Alicia Jeanne Photography: Blog en-us Alicia Jeanne Photography (Alicia Jeanne Photography) Sun, 04 Mar 2018 20:19:00 GMT Sun, 04 Mar 2018 20:19:00 GMT Alicia Jeanne Photography: Blog 80 120 International Women's Day Special!

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Lee & Jeremy Engagement Happy Friday and happy February! This is one of my favorite months for a few reasons: 1) February always feels like the REAL start of the new year after the slow start in January, 2) this month, my husband and I celebrate our 9th year together and 5th year of marriage, and 3) we are nearing the end of engagement season, which means wedding season is just around the corner!

This week, I had the pleasure of capturing Lee and Jeremy's Coronado proposal and engagement. They're in town from Washington DC visiting family, and Jeremy decided to pop the question in front of one of the most famous California destinations, Hotel Del Coronado. 





These two were all laughs and smiles... it was impossible NOT to get a great photo of them.

There's always time for a selfie!

Seriously though, could they be any cuter??




I love this epic shot with the Hotel Del Coronado in the background.

Congratulations to Lee & Jeremy! Wishing them all the best in their lives together, and a safe trip home to the East Coast.

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What's in a Name? I hated my name when I was a kid. I wanted a name like my classmates; I wanted to be a Jessica, an Emily, or an Ashley... It wasn't until I was in high school that I actually started to appreciate that my name was different than most of the kids I hung around. When I was trying to come up with a name for my photography business a while back, I struggled to find the perfect one. I started out as "Photography by Alicia," then "Forever Moments by Alicia," but neither really felt right to me. 

I don't exactly remember when (either in high school or my early twenties) I found out the significance of my name. My dad's side of the family has a tradition of passing down names. My dad is named after my grandpa, my uncles are each named after their uncles, and my oldest uncle is named for my great-grandpa. My parents carried on that tradition with my brother and my middle names. My brother has my grandpa and dad's first name as his middle name, while my middle name "Jeanne" comes from my Great-Aunt Jean Ellen. When I learned of my name's origin, I also learned of a very unfortunate incident in my family's past.

My grandpa was a month shy of his 9th birthday in December of 1935 when a fire consumed his home. My Great-Grandmother Florence died on Christmas Eve, my Great-Grandpa Roy lost his life a few days later... Jean Ellen survived the fire only to pass away on January 3rd, 1936 from an illness she contracted in the hospital. She was 11 years old.

My grandpa survived. He lived with his grandmother and other relatives over the years. He joined the Navy and fought in World War II, where he met Bill Green. Bill introduced my grandpa to his sister, Vesta Lea, who would become his wife and mother to his seven kids. My grandpa lived a full life, and passed away at the age of 88 in 2015.

After hearing the story of Jean Ellen and her oh so short life, I gained a new appreciation for my name, and I often wonder what she was like; was she stubborn and ambitious like my grandpa? What did she want to be when she grew up? 

My aunt gave my dad an old wooden box after my grandpa died. It belonged to Jean Ellen.

It was made by my Great-Great-Grandfather George Cecil as a Christmas gift for Jean in 1934, a year before the tragic accident.

Inside the box were a few treasures that give me just a glimpse into who Jean Ellen was... old report cards from 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades.

And a cute handmade note to her mother, I'm assuming was made for Mother's Day.

I get teary-eyed thinking about everything young Jean Ellen wanted to do with her life, and how so often I find myself taking many of the opportunities I've been given in my 32 years for granted. I feel like along with my namesake I was a responsibility to live the best life I can not only for myself but for my grandpa, my great-grandparents, and Jean Ellen. 

So it was decided a few years ago, that the official name of my photography business would be "Alicia Jeanne Photography" in memory of my great-aunt... and because I'm glad I'm not a Jessica, an Emily, or an Ashley now.

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Best 17 of 2017 Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but I'm super excited for 2018, more so than previous years. So much is happening right now, and a huge milestone is coming up this year that I can't wait to tell you about (hint, it involves my new logo).

Before I start getting settled in to 2018, I thought I'd take a look back at the past year, and share my favorite 17 photos from 2017. I had so many amazing opportunities and met some amazing people. It was hard to narrow it down to just 17 pictures, but here they are, in order of when they were taken.

