• Hello & Welcome!

    My name is Corina Nielsen and I am so happy you stopped by. I provide custom photography services in San Diego, Ca., mainly specializing in newborn portraiture and I also run a separate graphic design business helping photographers define their business identity. You can see samples of all my work right here on my blog... both of my photography and design portfolio's are located right in the above menu! Please take a look and if you are interested in either booking a session or getting on my design wait list, you can use the contact form to get in touch! I look forward to talking with you soon!

{Kelly & Co.}- San Diego Family Photographer

I woke up early this morning to savor a few quiet moments while the kiddos were still asleep… I really adore my alone time as “Summer” is coming to an end!  While I was processing a recent session, I realized that I completely missed blogging this adorable family from the beginning of JULY!  These guys were so full of spunk & life and it was hard leaving them once we were done. They visited all the way from the Northern California area so I’m glad we were able to get a nice long session in…

Told ya they were spunky!

I have had so many newborn since this session, seeing these images again makes me look forward to spending some time with more families as we approach holiday season:) I only have 2 spots for September, 4 spots left for October, and 2 spots for November!  It’s going to be a VERY busy season this year and I could not be more thankful!  Can’t wait to see some of my favorite families and see lots more new ones as well!

Jen - August 16, 2011 - 1:15 pm

Corina – your photos are gorgeous! How many sessions do you typically do each week?

corina - August 18, 2011 - 11:32 am

Hi Jen! On average, I have about 2-3 sessions a week! Because my main business is branding, most of my time is dedicated to that. I would be 100% happy if I only did 1 session a week though! I just have a hard time turning people away lol!

“Pepperlu”- Vendor Feature

I get asked quite frequently what type of flooring and “faux” flooring I use in my studio… almost every time I post an image on Facebook, I’m guaranteed someone will post the question or I will get an email!  The answer is simple and it’s PepperLu!

Regular readers of mine know that I don’t spend very much time featuring products and vendors.  I have to make sure that I only do so when I truly LOVE a product… when I have found a product with the absolute BEST quality, outstanding customer service, and versatile enough to use with my newborns as well as older children and families.  Well, late last year, I stumbled upon PepperLu and truly feel like I have found a company I am 100% proud to stand behind!

PepperLu floor mats faux floor mats are made with a 25% lycra/75% polyester blend fabric and 100% natural rubber.  They look like a giant mouse pad!  My absolute favorite thing about them is you will NEVER get that unwanted reflection like you do with many other types mats/flooring.  They are sturdy, durable, and won’t wrinkle once you have rolled them up! PepperLu mats can be washed in a washing machine on cold and laid out flat to dry.

Take a look at some of my favorites that I use all of the time

Sundance

Heirloom

Old School (actual mat is more reddish than brown)

Vintage Marange

What I typically do before a session when I set the studio up is place the mats I will be using that day right on top of each other.  Most of the time I will use my neutral walls as my “backdrop” since it’s nice an neutral!  Please note that I have not run any special processing on these images… just sharpening!  I want to make sure you can see exactly how they will photography and look in your own photo’s!  What ya see is what ya get!

Then once I am done with the shots, I just roll up my mats and set them aside!

Last year when I found PepperLu, I was actually on the hunt for a really great brick background.  Since I knew this one would only be used as a backdrop and not as a floor, I HAD to find something that would never produce that terrible glare a lot of other backdrops have.  Nothing worse than getting a gorgeous image but your eye keeps going to a hot spot right?  Or having to spend more time editing to fix it!

I was extremely excited when FedEx dropped this guy off!  By far the most natural and realistic looking “faux” brick I have ever seen…. oh, it’s gorgeous!  This is how I normally set this shot up if I’m using a flooring and the backdrop.

I suppose you could use a baseboard if you wanted, but I have found that it looks just fine in images when I lay the backdrop just over the flooring like this…

Then I will add in my props, test the shot (horizontal & vertical), and see how it looks before I get my newborn in!

And then there are times where you just don’t need a prop…

And then some other recent images using my awesome PepperLu’s…

Not convinced yet?  How about a special 10% OFF coupon off your entire purchase to buy your own PepperLu mat/s?

