• 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!

And the winner is…

"stayawake" and her "opposites attract" suggestion… BUT I did pick some runner ups who will also be receiving the papers for free…. I will be emailing you links shortly!!!

* Valerie- "sexy chic"

* Jen- "color blind"

* Caryl- "start anew"

* Doreen- " classilicious"

You all have absolutely NO idea how hard that was to pick!  Every time someone posted their suggestions, I was like "OMG… that is so fabulous!"  I originally planned on picking yesterday, but was so torn, I procrastinated until now!  Almost makes me want to do a bunch of papers/kits using them…. BUT I have a wedding to get ready for lol!  Thanks so much for playing along with me.  I am sure that there will be more to come since I am so terrible at naming my own stuff!

Anywho, in other news…. 1 more week until the FPD relaunch!!!!  I WISH I could tell everyone who the newbies are, but I am sworn to secrecy and Traci will prolly kick my arse!  The girls have some amazing stuff in store for everyone.  We are very excited about our grand reopening!  Oh, did you all see this thread at DST:

Sport A Blinkie

IF ya want to, go ahead and play along with us… isn’t that the cutest idea?  Way to go T!!!!

Can I just tell you how pressed for time I am?  The wedding is in less than 5 days and I have about a zillion things to do!  YIKES!  On that note, I better get back to my favors for the big day!  UGH… Ever since Joe told me that he wanted the big, "formal" wedding for the family, I have not looked at 1 bridal magazine, did no research on any of the vendors we booked (yeah I know… not good right… I’m crazy right)… nor have I looked in any bridal magazines for cute ideas UNTIL last week!  I found some of the cutest little touches to make our day super duper special… I cannot wait to take pictures and show them off!  Not to mention how insanely anxious I am for the FAB and insanely talented Jessica Claire to snap our pics!  I am still in shock and won’t even believe it until I see her! 

Alrighty, I have schtuff to do so thanks again for all the FAB suggestions…. I read each and every single one and LOVED all of them!  Until laters!

Carin - February 27, 2007 - 3:50 am

Great name for these awesome papers and what a lovely new play, thanks so much!

MishSpar - February 27, 2007 - 6:47 am

Perfect choice for the kit name! Awesome! Can’t wait to pick it up.
Bridal magazines…I remember how satisfying it was to take my piles and piles and piles of bridal magazines and throw them out on the curb on recycling day the week after my wedding. It brought back a pretty decent amount of square footage in my living room!!!
Good luck on getting your “schtuff” done!

KellieP - February 27, 2007 - 7:08 am

Love the name you chose! I can’t wait to read all about your wedding & see lots of pics…you’re going to be one beautiful bride!

Kathy - February 27, 2007 - 9:10 am

Love the name! It’s perfect! Can’t wait to see pix & hear all about the fab wedding!

Jen Ulasiewicz - February 27, 2007 - 11:46 am

Oh how awesome thank you so much! I think you picked the perfect name though, it sounds great! Have fun at the wedding! :) Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

caryl - February 27, 2007 - 4:49 pm

Wow Corina thanks a bunch! Love the name you picked, its perfect! Can’t wait to see your wedding pictures… have fun!

Rebecca - February 28, 2007 - 6:16 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for posting the link to the sport a blinkie thread. I completely missed that!

Amy (abbysmommy) - February 28, 2007 - 7:51 pm

Great name! Two thumbs up! Good luck on wedding stuff. I can’t wait to see your gorgeous pictures. (Don’t envy the stress though… I eloped in Maui. LOL!)

Emily - March 5, 2007 - 6:33 pm

I just made my way here thru Jessica’s Blog
Wow, she captured your special day so well, she’s got a knack for something good! You both were just beautiful, looks like you had a wonderful day! I love your work also, I will have to go shopping! I just wanted to say hello.

