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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    Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    A Pin up Girl Revisited

    I was going through some older image files and I came across this scrumptious photo. I gave it a little face lift--including a little artistic pin-up effect. (You can find more images from Cookie Cupcake's session here.) Enjoy!

    Saturday, April 25, 2009

    My First Concert: Lil Wayne

    So I was watching The View yesterday morning, and I was surprised to see Lil Wayne as a guest on the show. It reminded me that I wanted to tell you guys about my first big concert experience. I'm 26 and I just went to my first concert last month. What a weirdo!

    I listen to all types of music: rock, rap, musicals, jazz, old standards, classical, r&b, 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's. You name it--and I'll give it a try!

    My boyfriend bought tickets to the Lil Wayne concert as a gift. I wasn't super crazy about Lil Wayne--I liked him, but I wouldn't want my boyfriend to waste his money on a ticket for me. But, I went anyways.

    And now...my view on concerts (and Lil Wayne) has changed completely. I loooooved it! I was so flippin' excited! Now when I hear a Lil Wayne song, I get all goose-bumpy and worked-up with flashbacks. I want to go to more and more concerts! Going to a concert makes you love the music even more.

    To add to all the concert fabulousness, I had the most delicious slice of pepperoni pizza and cup of french fries ever!

    How come nobody told me how freakin' awesome concerts were!? My next mission: Go see No Doubt in July...and now that I think about it, maybe Beyonce too!

    These photos were taken by my friend (who had closer seats than I) with my little point-and-shoot camera.

    The lady in this photo was the main back-up singer of the show. Turns out that she was recently added to Lil Wayne's record label, so we should be hearing more from her soon.

    But what was really interesting was that at the end of the show, she gave Lil Wayne a sloppy, nasty, tongue kiss on stage--that showed up the huge video screen. And what's even more interesting is that the next day they were spotted sitting together on the telecast of the Sacramento Kings basketball game in Arco Arena.

    So there's an inside scoop for ya!--We know at least one of the females Lil Wayne is dating. :)

    Keri Hilson and Lil Wayne perform their song together. Miss Keri Baby!

    Keri Hilson : "His name may be Lil Wayne, but there's nothing little about him."
    Me: Alrighty then.

    Lil Wayne gives credit to T-Pain. T-Pain gives credit to Lil Wayne. It's a Wayne-Pain Thang.

    Every show should have their own set of dancing Little People in mime makeup.

    This a'way! That a'way!
    When it was all over, I hobbled my sore high-heeled feet out of Arco Arena, and--what a coinkadink!--I ran into a client I had just taken photos of a few days before: Tiffanee! Here's a preview of her Pin-up & Boudoir Session:

    More to come of her later!

    Friday, April 24, 2009

    Andy & Cara's Tahoe Wedding

    Just in case you guys forgot: Yes, we still do weddings! :)

    Through the storm clouds on a cold Lake Tahoe day, we weathered through Andy & Cara's wedding.

    Some of you may recognize Cara as my lovely assistant. :)

    The plan was to have the ceremony on the beach, but then it started raining and we had to move the ceremony indoors--SUCKS! But of course, as soon as the ceremony was over, the rain stopped. We quickly took advantage of the weather break, and booked out to the beach for some photos.

    Photo #1: "The Gentle Kiss." Because of the off-and-on rainstorms throughout the day, the cloud scenery was exquisite.
    Photo #2: "The Dress Shot." This dramatic shot is absolutely one of my favorites!

    Photo #3: "A Little Sunbeam of Happiness."
    Photo #4: "Jump If You Love Goldfish Crackers." This one gives me happy warm fuzzy feelings every time I look at it.
    Photo #5: "Funny Faces and Footsies."
    Photo #6: "A Meeting of the Minds."
    By the way, it was frickin' freezing and windy that day. By looking at the bridesmaid's body language, you can tell that they weren't too happy with their sleeveless dresses.
    Photo #7: "The Water Sparkled Like a Million Diamonds."

    Photo #8: "The Beach Stroll."

    Photo #9: "Through the Veil."

    Photo #10: "Giggles, Secrets, and Kisses."

    Photo #11: "Always Daddy's Little Girl." Her father's expression speaks a thousand words...

    Photo #12: "Chow Time." The reception was held in one of the Montbleu's nightclubs, which was great because nightclubs scream with cool atmosphere and interior design. This was the VIP lounge, where the Bridal Party got to kick off their shoes and eat dinner (while sitting on the floor!). With her handy-dandy-cleavage bib, Cara made sure not to spill anything on her beautiful dress.
    Photo #13: "Pop, Pop, Pop, Get it, Get it!" The Groom giving his Bride a lap dance is always an instant photo classic. The facial expressions are priceless!
    Photo #14: "The Passion Fruit Martini." Yep, that's my head peering out from behind the enticing martini. The topic of this conversation was: "Taste this! It's the most delicious martini ever!"

    Photo #15: "Uh Oh, is right!" The Maid of Honor gave a special lap dance to her best friend, the Bride.
    Photo #16: "Lance the DJ Rocks!" He made sure to strike a pose for each of his photos. If you're looking for DJ services:

    Be sure to vote for your favorite photo so that Cara & Andy can receive their free 8x10 print. The winning photo needs only 15 votes! Post your vote by clicking on the "Comments" link below.

