for the things you put first. Making goals will help, but staying present and mindful of myself and surroundings is paramount to being an active participant.

#4 Grace over perfection

This is my way of saying to trust in the process, mistakes happen, and if you feel stuck, ask for someone to help you out. In the end, we were born to be real, not perfect. It is also important to let kindness rule, both within ourselves and with others.

I, Nicole, am enough. I genuinely want to make the world a better place. I am not afraid of the truth. I am loyal, adventurous and supportive. This year I want to be me, unapologetically.

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#5 Go on more adventures

The power of grace and harmony, for me, is the most abundant in nature. This year I hope to explore my local parks and hiking trails. Anyone have any must see/walk places?

#6 Connect with people

Every life is unique. It is such a beautiful thing. These lives hold our infinitely diverse stories. This year I want to connect first and foremost with my daughter and husband, the loves of my life. I also want to connect with other moms, artists, entrepreneurs, family, and people. I may be awkward, as small talk is not my forte, but I will learn and hope to laugh with everyone I meet.

#7 Learn new things

Creativity attracts curiosity. I believe anything is possible and that being bold means having confidence and experimenting. No matter the risk. I like who I am becoming, but there is always room for improvement!

#8 Grow

Brilliance lies within each of us and dreams don’t work unless you do. This year I’m starting with some great ideas and small goals that I can make great to create a firm foundation for my future.

 

In closing, be fearless. Everyday, practical and mindful problem solving is the most beautiful creativity there is.

be inspired. love authentically. Live boldly.

nicole