My Brand New Blog and a Little Contest

Did I really customize this thing on my own?  Holy Crap… I think I did!  I remember like 6 months ago, I did the trial on Typepad and after about 5 minutes, I totally gave up and cancelled my subscription.  Anywho, looks like this will be easy enough to maintain for a completely HTML illiterate gal such as myself.  I should have known it was easy enough since my very good gal pal Gina Miller maintains her blog regularly ( and quite well if I do say so myself )…. when we first opened the playground, I remember she kept telling me how "unsavvy" she was and she would be no help to Traci and I as far as site maintenance and HTML stuff… guess her and I aren’t as bad as I thought before tonight:)

Anywho, enough about blogs, let me get down to business!!!  So, lots of people don’t know this yet, but the shop is going to have a big grand "reopening" very soon… we are looking at finishing up the revamp on March 5th.  We have brought on 6 new designers…. an AMAZING 6 designers.  These gals are so FAB, I can’t even believe they will be selling with T and I.  I have been workin’ hard to get new stuff in the store… this is one of them:

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I was going for a very fresh and funky kinda paper pack, but didn’t want to deal with "color", so I went bold and stuck with the good ole basics.  Only problem, I was completely STUCK for a name!  So, that’s where the contest comes in….. help me name them!  You have until this Saturday, February 24th to leave a name for me…. and the winner will receive the papers before they hit the store at our re-launch!  Sounds easy enough huh???  The last time I ran one of these "name me" thingies.. I ended up with so many great names!

And last, but not least, in case you missed the freebie I gave out today at DST , here is a link to grab this little thing I whipped up earlier this morning… this is a reloaded link and it’s all ready to go… although, I did realize that I left a staple off of the photocorner thing and it looks much better with one lol!  Here is the preview:

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And here is a link for you to grab them:

Purty Paper Freebie

Alright folks… thanks for visiting and I look forward to seeing what you sexy thangs come up with for my paper pack:)  Happy Hump Day…..

Puck - February 21, 2007 - 1:00 am

Good luck for changes :) and thanks for a lovely freebie

Jess - February 21, 2007 - 1:29 am

I will have to change your address on my blog now.
i think you have your name.
Be Bold
Be Funky, Be Fresh!

Emilie - February 21, 2007 - 1:44 am

Woohoo!! Awesome blog! Your pic is hot!! :D
Great contest girl!! The papers look beautiful. ;)
See ya girl!

Stephanie - February 21, 2007 - 5:22 am

Love the B/W of it all. ;)
Black Tie Only or Black Tie Required

lauren - February 21, 2007 - 6:41 am

welcome to your new blog! i’m horrible with names but it reminds me of the black dress that everyone HAS to have!
off to put your new blog on subscribe!

Mary E - February 21, 2007 - 7:14 am

Wow love the new blog. Your picture looks beautiful. I stink at names, but I’ll give it try, how about, “The Dark Side” Thanks for the beautiful (freebie)gift.

Rikki - February 21, 2007 - 7:17 am

Thanks for the freebie, it looks fantastic.

KellieP - February 21, 2007 - 9:31 am

These papers are smokin’ hot! Well, that might work for a name! :)
Or…moonlight’s shadows, midnight romance, Classy Chic, Springtime storm, Evening’s radiance
I asked my two-year old son what you should name them and he said “Pretty!” LOL!!

Julie Lopez - February 21, 2007 - 9:53 am

Well I suck at names. How ’bout my pet name for you-”sexy bish”
Loving the new bloggy! Can’t see the banner at the top though!

Dale Ann - February 21, 2007 - 10:23 am

Beautiful papers! Your blog looks great!
How about “Dreaming In Black & White.”

Rebecca - February 21, 2007 - 10:23 am

Just wanted to say that your new blog looks awesome! That pic is totally “hubba hubba”. Oh, and can’t wait for the grand reopening of FPD. YIPPEE!!!!

Barb - February 21, 2007 - 10:23 am

Thanks for the freebie. Likin that paper pack… how about “Simplicious… (combo of Simply Delicious).