1. Alyssa Maloney, Vista, CA, January 2017

This has got to be one of my favorite head shots I've taken ever, and Alyssa was such a great model. I took this photo during a photo session for her article in 92081 Magazine. It was taken at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, CA. I love the colors, the catchlights in her eyes... I love everything about this photo.


2. Doris Teich, Vista, CA, January 2017

Doris is another person I photographed for 92081 Magazine in January. My absolute favorite place to photograph people is in their homes: it's where they are most comfortable and their surroundings add so much to the image. Doris's home was filled with so much of her personality, memories, and heritage. Environmental photography is one of my favorite types, and I'm so glad I was able to capture this image.


3. April's Bouquet, Coronado Cays Yacht Club, February 2017

I've mentioned it before in my wedding blogs, one of the reason's I love photographing weddings is all the beautiful details. April had such a beautiful bouquet with soft colors. The overcast, diffused light also added to the elegance of the flowers, and I'm always a fan of using a shallow depth of field in my images.


4. April & Isaac, Coronado Cays Yacht Club, February 2017

With every wedding, I strive to create unique portraits because every couple is different, every venue is different, and every wedding is different. This was taken about an hour before sunset on the docks of Coronado Cays Yacht Club. The sky was amazing that evening, the background was gorgeous, and April & Isaac were one of the best couples. 


5. David Lozeau, Vista, CA, March 2017

I didn't quite know what to expect when I was asked to photograph David for 92081 Magazine, but I fell in love with his home. David is a local artist in Vista, and his home was filled with collections of his work and his favorite guitars. As with Doris's portrait, this is another one of my all-time favorite environmental portraits: it just says so much about David and his art in just a single photo... and I loved the green walls.


6. The Taylor Family, Carlsbad, CA, April 2017

Besides the home, where a person works is another great spot for portraits. It's familiar and people seem more comfortable in surroundings they know. The Taylor Family owns the 9ROUND in Carlsbad, and I photographed them for their 92009 Magazine article. The gym is small, but there was some great light coming through the back windows. I chose to photograph them from below using my ultra wide angle lens and my flash to fill in some light, and doing so, I created this epic "hero" shot. 


7. Jen & Tom's Engagement Shoot, Marian Bear Memorial Park - San Diego, CA, June 2017

I've known Jen for a few years, and I was super excited when she asked me to be her wedding photographer at the beginning of June. I'm almost tempted to do another blog of my favorite photo sessions because this was one of the best photo shoots I've done, and it was so hard to choose just one image. Even though they'd never had a professional photo shoot before, they were both so natural and relaxed in front of the camera... and it doesn't hurt that they are an adorable couple. (Click the title to see more images from Jen & Tom's engagement session.)


8. Robin & LaCreelin, Marina Village - San Diego, CA, August 2017

I met Robin & LaCreelin about a week before their wedding. They were both so relaxed and easy-going, and like all of my couples made me excited to be a part of their big day. Again, it was hard to narrow it down to just one image from their whole wedding, but I love how happy Robin is in this image in particular. (Click the title to see more images from Robin & LaCreelin's wedding.)


9. Elopement, Hotel Del Coronado - Coronado, CA, August 2017

This wedding was kept on the DL, so I didn't post much about it. It was an elopement at the famous Hotel Del in Coronado. Silhouettes haven't really been something I'm known for, but it seemed appropriate for this image. The sun was minutes away from setting, creating long shadows and amazing texture across the sand, and I loved the mysterious lighthouse in the background.


10. Baby Rhett, Keller, TX, September 2017

Another amazing photo shoot was with this cutie and his parents in Keller, TX. Rhett's mom (and long-time friend) asked me photograph Rhett for his 1st Birthday, and I was more than honored to do so. I'd taken pictures of a few other babies and toddlers before, but Rhett has set the bar. He was the perfect, little gentleman. (Click the title to see more images from Rhett's photo session.)


11. Skateland, Irving, TX, September 2017

While I was in Texas to photography Baby Rhett, I decided to do a little exploring of my hometown of Irving. Skateland is just down the street from the house I grew up in, and it was THE place to go for your birthday party in the 90s. One of my favorite things to photograph is cityscapes at night, so I drove down and took this long exposure at dusk of one of my childhood hangouts.


