I had been planning this session with Nadja and Rolf for almost a year. Although they live in Switzerland, they eloped in Red Rock Vegas three years ago and have been returning ever since. We connected through Instagram and over our love for our cats (haha). I was humbled when Nadja (a fellow artist herself) asked if I would come along to create for them. As big country fans, they planned this session around the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Janna and I flew in on October 1st. Thankfully Nadja and Rolf decided to leave the festival early as we had planned for our session the next day, missing the deadliest mass shooting in the modern US. Janna and I were kitty-corner to the festival, where they began to bring the bodies in. After a few frantic hours, we were relieved to connect with Nadja and Rolf to confirm they were safe.

I’ve decided not to rehash the details of that evening because I want this post to be about Nadja & Rolf, what we created together and not about what almost happened to them. I’m so grateful they found me through a social channel that allowed us to connect from across the world. And I’m grateful that I was able to be apart of this, to meet them and learn a lot about myself through the process. I’m proud of all of us for still making this session happen. Endless thank you’s to this beautiful couple and their hearts. I hope to see you again soon.
My deepest condolences to anyone and everyone affected by that night.

Hair/Makeup: Behind the Blush

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[…] It’s been over a month now since we met up with Nadja and Rolf who came from Switzerland to Las Vegas to celebrate their anniversary and to attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival.  If you’ve been following our social accounts then you know most of the story about how all four of us thankfully survived the deadliest shooting in US history. We don’t want to use this post to expand more on the experience except that our thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims and that we hope to meet up with Nadja and Rolf in the future to create some new memories. We wanted to share the beautiful images and behind the scenes of the photo’s that Nicole was able to capture out in Red Rock. To see the full blog post visit Nicole Ashley’s site here. […]
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