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, August 7, 2013

    One of My Guilty Pleasures

    Please forgive me.  I'm a reality tv FREAK. My DVR is full of reality episodes.

    One of my favs: Mob Wives.  I just think the show opening and song is so bad arse (is "arse" a bad word in America?).  And, I really can't get enough of their Jersey/New York accents!

    Song:  "The Big Bang" by Rock Mafia (the song sounds good don't it?)


    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    Pin-up & Boudoir Photo Session: Sultry Film Noir

    This lovely lady is a good friend of mine (ever since high school).

    Tanisha came in for a Pin-up & Boudoir Session for a GREAT reason: She's fine, fabulous, sexy, single, and independent.

    The most memorable thing about Tanisha's shoot was that her mom came and acted as the "shoot director."  Mom was giving Tanisha posing and facial expression tips.  She even let Tanisha know when she wasn't being SEXY enough!  I'm almost envious how comfortable they both were.  I could never bring my mom along to my own intimate photo shoot--she would just die! 

    Photo #1: "Eye on You".

    Photo #2: "Not Interested". I love Film Noir style photos.  They're so moody and sexy.  It's like old school Dick Tracy!

    Photo #3: "Sexy Back".  This is one of my favs from the session.

     Photo #4: "Innocent Enough?"

    Be sure to vote for your favorite photo so that Tanisha can receive her free 8x10 print. The winning photo needs only 10 votes! Post your vote by clicking on the "Comments" link below.

    Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    An Angelic Maternity Photo Session

    Miss Lan is one of those ladies who gained weight in only the "right" places during her pregnancy--Lucky Duck!  She always looks great.

    Photo #1:  "Angel of Mine".  I always love it when I get to pull out ye' old angel wings for a shoot.

    Photo #2: "Beauty".

    Photo #3: "The Belly Kiss".  This is one of my favs from the session.  It's a great idea to include dad in some of the maternity shots.  It's a special experience for both parents.

    Photo #4: "Sensual & Intimate".  Even thought you're preggers, doesn't mean you can't turn up the sexy! SHAZAAM!

    Photo #5: "Things are lookin' up".

    Be sure to vote for your favorite photo so that Lan can receive her free 8x10 print. The winning photo needs only 10 votes! Post your vote by clicking on the "Comments" link below.

    Friday, May 3, 2013

    A Little About My Wedding

    So...one of the reasons I took a break from Nellie Photography was because I got married.

    Before I got married, a lot of folks asked me: Who will take your wedding pictures?  The answer: It would be a photographer I admired and who I thought took excellent quality images.  I found that in Jasmine Wang Photography.

    Jasmine did beautiful work.

    I wanted a huge bouquet, but I didn't think about how heavy and taxing that thing would be while carrying it around all day.  I gained a little muscle!:

    We had our wedding in San Francisco on the beach (Crissy Field).  There were only a handful of guests who made it to the beach, and they formed a circle around us as we said our nuptials.

    Here's the circle our guests formed around us:

     That's my mom and I walking "down the aisle": 

    Crissy Field is a public beach, so dogs and people were stopping and staring, saying "Congratulations."  One person even started taking photos of us like we were a tourist attraction and began asking, "Is this wedding for real?"  There was even a dog who entered our "circle" and started sniffing around us.  It was all hilarious to me.  I wouldn't have changed a thing.

    By the way, Crissy Field has a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge:

    After our nuptials, we took our pictures at the Palace of Fine Arts.  If this isn't one of the coolest places for pictures, I don't know what is!

    Just chillin' in a planter, gettin' my pose on:


    Makin' sure he likes the back, as well as the front!:


    I carried my dad with me the whole time--In a locket on my bouquet:

    Even though I'm a photographer, and I guide my own clients through their poses, facial expressions, etc., I was SO NERVOUS having my own pictures taken.  I really only like being behind the camera, not in front!

    Well, that's all for now.  I will share some more pictures from my wedding later.

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

    Nellie Photography Needs a Hair & Makeup Artisit

    That's right, I am in search of a new hair and makeup artist for my Pin-up & Boudoir shoots.  The artist/salon will have to be able to do hair and makeup both at their salon and at my home studio (weekdays and weekends).  Please contact me with your rates and we can talk!

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    Nellie Photography is Back!

    I know it's been a while since you've heard from me.  I took a break from Nellie Photography (details on that later).   But coming early summer, Nellie Photography will be back in action.   I will be accepting new appointments for photo shoots at that time.

    If you'd like to get a head start and schedule your appointment now, I can pencil you in for early summer.