At checkout, use coupon code:

Corina

I’m also very excited to announce that PepperLu has generously offered a special $50 gift certificate to one of my lucky readers!!!  Interested in the extra special savings?  Here are the very simple details:

(please make sure the names are clickable.  you can do this buy typing the @ symbol just before you type out the business names, then if you have “liked” us already, our names will appear for you to click)

Giveaway will run from today through August 7th (11:59pm PST)!  Winner will be announced here on my blog August 8th!  Also, if you happened to order a mat before the $50 giveaway ends, PepperLu will go ahead and refund the amount so you have nothing to lose waiting to get your very own mat or backdrop!!!

Good luck everyone & happy Monday!

UPDATED:

Winner of the $50 gift certificate to PepperLu is……

Congrats Monica!  Go ahead and shoot me an email and I will get you in contact with PepperLu!

Gwen - August 1, 2011 - 11:17 am

I’m already a fan of PepperLu (love their stuff) and you, Corina (of course) so this post makes me giddy. Sundance is definitely my favorite, I think. Difficult to choose though since they have some fantastic backdrops and floor mats.

Lottie Essig - August 1, 2011 - 11:21 am

I never knew there was such a product — I mean I knew there were vinyl floors but they’re generally too shiny! These are wonderful. My favorite is the Sundance, I think… or maybe the Heirloom! They’re all beautiful!

Michelle Brooks - August 1, 2011 - 11:23 am

This is just what I need!! I am branching out from weddings to include newborns & I gots to have me some props! ;) My fave on your post is Old School. Luuurve it! I’m already a fan on your page but I’m off to finish the requirements for the contest. My toes & eyes are crossed!

Edith Dubree - August 1, 2011 - 11:31 am

Love the Sundance and liked you both

Jamie LeBlanc - August 1, 2011 - 11:35 am

I love Wasatch! Funny name…beautiful colors :)

Jessica Hilborn - August 1, 2011 - 11:36 am

I already liked Corina Nielsen Photography! Love your work! I am so excited to have found Pepperlu, and I have now liked them as well. Sundance is definitely my favorite floor! Love it! Thanks for this opportunity!!

Amy Moore - August 1, 2011 - 11:43 am

The old school mat is a definite fav! The quality looks GREAT!!! On my way to making sure I already ‘like’ both! Have a great day!

Saah Miller - August 1, 2011 - 12:02 pm

I just ordered Heirloom and faux brick! Cant wait to get them in! Already a fan of you…but new to pepperlu! LOVE it! thanks!

Lisa Ferguson - August 1, 2011 - 12:05 pm

For sure the mocha is my favorite!!! The deep richness is super!

Lori MacIntyre - August 1, 2011 - 1:59 pm

Love it all – so hard to pick. Old school is cool.

Josie Hamper - August 1, 2011 - 2:26 pm

I already like your page and I went and liked Pepperlu.

Jenny - August 1, 2011 - 2:47 pm

What a great giveaway! I have been drooling over a Pepperlu floor forever! I would LOVE the Sundance, it’s my fav! Thanks again <3

Elizabeth Bailey - August 1, 2011 - 3:06 pm

I love the Old School wood floor!

Tatiana Fowler - August 1, 2011 - 3:07 pm

I am already a HUGE FAN Corina Nielsen Photography! Love your work and am so happy with my branding that you created! I am so excited to have found Pepperlu, and I have now liked them as well. Old School is definitely my favorite floor! Love it! Thanks for this opportunity!!

Sarah - August 1, 2011 - 3:13 pm

This is so fabulous! I have been lusting over these for a while now! I am loving Heirloom and Old School. I can’t just pick one!! :)

ashley j - August 1, 2011 - 9:03 pm

Love them all! Love mocha!

Megan - August 1, 2011 - 9:03 pm

I love the Sundance, so pretty!

Kori - August 1, 2011 - 9:13 pm

Man these are AWESOME!!! Thanks for directing us over to pepperlu! I am having a hard time deciding, but I think I am leaning towards the Sundance! :)

Tambi Alderin - August 1, 2011 - 9:17 pm

I love the distressed barn wood!

Andrea Spencer Brown - August 1, 2011 - 9:23 pm

It would have to either be sundance or old world brick

Amber Pommerening -Wheeler - August 1, 2011 - 9:24 pm

I really like the Old School one! I like them all but I’d so order that! I liked “PepperLu” and I was already a fan of you!

Nicole Clark - August 1, 2011 - 9:50 pm

I just love how easy these “flooring” are to take care of! My favorite is the heirloom flooring.

