Alicia Jeanne Photography: Blog en-us Alicia Jeanne Photography (Alicia Jeanne Photography) Tue, 22 Feb 2022 02:27:00 GMT Tue, 22 Feb 2022 02:27:00 GMT Alicia Jeanne Photography: Blog 120 80 Smartphone Headshots at Home Need a new head shot right now?

But your not in the position to invest in a professional head shot session?

Want to be able to have a quality head shot taken in the comfort of your own home?


Whatever situation your in, I wanted to show you how you can take a high quality head shot in your own home with just empty background (a plain wall will do), window lighting, and a smartphone. 

And here is my head shot, before and after a quick edit in Lightroom:

One more quick word...

If you have any questions about taking your own head shots at home with a smartphone or if you need help with posing, please feel free to email me or text me. I'd love to give you some more tips and tricks.


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Wedding Day Survival Guide  

It's happened!

You and your significant other have decided to tie the knot, and now the real fun begins...


Wedding Planning!



Some couples like to take their time with planning; my husband and I were engaged for a year to save up for our big day... Other couples like a shorter engagement; I have friends who were only engaged and married within a handful of months. Every couple is different and prefers a different engagement length.

Whichever kind of couple you are, more than likely you are underprepared for what your wedding day will actually be like. You can read all the magazines and blogs, explore Pinterest and Instagram, but nothing beats the rush, the chaos, and excitement of YOUR wedding day.

Having been there myself with my own wedding and having been a part of many other weddings, I thought I'd share some words of wisdom with the newly engaged and soon to be engaged couples.

1. Eat, & Drink Plenty of Water

I put this at the top of the list because I think this is the most important thing to remember.

On your wedding day, you'll be waking up early to start getting ready. Between hair and makeup, getting to the venue, and the millions of photos you'll be taking, make sure to schedule in some time to eat something healthy. Make this part of your timeline if you need to, and even go as far as to send a bridesmaid, groomsmen, or family member to retrieve food in between preparations. It's a long time until you eat at your reception.

Also, it might be helpful to keep some bottles of water around, too, to stay hydrated.


2. Go Easy on DIY

I know the temptation. The temptation to incorporate all of your favorite Pinterest ideas into your wedding, and the even greater temptation of thinking you can do everything yourself and save a ton of money.

I'm all about saving those Benjamins, and I did a few DIY projects for my wedding (even made my own bouquet and folded origami hearts), but make sure you have enough time to get everything finished. And consider hiring experienced vendors to take on more intricate projects, like centerpieces and floral bouquets.

Nothing can stress you out more than staying up late the night before your wedding worrying if everything will be ready in time.


3. Hire Experienced Vendors

So many couples are paying for their own weddings and on tight budgets. They're searching for high quality at a low price, and there's nothing wrong with that. There are great vendors out there that are willing to help out couples who are on a budget, and there are some vendors who are trying to break into the industry who charge below the market value.

When you are searching for those deals that are "too good to be true," make sure you are doing plenty of research and checking out every vendor. Ask to see examples of their work (cake tastings, photos of recent weddings, etc.), ask for references, check out reviews, and avoid hiring friends and family, unless they themselves are experienced professionals. Make sure you have contracts and deposits in place to help protect yourself in the case your vendor is a no show or does not perform the job they were hired to do. 

You only get one wedding day, and you want to make sure your vendors know what they're doing.


4. It's OK to Run a Little Behind Schedule

Expect to be on a timeline your whole wedding day.

  • You have to set appointments for your hair and makeup.
  • Setup at the venue starts at a certain time.
  • The ceremony starts at a specific time.
  • The reception will be run on a tight schedule.

It can be overwhelming, especially when all you want to do is hang out and celebrate with your family and friends... But the good news is, nothing can happen without you. The wedding will not start if you're running late to the ceremony. Pictures will not be taken without you. So if you wake up a few minutes late, break off an acrylic nail, or you want to spend a little more time talking with your guests before you cut the cake, everything will be fine. Just keep your vendors in consideration, especially if you have set appointment times with them.


5. Expect Something to Go Wrong

This may sound pessimistic, but I'm a realist and don't like to sugar coat things. I've seen and experienced my share of wedding chaos...

