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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    Friday, August 29, 2008

    Diamond Bridal Gallery Fashion Show

    Okay, I know it's been a while, but here's what I've been doing lately:

    Last week I was asked by Diamond Bridal Gallery to accompany them at a fashion show in Napa to take photos throughout the event (yippeeeee!). The fashion show was to be held at the Petaluma Woman's Club:

    Diamond Bridal Gallery is really unique because they are the exclusive importer for Ukrainian fashion designer, Oksana Mukha. And let me tell you--she designs the most gorgeous, exquisite dresses I've ever ran my fingers across. I'm almost afraid to touch them!

    Here's a photo of everyone lined up at the end of the show:

    This is one of my favorite photos of the day. Ahh, so high fashion!

    Before the show, a couple of us went outside to do a little shoot of our own. By the way, the polka-dot dress if from Diamond Bridal Gallery also:

    Doesn't she remind you of Scarlett Johansson??? (I posted the real Scarlett Johanson photos below this one so you can compare.)

    Here's a look at more of the gorgeous gowns!

    I think this is an awesome wedding dress!

    ...and a little up-close detail for ya: (it reminds me of a fancy-fied exotic bird)

    Doesn't this dress remind you of Snow White? That hand is just begging for a poisonous apple...

    Here's all the girls together:

    ...a little stolen moment...
    Uh-oh, check out who's in the middle...it's me! Towards the end of the night, I reluctantly posed with the girls. Hmmm, I sure do look short. Oh, and look who's beside me (to the right). It's Seniya--the owner of Diamond Bridal Gallery! She's a sweetheart. We're planning on working together a lot more. We've got some fun stuff ahead, so be on the look out.
    Pheww, it was a long day. But--I met new friends, touched beautiful dresses, ate delicious meatballs, rode in Mari's car (which was a fabulous adventure in itself. I declared her my new "auntie".), and found out what a Women's Club is all about. All in all: fun.

    You've gotta check out the bridal and evening gowns for yourself:

    Diamond Bridal Gallery
    6963 Douglas blvd.
    Granite Bay, CA 95746

    Saturday, August 23, 2008

    I Love South Pacific!

    I'm totally watching it right now, while editing photos. I know all the songs, I even have the soundtrack on CD. Plus the 1950's fashion is right up my alley. Hip, hip, hooray for Rogers and Hammerstein!!

    Just thought you'd like to know...

    Friday, August 15, 2008

    Our Doll-Faced Pin-up Girl

    I think our featured Pin-up Girl, Corrinne, has the sweetest doll-face, don't you?...And she has the personality to match.

    Oh, and I have to say that I envy Corrine's curves! She's slim waisted, with a little more up top, and even a little more on the bottom....I wish it was me. ;) Show it off girl!

    Photo #1: This is the "Dark Vixen" set featuring the one and only Queen Ruby chaise lounge. Check out Corrinne's ring-finger bling-bling. She's engaged, and her man is in the military. When he gets home from training, boy oh boy, what a happy return that will be!

    By the way, vintage inspired Pin-up photos as a gift for your military man is one of the best reasons to come on in for a session!
    Photo #2: I must say, this "Victorian Secret Pink Stripe" set is our most popular set ever! I shall call this photo: Miss Cherry Merry Muffin. (Do you remember that doll?? She even was cherry scented! I begged my mom for her. It took a while, but I finally got my own Cherry Merry Muffin. And in fact, I still have her, her cupcakes, teapot, and cups somewhere in the back of my closet.)
    Photo #3: This is our "Bombshell Pink" set. We haven't seen too much of this sweet set lately. Corrinne was a little apprehensive about the red shoes, but as it turns out--they were sizzlin' hizot!! I think this is one of my favorites from the session.
    Be sure to vote for your favorite photo so that Corrinne can receive her free 8x10 print. Only 15 votes needed to win! Vote by clicking on the "Comments" link below and posting your choice.

    Thursday, August 14, 2008

    The Pin-up Cowgirl

    Our vintage inspiration...

    Yep folks, what we have below is our first cowgirl pin-up girl. Why we haven't tried it before, I don't know, but thanks to Katie, we will soon be offering a similar cowgirl set as an option.

    Katie's so cool because she came prepared with her own rope, saddle, rug, hat, and boots. We had so much fun with her props! I love it when people come in with fantabulous ideas!!

    Plus Katie had a meaningful reason for wanting to do a Pin-up & Boudoir Session with us: As a treat for herself! (Do you need a better reason?)

