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    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!

The Compton Family: San Diego Family Photographer

It’s always an extra special session when my newborn clients come back and book for 1 year pics!  Thanks to the power of Facebook, InstaGram, and all things social media, I get to see my babies grow throughout the year/s but nothing beats getting to play with them again!  It was wonderful seeing Baby Mason again and I cannot believe how much he has really grown and changed… can you believe the blonde hair & blue eyes?  Such a precious little boy and man oh man, do I ADORE him & his family… easily one of the sweetest I have ever had!  Needless to say, this is one outstandingly GORGEOUS family… a little birdie also told me that Mason’s mommy is also expecting again:) Can’t wait to see them next Spring for another newborn session!


Wana & RJ: San Diego Maternity Photographer

Nothing really to say about this…. just beautiful & perfect.


Hope - November 9, 2012 - 10:09 am

As always BEAUTIFUL work!!!! One of my favorite locations :)

Christen - November 9, 2012 - 11:54 am

BEAUTIFUL SESSION!!! LOVE the textures and location — and what a gorgeous couple!!

libbywilko - November 9, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Just lovely Corina ! Bet they were so so happy with the photographs !

Jennifer Hall - November 9, 2012 - 8:42 pm

Beautiful photos.. I want to do my next family session with you at that location..

Nathan - November 12, 2012 - 10:47 am

Congrats you two! Great shoot.

And she turns 7…

Our sweet baby girl is getting older… I don’t have a clue how this could have happened but Makena has officially turned SEVEN!  My sweet, smart, considerate, sensitive, quick witted, and forever cuddly little girl is now a big girl!  Seems like it happened over night:( Of course going to Disneyland to celebrate her day like hubby wanted was not good enough for the girls in this family.  Why take the easy way out when I had loads of inspiration for a RAINBOW party?  I had been gathering ideas on Pinterest all year long and was thrilled when Makena got on board for the colorful theme… one can’t have a party without a theme right?  Boy was it a colorful weekend…

We started out on Friday with Makena’s actual birth day.  Unfortunately, the kids had school so we didn’t get to do too much.  Went out to dinner at one of her favorite restaurants and then came back to the house for some cake.  I knew we would be busy with the actual party the following day so I whipped up a quick little 6″ cake for us to have.  I adore these little guys.  So easy to bake and decorate!  Let the rainbow fun begin…

We got an extra special treat having my family come in from Los Angeles a bit early so the kids got to play for the rest of the night!  Then we woke up bright and early to begin the real festivities…

Floral arrangement has never really been my thing, BUT I knew I had to have some fresh flowers mixed in here and there.  Went to my favorite local flower shop and grabbed a couple of bunches of flowers in all of the colors.  Took me about 5 minutes to pick and then 15 minutes to arrange once I got home.  It felt nice having the flowers all over the house!  Easy little fresh touch!

And on to the real rainbow decor…. Makena had a hand in almost every single rainbow touch at her party.  We cut the garlands out together and while I sewed the hearts, she glued each and every single chain together!  She was so excited to help and this was our first project for the party!  Everything else kind of just exploded from there but man, did it all look cute!  I adore this rainbow theme, totally wish I could do it all again.

And the dessert table…. sugar anyone?

And here is the birthday girl, in a dress her and daddy picked out together!  I love that he eventually got on board with all of this rainbow craziness!  They picked good…  she was so happy and excited from the second she woke up!  This face says it all!

It was nice keeping the party small and quaint!  Makena only invited her bestest friends!  Loved seeing them get along so well and having so much fun.

First order of business… one of Makena’s new favorite things to do: face painting!  She always asks to have her face done when we are at a fair, carnival, amusement park, etc.  Since she loves it so much AND I knew it would be colorful, this was a must for her party!  The girls were excited to pick out what they were going to have done.