  • fights that break out between groomsmen the night before the wedding
  • bridal party members showing up late or dropping out last minute
  • drunk family members at the reception
  • I myself dripped makeup on my wedding dress just before photos (luckily it was on the inside of my dress and wasn't noticeable after all)

With experienced and professional vendors who are ready for anything, there's no need to stress. There's not a whole lot you can do about it on the day of. Speak with family members and friends if there is any tension, stay as organized as possible, and make sure vendors have a Plan B for anything that could happen. I promise it will all be ok, and at the end of the day, you will be married and it will all be a memory.


6. Expect to be photographed... A LOT

These last couple of tips are geared more towards photography.

Weddings are the perfect occasion for everyone to dress up, so it's natural that everyone will want to have their picture taken with you and your new spouse. Not only will the photographer be posing you and taking you to multiple locations for portraits, your guests will be snapping photos of you and with you throughout the entire wedding... and you will get tired of it.

If you've hired an experienced photographer, they'll know that after the ceremony, you really just want to eat, relax, and celebrate with your friends and family. If you don't mind seeing your significant other before the wedding, consider doing a "First Look." You can do this in private or with your photographer to capture that first moment when you see each other. The photographer will then take most of the couple's portraits and the bridal party portraits before the ceremony, that way you only have to worry about family photos and a few more individuals before the reception.

Also consider scheduling some down time in a nice, quiet space to relax, away from the celebrating. During Cocktail Hour before the bridal party's entrance is the perfect time for this.


7. Consider an "Unplugged" Ceremony

This suggestion I hold near and dear to my heart as a photographer.

With smartphones, everyone has a fairly high quality camera in their pocket, and especially at weddings, everyone wants to get that "perfect shot." But you've already hired a photographer to capture the big moments of your wedding day, and I guarantee their images will look much better than Aunt Sally's iPhone pics.

Too many times I've seen professional wedding photos ruined by guests jumping in the way of the photographer to get their shot. That's why I suggest politely asking guests to refrain from taking pictures during the ceremony.

You want your guests to be present during the ceremony as you vow to spend the rest of your life with your one true love... not trying to out photograph the professional you've hired. Some couples create cute signs to display at the ceremony site, others have their officiant make an announcement before the ceremony starts. 

The best advice I can give is to have fun, enjoy this happy time in your life, and don't stress the small stuff. No matter what happens at your wedding at the end of the day, you and your partner will be married and starting a new chapter in your lives, and that's really the important part. 


*** Alicia is a wedding and commercial photographer in San Diego. She has 12 years of experience behind the camera, has won several awards for her work, and her photos have been seen in more than a dozen publications. Contact Alicia today to schedule your FREE wedding photography consultation.***   |   760.593.4699



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Love is NOT Canceled! San Diego Elopement Package Now Available We can't deny that 2020 has been a rough year on many people. So many couples dreaming of a San Diego wedding have had to postpone or cancel their big day. 


But Love is NOT canceled!

Many couples are choosing to celebrate their love and commitment to each other by having smaller more intimate wedding ceremonies... Sometimes just with just the officiant and themselves. I have to admit a San Diego Elopement is one of my favorite things to photograph. There's still so much love to be shared, and it can be nice not have to worry if your guests are having a good time or trying to talk to a hundred people while staying on top of a packed timeline.

And there are so many beautiful locations in San Diego County to choose from for your ceremony! 

What if you still want the big wedding or if your extended family and friends are looking forward to celebrating your love with you, but you're ready to be married now?

You can always get legally married now, and plan for the big celebration later when it's safe for family friends to be together again. That will also help get rid of much of the stress of wedding planning.

And guess what?...

My San Diego Elopement Package is now available!

And it includes...

  • 2 Hours of Coverage, including the ceremony and portraits
  • 100 retouched images for online use
  • (1) 16 x 24 Premium Gallery Canvas
  • Free Pre-Wedding Consultation


This package is valued at $999, but for the rest of 2020, I'm offering it at a special introductory rate of... 




But you'll want to act quickly to book this offer. Dates are starting to fill up for 2020.


