Nordica Photography

2011 – Year Two

December 26, 2011

2011 was the year we got to know who Nordica is becoming. The year a face began to emerge. But it didn’t just happen, and it wasn’t without playing a bit of house along the way.

We’ve always referred to Nordica as our baby, and it is. Nordica’s roots are deep within both our lives and we’ve nurtured it, fed it, and watched it grow ever since we gave it a name and started shaping it’s identity in November of 2009. Like any proud parents, we shone the limelight a bit too bright on a baby that we knew nothing about, and we may have blinded ourselves a bit along the way.

But, with naive in full force, we pushed forward believing our baby would grow to be awesome.

Nordica took a few steps in 2010 – steps that we were very proud of and still are – but those steps were not unlike a crazy teenager’s.

More confident then experienced, more talking then listening, more dreaming then action. In 2010, Nordica was the loud-mouthed guy who screamed greatness having yet achieved a thing, and yelling to the world all the things he wanted to achieve one day.

Then, in 2011, it started to happen.

Some – not all – of the things the loud-mouthed teenager was screaming began to happen. It was as though Nordica had just cruised the university, had a dream job in mind, and actually got hired.

We dreamt about photographing a wedding in Iceland. Nordica ended up beside glaciers on one trip, and isolated countryside the next.

We dreamt about photographing multicultural weddings. We found ourselves in Sikh temples, Mexican jungles, Swedish archipelagos, historical farmlandsIndian ceremonies and faraway ranches.

Throughout 2011, we lived the dreams that we envisioned to be possible when we first started. We had big ideas, and somehow they came true.

And as 2011 drew to a close, we realize that we weren’t yelling a bunch of bullshit without substance anymore, and we weren’t living in some sort of fantasy that would be whisked away.

We realized that our little man, Nordica, had done a great deal of maturing, and we are proud of who he’s becoming. There are many lessons to be learned still, but experience and achieving goals has lit a fire in our little man, and we look forward to seeing where the journey takes him in 2012.

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By Cole & Jakob  

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  1. Becca Dilley

    Congratulations on an amazing year - I can't wait to see what 2012 holds for Nordica (or 2018 for that matter!)

  2. Mathias

    Brilliant work. You have done amazing work this year! I wish you all well for next year!

  3. Dustin Hall

    Wow, these are all gorgeous photos. I look forward to seeing what 2012 will bring from Nordica.

  4. Sara Norrehed

    Truly amazing stuff from you two! A good year for sure!

  5. Igor Demba

    I had to slow down my day and take it in, very slowly, frame by frame. Cole & Jakob you have created something incredibly beautiful.

  6. Brad Butcher

    Always blown away guys. Great work!

  7. Julie Skelton

    So inspiring! What a fabulous set of images, they are just breathtaking.

  8. Max

    What an awesome year it must have been for you guys

  9. Drew W

    Every single image is a show stopper. Great work fellows.

  10. Sachin Khona

    What the?...! You guys are sick! Beautiful art guys!

  11. Anne

    Your work floors me. Every single time. Your images are about weddings, mostly, but it is the people (and all of their human-ness) that shine through. That displays a skill that is beyond even the most complex manipulation of light through a machine. It shows that you've been growing this a lot longer than just the time that you've been holding cameras... Congrats on a beautiful year.

  12. Andria Lindquist

    you guys are out of control. what a year.

  13. brett maxwell

    that photo of the (father's?) outstretched hand and girl crawling across the aisle is ridiculously excellent photojournalism. Of course the whole set is superb, but that one blew. me. away.

  14. Tab McCausland

    WOW #3 is my fav!! That is an amazing group of photos my friend!!

  15. Josh Mitchell

    Amazing year for you guys!

  16. Zosia

    Joyful, joyful stuff, guys! Looking forward to seeing more in 2012! x

  17. Matt

    So glad you guys put this epic post together, inspiring to look through your year of work. Keep it up for reals!

  18. Michelle

    Congrats on a great year! Such lovely photos each time. Looking forward to seeing more in the coming years! :)

  19. JESSIE

    What a beautiful year of photography! Wow!

  20. Gedas

    So so so good

  21. Darin Collison


  22. Javi

    Amazing inspiring!!

  23. Kostis Mouselimis

    I will be here next year for sure....great photography

  24. Andreas Holm

    Amazing work guys! Looking forward to seeing what you'll come up with 2012! Happy New Year & keep up the good work !

  25. Stephen Rotondo

    Beautiful, beautiful work, great post guys!

  26. Jakub

    Well done lads! Very inspirational. Looking forward to seeing more in 2012!

  27. megan noonan

    Kudos to you guys! This is an amazing set of images! Can't wait to see what you bring to the table for 2012!

  28. Alan Hutchison

    What a fabulous set of images - Best wishes for 2012

  29. Klaas Jeschke


  30. Elin Ivemo Photography

    Jäääklar vilket år ni har haft!