Play time…

We also got a VERY special visit from our favorite teacher in the whole wide world… we were lucky enough to have her teach BOTH Blake & Makena for 1st Grade.  Luckily, we have now become friends so I suspect she will be at many more future family events.  She also has a very special bundle being born soon that I get to see and take pictures of:) How cool is that?  We are blessed to have such kind & amazing people in our lives’… we love you Mrs. A!

Game time… musical chairs, freeze dance, and the ever popular piñata!

Cake, presents, and that’s a wrap…

Well almost a wrap…. once Makena’s friends left, all of the cousins got to play around for a bit together.  Saved the best part of our day for last, getting to spend time with the family:)

Special thanks to my “fun” husband who thought it would be a great idea to buy the kids silly string!  Thankfully he cleaned it all up.  The kids had a blast so it was totally worth it!

I adore these kids…

I adore my family…

Happy Birthday Makena!  We love you so much and hope your 7th birthday was everything you hoped it would be!

janene - October 31, 2012 - 8:29 am

everything was wonderfully done but that rainbow pasta dish looks particularly amazing!

Jennifer - November 3, 2012 - 9:14 am


Robin Baker - November 19, 2012 - 11:40 am

CORINA! You are amazing! I better start planning now – it might take me 7 years to do a party like this for my little rainbow girl :)

Leah - November 23, 2012 - 3:15 am

Tremendous!!! Every picture is a feast for the eyes of viewers as it looks extremely colorful. Great work CORINA

Venice Delara - April 8, 2017 - 4:48 pm

re Mormons (caveat: I am not a Mormon but my branch of the Army has a lot of them, because we need linguists). I have a lot of Mormon friends. They are, by and large, decent upstanding, kind, generous and moderately batty.They tend to be conservative (and a fair number of them tend to be Conservative). They are loving to their families, and seem to have decent sex lives (if they are married).But on the subject of homosexuality… I think the combination of the onus to procreate and the long period of homosocial time, out of immediate control (i.e. missions) is a huge part of the fear. When the added oddity of proxy baptism comes in, well the church’s legal efforts to keep it from being non-ostracized are meant, in part, to keep the threat of its members deciding that it’s not a horror.I think it would also make the US missionary work harder, were they to be against (another) mainstream social more.I find it interesting that Hopper seems to be finding so many Mormon women who aren’t opposed to it to the degree he thinks needful (I am not, based on my time in Utah/around Mormons) going to say that I think them to be gung-ho supporters, more in the “live and let live” category). That is hopeful, in the long run.

Ozella Billa - April 16, 2017 - 10:00 am

thank you. Kissing Magic

Baby Oliver & Kai: San Diego Newborn Twin Photographer

I don’t know about any other newborn photographers, but any chance I have to photograph twins, I am ALL over it!  It’s an extra special bonus getting to snuggle with TWO little babies during a session… I am so thankful that Oliver and Kai’s momma found me just in time to photograph these sweet bundles.  Luckily, they were on their best behavior until the end when both were fed up with me and were ready to snuggle with Grandma and mom!  We were able to get quite a few set ups and poses of them together so I was very happy…. take a look.

Featured Vendor & Giveaway :: PepperLu

Very excited to be featuring another amazing vendor this week!  This is a company who hands down provides the BEST quality and customer service in “faux” flooring around…

I get asked ALL of the time what flooring I use in my studio and 9 times out of 10, I can proudly say PepperLu!  These mats are top notch in the industry. All of the faux mat floorings are made with a 25% lycra/75% polyester blend fabric and 100% natural rubber.  When you’re done with them you can simply roll them up and move them.  They are durable, easy to clean and they don’t wrinkle. They also don’t produce an unwanted light reflection that some vinyl backdrops or floors have. All mats can be washed in a washing machine on cold and laid out flat to dry.  When I set up for a newborn session, I typically lay a few of my mats down right on top of the other… since they are so thick, you won’t get any bumps or wrinkles.  Then as I use them and am ready for the next set up, I just roll up the mats and move them to the side.