12. Christine & Mark, Tom Ham's Lighthouse - San Diego, CA, October 2017

Another beautiful wedding, this time at Tom Ham's Light House on Harbor Island in San Diego. I like this portrait for several reasons... 1) it's has a deep depth of field, which is different from my usual shallow depth of field portraits; 2) the shadows of the trees and shrubs; 3) the lovely light falling on the couple; and 4) the lines of the tall trees. I was also honored when the venue chose to share this image on their Instagram feed. (Click the title to see more images from Christine & Mark's wedding.)


13. Jen & Tom, Mt. Woodson Castle - Ramona, CA, November 2017

The big day for Jen & Tom (from #7) came in November. The day was magical, and again there were so many great photos to choose from for this post, but I decided on this one in particular for the lighting. I always wanted to try a backlit couple's portrait at night, but I never had the opportunity. Luckily, Jen & Tom were game for my experiment, and I was so thrilled with the result. I had my flash on a trigger, and my assistant, Arie, crouched behind them with the flash. My husband told me it was the best wedding photo he'd ever seen (though he may be a little bias). (Click the title to see more images from Jen & Tom's wedding.)


14. Delph Family, Batiquitos Lagoon - Carlsbad, CA, November 2017

In the Spring of 2017, I donated a family photo session to a silent auction for an elementary school in San Marcos, and the Delph Family purchased that session. Life events prevented us from getting together until Thanksgiving weekend in November, but I'm so glad we finally had the chance to meet. Not only are they one of the best looking families around, they were all so kind and fun to photograph. 


15. Poinsettia, at home in San Marcos, CA, December 2017

I've had a little bit of an obsession with photographing flowers for the last couple of years, but being so busy with weddings and portraits, I hadn't really had the time to really get into it or the money to buy flowers regularly. I bought a poinsettia plant to make my apartment more Christmasy, and since I hadn't ever taken pictures of one before, I pulled out my macro lens and my flash and just started shooting on my dining room table. The result was this beautiful image.


16. Jesse & Melissa Proposal, Sunset Cliffs - San Diego, CA, December 2017

The Holidays may be a slow time for weddings and other types of portraits, but it is the season of engagements. I was in contact with Jesse the day before he asked Melissa to be his wife. The setting was perfect at the beautiful Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma, and about 15 minutes before sunset, Jesse got down on one knee and asked Melissa the big question... she said "Yes," of course. And it was all smiles and giddiness after that.


17. Caroline & Chris Engagement, Sunset Cliffs - San Diego, CA, December 2017

Caroline & Chris are from South Carolina, and Chris brought Caroline with her to San Diego while he was here for a business conference. He popped the question one evening, and while they were in town, they wanted to capture the moment. So I headed back to Sunset Cliffs just two days after Jesse and Melissa's proposal. This is another shot I love because it is a little different from my usual portraits, and I wanted to use the gorgeous cliffs to create an epic photo. I used my ultra wide angle lens (not my typical lens for portraits) and composed the image to use the cliffs as converging lines.


So there they are: my favorite 17 photos from 2017! It was fun to go through this past year's photos and remember the awesome people I've met and the places I've been. There's so much to look forward to in 2018, and I'm looking forward to working with all the amazing people I have yet to meet.

Cheers to another great year! 






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Jen & Tom Life has been a bit chaotic these last couple of months with finals, the holidays, and being in the midst of engagement and proposal season... But I'm finally ready to share Jen & Tom's magical November wedding! 

I shared their dreamy engagement shoot this past summer, and their wedding was just as dreamy and romantic. It took place at Mt. Woodson Castle in Ramona, CA. I remember we had had a string of very warm November days, but it cooled off rather nicely just in time for their big day.

The details are always my favorite part of weddings; the bride, the groom, the bridal party, and the the family spend weeks, if not months, working to perfect every little thing to make the day special. I loved every detail, and I know they put in a lot of work. All of the flowers were actually paper and made by Jen's sister, Ingrid!



Jen & Tom had their first look just out front on the castle steps.


What I loved the most about Mt. Woodson Castle was all of the beautiful spots for taking gorgeous portraits.




Jen & Tom's Dachsund, Lil, and baby niece, Jubilee, nearly stole the show as the adorable Ring Bearer and Flower Girl.





I love how simple and elegant their cake was.







It truly was a magical night for Jen & Tom. I enjoyed going through these pictures again to relive it all. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Looking for a photographer for your upcoming wedding? Contact me today for 2018 pricing and packages!


