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, January 30, 2009

    You Can Vote for Nellie Photography's Blog!!!!...Just Not Yet.

    Do you love to read blogs? Well get ready for a blog overdose, cuz what I'm about to introduce you to is grocery store full of photoblog madness. It's a contest to see which photographer has the best blog.

    You won't believe the number of entries. The funny thing is--that I've entered the contest. There's some really talented, and awesome photographers out there. I'm honored to even be considered in the bunch. I personally, love to browse through other photographer's blogs. They inspire, and encourage me to be a better photographer.

    Reasons to check out the contest:
    1. To take an invigorating stroll through the personalities of many interesting photographers.
    2. To be nosey.
    3. To compare the photographers in your area to the other photographers in America.
    4. To get ideas for your next photo session.
    5. To vote for Nellie Photography.

    If you agree with reason #5, you can't actually vote until Feb. 8th, 2009. But for now, you can check things out:
    -Nellie Photography is Entry Number: 297!!!!!

    Nellie Photography is currently on Page 4 (on the top row), but I do believe that the thumbnails rotate.

    You'll be able to browse the blogs that already have been entered. I will let you know when it's time to vote, so stay tuned!

    Sunday, January 25, 2009

    Spotlight on Nina: The Makeup Artist

    Have you missed me?! I know it's been a while, and I hate leaving you guys hanging. I've just been so busy creating the new sets and updating stuff that I haven't got a chance to fill you in on the going-ons. But I have some exciting stuff to show you!!!!

    To begin, here's some fun photos from a promotional shoot for Nina-the hair and makeup artist. Some of you may know her as our stylist for our Pin-up & Boudoir Sessions. We've been meaning to do her shoot for a while now. You can be sure that we will be doing some more! Isn't she the cutest, hottest, petitest, thang you've ever seen?!

    She's currently working on her new website which will feature these photos, some of our clients, and a lot more. I'll let you know when it's up and running. In the meantime, enjoy!

    "The Scream"--One of my favs from the session!

    "The Fedora"--A little "Colombian Mafia" vibe every once in a while is good for the soul.

    "The Sushi Panties"--Not "Ushi"! although that's all you can see in this photo. Cute panties! She decided the panties would be a great conversational piece. So get to conversatin'!! ( I just love her. She cracks me up!) And not enough can be said about the killer shoes!

    "The Mona Lisa"--This one's just a good ol' headshot.

    "The Winter of 2008"--This looks like it belongs in a Macy's Holiday Catalog.

    Sunday, January 11, 2009

    Best of 2008

    We've showcased so many fabulous photos on the blog this past year. To aid in kissing 2008 goodbye, I've compiled a list of the Best Photos of 2008 featured on the Nellie Photography Blog. The photos listed are some of my personal favorites. Here's the top 10:

    1. I'm partial to my loved one's first and foremost: Panda in his cone after his operation. I can't help but chuckle each time I see this one. I should hang it on the back of my bedroom door so that when I'm feeling down, I can shut the door to my room and give myself a tickle at the same time.

    2. Amy with her cupcakes. This made the "Best" list because it has become a classic. A lot of clients have asked to do a cupcake scene after seeing Amy on the blog.

    3. Cookie Cupcakes and her burnt cherry pie. Could this pin-up girl get any better? This is obviously one of my favorites because of all the delicious props. It's also memorable for me because it was the first time I tried to create a computerized "burnt, smoking pastry". I think it worked out pretty well if I do say so myself.

    4. Danielle with her fiery red hair. The perfect example of why I love to shoot redheads.

    5. Molly and the vintage wallpaper. She was one of our first models we used to try out our new Pin-up & Boudoir photography sets. This has become classic pose. It's a popular client request!

    6. Sai and Neil's engagement session. This is one of my favorites because it showcases their loving relationship perfectly. The best part is the warm, snugly feeling I get whenever I see this image. It was used on the cover of their Engagement Album!

    7. Katy the ballerina. This is just a one-of-a-kind pose. Only the very limber will attempt....

    8. Tanisha as the Femme Fatale. This moody dark film noir image has become a client favorite. This particular photo is full of angles and attitude--I love it!

    9. Sabrina and the red chaise lounge. This series stood out to me because it was one of the first times that I tried shooting from different perspectives while using the chaise lounge. The experiment worked out beautifully. Plus, Sabrina looks absolutely stunning!

    10. Jessica and her red lips. This is a memorable photo to say the least. Clients have begun asking for a similar effect with their own images.

    Honorable Mentions:

    1. Mallory and the leopard print blanket. This is another classic pose. Many clients come into the studio with a print-out of this image as an example of a pose they want to try.

    2. The Chocolate Fountain gone bad. This is a funny favorite of mine. This chocolate fountain was being used during a wedding when it decided to go rogue. As you can see from the picture, chocolate flew everywhere, and eventually the whole fountain crashed to the ground. This image reminds me of one of the dancing kitchen utensils in Disney's Beauty and Beast, during the "Be Our Guest" song.

    Well, that's it. I tried to keep it down to 10 images only, but that didn't work. There were so many great images to choose from. I want to thank all of you for allowing me to post your photos on the blog. You guys make help make the blog what it is...and you keep people coming back for more.
    Love ya!!

    Thursday, January 8, 2009

    Nellie Photography Welcomes 2009...finally.

    No matter how hard I kicked and screamed, 2008 just slipped out from under me. I so did not want to accept the fact that a new year was beginning. So now, here we are in day 8 of the new year, and I've finally given in. I will stop "accidentally" writing "12/08" on dated material. I will let go...

    I think one of the reasons why I resented seeing 2008 go was because there seemed like so much I didn't get a chance to do. When I was 15, my hairdresser once told me that the older I get, the more time will seem to speed past me. I think it was 3 years later that I realized that truth. My point is: My "To Do" list for 2008 is not complete! What the heck happened?

    But here we are in 2009. A new year, with new ideas, new Pin-up and Boudoir sets, new friendships, and heck--new hairdo (I've got myself some bangs now!). We will soon have a new, updated website, new packages, new products, new accountant, and the list continues...Yes, there is much to look forward to!

    I want to thank all the fabulous clients, assistants and family members that made 2008 such a successful year. It was actually our biggest, baddest (meaning good-est), and probably most memorable year yet! I look forward to what 2009 brings!

    Yay 2009! PUMP IT UP! Spirit fingers!!!! Yeah Baby! Let's do this thang!! Whoop, Whoop!!!!