And here are some of my mats in use with my beautiful babies…

Aren’t they beautiful?   I adore the amount of richness and depth is shown in EACH mat.  So easy to work with, amazing quality, so versatile, and again, you won’t ever see a glare in them or have them wrinkle on ya!  Obviously, these look great with the little babies, but look equally amazing with older babies, kids, families, animals… you name it!  PepperLu makes everything look good:)

Because my friends at PepperLu are so gracious and kind, they have decided to:

  • #1 give my blog readers a special discount this week on their mats!  If you are interested in purchasing any of their products, NOW is the time to do so!  I think many of their items are on SALE and you get to use a coupon?  Yes, please…. sign me up!  Use coupon code Corina10  at checkout in their store to enjoy 10% OFF your purchase through September 28, 2012!  They even have 2 new brand new mats they are pre selling….
  • #2 offer up a $50 gift card to one of my lucky blog readers!  A-MAZING!!!!  To enter the giveaway, simply follow these “rules”:
** “like” their Facebook business page HERE and you can let them know I sent ya **
**- write a comment on THIS post letting me know which of their mats is your favorite **
Giveaway will run from today 9-24-12 to 9-28-12 at 11:59 PST!  Good luck!
Crystal Hernandez - September 24, 2012 - 12:19 pm

I’m loving the Distressed Barnwood faux floor Mat and the Blue Beachwood. thank you so much!

Kelsi Roth - September 24, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Hi Corina! The link for “This” post seems to be broken :(

I love the WhiteWash floor mat!

Angela - September 24, 2012 - 12:46 pm

I love the teal floor mat!

Jenny Brewer - September 24, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Hey Corina!
Love the looks of the matts. I think the vintage marange is my favorite. Blue beachwood is beauitful too.-comming in at a close second. :) Thanks for the opportunity!

I love all of their mats and backdrops! Though if I had to pick one (which is NEARLY impossible) I would have to pick the Vintage Marange, but I love the Whitewash and the Blue Beachwood too! Thanks for all these amazing give aways Corina!

Becky Young - September 24, 2012 - 3:02 pm

I LOVE the WhiteWash. Amazing!

Paula - September 24, 2012 - 4:57 pm

Love the blue vintage. Just placed an order last week. Bummed to have missed the discount

Sharon @ Granola Meets Grits - September 24, 2012 - 5:48 pm

It is hard to pick a favorite, but that aqua one at the very end sure caught my eye immediately! So glad you blogged about this- had no idea PepperLu existed! Exciting to know, and fun giveaway!

Rachel Williams photographer - September 24, 2012 - 11:01 pm

I love the weathered planks if they get more and the new white wash is beautiful too. If I got picked, would be an awesome birthday present. 9.28 is my birthday. ;)

Nadia Mazzone - September 25, 2012 - 7:06 am

Loving all of them.. And especially the look of Vintage Marange!.. Thank you for this opportunity!

Liz Ferguson - September 25, 2012 - 10:21 am

Hi! The link to “THIS” didn’t work for me so I hope this is the right spot :) My favorite is the vintage marange!! Thanks!!

April Deering - September 25, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Ooh, I like the vintage marange mat! thanks for the chance to win!

Heather M - September 26, 2012 - 10:04 am

That white one would be awesome for the winter months!!! :) Thanks Corina!!!

Cala Iverson - September 26, 2012 - 10:14 am

My favorite is the Vintage Marange. Thank you for the opportunity.

Rachelle - September 26, 2012 - 10:17 am

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to get one of these mats! They look amazing and I am a big fan of your photography. My favorite mat is the Vintage Marange. Thanks again!

Krista - September 26, 2012 - 10:33 am

Love all the distressed wood floors! Thank you!

Samantha Priegnitz - September 26, 2012 - 10:35 am

I’m loving their new blue beachwood!!

Nicole Dalhuisen - September 26, 2012 - 10:54 am

Hi Corina- I look forward to seeing your wonderful images. I hope to be as good as you someday!