Venue | Mt. Woodson Castle, Ramona, CA

Flowers | Ingrid Warner, Florigami Fashions

DJ | DJ Troy Cook, TNT Entertainment

Second Photographer | Ariana M., Oliver Madrid Photography

Cake | Flour Power


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Christine & Mark One thing I love about photographing weddings is that no two weddings are the same. Christine and Mark wanted to have a fun, no frills wedding: short and sweet ceremony, lots of partying! 

Their wedding was at the beautiful Tom Ham's Lighthouse on Harbor Island in San Diego, and Christine got ready at the Sheraton just up the road where the view was spectacular.




How many women does it take to keep the groom from seeing the bride before the ceremony? Four.

The ceremony site has an amazing view of Downtown San Diego, and there just happened to be a sail boat event going on nearby.















Here's that view of Downtown San Diego at night.

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Mark Azar!! 


Venue | Tom Ham's Lighthouse

Wedding Planner, Officiant, & Flowers | Elements of Style

Cake | The Fabulous CAKE Girls San Diego

DJ | Victor Getz

String Quartet | De la Motte Strings

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Baby Rhett's 1st Birthday Photo Session I've known Natalie and her family for probably about 20 years now. We met in middle school and shared a passion for all things theatre. We were friends throughout high school, and I've seen her grow into an incredible, hardworking woman, marry an awesome guy, and start a family of her own. 

Little Rhett was born 9 weeks early. He was too anxious to meet his mom and dad and couldn't wait until his November due date. Next week, this sweet little boy will celebrate his first birthday, and he's already braver and stronger than so many people I know.

I travelled to Texas this past weekend, and I finally got to meet Rhett on Labor Day after watching him grow via Facebook and Instagram, and he is just as happy and joyful in person as he is online. And OH... those blue eyes!!




Check out those little pearly whites just starting to come in.

One year old, and already a goof ball.




Oh, the adventures this little one will go on. Can't wait to see him grow!


Bear Creek Park | Keller, TX

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Robin & LaCreelin I met Robin & LaCreelin 9 days before their wedding. They needed to find a photographer for their August wedding, stat, and I was more than happy to oblige. I felt an instant connection with them, mostly because they were both so chill and we all spent our quick swapping photo ideas for their big day. LaCreelin was a woman with a vision and just the type of bride I like to work with. Robin just had one request: a photo(s) of their names which are both tattooed on each others arms. 

I had never shot a couple with so many tattoos, and being an ink lover myself, I was excited. There are some brides and grooms who like to conceal their ink for their wedding portraits for various reasons, but I feel that tattoos are a part of a person and her identity, even on her wedding day.








I have to give a big kudos to this awesome Maid of Honor for helping LaCreelin out with her 12 foot long veil during the ceremony and portraits.



The day had been fairly overcast, but I'm glad it was able to clear up just a little bit to get a few sunset shots.

A huge thank you to Robin & LaCreelin for allowing me to be a part of their big day. I had such a fun time capturing these great moments between you two, and I wish you nothing but love and happiness!


Robin & LaCreelin | Marina Village | San Diego, CA

Catering & Cake by Ranch Events

Dresses by David's Bridal

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My Photography Bucket List I've been on this photography journey of mine for over 9 years now. It's took me a long time to get to the point where I could call myself a "professional photographer" and be incredibly happy with the work I've created. As I think about the work I've done so far, I can't help but think about some of the most ideal photography gigs that I have yet to be a part of.

So here it is: my photography bucket list.


1. A Wedding in Wine Country Temecula

One of my favorite places to spend the day is in Temecula's wine country. It's beautiful, it's relaxing... and did I mention there's wine? I had the pleasure of photographing a proposal at Ponte Winery last November, but I'd love to photograph a full blown wedding at one of the local wineries. Thinking about all the amazing golden hour shots I could get against a vineyard and mountain backdrop makes me want to jump in my car and drive up the 15 right now.


2. A Disneyland Engagement

So I know this one is a little cliche and we've all seen many engagement sessions at Disneyland, but it's such a magical place and (IMHO) a perfect spot to celebrate being in love and newly engaged.


3. An Elopement on the Beach

It's hard to beat a San Diego sunset. Seriously, everyday there's always a golden reminder of how beautiful the city we live in is. And what could be more romantic than an intimate ceremony on the beach with only your closest friends and family during the golden hours of dusk. 