Jenni - February 21, 2007 - 10:25 am

Little Black Book
Black is Back
Color Inside the lines
Color Outside the Lines
It’s Never Just Black & White

jan - February 21, 2007 - 10:29 am

How ’bout
Little Black Dress Redux
Botanical Basics

717Sherry - February 21, 2007 - 10:52 am

how about Ebony and Ivory

Joy - February 21, 2007 - 10:58 am

How bout “li’l black dress” or “an evening date” or “evening elegance”

Leila - February 21, 2007 - 11:08 am

Love the new blog, Corina. Looks great!
The first thing that came to mind for the papers was “Fantasies & Delusions” Yes, Delusions, not Illusions, lol!

Marianne - February 21, 2007 - 11:09 am

My submission is “Monochromatic.”
Thank you for the freebie. I dl it from the DST link – the one here didn’t work for me.

Stephanie C - February 21, 2007 - 11:23 am

Huh. I thought I left some love this morning! Hmmm…
How about:
Basically Black
Back in Black
Right Black at Ya
Nice blog and Smokin’ hot pic! :) Thanks for the freebie!

Betsy - February 21, 2007 - 11:23 am

What about “B(l)ack to the Basics”

Seana - February 21, 2007 - 11:48 am

I’ve been buying suits lately and that looks like a lot of the things I’ve been looking at:
Suited for Success!

Puck - February 21, 2007 - 12:00 pm

I forgott the name for kit, thanks for remember me Corina ;)
I’m terrible with names but try
“Funky Chess”
“Breakfast at Tiffany´s” (like the movie)
Love black & white colors :-)

stayawake - February 21, 2007 - 12:03 pm

Love the new blog Corina! There are such great names already here… but here’s my few.
Garden of Good and Evil
Black Orchid
Opposites Attract
Salt and Pepper

Kathy - February 21, 2007 - 12:06 pm

How about Funky Basics or Little Black Dress….
Good luck with the reopening & love your new blog!!! Great photo of you!

ebie - February 21, 2007 - 12:08 pm

I like
Little Black Dress (think this one might have already been suggested?)
Black to Basics
A Formal Occasion
A Formal Affair

Les - February 21, 2007 - 12:42 pm

Thanks for the freebie. Now we need some name suggestions….hmmmmmmm…
Black Magic
Black Out
Pitch Black
Black N’ Funky

Nikki - February 21, 2007 - 1:19 pm

awesome bloggie, girl!! I totally suck at naming kits, but I’ll give it a whirl. How about Silk Stockings?

Dia - February 21, 2007 - 1:26 pm

Awesome new blog girlie! Can’t wait for the store re-opening!

Jenn - February 21, 2007 - 1:40 pm

Awesome new blog and your pic is so HOT!! What a cutie!
Now on to the contest, how about “little black dress”

Linda - February 21, 2007 - 2:04 pm

Classy Sassy

Andrea - February 21, 2007 - 2:42 pm

Elegant Black & White
Harmony in Black & White

Shabem - February 21, 2007 - 3:11 pm

Nice Blog!
Exuberant Black and White
Whimsilicious Black
Fancy B/W Treat

Doreen - February 21, 2007 - 3:24 pm

Basic Black N White
Funky Fresh

Doreen - February 21, 2007 - 3:31 pm

Classy Fresh
Memories in Black N White
Chess Love
Black N Back

cynthia - February 21, 2007 - 4:11 pm

how bout moonflower

Lauren Barden - February 21, 2007 - 4:32 pm

Awesome job on the customising! That banner is so cute. And loving that pic of you, damn! ;)
No ideas for names. I suck at names, lol.

Christina Renee - February 21, 2007 - 5:08 pm

We’ll I am glad to see I am not the only one that sucks at HTML. You can see that my blog STILL does NOT have any customization. UGGGHHH. I am switching to typepad. I know it costs but it sounds like it’s much easier to customize.
LOVE the new kit and I can’t wait to see who the new designers are. Sounds EXCITING!!!

Peggie - February 21, 2007 - 6:17 pm

This is so pretty. Just right for
a picture I have of my husband’s
aunt. Thank you so much.