Thanks for sharing PepperLu. I love the vintage marange.

Nicole Dalhuisen

Vera Gonzales - September 26, 2012 - 11:44 pm

aww.. Tried to use your coupon code on the two wooden backdrops but this the response I got: Coupon code “Corina10″ is not valid. The coupon expired on Fri Sep 21 00:00:00 PDT 2012! :(

Karen Aldrin - September 27, 2012 - 3:53 am

I LOVE all the PepperLu products, but particularly the whitewash one. Good luck everyone.

Kristy Jo Oberts - September 27, 2012 - 9:28 am

I love the Blue Beachwood…omg, this is so cool!

Elena George - September 27, 2012 - 9:30 am

I’m loving the new white wash floors!! Although it’s hard to choose with so many great choices. What a fun giveaway :)

paige walker - September 27, 2012 - 9:33 am

I love these! I really like the last one you posted with the baby in the egg basket. So rustic and rich.

Taryn - September 27, 2012 - 9:33 am

I would love to win! My favorite is their newest one the distress beach wood. I am curios regarding the hanging brick you have in the studio. Is that similiar flooring or something else?

Natalie - September 27, 2012 - 9:34 am

I love thevBlue Beachwood floor mat! Perfect!

Crystal - September 27, 2012 - 9:34 am

Too hard to choose, I love them both :)

Carly Fuller | Carly Fuller Photography - September 27, 2012 - 9:34 am

My favorite matt is Whitewash! Love their barn wood floor too! Still loving my blog that you built Thanks Corina! :)

Brianna Liberatore - September 27, 2012 - 9:35 am

Their brand new White Wash floor is my absolutely favorite. Very versatile, so this would be the perfect starter mat for me. Thanks for the opportunity!! *Bri*

Tracey Mason - September 27, 2012 - 9:39 am

Shoot! I love them both!!!! I think I would use the white wash one more though. Teal is my favorite color- I’m tossed up!

Melinda T - September 27, 2012 - 9:50 am

I like Pepperlu on fb. And my fave mat is the whitewash! Thanks for the chance!

Victoria Peach Morris - September 27, 2012 - 9:54 am

I love the Vintage Marange Mat!!!!

Christine David - September 27, 2012 - 9:59 am

I love “Old School” and I also love “White Wash.” These look fabulous, crossing my fingers :)

Abby Evans - September 27, 2012 - 10:04 am

I really love the Blue Beachwood, but if I were to buy one today I would have to buy the Vintage Marange. I sent a shout-out to them on Facebook as well. Their products seem very high quality and I would love to have them in my studio!!!

Lindsey Bryant - September 27, 2012 - 10:10 am

I absolutely love the new Blue Beachwood; so cute! Thanks Corina!

Kristy P - September 27, 2012 - 10:15 am

Seriously! How do you choose? They are all fab. I love the Vintage Marange, the Blue Beachwood and Whitewash. Would love love love to win!! :)

Marlene LeBaron - September 27, 2012 - 10:16 am

I love the dark faux wood finished flooring, but I can’t find it on their site. I also really like the pretty pink damask background!

janene - September 27, 2012 - 10:20 am

the vintage marange is my favorite but they’re all really great!

Christi Collins - September 27, 2012 - 10:25 am

I like Vintage Marange

tara golden - September 27, 2012 - 10:26 am

Hard to choose I lov e them all!!

Amy True - September 27, 2012 - 5:13 pm

I like the new teal one!

Jen Naus - September 27, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Oh my gosh! I can’t pick just one, I love all the distressed wooden floors and Rembrandt. Thanks for the chance! :)

Winnie Bruce - September 28, 2012 - 8:45 am

Love their floor mats! Thank you so much for sharing, Corina!

Tatiana Fowler - September 28, 2012 - 9:57 am

Thank you for the amazing giveaway :)

I would say that White Wash is my favorite of the mats :)

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