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, July 23, 2008

    Philip & Monica

    I photographed Philip and Monica, a beautiful couple who had their wedding in Salinas, CA. It was a great break from the Sacramento heat. The wedding was held at a family member's home. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, I couldn't help but feel the intimacy, warmth, and loving atmosphere throughout the home. One thing remains true about smaller weddings--the food is always delicious! No dry baked chicken, wild rice, and unsalted green beans here!

    Okay, it has to be said. And I'm sure they've heard it a million times: "My what fabulous eyes you have there!"

    Photo #1

    This image was nabbed right as the new married couple began walking back up the aisle.

    Photo #2

    Monica has the most radiant smile!

    Photo #3

    I call this photo "The Lady in Waiting". She's actually waiting for her first dance to begin with her new husband, who's still sitting in a nearby chair. This is actually one of my favorites of the day.

    Photo #4

    And the first dance has begun...

    Photo #5
    As soon as I stepped outside the backdoor, I was instantly attracted to the water. It just looked so refreshing and beautiful. I finally found out what was in it: rosemary (I think?), mint leaves, lemons, and cucumbers. I've never seen such a thing. What a fabulous idea--and perfect for an outdoor summer wedding! I just had to taste it! It was just as expected: cool, light, refreshing, and with a hint of cucumber, lemon, and very light mint.

    They utilized their narrow backyard space very well--if I do say so myself. This long, beautifully dressed table seated all the guests.

    And this photo begins a series of unfortunate events....but I have to admit, they were funny events. Don't be mad at me for chuckling, Phil!

    "This is the way we put in the chocolate, put in the chocolate, put in the chocolate. This is the way we put in the chocolate, So we can make a foun-tainnn!"

    Yes folks, this is the makings of a chocolate fountain...and those plump, red beauties in the corner are the soon-to-be-privileged, chocolate-dipped strawberries. Oh and we can't overlook our lovely lady subject here who is trying to showcase her diamond ring. LOL! Diane, you so crazy!

    After the chocolate was melted and the machine was turned on, things definitely got out of control. The whole fountain began jumping, buzzing, and spewing chocolate all over the place. The girl in white fell victim to the fountain's rage. Yep...she had chocolate on her nice white dress.
    As you can imagine, people were screaming and shouting "Turn it off!" But no one was brave enough to reach in and grab it. Here's a little more out of control action...

    ...And then the whole fountain just jumped off the counter.

    ...And the aftermath clean-up. Needless to say, there was no chocolate dipped strawberries being served at this wedding. And poor Phil had to go home with a broken fountain.

    Oh well, let's get this party started!

    Be sure to vote for your favorite photo so that Monica and Philip can receive their free 8x10 print. Choose from photos 1 through 5 above. Only 15 votes needed to win! Leave your vote by clicking on the "comments" link below this post.

    Monday, July 21, 2008

    Stupid, Stupid, Stupid Email Service!!!!

    I'm so flippin' upset right now! My email service is on the fritz again. This past weekend I've been receiving emails, but I can not return any emails to anyone. I've sent 2 complaints to my email service provider (Big Black Bag). And now, Monday morning, I check to see if I'm back on track, and instead, all my emails have been erased--emails waiting for a response, emails in archive, emails I haven't even opened, emails I use for reference, everything!! So now, I can't even respond to the emails that were sent to me from Friday through this morning. I'm totally typing on this key pad with such fierceness and anger that someone might think I'm stapling nails into the wall. Arggghhhhhhh!!!!

    Okay...I got that off my chest.

    So now, what I'm really trying to say is:

    If you sent me an email, and I haven't responded yet, please re-send it. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Oh, and let me add this little graphic:

    Take that you website hosts!

    Saturday, July 19, 2008

    (Sacramento) Pin-up Photography: Oops we did it again!

    ...and so did Image Provocateur salon (Go Nina!--beautiful job on the hair & makeup!). This gorgeous beauty is an old friend of mine from high school. It's not too often that I get to see my good friends "glamd-up" and seductified. She joked that she felt a little uneasy about me seeing her in her "seducers". Hil-ar-i-ous!! Seducers--I gotta use that more often.

    Be sure to vote for your favorite image so that Tanisha can receive her free 8x10 print! The winning image only needs 15 votes. Post your vote by clicking on the "Comments" link at the bottom of this entry.

    Photo #1
    This is our Dark Vixen set with the red chaise lounge (aka "Queen Ruby"). This is one of my favorites out of the bunch. Tanisha's glowing skin looks gorgeous.
    Photo #2

    This photo features our "Femme Fatale" outfit. Me loves how it looks straight out of the Film Noir era. You can't tell in these photos, but Tanisha's wearing some spicy hot electric blue pumps to die for.