4. Shoot a Wedding and/or Engagement on Black & White Film

Grand Central Market, Downtown Los AngelesGrand Central Market, Downtown Los AngelesFall 2016 (Ilford HP5, 35mm)

I was somewhat reluctant to get in on the whole "digital photography" bandwagon in the early 2000s. I liked shooting with my automatic point and shoot film camera, taking the film down to the local drugstore on the corner of Cahuenga and Yucca in Hollywood, and waiting for the prints to be ready. I finally gave in and went digital a couple of years later, and it wasn't until a year ago, taking a darkroom class at school, that I started to get back into film photography. This time I also learned how to develop my own film. I still shoot on black and white film (a couple of my prints, including the one above, have even won awards), and I'd love to find a couple who wants a little something different for their wedding photography; one of a kind images on film. There's a certain feel and intimacy to these creations that can't be replicated digitally.


5. A New York City Wedding

One of my absolute favorite places is New York City. The hustle and bustle of the people and the chaos of the streets is something I haven't experienced in a long time. I imagine amazing wedding photos I could create using one of the greatest cities in the world as the background.


Of course, these are just a few of the things I'd love the opportunity to photograph. I love to travel, so any kind of destination portrait, engagement or wedding photography would be fun. 

Here's what I have to offer: if you or someone you know is planning a wedding in NYC or Temecula, or wants their engagement photos shot at Disneyland... or is planning to elope at the beach... OR would consider having their wedding shot on black and white film (with digital photos as back up, of course), I want to offer you/them a 25% discount on photography services in exchange for helping me cross off an experience on my photography bucket list. So an engagement session, which usually costs $325 would be $240. An elopement on the beach goes from $425 to $315, and so on.

And if you're interested in booking me today for whatever your photography needs should be, contact me here!

Military and veterans receive a 10% discount year-round, and 2018 weddings and events will also receive 10% off in celebration of Alicia Jeanne Photography's upcoming 10th Anniversary.


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Jen + Tom's Engagement

I first met Jen in 2011 when I was working as a photographer for a small, online magazine. It was my job to interview and photograph local businesses in Escondido, and I found myself in her charming hair studio interviewing her. I liked her immediately, and I was so impressed that she was a young woman who had created a successful business. The magazine ended up being a HUGE letdown, but in a way, I'm grateful that I got to meet her.

A couple of years later, I wanted to make a big change to my hair; I wanted to chop a lot of it off. If you don't have naturally thick and curly hair, you don't understand the struggle to find a hair stylist willing to cut off more than an inch or two of curls. I called Jen up and made an appointment. Not only was she willing to make the big cut, she made me look good! That was nearly four years ago, and she's the only person I trust to touch my hair.

I was beyond thrilled and honored earlier this month when Jen asked me to be the photographer for her upcoming wedding. This past weekend, I ventured out to Marian Bear Memorial Park in San Diego with Jen and her fiancé Tom to shoot some nature inspired engagement photos. It was so great collaborating with these two (and my awesome assistant, Vanessa) to create this beautiful portfolio.


Another great model that joined the shoot was their Dachsund, Lil. Probably my best client ever!

I couldn't have asked for a more perfect location, and these two are just so ridiculously adorable. Sessions like these are the reason I love my job and everything I do.

Thanks to Jen, Tom & Lil for the great evening shoot! I can't wait until your November wedding.


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A December Weekend in Julian I've had quite a bit of free time recently, what with it being the slow season for photography and being on winter break from school, so I've had time to catch up with some blogs. A month ago, I celebrated my 31st birthday, and my husband booked a cabin in Julian for a weekend.

Our charming cabin.


It was so quiet and relaxing. We weren't super secluded, but you would have never guessed that we had neighbors.







































Our first morning at the cabin, I stepped out on the front porch and saw a group of wild turkeys down the road.



What I loved the most about the cabin were the unique details, both inside and out.










Rosemary bush.










































































A journal with notes and anecdotes from previous visitors.

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Shooting Wide & Dealing with Lens Distortion I've been wanting a wide angle lens for a while now, and when I started to notice the inferior quality of my kit lens in my magazine photos, I decided that it was time. Armed with Amazon gift cards from my birthday and Christmas, I began my search, and I found the affordable Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 prime lens. 

Rokinon Ultra Wide 14mm, f/2.8


It was love at first sight, as it always is when I get a new lens. I started using it right away.


