Nina Larsen Reed is the fantastic photographer behind Larsen Photo Co. Her breathtaking photos have turned us into great fans, so naturally, we wanted to learn more about her and her business, and share all of it with you.
Tell us a little about your business?
I’m a Boulder-based wedding photographer who loves working with down-to-earth Colorado couples, whether they’re having big weddings at a venue or eloping alone in the wilderness.
How and when did your business get started?
I started my photography business part-time in 2012 while I was still working on my undergrad at CU Boulder. After a couple of years of splitting my time between photography and school, I realized that I would rather run my own business than continue on with my law school plans, and so I went full-time with photography in 2015. The first couple of years, I mostly photographed aerial dance and yoga, which took me all over the world, but I quickly got tired of shooting inside a dark studio every day and having to travel so much for work. At the end of 2016, a friend asked me to do an anniversary session for her and her husband, and from that first shoot at sunrise I was hooked. I went all in, started a new photography brand for weddings, and I’ve been loving my job every day since.
What would you say makes you stand out from other similar vendors?
My couples all say that working with me was like hanging out with an old friend, and it’s always my very favorite compliment. I want to be so much more than just some stranger with a camera at a wedding. Having a solid connection with my couples lets them relax and trust me to capture the real moments and emotions, without feeling self-conscious about the camera.
What has been your most memorable event?
The first elopement I ever booked on my own was for a couple from Texas who were coming up to Boulder to elope in a hot air balloon. When I first got their email, I thought they were trying to scam me, because it sounded too good to be true! But they were for real, and I got to capture them exchanging vows in a hot air balloon over Boulder at sunrise. I remember driving home afterwards with a huge smile on my face, thinking this had to be the best job ever.
What inspires you?
People inspire me! No two weddings are the same, and each couple has their own history, their own way of loving on each other, their own way of celebrating with friends and family. Focusing on telling a couple’s personal story keeps me inspired in a way that following trends or posing every couple the same never would.
What is your number one tip for couples planning their wedding?
Before you start researching vendors or making any decisions about the date or location, spend some time dreaming out loud with your partner. If you could have absolutely any kind of wedding you wanted, what would that look and feel like? What kind of unique touches would help make the day feel special to you? It’s so easy to get sucked in and start checking tasks off a list without ever having a clear goal in mind. But when you both know why you are doing all this planning, it’ll help you enjoy the process so much more.
What are other types of events you like to work for besides weddings?
I only photograph couples now, whether it’s weddings, elopements, or even engagement and anniversary sessions.
Give us some interesting or unknown facts about you or your business?
-I have my 100th wedding this October, less than three years after I decided to start photographing weddings!
-I’m a born-and-raised Norwegian, but I’ve called Boulder my home for ten years now.
What’s next for your business?
I’m really focusing on doing more weddings here in the Boulder area. I love all the Colorado mountain towns I get to work in, but I don’t love spending half my days stuck in traffic on I-70. I want more workdays where I can drink coffee on my own patio in the morning, make the five minute drive downtown for a wedding, and be home in time for an evening walk around my NoBo neighborhood with my husband.
What do you personally like to do in your free time?
I love going to shows at the Fox and Boulder Theater with friends, having people over for dinner so I have an excuse to cook and bake, hanging out on my patio with a book and a glass of rosé, and of course getting out on the trails to hike!
What are three words that describe you as a person?
Outgoing, optimistic, and observant!
What is your favorite hang out spot in Boulder?
I love hanging out with my laptop to get work done at Beleza Coffee, and I spend way too much time at Rayback Collective, since I live within biking distance off both!
What is your favorite outdoor activity in Colorado?
Hiking, duh! We are so lucky to have all these hiking trails right outside our homes, from Boulder OSMP to Indian Peaks Wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park. I love hiking with Boulder Hiker Chicks, a local womens-only group who are starting to be known for eating chips and taking silly photos on summits. Hiking to me has always been about community and connection, more than just a workout, and I can always count on BHC for making any hike more fun.
On a snowy day in Colorado, what are you doing?
I’m either cross-country skiing by myself up by Brainard Lake, taking my micro spikes out for a snowy hike up Green, or cuddling with my cats, a blanket, and a good book.
What are some of your favorite foods?
That’s a tough one, because I love eating! My perfect meal is a good crusty baguette and a selection of cured cheeses to start, followed by my husband’s sous-vide filet mignon and roasted potatoes, and finished off with a lemon tart or macarons that I baked myself. And rosé to drink, because yes I’m okay with being basic! 😂
To check out her amazing work, visit her:
You can also contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-219-0307.