Click here now to book view availability and to book your elopement date.





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Janelle of Lilacs & Chai personal branding, head shots, business head shots, personal branding photographer in San DiegoPersonal Branding Photography, Carlsbad, CA

I love meeting new people, especially small business owners like myself, but with everything that's going on in the world, it's hard to go out and form natural connections with people. So I, like many others, have been learning to adapt and turning to the internet and social media to find new people to connect with.

Last week, I met and photographed Janelle. She's a wonderful young woman and a travel advisor. After being laid off from her job this spring, she decided to commit her time and energy to her small business.  She was looking for new head shots for her website and Instagram, and found me with a Google search.

We met in Carlsbad Village at a local donut shop, The Goods on State Street, and we bonded over our love of travel and talked about how we are both handling these crazy times. We talked about what kind of shots she was looking for. The Goods had some great window light and cozy nooks for some cute photos with her laptop and enjoying her dirty chai.

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Then we stepped outside and took advantage of the fun storefronts as backgrounds. (I mean, her shirt was a perfect match for the pink paneling of this shop.) And there's a great spot along Grand Avenue that's lined with gorgeous trees that transports you out to the Bayou (first photo).

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The travel industry is a little rocky right now, but Janelle is optimistic, looking towards the future. People are already booking epic adventures and honeymoons for 2021 and 2022, so there are opportunities to help travelers plan their dream vacations.


With her bright and engaging personality, I have no doubt that Janelle will navigate these stormy waters.

Are you looking for a travel advisor to help plan out your next big adventure? Check out or visit Lilac & Chai's Instagram.


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What is Personal Branding Photography, and Why Should You Invest in It? COVID-19 is spreading rapidly around the world. Working from home is the safest decision for you and your family's health, so you decide to go all in with your own business. You've got the website, the FaceBook and Instagram accounts, and you're ready to get the word out to your followers and find new clients... But there's a problem.

The internet was already full of small business owners struggling for attention in a sea of competition before the pandemic, and modern consumers are looking for more than just a service or a product: they want to relate to the people behind the business. Filling your website and social media accounts with high quality and meaningful content has never been more important.

You need to stand out.

You need a Personal Branding Session.


What is a Personal Branding Session?

A Personal Branding Session is a photo shoot that aims to incorporate a business owner's personality and beliefs into their products or services. With the help of a photographer, and sometimes a stylist, a business owner can present themselves in the way that is most appealing to their ideal client. The ultimate goal is to create images for a website and social media that align with a brand's message and ideals.

With social media, potential customers are looking for ways to connect with businesses on a personal and emotional level. Posting high quality photos that give followers a glimpse at the person behind the business. It's not just another company trying to take their money.


Why should I invest in a Personal Branding Session specifically?

Because a Personal Branding Session is more than just a few head shots and product photography. It's the chance to show your audience how passionate you are about your business and the things that are important to you personally. 


  • Give your clients a glance 'behind the scenes.'                                                        
  • Show off your fun side!
  • Showcase your products with professional lighting and staging.
  • Let your personality and your passions shine through.
  • Create engaging content your audience can relate to.




The right photographer who understands the foundations of marketing will help guide you each step of the way. A Personal Branding Session should be thoroughly planned out with your vision in mind, and you should have a photographer who listens and understands your vision. 

A few years ago, Benny Cohen wrote an article about the importance of images on social media. In an online world, relationships are built through social media, so images that represent you and your company's principles are essential because one of the key components to marketing a successful business is building and maintaining relationships with your target audience.


So, how does a Personal Branding Session work?

After you contact me and book your session, you will complete a questionnaire that will be the foundation for how our time is spent together. I work with you as you share the vision you have for your company and how you want your ideal client to see you. We'll incorporate your values and philosophies that will help you build a relationship with your audience.

By the day of your photo session, everything will be outlined and planned out to ensure that our time will be well spent efficiently and carefree. The time will fly by!

A week after the session, you'll have beautiful images to share online and your followers will have content they'll be happy to see and engage with...


  • Maybe they love the coffee house that we showed you visiting.
  • Maybe they also loving riding their bike along the beach.
  • Maybe they love your art studio.