  31. hugh

    Nordica. Can't stop. Won't stop. What an amazing (second?!) year you guys have had. Can't wait to see the third. And forth. And...

  32. hugh

    fourth* dang it.

  33. Bill Alewine

    What an amazing year you guys had... Simply beautiful images all around. Looking forward to 2012!

  34. jsa

    fantastic year guys!

  35. Dustin Prickett

    This is probably my 3rd time here and keep getting more and more blown away. Some true talent you guys have!

  36. ayesha

    omg. omg omg. everything i love about you guys! just. so. good. i can't believe this is only year two... your passion + talent + skillz = my inspiration. LOVE nordica. best wishes for 2012!! and pat y'all's selves on the back for 2011. for real.

  37. Chantal Andrea

    Wow, serious eye candy here. I'm a big fan of your work... It's got this cinematic feel to it that haunts me. Love.

  38. Adam Houseman

    Nothing to say I haven't already said. You guys are awesome. Thanks for sharing your vision.

  39. Tracy Morter


  40. Brad Ross

    I could write a million words on the awesomeness of your work.... or I could just say Fuck Yeah!

  41. Brandis Alves

    Stunning work in 2011!! Keep it up, it's fabulous :)

  42. Amanda Basteen

    As I expected your year was phenomenal. Wow

  43. Jenna Cole

    So inspiring.

  44. Brian Davis

    So many amazing photos. You've made some serious strides this year. Congratulations on all of your well-deserved success.

  45. Shari

    Truly amazing. What a year this has been for you!

  46. Eric Yerke

    Amazing collection. You guys are incredible

  47. Andy Gaines

    And that is why you guys rule! Seriously though, hugely inspiring as always - look forward to seeing more amazing work from you. Cheers.

  48. Nessa K

    I'm on the verge of tears. I just spent... so much time looking through these. Three times now. You're amazingly talented men. I cannot wait to see what you do in 2012. <3

  49. Johanna

    It's so frustrating because I want to say everything and still nothing sums up my feelings. So I'll just say: ♥

  50. Leah Muse

    Speechless. Just send this link to all prospective clients and you're done.

  51. Emily

    By far my favorite year in review so far. Such a joy to scroll through these, and I love the song choice, too. So excited to see what 2012 brings for you.

  52. Jared Tseng

    You guys had an AMAZING year! Phenomenal work.

  53. Kristian Leven

    Hats off to you guys - some sensational images here. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with next year.

  54. alyda

    you guys are the bestestest

  55. Reimund Trost

    Wow. That's one helluva year. So many awesome pictures. Will be exciting to see what magic you'll bring in 2012.

  56. Brian Kraft

    Ridiculous. I'll be watching closely during 2012. Can't wait!

  57. Heather Elizabeth

    If this is what 2011 looked like, I can't imagine what 2012 is going to look like. Inspiring work.

  58. PJ Photos

    all best in 2012...2011 was WOW ;-))

  59. fer juaristi

    guys 2012 will rock for you! You are definitely doing something that moves me.

  60. Katie

    Beautiful work !!!

  61. Tenielle

    It's amazing that places I've never been, moments I've never witnessed and people I've never met could make me feel as much as these frames do. Your work speaks loudly enough for us all to hear. Speechless.

  62. ed peers

    This is truly outstanding boys... it just gets better and better. Amazing.

  63. benj haisch

    unreal, fellas. so mother flippin' good.

  64. Kevin Le Vu

    Man, what a recap! BADASS.

  65. nirav

    So damn proud of you guys!!

  66. Meredith S

    Wow. your photography is great. I'm glad I stumbled across it. What a beautiful 2011 post. Blessings.

  67. Mario Nixon

    Just discovered you guys and glad I did. Great photos all! Looks like it was an amazing year. Looking forward to what 2012 brings!

  68. Tyler Branch

    what a year, guys. wow!

  69. Kristy Field

    Congratulations on a fabulous year guys, look forward to seeing your work in 2012!

  70. Kat Braman

    dayum dudes! this is such a sick collection of images. Thanks for the lovely postcard BTW!

  71. Shane Macomber

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing and keep em coming!

  72. mae

    what a great post...what a great year! your work is incredible.

  73. Sarah

    This is nothing short of amazing. Love.

  74. Jon S6

    pretty damn mega, congrats

  75. Derek

    Incredible work, looking forward to seeing your posts from this year!

  76. Nathan Walker

    GOSH! Your work is beyond stunning! I can't look away!

  77. Ricardo Bencomo Renedo


  78. François Hogue

    i love your colors, your style, your way of framing. nice work.

  79. Jennelle

    WOW! Amazing portfolio of work! Looks like you had a busy 2011...can't wait to see what happens this year!

  80. James - wedding photographer new york

    You did a wonderful job on all these beautiful pictures.

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