Sneak Peek: The Crafter's Guide to Patterns book by Jessica Swift

Jessica Swift has received copies of the UK and US versions of her book that I photographed from the publishers, which she shared on her blog yesterday. It was a dream to work with her on her book and I'm looking forward to seeing it in person. The Crafter's Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift, photo by Jessica Swift

photo by Jessica Swift, UK cover below, US cover on top

Here are the three images that appear on the US cover of the book, which is available for pre-order on Amazon right now:


The Crafter's Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift, photographed by Jessica NicholsThe Crafter's Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift, photographed by Jessica NicholsThe Crafter's Guide to Patterns by Jessica Swift, photographed by Jessica Nichols

Jessica's colorful world and positive, can-do, attitude made photographing her book the highlight of my photography career to date. I'm thrilled for her book to come out and I'm truly honored that she chose me for this important job. We photographed the entire book over several shoots earlier this year at a studio in Southeast Portland, with a quirky and heavy freight elevator to boot. You can see all our behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram using the hashtag #jessplusjessmagic.

Just Start (again)

Instead of continually NOT posting because I have so much to say and no idea where to begin, and inspired by Tiffany Han's podcast about just starting, I'm here. I'm starting. Again. Just Start

I'm simply going to say that I am in extreme learning mode since my relapse. I'm learning how to eat way healthier than I have ever eaten before. This takes a lot of time! I'm new to it and I'm not efficient yet. I'm learning how to let my heart lead the way instead of letting my mind be in charge all the time. This takes a lot of courage! I'm learning how to fit my work into all of this and it's not easy. It is not coming effortlessly or naturally. I have had a lot of upheaval in 2014, starting in May when we began our house hunting process. Work has been pushed largely to the back burner these past few months. I'm trying to be patient with myself and not compare how my business is (or is not) positioned for holiday sales this year. It's hard though. I do have a pretty calendar for 2015 ready for your gifting needs! I am proud of it and that I made it happen.

Food Photography: Bliss Holistic Health

I have been venturing into the world of food photography through my client Abby Bliss-White of Bliss Holistic Health. We are working together to create beautiful images of her healthy and nutritious recipes. Abby is a beautiful person inside and out, as well as an encouraging and enthusiastic champion of a healthy lifestyle. She absolutely loves to work in her kitchen and create delicious, nutrient-dense meals and snacks. It is a joy to be her photographer. Bliss Holistic Health Nutrition Fitness Coach food photography by Jessica Nichols Sweet Eventide Photography

We are only beginning our work together so stay tuned for more images as the year goes on. I can't even imagine the magic that will happen once the summer produce season arrives!

Announcing My First Copyright Registration Workshop

Since last year when I had the idea for Don't Be a Fool Day, I've had it in the back of my mind to take my message into a small-group workshop format. There is nothing more gratifying to me after my infringement case than helping other people avoid my fate. The stars aligned for this idea recently and I'm very proud to announce my first "I'm Not a Fool!" copyright registration workshop! Copyright Registration Workshop "I'm Not a Fool! I Protect My IP"My first workshop will happen on February 28, 2014 in beautiful Astoria, Oregon at the brand new CoCommercial owned by Tara Gentile! Tickets are $25 for this two-hour workshop, get all the details right here. There will be beverages and snacks to make it even more fun! Registration is limited to 15 attendees.

Softcover Photo Book

I made a slideshow* to show you the beautiful softcover photo book I created and published with Artifact Uprising.

Sweet Eventide Vol. 1 from Jessica Nichols on Vimeo.

This 56-page premium soft cover photo book features some of my most beloved iPhone images. It is 5.5 inches square and printed on 100% Post Consumer Recycled paper.  My first batch of books sold out and my second batch will arrive around December 13th. There is a little secret at the end of the book for you, and it's not a photograph but it is a part of my heart.

People are saying lovely things like:

"Your book is Magnificent."

-- Jamie W.

You can pre-order your copy using this link.

The music I chose is in the public domain, isn't it beautiful?

First Booze Mail Party

I survived planning my first corporate party!

The Million Booze March happened on Wednesday, 9/19 at the San Mateo County History Museum.

Note to self: don't wear these shoes to the next Booze Mail party! (At least not to the prep and cleanup portions of the party.) I took them off the instant I walked in my front door, and there they continue to sit.

The first photo is Adam, Renkoo's fearless leader and the second is one of me with Doug, my super schwag bag buddy who taught me a life-changing motto that long night of the 400 bags: "It happens" (everytime something went a little haywire). He and his wife Winnie live exactly four blocks away from our new house in San Carlos and brought us the most awesome bag of welcome wagon goodies ever on our second day here.

Here's a picture of me taking time to enjoy all my hard work! (Why do I look so foreign to myself here? I had to ask Jeff if that was really me. "Oh yes," he says.)

So many people came from most of Jeff's jobs over the past four and a half years and I was especially happy to see Raj, the CTO from Jeff's last job at Silver Spring Networks. He is seriously one of the nicest, smartest guys around town. Also from SSN is Stefan, seen here schmoozing with my darling husband (also very nice of course!)

All of these pictures (except my cute and comfortable-for-one-hour-not-six shoes) and more can be found by following this link to the Flickr account of Terry Chay, taken with the coolest camera I've ever seen, a Leica M8.

And if you're wondering why the title of this post is "First" Booze Mail Party, it's because the very next day, Adam asked me if we could get started on the next one! Guess it was a success!