Welcome to Nellie Photography's Blog! I'm Janelle, creator and owner of Nellie Photography. Our studio is based in Sacramento, California. We shoot Pin-ups & boudoir, weddings, engagements, families, children, portraits, the occasional pet, and other random subjects. I created this blog as a personal journal for my professional work, personal imagery, studio news, promotions, and other fabuluous randomness.

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    Tuesday, July 31, 2007

    Reasons to Smile

    I picked up this book from the drug store-- "It's a Happy Thing". It's a gift book from Hallmark. The book features people's comments and thoughts when they were asked the question, "What makes you happy?" I like it because it focuses on the simple pleasures in life.
    Be ready for random happy thoughts appearing on the blog. They'll be thoughts excerpted from the book, as well as from my own little head.
    Let's start our own collection of happy thoughts! Leave a comment explaining what makes you happy. If we get enough entries, maybe we can publish our own book!!!
    Happy Thought: #18 "Friday is never that far away."

    Tuesday, July 24, 2007


    We got a puppy! He's 7 months. He's a Pomeranian. His name is Panda Snow Bear, but we call him "Panda" for short. Isn't he cute! He's so hyper and funny, he cracks me up all the time. He's already torn up my flip-flops, a pillow, gift wrap, gift bags, magazines, and a squeaky toy. He's starting to chew up table legs, carpet, undies, and the wooden stairs. I'm definite there's more to come...but that's okay, We Love Him!!

    Here's Panda's headshot. I think he's got modeling in his future...
    The head cocked to the side is always cute. He did this whenever he heard the shutter click. He couldn't figure out what I was holding in front of my face.

    Those puppy-dog eyes just get me every time.
    Don't even think about chewing up mom's flowers!!

    He finally wore himself out. He sat for about 30 seconds for this shot. Just trying to keep up with him during our little photo session had me breaking a sweat.

    His head reminds me of a black bear in this photo.

    Saturday, July 21, 2007

    Engagement Session with Jessica and Rob

    I just finished an engagement session: Jessica and Rob--what a fun couple! They really relaxed in front of the camera, and we got some great shots. They're so funny! I got to capture a lot of their playfulness.

    We shot on location in Historic Folsom, CA. I find it cute, quite, and romantic. Even though it's close to home, I never took the time to stop and look around until scouting locations for this shoot. But now that I have, I'm definately going back for a little window shopping and some dinner (hint, hint).

    They were so easy going that they had no objections to sitting on the ground when I asked!
    "Who me???"
    This shot killed her back, but look at that beautiful hair! She sacrificed herself for the sake of art.
    "Mysterious and Coy".
    It was close to 97 degrees when we were shooting on this bridge. That's 25 degrees over my limit!! The bridge shots took some patience because other people were trying to cross at the same time. At one point, we had to jump out of the way of a biking group of young kids. Had to make sure we got a good ring shot!
    I love this picture! It's a great action shot. And don't forget about her shoes in the left-hand corner...funny!
    This was one of the last shots of our session. We shot this using only streetlight. I like the warm, festive feel.
    It may seem corny, but I love my lollipop idea! They played off the idea, and their expressions worked perfectly. And...it just so happens that they're standing outside of a candy store...is that a coincidence or what!?

    Friday, July 13, 2007

    "Lucky Sevens"

    Congratulations to our 7.7.07 couple, Andrew and Brandy!

    I had the privilege of spending the whole day with them, beginning with documenting the bride's morning preparations, and ending with the last goodbye hugs at the reception. I really enjoyed their families--they were welcoming and a lot of fun. And best of all, their photos came out beautiful! Best wishes!

    Showcase of the bride's shoes.

    Showcase of the bride's dress.

    Time for the make-up!

    Cool shot of the bride and her bridesmaids.

    Here's a fun shot of the whole bridal party.

    The groomsmen- Mafia style!

    The bride and groom finally get a moment alone...

    Cute close-up!

    Monday, July 9, 2007

    "Baby Cakes"

    Check out our new "Baby Cakes" promotion! The idea: Give the baby cake and let her go at it! Special thanks to the Colemans for welcoming me into their home in order to test shoot the idea. We had a lot of fun during the shoot. I love the bright colors...and check out that cake--it has lots of character! I made it myself! I was worried at first, but it turned out the cake worked perfectly--leaning in all its gooey glory! What a great session for one year olds. Book your session now to qualify for the summer special. Or, purchase a "Baby Cakes" session gift certificate for a friend.

    Here's a composite...good idea for a wall size print.

    A great "old photo" effect...

    She's trying to sniff the cake--cute!

    What a beautiful mess!

    Yum, yum.

    Sunday, July 1, 2007


    Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog!! I had to jump on the technology bandwagon to keep up with all the great photographers out there. I hope to use this blog to share info on the latest events, specials, and cool photos from our studio. Again, welcome and I hope to see you back often!