Laurie - February 21, 2007 - 7:04 pm

Hey girly!! I don’t have any names in mind for the paper pack just yet, but I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your new blog!! :) Hope you’re having a great evening!!

Natalie B. - February 21, 2007 - 7:27 pm

Hey, gorgeous picture! I think Jan Crowley also has a “Little Black Dress” kit – has the basics in it, IIRC. Of course, maybe that doesn’t matter?
How ’bout
Little Black Book
(High) Contrast
Midnight Magic or Midnight Memories
Nocturne in Black and White
Eh, I’m no good at this. ;)

Aly in GA - February 21, 2007 - 7:28 pm

My vote is B(l)ack to Basics. Lovely designs and thanks for the freebie!

Kelli - February 21, 2007 - 8:28 pm

Love the new blog design and black and white papers! Your CHA layout you did with it is amazing!
I’m going to suggest the name “Mod Squad”. The funky black and white combo reminds me of the whole “mod” fad! Black liquid eyeliner and white lipstick that only the hippest dared to wear.
So I’m a bit goofy! Thank you for the lovely paper and corner piece. They are beautiful!

Anna - February 21, 2007 - 8:49 pm

I usually STINK at naming kits but I love black and I LOVE these papers so two actually popped into my head
Little Black Kit
Classy Black
( maybe Justin T. could revamp sexy back and the kit could have a song…. I’ll stop there.) Fabulous papers, fabulous new blog!

Rona - February 21, 2007 - 9:27 pm

Fab papers! Some name suggestions:
Little Black Dress
B&W Fun
B&W Elegance
Classic B&W
Night and Day

buge - February 22, 2007 - 1:30 am

Thanks for the freebies Corina! :)
For the name how about
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Black Is Black
Midnight Garden
Dark Secrets or Deep Dark Secrets

Suzy - February 22, 2007 - 4:23 am

The new blog looks awesome Corina!! I really need to redo mine as well. Thank you for the freebie – it is beautiful! The new kit is also gorgeous. I suck at names, but how about “One Enchanted Evening”?

Chrystina/Lilaclady - February 22, 2007 - 4:25 am

hmm…only thing I can think of is: instead of ‘black and white’…”Funk and Wild”
or “Spring Zebra”
lol, hope that helps :-)
I picked up your lovely, lovely Purty Paper freebie over at DST, but I am happy to say thank you again for it coz it’s doubly nice! Thank you! (and now I am singing that song!) Corina, Corina……
Have a nice day :-)

Carin - February 22, 2007 - 6:25 am

oh wow so many great names allready!
your papers remind me of the licorise we sell in The netherlands and we got these bags with black and white licorise with menth taste and they are called ‘tickles’ so well my input on a name would be tickles for sure!

Nancy - February 22, 2007 - 7:04 am

Found it!
Thanks for the freebie. Love your work. Midnight Garden is my take on this or Night Bloomers….Thanks!

Sam - February 22, 2007 - 7:33 am

My suggestions:
Black Dahlia
Paint it Black
Basic Black Flora
Basic Black Flowers

Valorie - February 22, 2007 - 8:34 am

Hi Corina! New bloggie looks awesome and your pic is as well! Thanks for the freebie! As for names for your kit…hmm…I usually am no good with names but I will give it a try…
Sexy Chic
Vis-à-vis (french for opposite)
That is my contribution! Good luck on your Grand Reopening!

margarete - February 22, 2007 - 8:35 am

thank you for the awesome freebie; it’s soooo pretty!! :) As for the naming…I’m so awful with names, but I saw it and the name ‘Midnight Fantasy’ immediately came to mind :)
Thanks, again, for the freebie :)

Megan - February 22, 2007 - 9:13 am

Hey sexy!
Best of luck with the new blog and as always thanks for the kickass freebie!
I really suck at naming things, but how about…
” Basic Funk ” I know you have a thing for that word…lol

Les - February 22, 2007 - 10:16 am

I thought of another one…insteady of hunkydory…why not..
just a thought lol

Amy (abbysmommy) - February 22, 2007 - 11:12 am

“Velvet Divine”
The new blog looks great! Thanks for the freebie!
Amy (abbysmommy)

Kelly - February 22, 2007 - 1:18 pm

Thanks for the pretty freebie!