Now... how do you book a Personal Branding Session?

I'm very accessible. I always have an eye on my email and social media accounts, and you can also reach me via text message or a phone call. In our first interaction, I'll want to know a little bit about your business, then I'll present you with a FREE Image Opportunity Analysis... I'll review your website and social media accounts to offer my opinions on the best images that would appeal to your target audience.

Now, go ahead and shoot an email to or shoot me a text 760-593-4699, and we'll set up a time to chat.

Already have a date in mind? Book it now!






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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.

Need a photographer for your proposal, engagement, or wedding? Contact me here!


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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!

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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

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2017 alicia jeanne photography fall wedding october wedding san diego photographer san diego wedding san diego wedding photographer tom ham's lighthouse tom ham's lighthouse wedding wedding wedding photography Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:14:02 GMT
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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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.

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2016 Alicia Jeanne Photography December Julian San Diego Photographer Southern California cabin travel photography weekend getaway Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:36:03 GMT
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!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2017 San Diego Photographer landscapes lens distortion lenses wide angle lens Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:16:09 GMT
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.


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(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
Summer Theme Challenge I'm not going to lie... I hate summer. I'm much more of a fall/winter girl; maybe because I'm a December Baby. 

‚ÄčThis month's theme challenge was to capture and interpret "summer." For most that means sunshine, BBQs, and a day at the beach here in San Diego. For me, it's never-ending days, heat and humidity, a higher power bill from running the A/C, and dealing with cats that shed too much. And with the exception of one person, everyone I've known that's passed away has done so in the summer, most recently my father-in-law on (of all days) this past Father's Day. 

I guess you could say that I'm the Grinch of Summer. About the only things I do like about this season is iced, cold drinks like beer, iced coffee and tea, and spa water. I won't have to be grumpy for too much longer, though, because in just a month and a half it will be Fall - Halloween, Thanksgiving, cooler weather, and pumpkin flavored everything!

So enjoy my images of my summer, and once you're done here, don't forget to visit our other bloggers, including Bay Area Birth, Newborn and Baby photographer Kristy G. Photography.

We've seen a lot more spiders out and about around our apartment this summer. One seems to love our balcony.

Unless we're out the door before 8AM on the weekend, it's usually too hot out to enjoy our usual hike.

Chilled white wine is definitely a perk of the summer season.

He may be cute and cuddly, but his long hair is everywhere in our apartment when it's hot out.

Our air conditioner is on constantly during the summer. Not only are we in a second floor apartment, our balcony door faces the west... which means super warm afternoons. And we only have one wall unit in our living room, so our bedroom is super muggy.




In Loving Memory

Jhade Peralta: January 21, 1985 - July 29, 2013An old photo of my drama school roommate (on the left) and I from 2004. She passed away suddenly two years ago today... She was only 28. Such a beautiful and talented soul. RIP, my friend. You are missed dearly.

Bob Countryman: November 15, 1941 - June 21, 2015My father-in-law circa 1984, with my future husband ( on the left) and future brother-in-law. He passed away unexpectedly this past Father's Day at the age of 71.


(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2015 San Diego Photographer Theme Challenge summer Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Lemurs at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! I fell in love with lemurs last year when I saw a trailer for a documentary, Island of Lemurs (worth a watch). They looked so happy, and they looked like such fascinating creatures. I was convinced that in order to see a lemur in person, I would have to go to Madagascar. So you can understand my excitement when I discovered that not only does the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have Ring Tail Lemurs, you can walk amongst them!





























































(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2015 Lemur Walk Ring Tail Lemurs San Diego Photographer San Diego Zoo Safari Park animals fine art photography lemurs spring zoo Thu, 28 May 2015 01:48:33 GMT
Water Theme Challenge: Rain in San Diego When this month's theme of water was picked, I was a little unsure what I would photograph. Then luckily for the last few weeks, Mother Nature decided to bless Southern California with some much needed rain... and a water subject for me.

In San Diego, winter is our rainy season, so it's been a bit odd that most of May we've had rain on the weekends and temperatures have not been above the mid 70s. It's exceptionally odd for those living here a year ago when the humidity was below 20%, and the temperatures were close to the 90s which led to some of the worst wildfires in North County San Diego (9 in one day). 

