Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Ellie & June Shoot with Ellie

Outfit 1 | Evandale Dress
Outfit 2 | Boho Maxi Skirt and Boho Crop
Toddler Tote | Ryla Bag

This past weekend we had one of the sunniest days we have had in a long time. So after spending the morning cooking breakfast and sipping coffee, I cleared out my living room, set up our newest backdrop, and took some shots of Ellie in her favorite pieces from our shop. These are all on CRAZY SALE until Friday, so be sure to pick them up if you love them!! Here’s some of my favorites from the day 🙂 View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Kids Owning Stock

When my kids have reached an age where they have more defined interests, I’ll encourage them to buy stock in companies they’re interested in. Obviously I’m not talking about loads of money here; I’m also not talking about all of their money. I’m talking about just enough to care about how the business is operating and what their investment is doing. I’m especially interested in having them invest where they eventually will/would like to work. Here’s why: View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Sony a6000

Earlier this month I decided to get a smaller camera for more everyday use. I wanted to continue sharing small moments of my day on my social accounts, but neither my iphone nor my DSLR were ideal for my between-blog-post moments (most of them at home). While I loved the field of view and ease of using my iphone, I wanted more control and crisper photos than I was getting with my phone. My DSLR was just impractical for everyday use. The most obvious reason is its size, but beyond that, it’s not a full frame camera. When I launched the blog and shop in mid-2016, I just bought a beginner’s DSLR (Nikon D5300); I didn’t know the difference between a crop or full frame camera. My prime lenses for the DSLR don’t offer an analogous field of view as an iphone, and the kit lens is a disaster in low lighting. I needed something completely different than what I had. Something between the iphone and the DSLR… like an iphone on steroids!

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Rather than admit what my goals are for year 2017, I thought it would be more helpful to my readers if I discussed the biggest lessons I learned from 2016. The year 2016 was a big year of change for me professionally. I resigned from an alternative investment firm and started my own online boutique. My youngest went from being a baby, to being a toddler with the energy of a cheetah. My three-year-old daughter quite literally grew into her own person in 2016, and asks me questions that not even the Google Gods would know how to answer. Chris and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary, and have now been a couple for more than half our lives. So without further ado, these are the biggest lessons I learned in 2016 on business, mothering, and marriage. Enjoy! View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen First Things I did to Start my Business

It’s been a while since I’ve done a work-related post that wasn’t a photoshoot, so today I wanted to list the first 10 things I did when I started Ellie & June. A few months ago I did a post called My Starting Toolkit. I focused namely on my background and what competencies I had (and didn’t have) starting this little venture. Today’s post is different in that I’ll be listing the first several things that I actually did do; and my list may surprise you. View Post