Doreen - February 22, 2007 - 1:37 pm

Here are more….:)
Classy Clean
Salt N Pepper Shakers
Back In Black

Sabrina - February 22, 2007 - 3:38 pm

Midnight Garden or
Midnight in the Garden
Bella Notte (Beautiful Night)
Sophisticated Lady
Stella’s Apron
An Affair To Remember
Midnight Serenade
Vanity Fair

christina - February 22, 2007 - 5:48 pm

Thanks for the FAB goodie!!! Can not wait until the new re-opening! Fun, fun! I need to start saving now! LOL LOVE the new blog and the pic too… you sexy mama!!!

digigal - February 22, 2007 - 5:57 pm

Midnight Tuxedo!
btw, LOVE your sample,please design a kit like this in the store, purty please!

Candice - February 22, 2007 - 6:04 pm

Beautiful paper, TY!
Can’t wait to see who comes to your shop.

Marcia McAtee - February 22, 2007 - 9:29 pm

Thanks for the Freebie, looks great

caryl - February 22, 2007 - 9:39 pm

Thanks for the goodie!
My suggestions:
A Classy Charcoal
Funky Fresh
Start Anew
Color me Black
Fresh Monochrome
Basically Funk

Pamela Gibson - February 23, 2007 - 2:46 am

1. Floral Elegance
2. Hey You! Look At These Awesome Papers!
3. Black Tie Flowers
4. Basicly Black and White
5. Elegantly Black and White

Jen Ulasiewicz - February 23, 2007 - 1:27 pm

I love the new blog and the new papers!
How about “Color Blind”?

MishSpar - February 23, 2007 - 8:09 pm

First time reading, first time posting…
Here’s my entry for your name contest:

Jenna Jaquez - February 24, 2007 - 11:13 am


tabitha - February 24, 2007 - 11:21 am

LUV the purty paper! its purty!!! :0)
heres my name ideas for the paper pack. it reminds me of watching those old black and white romance films. so ive been searching through 40′s & 50′s love song titles.
50s love songs (just 1 i thought of)
dearly beloved
dream lover
young love(rs)
unchained melody
in the still of the night
love me tender
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (couldnt resist) LOL
pistol packin’ mama
some enchanted evening
old fashioned darling

Diane ::Lawgal:: - February 24, 2007 - 5:31 pm

Howabout “Flowers in Negative” or something with “Negative” since I immediately think of a photograph negative when I look at the preview.
It’s beautiful.

Michele - February 24, 2007 - 7:12 pm

Strangers In The Night
First thing that came to my mind.
Good luck with your blog. It IS easy once you figure it all out ; )
xoxo Michele

Mara - February 25, 2007 - 1:32 am

great blog, thank you for the paper staying so long, it is wonderful

wanda - February 25, 2007 - 9:00 pm

Thanks for the papers! :D

wanda - February 25, 2007 - 9:03 pm

For the paper pack by the way, how’s “Yin & Yang”? :D

Chandra - February 26, 2007 - 10:45 am

How about “Salt & Pepa?”

Chandra - February 26, 2007 - 10:45 am

How about “Salt & Pepa?”

Crissy - March 6, 2007 - 9:25 pm

Hey Girl! I am not sure if I said Thanks for the paper. But… now that you saw me use it, I just wanted to make sure I said “Thanks” It was the LO with my DD singing her Solo part!! Beautiful paper! Now I just need some more elements to go with it ;)

Mary - March 15, 2007 - 6:55 pm

Thanks for the freebie. You’ve got great stuff.

Metalmama - March 18, 2007 - 12:04 am

This is beautiful thank you so very much for sharing it!!!