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About Us

With 28 years of experience and generations worth of talent in hand, the family
team at Nelva’s Studio knows exactly what today’s consumers are looking for. As a
photography and videography business that also provides customers with quality
wedding and bridesmaids dresses, quinceañera gowns, tuxedos and décor, they
make it a point to bring all they can to their clients.

“We understand that planning a special event is not only costly, but also time
consuming,” co-owner Ken Abernathy says. “Our goal is to give our clients quality
products and services at a price that’s affordable.”

With that philosophy in mind, the husband and wife team have proudly influenced
and encouraged their children José and Nelva, to grow and learn the business—a
skill that’s proven beneficial in today’s market.

“It’s great that my kids have taken an active role in the company, not only for
experience purposes but really because now we offer just one more thing for our
customers,” Ken says. “We now have two generations of photographers on staff. My
wife, for the client who is looking for a more traditional and timeless approach and
either my son or daughter for those wanting edgy and photojournalistic pictures,
both talents have been extremely valuable assets to our success.”

Their long lineage of artistry continues to show promise for today’s bride.

“Whether they want something conventional or contemporary, we can meet those
expectations because the experience has been handed down to us through
generations,” says Nelva Abernathy, head photographer for the company. “Your
wedding is the most important time in your life, and we want to document the
beauty of it.”

At Nelva’s Studio, they encourage clients to be different, to step outside the box of
what is considered standard and really take on their daring side.

“We want our clients to imagine themselves in settings that are not usually typical
areas for engagement shoots or portraits,” Nelva says. “Posing at the top of the
Hemisphere Tower, or convincing a policeman to let your wedding party walk in the
midst of traffic for that awesome shot—if you’re willing to do them, we will certainly
want to capture it.”

Aside from true professionalism and a reputation as one of the area’s most
distinguished businesses, the team at Nelva’s Studio takes great pride in their
unwavering generosity and consideration of costs.

“Special occasions like weddings and quinceañeras are expensive,” Ken says.
“There are so many choices that come at a costly price when really they don’t have
to. We highly encourage those looking for a good product to really do a price
comparison. They’ll see that we don’t cut corners and still provide great quality
work. It’s our promise to our clients—we’ll be fully committed to capturing those
once-in-a-lifetime moments, so you can just enjoy them as they unfold.”

While photography is certainly the business’ specialty, they offer a large selection
for the client looking for a one-stop shop.

“The reason we’re so affordable is because we have a little bit of everything
available right here in store,” Ken says. “We get our gowns and tuxedos at the
same place all the big companies do, so you’re certain the quality is there. We have
a large selection of décor items too.”

The bridal market is surely the company’s targeted audience, but they also play
close attention to the younger generation. Having been San Antonio’s leading
provider for quinceañeras and Sweet 16s in the last several years, Nelva’s Studio is
continuing to prosper in both the bridal and special events industry.

“Weddings, Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras are usually really large celebrations,
especially in San Antonio,” Ken says. “Families like knowing they can get all
they need from one reliable vendor for a price that they can afford. We don’t take short
cuts. We give you the best deal for your money—guaranteed.”

For more information call Nelva’s Studio at 210-340-8408.