Hey there! I’m Nina Larsen Reed, a
Colorado wedding and elopement photographer
Eight years ago, I bought a one-way ticket from Norway to Colorado, packed my suitcase and my camera, and headed out on what’s turned into a bigger adventure than I ever could have imagined. Instead of spending a year in Boulder before returning to the small island I grew up on, I fell in love. I fell in love with the boundless blue skies, the Rocky Mountain hiking trails, and with a snowboarder named Justin. And I still fall deeper in love with both Colorado and my husband, every day.
I’ve been hiking and exploring my way around the mile high state for over eight years now, but my greatest adventure has been sharing my love for this playground we call home with other outdoor lovers. From helping out-of-state couples plan the perfect hiking elopement to capturing local couples exchanging their vows at the top of our favorite ski resorts, I could not possibly love my job as a Colorado mountain wedding photographer more.
My Photography Approach
When Justin and I eloped at the Boulder courthouse eight years ago, we didn’t hire a photographer. And as you might expect, we’ve regretted it ever since. Not because we didn’t get epic portraits of ourselves on a mountain top, but because we have no photos of the little moments, like when we had to ask his parents which hand we were supposed to put our rings on, or even our first kiss as husband and wife.
Epic mountain views and gorgeous couples portraits are of course part of what I do, but the real stuff is in the moments in between. Hugging your family and friends after the ceremony. Looking at your new spouse like “holy shit we’re actually married now!” Taking the time to experience every moment rather than rushing through the day.
It’s incredibly important to me that your wedding day does not feel like an endless photo shoot. Yes, we’ll get portraits, but I also need you to have time to be in the moment and experience your day without waiting for my directions. Let’s skip the staged and posed stuff that Pinterest wants you to copy, and allow the real moments to happen instead.
I promise I’ll be there to capture them.
these are a few of
My Favorite Things
01. Swimming in alpine lakes
I blame this one on growing up on an island off the coast of Norway, then finding myself landlocked in Colorado with more freezing lakes than beaches.
02. Sunrise is my favorite time of day
My new year’s resolution for 2018 was to catch more sunrises! I’ve been lucky to capture many of them along with my couples, as well as hiking in the dark in everything from warm summer nights to snowy winter mornings, just to catch those magical first rays from a mountain.
03. I have a Deathly Hallows tattoo
I read the first HP book at eleven, still think Hermione Granger is the coolest person ever, have dressed up in my Ravenclaw uniform for more than one movie premiere, and named our cats Luna and Lily.
04. I’m finally learning to snowboard
Eight years in Colorado, and I’m finally getting on board. (Pun intended.) Now I just need to get good enough to join my husband on his epic backcountry trips in summer!
05. J’adore le français
I’m taking French classes at CU Boulder, so I can fluently order my own pastries, speak with locals, and hopefully one day shoot a wedding in French. (French will be my fourth language !)
06. I used to cross-country ski to school
It doesn’t get much more Norwegian than that.