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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    Saturday, April 26, 2008

    New Photos: Lavon! (Be sure to vote for fav. photo!!)

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    Earlier this week I took photos of a young model, Lavon. This was our second time working together. Even though we did his shoot immediately after he got of school, he was so patient and easy to work with! He's used to being on shoots and jobs for long periods of time. He's a working young man! I wish him success and joy in his career. ;)

    Make sure you vote for your favorite Lavon photo so that he can receive his free 8x10 print! He needs 15 votes. (Honor System) Submit your vote by leaving a comment below.

    Friday, April 25, 2008

    New Pin-Up & Boudoir Photos!!

    We've been working sooo hard lately! And finally....we've got model photos to show you! The model shoots have been so successful. The shoots have been long--cramming so much into one day--but they've been fun and rewarding. I'm loving the outcome, and I think the sets and outfits are just darling.

    She's gorgeous. She's voluptuous. And here she is...our first model debut:
    This is our "Dark Vixen" set.

    This is our "Femme Fatale" outfit with the "Dark Vixen" set.

    This is our "Natural Beauty" set. (With our angel wings prop!)

    This is our "Burlesque Curtain" set.

    This is our "The Kitten Prowl" set.

    As you can see, we have a variety of sets (as of now, 8 total), and we have tons of props to add more fun and personality to your images. More photos coming soon!!!

    Friday, April 18, 2008

    We're Ready to Schedule Pin-up & Boudoir Sessions!

    We're tying up a few loose ends this week. We should start posting photos of our models by next week. And yes...we are finally ready to book sessions! Session openings begin the week of April 27th. So hurry and book your session to get in as soon as possible! We have a giant waiting list!

    Once you contact us, we will send you important information about your session (including package pricing), but if you have any other questions, please do ask!!

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    Do you think you can fit into this?

    I've been receiving shipments of clothes for our Pin-up and Boudoir sessions for the past 2 weeks now. When I pulled this dress out of the packaging I just fell out laughing, and I just had to take a picture to share it with someone. Look at those skinny little arms! LOL!

    Here's a photo to show a comparison between a real person and the silly little dress...
    Okay, so here's what the dress really looks like once it's stretched out. The photo on the box looks a little risque, but our photos can be done more tastefully.

    Saturday, April 12, 2008

    "Something From Everyone's Childhood"

    I was watching David Letterman last night, and he had an awesome guest perform on the show: Raymond Crowe. I tuned in just as he stepped onto the stage. He does shadow puppetry (I don't know if that's the correct term for it). But whatever it's called, it's one of those games you used to play at night with a flashlight when you were a little kid. Remember trying to make a shadow bunny on the wall with your hands? Good times...

    But anyways, this guy takes the bunny to a whole new level. I can't believe how something so simple as a beam of light and one man's hands can have me stuck to the screen. When he was done, I too gave him a round of applause, as if I was in the Letterman audience. :) You've gotta see this!

    Wednesday, April 9, 2008

    A Pin-Up Test Photo!

    Here's a photo of (goofy) me just messing around, testing stuff out. I threw on a couple of things just to see how they'd look on camera. It's got a sort of burlesque feel. What do ya think? This set is named: "Victorian Secret Pink Stripe". I love it! It's sooo cute. Wait 'til you see the whole set with the props and everything.

    Things are coming along. We've got about 8 sets all together...

    Thursday, April 3, 2008

    Introducing: Nellie Photography's New Exclusive Salon

    We're so excited to finally reveal Image Provocateur as our exclusive salon. We've teamed up with them to offer our clients fabulous photography packages that include hair and makeup--Just perfect for our upcoming Pin-up and Boudoir sessions! And, not only do the ladies of Image Provocateur do contemporary styles, but they also specialize in vintage, time-period styles. So, if you desire true, 1940's pin-up styled hair and makeup for your session, it can be done! Plus, all clients will have eyelashes applied in addition to their makeup!!

    Another thing I thought was just awesome about Image Provocateur: The owner, Raquel, has created her own makeup line named, VIP-Cat. This line is particularly special because it is designed especially for high-definition photography. The makeup excludes minerals that cause the infamous "ghost face". "Ghost face" is caused when ingredients in the subject's makeup reflect off the photography lighting and flashes. So as you can see, Image Provocateur, knows a great deal about styling clients for photo sessions, and is definitely a great asset to have on the Nellie Photography team.

    Check out the website: http://www.imageprov.com/

    (For more info on our Pin-up and Boudoir sessions, please click the link "Pin-Up Photography" located to the right under "Labels".)

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008

    It's April--What's Up With the Pin-Up Sessions??

    Well, we are just about ready. Right now, I'm working on the paperwork: Price sheets, Packages, Product Brochures, etc. What's really slowing up the process, is the shipping!! There are about 20 different orders out there, waiting to be shipped to our front door, and most of them are our OUTFITS! So, it looks like a lot of the clothing pieces will be coming in about 7-14 business days. (You know that's gonna feel like forever!). The problem is that some of the clothing pieces are back-ordered, so that means they're gonna take a lot longer to ship.

    As of now, I estimate that we will begin shooting our models around the 2nd week of April--when the outfits are in. Then, immediately following, we will begin client sessions! So, in the meantime, we will be contacting clients to book their end-of-April sessions.

    (For more info on our Pin-up and Boudoir sessions, please click the link "Pin-Up Photography" located to the right under "Labels".)