I am a retro girl at heart, from the music I love, to the car I drive (1968 Cadillac, thanks for asking.)  Combine that part of me with the side that is free-spirited, independent, and a little dangerous, and you’ll understand my photographic style.  This site features modern women who appreciate the glamour and subtlety of the past.  I particularly love the 40’s and 50’s, an influence that’s pretty easy to spot in my work.



I shoot all of my sessions on B&W film and process it all by hand; my chipped nail polish is a dead giveaway.  All of my sessions are done on location, either in my clients’ homes or in a special location of their choosing.  Why?  First and foremost, because that’s where you’re the most you, and your environment will contribute just the right atmosphere to the photographs.  It also makes wardrobe changes a breeze, with all your stuff within arm’s reach.  And, honestly, because I just hate studios.  Boring!

You don’t have to be a professional sex kitten to get photographs you’ll love.  It’s my job to make you look amazing, and frankly, I’m damn good at it.  Lucille Ball said, “Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.”  I say, once in every woman’s life, she’s entitled to dress like Marilyn and celebrate her feminine oh-my-God-ness.

So take a deep breath, dig out the over-the-top lingerie you bought and have never worn, have a shot of liquid courage, and let’s do this.  

Official Hoity Toity Bio for PR purposes:

CJ Nicolai considers herself a bit of a dinosaur, working exclusively with B&W film and old, often antique, cameras. Her commercial, editorial, portrait, and art photography and numerous writings have been widely published and collected throughout the US and UK.

Black & White Photography (UK), December 2004
Kodak ProPass Magazine, 2005
Equine Chronicle, 2005-2011
M.I.L.K.: Friends, Families, Lovers, & Laughter, Fall 2009
Dear Dad, 2010
Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, 2010
Black & White Photography (UK), August 2012

Click Magazine, January/February 2013

Photographer’s Gallery, Denver, Colorado 2004 and 2005
Elevator Gallery, Toronto, Canada 2007
Flash Gallery, Denver, Colorado 2007
Core Gallery, Denver, Colorado 2008
Fraction Magazine Group Show, 2009
Karma, Littleton, Colorado, 2010
Sketch, Denver, Colorado, 2010
Highland Tavern, Denver, Colorado, 2011
Goosetown Tavern, Denver, Colorado, 2011

3 Little Birds, Denver, Colorado, January 2013

YouthBiz, permanent display

CJ, photographed by Bob Nicolai

CJ, photo by Bob Nicolai


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