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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    Wednesday, December 26, 2007

    Gone Fishin'

    I'm leaving on a week vacation in Florida. I'm going to Disneyworld! Nellie Photography will be closed from December 30 through January 7. All emails, phone calls and other correspondence will be returned after January 7th. Also, print orders and new album orders will not go into production until after I return. Thanks for your patience.

    I'll be taking fabulous photos throughout the whole trip, so stay tuned!

    Tuesday, December 25, 2007

    The Big Reveal

    Okay, finally the Big News is here! I've published an ad in Sacramento Bride and Groom magazine! I have 4 appearances: Page 176, 226, 62, and 105. You can check it out at Borders, Barnes and Nobles, Raleys, Bel Air, and......other places I'm not sure of. Yaaaaaaay!!

    Full Page, Full Color, baby!!

    Happy Thought: #97 "You could be eating hot popcorn in about 5 minutes."

    Thursday, December 20, 2007

    Gigantic Sweets!

    I had jury duty yesterday. This time I brought a backpack full of stuff to keep myself busy. I was excused. Yaaaaaay! But it took until 4:30 pm for that to happen.

    I recently went to Claim Jumper Restaurant. It's got a western saloon atmosphere--antler chandeliers, giant buffalo and moose heads decorating the walls, a fireplace... What makes the restaurant really stand out is the giant food portions. My mom and I ordered the famed chocolate eclair, and we couldn't believe what came to our table. It's enough to feed 6 people! You've gotta see the 6-layer chocolate cake, it resembles a tree trunk stool!

    This is the eclair! It's filled with ice cream, custard, whipped cream, and bittersweet warm chocolate.

    Happy Thought: #56 "You don't live in the pre-dishwasher era."

    Sunday, December 16, 2007

    A Daily Ritual

    Pillows strewn across the floor. Magazines and newspapers ripped to shreds. Toys everywhere. Shoes and blinds half eaten.....all compliments of Panda Snow Bear, my puppy. Well, I guess he's not too much of a puppy anymore, he's about a year now. It's like having a child! We have to keep constant watch on him. If he's not in the room with us, we have to wonder what he's up to. I don't mind the messes too much. In fact, I give him magazines and shipping boxes to chew up--we have to keep him busy! I must say, everyday there's something new....

    Emerging from my room 30 minutes later, I walk into the living room....and what a surprise!

    This is what happens if I don't close the door to my room before leaving the house. He trys to look through the blinds as I walk away from the house. Unfortunately, his "looking" involves teeth and nails.

    Happy Thought: #52 "Gargage sales"

    Thursday, December 13, 2007


    Have you seen the Coco Chanel commercial with Kiera Knightly?? I love it! And I love the song by Joss Stone. I loved it so much I added it to the Nellie Photography website soundtrack. If you haven't seen it, here it is below...

    Wednesday, December 12, 2007

    New Photos

    I've added both new and reworked photos to Nellie Photography's image portfolio. I'll probably continue to add to the portfolio over the next couple days. Check it out. Here's a little preview...

    This was from a music artist session. He's a producer for a local rap group.

    This photo was taken in a japanese garden in the Bay Area. Perfect scenery! She's an old friend of mine. We lost touch like 8 years ago, but then reconnected through Myspace. Is that an addictive website or what?

    This was from an engagement session earlier this year. Fun couple. And I think this is hilarious. It shows a lot of personality.

    An emotional moment as the bride is about to be given away by her father. Looooove it!!

    Happy Thought: "No day is so bad that it can't be fixed with a nap." -- Carrie Snow

    Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    Bigger Photos!!

    Yaaay! Now my blog will have larger photos! I couldn't figure out how to do it until I got advise from Carla Ten Eyck, a photographer from Hartford, Connecticut. Special thanks to Carla for helping me out!

    Random Facts

    I decided to list a few random facts about myself....I know you're dying to know!

    1. I'm really beginning to like Amy Winehouse.

    2. I watch The View every chance I get. But, I think Barbara and Whoopi are boring.

    3. I burned my leg on a motorcycle exhaust when I was in junior high, and never got on a motorcycle since.

    4. I own all 3 Shrek movies and hope there will be a 4th one!

    5. I can't stand when people bite their forks or spoons. The clinking sound makes my skin crawl!

    And since all posts deserve a photo:

    I call this: "Push mushroom, push!"

    Happy Thought: #17 "Luggage on wheels"

    Sunday, December 9, 2007

    Just Because....

    Here's a random photo for the day. These fabulous orchids were placed on the kitchen table because my doggy kept snatching the moss out of the bottom of the vase.

    Happy Thought: #8 "Pixar Movies"

    Saturday, December 8, 2007

    Vibrant Bellydancer

    I had the opportunity to photograph Reina Karizmah: a bellydance performer, instructor, and choreographer. She's so fun to photograph because she knows how to work the camera--her facial expressions, her hand movements, and her body language all blend together seamlessly as if she's performing on stage (maybe her training in acting has really payed off!). I've always admired how she was never afraid to just be herself.

    Reina is promoting her services. You can contact her for a consultation at:

    I love her costume's vibrant colors!

    Gorgeous!! This is my absolute favorite of the bunch.
    I love the fall enviroment--it brings depth to the photo.
    Happy Thought: #91 "Warm, fluffy clothes and towels, fresh from the dryer."

    Friday, December 7, 2007


    Okay, the Nellie Photography website should be good to go. I had to change the whole layout...but it's acceptable.....

    Happy Thought #24: "Free Refills"

    Thursday, December 6, 2007

    Website Gliches

    Oh no!! Yesterday I discovered that the new website layout has a few gliches. Most viewers won't be able to see the whole webpage design. Also, some of you might be having problems hearing the new website soundtrack. I'm working on that right now. Hold tight.....

    But overall, what do you think?

    Wednesday, December 5, 2007

    It's Here!!!

    Today is the day I debut my new website and brand! I'm so excited!

    I call my new brand: "vintage glam". Nellie Photography is now more plush, princessy, upscale, and fabulous! We're also offering a new array of improved products. You gotta check it out!