One of the very first shots with my new lens. Poncho is such a great model.


Naturally, I wanted to run around town with my new baby and test her out, but I also had work to do. My husband and I ventured out of the apartment to my favorite coffee spot in San Marcos with our laptops, got a couple of drinks, then sat on the patio enjoying the oddly warm January Sunday.


My favorite coffee spot in San Marcos, and my first outdoor shot with my new wide angle lens.


About 20 minutes before sunset, we headed up to the highest point in North County San Diego, Double Peak Park. Of course, there were tons of people there waiting for sunset, but it wasn't as spectacular as it usually is due to the clouds rolling in. Still, I wanted to see how the lens worked with landscapes. I was not disappointed.


The highest point in North County San Diego. You can see Catalina Island and Downtown San Diego.

View to the south, towards San Diego. The sky was the prettiest in this direction, and I love the composition with the new housing strip. View towards the ocean to the West. The big water tank isn't the best thing, but I decided to work with it since I couldn't avoid it.


Once I was done at Double Peak Park, we headed towards home, but not before a quick stop at the fountain and clock tower in San Elijo.


I love how much of the environment the lens allows you to take in. A better composition of the fountain.


One thing I was nervous about when I decided to get a wide angle lens was the lens distortion it would cause. I've become more aware of it since I've been doing more product work recently, and I was afraid it would make editing more troublesome. Luckily, I was able to find the correct lens profile online so my time in Lightroom and Photoshop remained the same. 

If you're not a hardcore photography nerd, you may be asking what lens distortion is. It happens when the field of view of the lens is wider than the camera's sensor, so the image needs to be squeezed to fit. It causes straight lines to be curved. The most obvious kind of lens distortion is vertical distortion. When you are standing in front of a tall building and you look up and take a photo, the photo will cause the lines of the building to converge on one another or make it appears as if the building is leaning. Here are a few before and after examples to further demonstrate the concept.


BeforeThe building is slightly warped out, like a bubble, and is also slightly tilted. AfterI corrected the distortion with a Lens Profile that I downloaded from the internet.










BeforeThe horizon line is a little warped and crooked. AfterAgain, I used the lens profile from the internet, and I straightened the horizon line in Lightroom.













The differences are subtle, but the make a normal image that may seem a little off so much better. 

I can't wait to shoot more with my new wide angle lens. I'm going to a portrait session in about half an hour, so we'll see how it works then, too. 

Until next time!

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New Year, Not-So-New Me Happy New Year! We've made it through yet another year, one that many claimed was the "worst year ever." Personally and professionally, 2016 was a better than 2015. I finished my first year as a photographer for a couple of local magazines, I made new friendships while pursuing my Associates of Arts (which, with any luck, I'll be receiving at the end of this year), my work was published in 8 different magazines, and I was able to quit my day job and dive head first into the world of photography.

I'm starting 2017 with new opportunities, a fresh view on the world (thanks to the winter school break), and a new lens (check back soon for more on that on a later blog). But what I'm not starting off the new year with is resolutions. I never keep them, and when I realize about three months into the year that I've lost track of how I was supposed to be improving my life, I get disappointed in myself. Not this year. 

All I can hope is that I bring the values and determination that I ended 2016 with into 2017 and that I continue to capture beautiful moments. So, without further delay, here are my 16 favorite images from 2016. 

January 2016My favorite shot from one of the first photo shoots of 2016 and for 92078 Magazine. This beautiful young lady runs her own business in Encinitas, Jasmine's Bunting Co.

January 2016I took this during my first trip to the Temecula Valley Wine Country. A great example of the beauty of Golden Hour.

March 2016Probably my most favorite image of the year (maybe of my career). This candid shot was taken during a group photo shoot at Swami's Beach in Encinitas.

March 2016These two were so cute. Another great session for 92078 Magazine.

May 2016For my final portfolio for my Applied Digital Photography class. I learned so much about lighting and discovered new projects that I want to pursue.

June 2016At the San Diego County Fair. Love the bokeh in this image.

June 2016East Texas. We surprised my dad when my husband and I flew to Dallas for Father's Day. We went camping at this beautiful lake, and this was taken right before sunset as a small storm rolled by.

August 2016Another session for 92078. Beautiful and talented young lady. This was taken at the San Elijo Fountain.

