Hello! I am Nicole (Utecht) Algra, Owner of and Professional Photographer for Nicole Utecht Photography.

I am a fine art photographer who specializes in Family and High School Senior portraits, and Weddings. I am based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and am always happy to travel anywhere in the state or country for sessions and weddings.

This year, I am celebrating my 14th year in business. Building relationships with my families and couples is something that I value deeply. I cherish all of my wonderful couples and families, most of whom have been with me for over a decade now. I am so grateful that we share the same importance for capturing special moments and memories that will only happen once, but will last for generations to come through photography.

Born an artist, who loves to draw and paint, I began photographing with my film camera at a young age and took my first photo class in high school. My passion for photography and the Fine Arts lead me to earn two photography degrees. I stayed close to home for my BFA in Photography from UW-Oshkosh. Then, my desire to further my photographic education, along with my adoration for the beach and southern charm, lead me to Savannah, Georgia, where I earned my MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

I am happily married to my handsome husband, Jason, who also happens to be an Ironman triathlete. We enjoy an athletic and adventuresome life together. When available, Jason will assist me with some of my shoots and weddings. He always adds that extra spark of personality, energy and charisma where ever he goes.

When I am not photographing or sitting at my computer editing, you can often find me at the Y working out, practicing yoga, or swimming (I was a competitive swimmer for 15 years). I also love to ride my bike to watch the sunset in the summer, cuddle our sweet black cat in the afternoon sunlight, spend all day cooking comfort food during the winter, and watch nightly episodes of The Office or Seinfeld to relax before bed. Cookies, tacos, and mac n’ cheese are my weaknesses, and I if I weren't a photographer I might want to be a personal chef.

Making time to travel is a necessity for me. I feel it makes me a better person and artist and inspires my creative path. I am on a mission to achieve my bucket-list goals, one of which is to go to our country's National Parks.

I am looking forward to another beautiful year of photography, and to all of the opportunities that come with it to be a blessing.

{Photo: My husband and me in Paris. Photo by: La'Mour de Paris. }