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Word on the Street: Fresno couple blends hair, photo businesses

Alicia Nelson in one of the chairs at her salon in northwest Fresno called The Mix Salon. Her business shares space with her husband Brett Nelson's photo studio Ambient Art.
Alicia Nelson in one of the chairs at her salon in northwest Fresno called The Mix Salon. Her business shares space with her husband Brett Nelson's photo studio Ambient Art. Special to The Bee

A new dual hair salon-photography studio has opened in northwest Fresno. The business will have its grand opening on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Mix Salon and Ambient Art, which share space at 2787 W. Bullard Ave. Suite 103, are run by Brett and Alicia Nelson of Fresno. They’ve been married for 16 years, and working together professionally off and on for much of that time to create their “perfect marriage of beauty and photography.”

She specializes in hair and makeup, from glamor boudoir to “sexy and sweet” with a studio complete with high heels and fashion dresses. He specializes in dramatic lighting, creating “art in every image” and has had a passion for photography from early on, working with Jerry Ghionis, who Brett Nelson calls one of the top five wedding photographers in the world.

When the opportunity came about for the couple to share their businesses, and their rental space, the marriage of the two businesses finally came together.

“Ambient is the light that you’re given, and so we really believe that you take what you’re given and you either add light or take away, and then create art out of it,” Brett Nelson said. “We tease our couples that we’re going to make them look like models for the day.”

Alicia Nelson said she loves making couples feel comfortable and look attractive, paying attention to details from posture to retouching. She’s worked alongside Brett, learning a few of his tricks so that the duo is a double threat for wedding photography – getting two different angles with two different cameras for every shot.

“We like our couples to look connected, so we are very mindful of how they are touching each other, how they are looking at one another,” she said. “That’s all a part of the fun.”

One of the best features of the studio: not having to travel far to get that perfect shot. After hair and makeup, open one sliding glass door and the photography studio awaits, making wedding photography, portraits and more all the easier, he said.

The grand opening is at 7 p.m. at 2787 W. Bullard Ave. Suite 103.

Megan Ginise: 559-441-6614

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