    This is one of my favorites from the session. It's a perfect pin-up curvy pose and expression! Beautiful!
    Photo #1

    ... And here's our little Victoria Secret runway model, complete with angel wings....
    Photo #2

    I love this look--fabulous mysterious and sexified eyes! Photo #3

    Be sure to vote for your favorite photo so that Katie can receive her free 8x10 print. Only 15 votes needed to win! Post your vote by clicking on the "Comments" link below.

    Sunday, August 10, 2008

    The Best Pink Box in the World

    I have to say that I get giddy when I see a pink box....especially if it's filled with donuts. They're the best pink boxes in the world. I should begin everyday with one.

    (This is where you would hear the ethereal angelic voices harmonizing in chorus, and a bright light rising up from behind the pink box.)

    Bet you never thought you'd see a featured donut box placed gently in a bush for its photo debut, huh?

    I call this series, "Sprinkled Donut in the Backyard". tee.hee.

    Thursday, August 7, 2008

    Photos for your Husband? Definately!

    Okay, okay, I'm a little behind on posting all the new photos. Forgive me!

    Let me introduce to you, Amy--a great example of why giving your hubby a personal gift of beautiful photos is a fabulous idea.

    Amy came to us in search of an awesome birthday present for her husband, and boy did she get one! She also needed her photos processed pretty quickly. Thank goodness we made the deadline and got the album to her the day before his birthday! We went into super fast mode to get it done, and it was all worth it.

    She even wrote me the best email ever!--and here's why I love what I do:

    "Just wanted to let you know I gave my husband the album and was he surprised!!! He couldn't believe it was me...he kept saying you should be a model, look at you! My Hot Model Wife!!! Lol! It was really cute! For the first few days after he took it everywhere with him and kept looking at them! Hahaha! He cracks me up! But I may want to order a few more pics. He wanted some to hang on the wall. I will find out which ones and let you know. And I have shown a couple other people and may have gotten you some more business! Everyone just loves them! So anyhow... thank you again for your beautiful work and taking care of me by getting everything done so quickly! It worked out just perfect! And I can't wait to talk to you about family portraits and pictures of my 3 boys." --Amy

    Hey senorita!

    Photo #1

    Can you believe that she had 3 kids?! Yikes! No way dude!

    Photo #2

    I love the flower duo in the hair...
    Photo #3

    This set and outfit reminds me of a fun, slumber party scene.

    Photo #4

    This is our "Natural Beauty" set. Gorgeous!

    Photo #5

    I love this one! It's mysterious and playful!

    Photo #6

    Photo #7

    Amy, you did a beautiful job!

    Hair and makeup by Image Provocateur!!! (of course.)

    Remember to vote for your favorite photo below so that Amy can receive her free 8x10 print. Only 15 votes needed to win. Place your vote by clicking on the "Comments" link below today's blog entry.

    Friday, August 1, 2008

    The Day My Hair Turned to Ash...

    ...it crumbled between my fingers, and I got teary-eyed.

    Let's start at the beginning. I needed a new flat-iron for my hair. So, I went to Salley's Beauty Supply and asked the saleswoman for her suggestions on the latest products. I decided to go with the new "Titanium" flat-iron. I thought, "Wowweee, titanium. Now this must have some top-of-the-line straightening power!" Boy was I wrong.

    I excitedly turned that sucker on and waited a few seconds for it to heat up. Mind you, I had only set the heat dial on "medium". I grabbed a small back section of my hair, and ran the flat-iron down my frizzy mane. Hmmm, nothing.

    In fact, the so-called floating plates (with no gap) actually had a gap, and the iron wasn't even grasping onto my hair. (see, the box even advertises the "no gap"):
    So, seeing that my hair wasn't straightened at all, I ran the iron down the same section again. And that's when I noticed the sticky, black tar looking substance plastered on my new flat-iron. After a brief inspection, followed by the familiar smell of burnt hair, I figured out that my hair had actually melted onto the iron plates. I panicked. I ran my fingers through what was left of my hair section, and the strands of hair just crumbled in my hands like ash. I stood there in disbelief.

    After about 30 minutes, and a few phone calls to friends, I calmed myself down by looking on the bright side: At least it was only the back portion of my hair, and it can easily be hidden. But man, every time I look at my little nub hair patch, I get a brief irritated twinge.

    By the way, I've been flat-ironing my hair since high school, and I've gone through my share of flat-irons, but I have never burned my hair off before.

    I unplugged that little devil right away, and once it cooled down, I tried to scrape off my melted hair. Not too successful. I stuffed the iron back into its box and took it right back to Salley's Beauty Supply. I ended up just buying the same good-old, familiar flat-iron model I had before.

    So ladies, take this as a warning: Don't try the Titanium Tools! They get waaay to hot! And the plates are deceiving because you don't think they're touching your hair, but in reality, they're frying your hair to a crisp!