I am a designer & a dreamer with a heart for people. I love light & dreamy imagery and I am a believer in the printed photograph. I cherish motherhood completely-the easy and the hard, and I adore my little family of four. I had no idea that I wanted to become a photographer until I actually became one. And it has been my dream job ever since. I truly hope to develop a lasting relationship with you and offer you an experience that is truly enjoyable-not only for you but the entire family. Sit awhile, scroll down, and get to know me a little more. I look forward to meeting you!

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nicole

The dreamer, planner, family calendar manager, designer, audio book addict, and lover of all things gold.

My steady rock, source of laughter, inspirational speaker, movie quote-er, travel golfer, born & raised Michigander.

My greatest gift, warrior child, Lego builder, comic book illustrator, young entrepreneur, and nonstop talker!

My baby girl, sweet & sassy, small yet fierce, cat lover, tiny dancer who can’t live without mac & cheese and snuggles.

my story

the timeline

1998

2002

2004

2007

"Because you can't see how far you've come, without knowing where you've come from"

2009

Met my husband

Walked around my college town blindfolded with a random boy during freshmen welcome week. Four years later, he asked me to marry him.

Married!

Graduated, moved to Michigan and planned a wedding in 5 months flat (all before Pinterest and social media-quite impressive, I know!)

Nicole Rollin Photography was born

Shooting only in BW film!!! Other jobs included: preschool teaching, nannying and assisting my husband as youth pastors at a local church.

Pregnant!

After 4 years of infertility-we were surprised with our first pregnancy (found out in the airport while traveling to Israel).

Living the dream!

Quit all other jobs and launched my photography business full time!!! (Hello to working from home!)

2009 to present

my story

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2015

2012

Present

Because you can't know where you're going without knowing where you've been.

2017

City Light Church

Launched a life-giving church with my hubby in Rochester Hills.

It's a Girl!

Finally got to use all my girly props when my second little love was born!

rebrand

Rebranded my business & redesigned my
studio-inspired by Chip & Jo. Yay for shiplap!

What's Next?

I'm always dreaming of new adventures. And anything is possible with a coffee in hand!

1998 - 2009

2009

Studio

 Renovated and moved into my permanent space. Think all things teal and brown!

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01

HomeGoods, Target, and the Nordstrom’s shoe department! My favorite online boutique- Morning Lavender, so beautiful! Oh, and the window displays from Anthropologie has me dreaming of joining their creative design team! 

retail therapy

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02

I can pass up on most sweets, but give this girl a donut and I will ask for more!!!  
Local shops I love: Avon and Knapps

Donuts

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03

We make a weekly kid's date to our public library & park. I love that my kids have a love for reading books! What we’re reading now…always Captain Underpants! And any book with cats!

local libraries

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04

Ok-so I haven’t meet Jo yet BUT during my last girl’s trip to Waco, we got to spend some time with Jo Jo’s mama! She prayed over us and even gave us a full tour-including going up on the roof top of Magnolia.

fixer upper

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05

Coffee, cappuccinos, French press, pour overs…I like them a latte! I may drink a little too much caffeine every day... I blame that on the birth of my daughter, who still never sleeps-bless her!

Coffee

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And when I’m not drinking coffee…
LaCroix, Perrier, San Pellegrino…I’ll drink just about any sparkling water-as long as the calorie and sugar intake is ZERO (so I can feel guilt free when consuming all those donuts!)

Lacroix

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My children will be the first to tell you that my favorite color is gold. All of my studio and home décor, light fixtures & faucets, wedding ring & jewelry. Even my silverware is... you guessed it! Gold!

all things Gold!

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08

During this "always busy" season we find ourselves in...it's so hard for my hubby and I to squeeze in a date night!!! So we started doing weekly breakfast dates instead and it is life changing!!! Local favorites: RBH, The Fed, and Commonwealth.

breakfast dates

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09

A few years ago we invested in bikes with a tandem and trailer for our kids and fill up our summer days off with new trails, picnic lunches and adventure!

Family bike rides

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10

After mentioning this "favorite"to several of my friends, I realize that I may be one of the few that still love baths as an adult!!! I dream of the day when I can have a stand alone-soaker tub-ahh! 

bubble baths

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portrait film

my family

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I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and I love cheese curds.

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Kid-free vacations, can I get an AMEN?!

 My husband and I made a promise to each other to go on a kid-free vacation every year, and since then we have not missed a single trip! Key philosophy: in order to have a happy marriage, you have to invest in your marriage!

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Bucket List of travels

My traveling goal is visiting every island in the Caribbean.  Not sure when this dream started, but so far we've made it to: Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Puerto Rico!

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My husband and I are pastors!

We started City Light, a fun & life-giving church, in 2015. Our portable church meets in Rochester Hills High School every Sunday and all are welcome.

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Future dreams are many!

A dream that is stirring in my heart to have my own “boutique” building with a glam coffee shop (offering gourmet donuts of course), a local artist shop and new home of Nicole Rollin – Portraits & Films.

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Golden love

I have only owned golden retrievers; Peaches-my childhood dog, Lady-our first baby, Sadie-the wild child and Duke-our new puppy!

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Interior Design

In my spare time I am an interior designer…well, at least for my own home!

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My infertility struggle

My husband and I struggled with infertility for four years prior to being blessed with our son & daughter! And although we were never able to have any more-our children have so much personality, we haven’t even had time to dwell on it!

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My life is about much more than taking beautiful images. My purpose is to connect with people and walk besides them on this amazing journey called life.  And ultimately, to encourage everyone I meet to truly enjoy this one life we are all given…it is such a gift!

I also believe that sharing one’s story & hardships and how God has brought us through them can bring life & healing to another person. It assures us all that we are not alone in these struggles...especially when everything about everyone else seems so perfect on Instagram!!!  

So here are a few of my hard times that I have overcome with God's strength...I grew up in a divorced home; I was in a verbally abusive relationship as a young adult for years; I’ve walked through a season when I thought I would lose my husband to a horrible illness; I’ve struggled with infertility; and then struggled with feeling that I "lost" myself after having those very children I prayed so hard for! 

It’s only of late, twenty years after graduating High School, (gasp!) that I have started to feel fully confident in myself, my body, my life and my purpose...although I know I have so much more to learn! 

My husband and I started City Light in 2015 to offer a life-giving church for real people, with real hardship. We exist to  help people know God personally, find freedom from their past through life-giving relationships, discover their God-given purpose & gifts and then walk in them!

So...If I can bless you with cherished photographs of your family that you can enjoy on your walls throughout the every day of life…my job as photographer is complete.

But if I can offer a listening ear to your hardships and assure you that you are not alone...if I can offer you a loving church family and ultimately, lead you to a life-giving relationship with Jesus...then I am truly fulfilling my purpose!

fulfilling dream

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