Kellly Conry - August 2, 2011 - 12:35 am

I love all of them…how am I supposed to pick just one???!!! I guess if I HAVE to, it would be ‘old school’…but really they are all a toss up! I love all your stuff too!

Stephanie Abeles - August 2, 2011 - 4:01 am

I love old school!! Drool. Wonderful products!! Thank you for the amazing contest!

Amber Baldino - August 2, 2011 - 5:05 am

I love ALL of the PepperLu products on this post!! Especially the brick backdrop!

maria moore - August 2, 2011 - 6:04 am

I love the vintage marange one! but the are all awesome…

Leslie Petersen - August 2, 2011 - 6:58 am

Love the Old School!!

Sarah - August 2, 2011 - 8:59 am

What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you and thank you for featuring PepperLu! I’ve been in the market for some faux flooring and these look amazing! I think Sundance is my favorite!

diana - August 2, 2011 - 11:20 am

i love the old school one!!!!

Ashley - August 2, 2011 - 12:45 pm

I love them all, it’s so hard to pick. I would love to have sundance, but of course I want them all :) . I am already a fan of your’s and pepperlu’s.

Nicole Voth - August 2, 2011 - 8:13 pm

I love the Heirloom flooring!

Carly Fuller - August 3, 2011 - 11:29 am

I love Pepperlu. I have always wanted Sundance! Thanks Corina, I still love my branding you did. I have gotten so many compliments xox

Monica Day - August 5, 2011 - 9:53 am

So first off…I am super excited about this. I love those floors!! I wish I could lay them down in my whole house ;0). I like all of the products but since I must only choose one then I’ll say that I love the Old School flooring.

christina - August 5, 2011 - 10:39 am

Pepperlu is awesome and so are you! Would love to win the Heirloom or Sundance!!!

evie - August 5, 2011 - 11:38 am

I love “old school” and “wasatch”!!!

Melissa Bruno - August 5, 2011 - 8:26 pm

I adore their Old World Brick but my all time favorite is their Mocha floor mat, I looks great as a floordrop and a backdrop…very versatile and looks AMAZING in photographs!

Nichole Jensen - August 5, 2011 - 8:33 pm

I love the oldschool and the heirloom. Beautiful

Danelle Iles - August 5, 2011 - 8:38 pm

I LOVE the old world brick and sundance and…..I could go on!! Great giveaway, will cross fingers!! :-)

Caitlin Austin - August 5, 2011 - 8:42 pm

entry #1

I love the “old school” floor!

Anda Aujla - August 5, 2011 - 9:26 pm

A big fan of your work for quite a while, just became a big fan of PepperLu – thanks to you! So hard to choose – I’d say the brick, although I love Sundance just as much!

Gillian Matos - August 6, 2011 - 5:40 am

Was already a fan of yours and now I am officially a fan of Pepperlu. I absolutely love the Rembrandt backdrop! Left some love on both of your fan pages. Good luck everyone.

danielle m - August 6, 2011 - 6:44 am

love the distressed barnwood!!

Michelle Murphy - August 6, 2011 - 7:48 am

I like the Wasatch floor

Josie - August 6, 2011 - 1:40 pm

My favorite is the Sundance floor mat! :)

Victoria - August 6, 2011 - 7:24 pm

Thanks for the link to this site! I think Old School is my favorite.

courtney kerry - August 7, 2011 - 7:23 pm

I can’t pick a favorite! On my way to post on both walls!

Melissa Bruno - August 7, 2011 - 7:23 pm

I posted I love Pepperlu and Corina Nielson Photography on both pages!!

Marcia Roberts - August 7, 2011 - 7:33 pm

Heirloom is my favorite, however it is SO hard to choose. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! them all!

becca lapp - August 7, 2011 - 7:37 pm

i love the old school flooring!

Isabel Shaw - August 7, 2011 - 7:44 pm

My favorite floor would be Heirloom!!

Emily - August 7, 2011 - 8:08 pm

I love the vintage flooring. I have trouble deciding but I like the Heirloom a lot. I also liked both fan pages!

Shanta - August 7, 2011 - 8:24 pm

I like you both! :)

Laura Bratchford - August 7, 2011 - 8:33 pm

The Vintage Marange mat and the Brick wall are my absolute favorites…..but i do love them all!!!

Sabrina - August 7, 2011 - 9:07 pm

OOooh, I love Old School!!

Nikki Smith - August 7, 2011 - 9:41 pm

I love them all! Heirloom is my favorite.