About Your Photographer



“Growing up, we are told to “Do What We Love.” Nothing could be more true for me…”

Hey There! I’m Nicole Bichsel & here’s how I see it….

Real life doesn’t happen in a studio, where you are asked to smile + say cheese. It’s when you are caught in an uncontrollable laugh, it’s grass stains + goofy faces, It’s a loving embrace and emotional stares. It’s something that can never be repeated. These are the moments that are important; the ones you will want to remember. These are the moments I strive to capture.


Why the name “Orange Anchor”? – The anchor represents being grounded and constant for my love of all things creative. It also represents my husband Blaine, who is in the Coast Guard.  I chose Orange not only because it’s my favorite color, but because orange is a power color – it stimulates enthusiasm and creativity and means vitality with endurance.
The thing I love most about being a photographer? – Meeting people and discovering the little things that make them extraordinary.
What is a typical session with you like? – Not one session is alike. But the majority of my sessions include laughing, running, singing, funny fart noises, story telling, booger picking, jumping, hand holding, ring-around-the-rosie, red rover, and puddle splashing… just to name a few. Brides reading this – fart noises and booger picking usually only happen during the reception after guests have had a few.
Do you have a studio? At this point in my life, no. Why work against a white backdrop when you have nature’s backdrop outside your front door. Natural lighting is where it’s at.
What is your style? – If I had to use one word to describe my work, it would hands down be VIBRANT. Life is colorful; your images should reflect that.
What’s “in your bag?” – I shoot with a Nikon D700 with my 24-70mm 2.8 & the 14-24mm 2.8, Nikon D700 as a backup, and a Speedlight SB900. I also have the GoPro Hero 3+ to shoot cute little videos and underwater photography!! And my bag… it’s a Kelly Moore, not that I’m bragging or anything.
What is the turnaround for photos? – Portrait Sessions are 2-4 Weeks and Weddings are 8-12 weeks. Keep in mind that these are by no means set in stone. I feel like sometimes it’s hard to make a promise for a certain deadline, because it means I have to limit my creative process just to be finished by a certain time, rather than by when I feel like everything is the way I would want it to be.
Besides a Photographer, Who are you? – I’m 29, a Natural Blonde (but you’ll find me sporting vivid red locks or silver hair), a Gemini and a lover of light and color. I’m a proud Coast Guard Wife & Step Mama “Cole” to Mister Knox, and Aunty to Liam (how does my sister get him to stop crying? She skypes me & I act a fool). Cancer SURVIVOR in the House! >> 3 years in remission, woo!  I have a 16 year old kitty named Minkus & I’m OK with admitting that I’m obsessed with her. Crazy Cat Lady Status, for sure.  I heart ice cold water, tacos, and gummy bears. I grew up on a dairy farm, but my body dislikes milk and everything dairy with a passion (I’ll spare you the details).  My fingers and elbows are double jointed, but I cannot touch my toes to save my life. I’m terrified of cotton balls. I like singing “Proud Mary” on the karaoke mic and I’m pretty good at it, or so I’ve been told. My mother and I look like twins & going deer hunting with my dad is my absolute favorite hobby. I’m very into watching SciFi Shows with the hubs + my guilty pleasure is any and all Teen Vampire Shows. I’m a huge giver and a total procrastinator at times (oops). I love a good nap during a rainy day (which I guess it’s in my favor that I live in Seattle). — So.. yeah – that’s me in a random little nutshell & it’s really nice to meet you. x’s + o’s.

Based out of  Northern Wisconsin (Coverage Area includes >> Manitowoc, Manitowoc, Green Bay, Two Rivers, Sturgeon Bay, Appleton, Sheboygan) & often make trips to the Chicago, IL area, Dubuque Iowa, Seattle Washington and Puerto Rico for Portraits and Weddings!  Don’t see your city or state on the list? Just ask!!! I love to travel and will seize EVERY opportunity to do so.

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