Carla captured the our children's smiles in a beautiful setting. We will admire our portraits throughout our lives!

~ Laine Bray

Some women use their “secret savings” for clothes. I choose to make a valuable investment in Art.

~ Melissa Short

You captured a special time in our lives with a beautiful collection!

~ Emilie Rabke

I will cherish these black and white photographs for the rest of my life.

~ Nancy Bohannon

This family portrait truly reflects our family’s love for one another.

~ Bob and Marcy Culler

Welcome to Nelms Photographic Artistry

From the first time you enter our luxury portrait studio and stunning gardens, you will be treated like a friend. I hope that you will find this website useful as you begin considering commissioning fine photography. A website can never be a substitute for a personal meeting, so I invite you to come in to chat and view my work. See for yourself why we are one of Richmond and Midlothian, VA’s favorite family and children’s photographers.

I guarantee that your experience with Nelms Photographic Artistry will be one of care, understanding, creativity and friendship.

Thank you for considering us!

Why consider Nelms Photographic Artistry?

  1. I have over 20 years of experience, and I am a Master of Photography. More importantly, I am a mother of three with infinite patience.
  2. We offer complimentary design consultations. We take the time to plan for your portrait session, and to get to know you and your children. That way, everyone is fully relaxed and ready to enjoy their day when you come in to take your photos.
  3. We never rush the process. Most photography sessions last about an hour.
  4. Nelms Photographic Artistry is known for its outdoor portraiture. Choose a studio session in our on-site gardens, or in a local park like Maymont. We offer many choices, so you’re fully comfortable and achieve a look that’s truly you.
  5. Join us in our luxurious presentation room to view and select your portraits. Through state of the art technology, Nelms Photographic Artistry can show your favorite photos in both color, and black and white at the touch of a button. We can show you your images in the exact sizes that you are considering. We can crop your images to your specifications during the presentation, and display your choice of frames on your image. We can even demonstrate what a collection of your images would look like on the wall. You never have to imagine or guess what your finished portraits will look like.
  6. Nelms Photographic Artistry has the most exciting presentation options available.
    • Fine Art – Black and white or natural color photographs.
    • The Gallery Wrap – The latest in contemporary home décor. It makes a stunning focal point.
    • Story Panels – Several photographs in one framed piece. It tells a story.
    • Story Boxes and Albums – For those who love so many images that they want to keep them in a wonderful story collection.
    • Whimsical Wall Art for children’s rooms, including custom color borders.
    • Handbags – These luxury handbags feature your child’s portrait custom imprinted in fine fabric.
    • Sterling Silver Jewelry with portrait miniatures.
    • Gift Cards – For those who would like to share the gift of fabulous photography.
  7. I personally supervise the retouching of every image. Retouching is an art form and is critical to the beauty and realism of your portraits. We will retouch your images to your specifications, and can even use heads from multiple images to create the perfect group portrait, all at no additional charge.
  8. We take the utmost care in the printing and framing of your photographs. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. When your portraits are ready, we will package them carefully, then carry them to your car; or in the case of very large wall portraits, we will deliver and hang them for you.
  9. Your happiness is our first priority. You can depend on Nelms Photographic Artistry to make sure that you are thrilled with your family’s portraits.