September 2016Practiced long exposures during Golden Hour at the beach with a couple of fellow classmates.

October 2016For 92081 Magazine. I love the colors in this image!

November 2016After 9 months, I got back to creating some more light painting images using flowers and Christmas lights.

November 2016So glad I got to capture this beautiful moment between these two. Taken right after Jose popped the question at Ponte Inn in Temecula.

December 2016A perk of living in Southern California? The weather is always perfect for a trip to the beach! And this family was so much fun to photograph.

December 2016My favorite flower, the rose. The color and texture in this image is what puts this in my top 16 images of the year.

December 2016It's not every day I get to photograph a beauty queen! Such a great model, and a fun session.

Christmas 2016Last, but definitely not least, this macro shot of a gorgeous Christmas ornament. One of my last images of the year.

Here's wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2017!! 

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2016 2017 Alicia Jeanne Photography New Year San Diego Photographer favorite pictures resolutions Sun, 08 Jan 2017 05:07:45 GMT
Jose + Martha Marriage Proposal I got in contact with Jose, through my fabulous photographer friend Tabitha of Tabitha Jackson Photography, a week before he was set to propose to his lovely girlfriend of two years, Martha. Jose was a dream client! He knew exactly what kind of photos he wanted, and he had everything planned out so perfectly... he even had Martha's family there waiting to congratulate them after he popped the question. It was to take place at Ponte Inn in Temecula on Saturday, the 19th. My husband accompanied me to be my decoy photography subject, in case Martha should catch me snapping photos of them from afar. It was a beautiful fall day, and everything went exactly the way Jose wanted it. I found out towards the end of our session that Ponte Inn is where the couple first met two years ago! How great is that!

Enjoy these great moments I had the pleasure of capturing this weekend.

Ponte Inn - Temecula, CA






















I admit, I shed some tears when Jose pulled the ring out. I'm a softy!
























Gorgeous Vera Wang engagement ring!
























Did I mention that Martha's nails were amazing?



Wishing these two a very happy engagement!


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(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Alicia Jeanne Photography Fall engagement Ponte Inn San Diego San Diego Photographer Temecula Temecula Wine Country engagement engagement photography proposal proposal photography Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:00:00 GMT
Red, White, & Blue - Contrasting Colors with a Deeper Meaning This month's theme challenge for the blog circle that I'm apart of is "Red, White, and Blue." I knew I wanted to participate because it's been forever since I've done a blog, but I wasn't sure which direction I wanted to go in. After struggling with several ideas, I decided to incorporate another blog I've been meaning to write recently that I thought would fit quite well with the theme. So here we go...

Red, white, and blue... three contrasting colors that stand for so much. It's the color scheme of our great country, patriotism, pride, loyalty, respect... The colors of our nation were chosen carefully: white stands for purity and innocence, red for hardiness and valor, and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice. 

Over the last few months, I've had the honor of meeting and creating portraits of extraordinary men, women, and children who embody at least one of these attributes. They are students, volunteers, artists, entrepreneurs, and families, all wanting to grab on to that American Dream. With all the chaos in our beloved country today, these citizens are what make me hopeful for a better tomorrow.

After you're done here, head on over to North Carolina military homecoming Photographer, Lauren Nygard's blog, and see how she's showing off Red, White, and Blue.


If you're looking for a photographer for your next event or portrait session in Southern California, head on over to the Contact page!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2016 San Diego Photographer Southern California Photographer Theme Challenge portrait photographer portrait photography portraits red, white, and blue Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Before and After When my grandfather passed away last August, my husband and I jumped on a plane back to my hometown of Irving, TX. We were there for about five days, and while we were there, I decided to pull out some of the boxes of old (we're talking OLD) photos from my mom's closet. I found a few negatives, and this strip caught my attention in particular:

Two of the four images are pictures of me, probably age 3 or 4, with a fish that was probably half my size at the time. The negatives had been loose in the one of the boxes, no sleeve to protect it or anything. I took a few of the photos back home to Vista at the end of the trip, and I took this strip of negatives. I decided I wanted to see what I could do with these images in Photoshop, so I scanned them into the computer. Here's how they looked at first:























I only have a flatbed scanner, so they turned out very dark. When I inverted them in Photoshop, they were very blue and very overexposed. The first thing I did was darken them up a bit, but when I did that, all the scratches appeared. 





