    Photo #3

    ...a little more harsh and gritty. All I gotta say is it's all in the eyes...and those fishnets! Photo #4

    You know we had to use the Vintage Glam Wallpaper set. Ahh Tanisha, you look soo pretty. :)
    Fabulous job girl!!

    Friday, July 18, 2008

    Pin-up Wigs...for your dog?!

    Some how I coasted into this website (http://www.totaldivapets.com/) and found this ridiculously adorable Betty Page pup. Poor thing, she doesn't know exactly how to pose, but she's got the coy expression down to a science. All we need now is a cute little cherry print dress...

    What can I say?-- Baby Snoop Dogg!

    By the way, I just noticed that my last post was about canines as well. Okay, I'll admit it, I have a thing for dogs! I post pictures of my pup like a mother would show you pictures of her children. I hope this doesn't lead me into one day becoming "that crazy old dog lady"!

    Wednesday, July 9, 2008

    He's Home

    Here he is, on his first day back home, looking all pitiful...but hilarious!! Look at my darling little alien...

    Don't forget that back view!

    Okay, okay. I'll stop making fun of my poor doggy. He's had enough photo shoots for one day...

    We are in the 2nd phase of Panda's operation adventure. He's home: with a cone, 5 staples, 10 pain killers, and a sheet of what seems like impossible instructions.

    For 2 weeks he can't jump, get excited, take off the cone, use the stairs, go outside to potty without a leash, excessively bark, or stand on his hind legs.

    I don't know how in the world this Pomeranian is going to stick to those rules... the nurse at the hospital said: "Good Luck."

    Saturday, July 5, 2008

    Super Cute Pin-up Girl Clothing!

    I just got an email from Pin-up Girl Clothing I thought I would share. They have the cutest clothes! In fact, I purchased a few of the studio's Pin-up outfits from their online store. The only problem is: they sell out of stuff hecka fast!!! So to be sure you get a fighting chance to snag some cute stuff, check them out right away!

    I was just notified that the following items are now back in stock:

    Pinup Couture Daisy Dresses in both Black Cherry and White Cherry --I've always wanted cherry print, but I just haven't found the right one yet.

    The Anna Dress - is now available in both Red Polka Dot-- Tame and super cute!

    The "Glamour Shrug" from Heartbreaker Fashion--How fabulously glam is this!?
    The "Sweetie" Swing Dress in Black from Heartbreaker Fashion--Sophisticated vintage, how can you go wrong?

    Bettie Swimsuit in Black Cherry--These fit awesome! They squeeze in and hide stuff in all the right places.

    The Captain Dress in Navy Blue Stretch Bengaline - as seen on Gossip Girl--absolutely adorable!! I need to become a secretary, just so I can run around the water cooler in this little number!

    Wednesday, July 2, 2008

    Victoria Secret Model??

    No, net yet. But she very well could be!!

    Amy is a sweetheart and a breeze to photograph. She brought a few friends with her to the session, and we all had a blast. The more the merrier! I love when clients bring friends along because it helps to put the client at ease. Plus, friends offer good advice throughout the session--they always know what makes you look good.

    We even had Cara from Image Provocateur come out to the studio to do Amy's hair and makeup. Cara did a great job--the big hair, the strategically accented chest--just fabulous!

    Amy did this Pin-up & Boudoir session for a birthday present for her boyfriend. He's currently serving in Iraq! Amy made the cutest, plumpest homemade cupcakes I've ever seen. And!--Her friends and I got to eat them at the end of the session. Normally, it's in one's best interest not to eat food that has been used as a prop for a photo shoot, but I couldn't resist. Ah, so moist and delicious! Thank you Amy for the lovely cupcake!

    Once her boyfriend opens his gift, he's just gonna topple over!! We wish someone could video-tape his reaction...

    **Vote for your favorite photo from this session so Amy can receive her free 8x10 print. 15 votes wins! Post your vote by clicking on the "Comments" link below.

    So cute! She's brought her man's dog tags! (She's also wearing one of the fabulous fluffy skirts we have in stock)
    Photo #1

    I love this one! This is the ultimate "hold-the-cupcake" pose.

    Photo #2

    This one looks like it came right out of the Victoria Secret Catalogue. She's gorgeous!

    Photo #3

    Tuesday, July 1, 2008

    The Day Has Arrived

    OPERATION day! This is the scene at around 9 am this morning. Panda can't wait to get to his next destination--as you can see by the tautness in his leash. He's always on the go. He has no idea what the looming building ahead has in store for him. It's chop-chop time! Poor guy...

    He has to stay over night, so I've got to wait till morning to see the results.