    Saturday, April 18, 2009

    Pinup Girl With Scissors

    The sweetest thing: Jessica's boyfriend contacted us to schedule a Pin-up & Boudoir Session for Jessica as a Valentine's gift. He figured, "Hey, we both win." :)

    Jessica is a hairstylist, so she wanted to emulate a photo she brought in of a vintage Pin-up girl trying to cut her own hair. What a delicious idea! Here's what we came up with:

    Photo #1: "Just a Little Snip." I loooooove it. She nailed the expression. And check out the photo of her boy-toy in the corner.

    Photo #2: "Girl-licious."

    Photo #3: "The Sticky Sweet Corset."

    Photo #4: "Forgive But Never Forget." Yep, that's what the tattoo says. You won't believe how hard it was for us to figure out how to get the tattoo to look readable but still achieve a flattering pose. Jessica's body was twisted, stretched, and it was a little difficult for her to breathe, but she pulled it off beautifully.
    Check this out: Jessica is probably gonna kill me, but I just have to do it.

    When Jessica first walked in, I said: "You remind me of Pink." She said that people usually say she reminds them of Hilary Duff. So here's a little comparison chart. Tell me what you think:
    Either way, Jessica is flippin' gorgeous!

    Be sure to vote for your favorite photo so that Jessica can receive her free 8x10 print. The winning photo needs only 15 votes! Post your vote by clicking on the "Comments" link below.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    Sneek Peek: Pinup Girl Lace Up

    I got excited when I saw this photo for the first time. I just had to share it. Ain't it delicious? More to come from this session in a bit.

    Sunday, April 12, 2009

    I Recommend...

    watching Australia! I just rented this movie and I am in LOVE! I'm gonna go out and buy it. It's got comedy, romance, adventure, a little heart-wrenching scenes--all the juicy good stuff. Plus it takes place in 1939, so it's got that great vintage fashion and scenery.

    The photography is absolutely gorgeous--you got to watch it in high-def.

    If you liked Moulin Rouge, you'll like this one!

    Monday, April 6, 2009

    While Strollin' in the Park One Day...

    I was out scouting locations for an upcoming photo shoot yesterday (Downtown Sacramento), and I saw this interesting fellow:

    Ain't he handsome!

    Friday, April 3, 2009

    Ms. Tavia Jenkins

    This blog posting has been a long time coming. And what's really fantabulous is that this posting will be a double feature!

    Meet a long time client of mine: Tavia. She's a powerhouse of talent: hairstylist, recording artist, business woman, and the list goes on.

    You can find her at Double Take Salon (916.451.4600).

    The reason for this particular shoot was to create images for her new album titled, "The Forecast". The idea was to create 2 images--One would be serious, dark and gloomy and the other would be happy, bright and sunny as if she made it through the storm. Here's what we came up with:

    Photo #1: "What else can be said but, Bootylicious!"
    Tavia did her own hair for this shoot. Ain't it fabulous?! Check out the diamonds on the glove--hot!

    Photo #2: "Serious Beauty." One of my favorites from the session.

    Just in case you missed it, here's a close-up of the diamond encrusted umbrella handle designed by stylist, Debbie.
    Much credit has to be given to Debbie Milanova. She is a BOMB stylist!! She provided Tavia's clothes, shoes, jewelry, props, and most of the ideas for the shoot. Plus, she is a total sweetheart! Be sure to look her up at: http://www.myspace.com/legacystyling

    Debbie's email: Legacy.styling@gmail.com
    Phone: 916 248 0866

    Here's Debbie and the fabulous, Joyce Anderson (makeup artist) in action.

    "Pause For a Picture!" We had to get a photo of the 3 of them together...

    Photo #3: "Candy Girl." This one looks scratch and sniff-lickable!

    Photo #4: "Oh Happy Day!" This is our upbeat, made-it-through-the-storm image. The Hello Kitty Beach Cruiser is just darling, my dear! There's even Hello Kitty heads on the tire rubber. Love it!

    You can find more info on Tavia's album (plus listen to samples) at: http://www.myspace.com/taviajenkins

    We did the next shoot to create images for Tavia's DVD: "How we Livin' in Hair Vol.2." The images in this shoot featured a bit of the retro, Pinup vibe (yay!).

    Photo #5: "Doo Whop that thang!" Is this straight out of a 1950's scene, or what?

    Photo #6: "The Sexy Cherry Drop." I love the eyelashes!

    Photo #7: "Whip that Bad Boy in Shape." ...and send him on his way!
    Photo #8: "A Couch Full of Glam Bam!" Gorgeous ladies! These are all the models Tavia used for her DVD. The following solos showcase some of Tavia's hairstyles and her lovely hair models:

    "The Beaming Smile"

    "Miss Jen--the Knockout." Hands down, this is my favorite short hair-do of them all!

    "Serene and Thoughtful"

    You guys should know the lovely Jessica by now--this is her 3rd appearance on the blog (first) (second).
    She's a Blog-Hog! ;)

    "Oh So Sizzlin' She Needs a Fan!"

    "Don't Be Coy!"

    "Sweetheart Minnie"

    Be sure to vote for your favorite photo so that Tavia can receive her free 8x10 print. The winning photo needs only 15 votes! Post your vote by clicking on the "Comments" link below.