Cleaning up the spots and scratches wasn't too difficult. It was the color adjustments that was the most challenging to me. After messing around with different tools in Photoshop and Lightroom, I finally got them to a state I was happy with.























The images still have some scratches and are quite grainy, but in the end it gives it a nice vintage look. After all, these photos are nearly 30 years old (!). 

Thanks for stopping by this month! Now, head on over to Jacksonville NC Wedding Photographer, Alicia Q. Photography, and see her before and after images!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2016 San Diego Photographer editing photo restoration photoshop Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:00:00 GMT
A Priceless Moment, the Perfect Picture They say "A picture is worth a thousand words." I say the perfect picture is priceless, and I always strive for the perfect picture in each and every photo session. To me, that picture happens when I least expect it; when a moment just happens naturally and everything clicks (no pun intended) into place.

For this month's blog circle theme, our objective was to choose one photograph and write about it. The image I chose is one I took during a group photo exploration for my Applied Digital Photography Class. We were at Swami's Beach in Encinitas, and we were focusing on modifying light with diffusion discs, reflectors, and flash. Between these modified shots, I was still snapping away, and I saw this moment...


Our model was walking along the rocks on the beach, so I crouched down to get the perfect angle. I love how the slightly light of Golden Hour is hitting the front of her body and how it emphasizes her legs. I shot with a wide aperture so that the rocks in the foreground and the waves in the background were out of focus. I think the color palette is great, too. Even the green of her dress goes with the green in the ocean.

A photographer's job is more than just having a good camera and equipment, it's also about observing the subject, connecting with her, and recognizing those priceless moments. 

Thank you for stopping by this month, and please visit Okinawana Family and Couple Photographer, Candace Castor Photography, to see the photo that she's chosen to talk about.

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2016 Encinitas Golden Hour March San Diego Photographer Swami's Beach Theme Challenge beach portraiture sunset Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:12:03 GMT
Painting Flowers with Light I love flowers... More specifically, I love taking pictures of flowers. They are such great subjects, and the detail and texture when you view them up close is stunning. I decided to make flowers my subject for my Painting with Light project for my Applied Digital Photography class at MiraCosta College, and it just so happens Flowers is the theme for this month's blog circle!

As a photographer, light is my most important tool. After all, photography literally means "drawing with light." Painting with light is a fun and creative way to make great images by taking a long exposure of your subject, while moving your light source around to create shapes or simply add color or dimension.

When you're done here, check out the beautiful photography of Oklahoma Photographer, Nicole Gulick Photography, and keep the circle going!


(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Alicia Jeanne Photography San Diego Photographer fine art photography flowers Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Temecula Wine Country One of my best friends took me away on a girls only weekend to do some wine tasting in beautiful Temecula a couple of weeks ago as a belated 30th birthday present. Here are some of the great scenes and moments I was able to capture on our wine adventure!

At Callaway Winery

At Callaway Winery.   































(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Alicia Jeanne Photography Callaway Winery Doffo Winery Monte de Oro San Diego Photographer Temecula Wine Country Temecula, CA adventure fine art photography weekend wine wine tasting Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:05:39 GMT
Disneyland in Motion I always love creating images that capture motion. They are one of my favorite ways of photographing subjects, so you can understand my excitement when it was announced that Motion was August's theme challenge for the blog circle I participate in. 

Unfortunately, my family suffered another loss this summer: My grandfather passed away 3 weeks ago, so my husband and I spent a week back home in Dallas with my family to remember him. On top of that, I'm going back to school this week to pursue my associate's degree in graphic design, and begin the quest for my bachelor's degree. Needless to say... this month has gotten away from me.

But I still wanted to participate in this month's theme! So these are some older images (some from my early NYIP days) from an on-going personal project I like to call "Disneyland in Motion." 

Enjoy!... And when you've finished here, go check out Okinawa Family Photographer, Kristi James Photography blog and see how she uses motion in her fabulous photography.

Golden Zephyr at California Adventure.

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant!

Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland     Big Thunder Mountain in Frontier Land.




















The carousel in Fantasy Land.

The wheel of the Tea Cups.

My hubby on the Tea Cups.

Mad Tea Party! One of my favorite photos I've ever taken. It was the first photo I had on exhibit at the San Diego County Fair in 2012.

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2015 Disneyland Motion San Diego Photographer Theme Challenge fine art photography theme park Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:00:00 GMT