I never really appreciated the rain until I moved to California 11 years ago. As I've probably mentioned before, I was born and raised in Dallas, TX, aka the southern end of Tornado Alley, where every spring and fall we were bombarded with heavy thunderstorms, sometimes with hail, gusty winds, and tornadoes... Thunderstorms used to terrify me as a child, but now that I haven't experienced a real storm in years, I miss them.

For the last four years, California has experienced a major drought. Right now Central California's farmers are taking the worst hit, but the cities aren't too far behind. Any rain we can get, is a relief, and even though this isn't typical May weather, I'm loving every minute of it. 

So, please, enjoy my pictures inspired by our water theme challenge, and when your done, go see Okinawa Photographer, Candace Castor Photography's Water Theme blog. See you next time!






















(Alicia Jeanne Photography) San Diego Photographer Souther California Theme Challenge drought fine art photography rain water Wed, 27 May 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Alicia Jeanne Photography at the San Diego County Fair! Next month you'll be able to see another one of my pictures at the San Diego County Fair! If you're a fellow San Diegan, make sure you go and check out all the great photos at the Photography Exhibition located on the second floor of the East Grand Stand.

I've had the honor of having two other photos of mine on display in 2012 and 2013 (see those entries here), and it's always great to see all the amazing talent in San Diego (including fellow shooter Lauren Nygard). 

So if you're going to the fair this June or early July, check out my "Alstroemeria" picture in the Color Flowers category... and don't forget to vote for the People's Choice Award. 

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2015 Del Mar Photography Exhibition San Diego County Fair San Diego Photographer alstroemeria fair fine art photography flowers summer Thu, 07 May 2015 23:30:01 GMT
Tiny Theme Challenge Happy Double Blog Wednesday everyone! This month's theme challenge was "Tiny" and after considering and re-considering subjects, the perfect tiny subjects were right in front of me... LEGO Mini-Figs!

Anyone who knows my husband and I knows that we love LEGOs. Even our wedding cake topper and cupcakes were LEGO themed. I decided to select three adventurers and photograph them on their journey. Enjoy!

And don't forget to check out Okinawa Newborn Photographer, Kristi James' Tiny blog when you're done here!





















Cat Attack!

A View with Wine

Photo Op    Photo Op, Part II

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2015 LEGO San Diego Photographer Theme Challenge fine art photography mini-figs Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:00:00 GMT
Ruth's Arbonne Benz Bash! I had the absolute pleasure of capturing a joyous occasion at an amazing company, for a remarkable young woman. Ruth Sherlock is a hard working Arbonne Consultant who just became one of their new Regional Vice Presidents! And what did she get for all her hard work? A brand new Mercedes Benz!!

There were smiles all around at the Arbonne Headquarters in Irvine, CA, when Ruth's families and friends gathered to celebrate her success on March 22nd, and the hugs and gifts were bountiful.

The delicious vegan and gluten free cupcakes were made by Shanti's Cakery.‚Äč























Congratulations again, Ruth!!


(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Arbonne Benz Bash Irvine Mercedes San Diego Photographer event. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:13:28 GMT
365 Project, Week Fifteen - The World at My Feet This week I chose to focus on the world that goes unnoticed much of the time... The world that's at our feet.


April 11, 2015Two Cats

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer week fifteen Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:32:45 GMT
365 Project, Week Fourteen - Multi-Colored I'm a day late posting this week, but my 365 Project is still going strong! This week, after noticing all the colors of Spring and Easter, I thought I'd focus on those. Here are my multi-colored photos!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Easter Multi-Colored Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer colors Thu, 09 Apr 2015 23:29:24 GMT
365 Project, Week Thirteen - Silhouettes This week's theme is somewhat similar to the theme of Week One . Silhouettes are created by using backlighting, and can make for some dramatic images. Sometimes they create a "halo" around the subject or emphasize texture. 

I'm going to keep the verbiage short this week, so enjoy! And Happy April!


(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer silhouettes Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:55:25 GMT
365 Project, Week Twelve - Flowers It is officially Spring! New color has been popping up around San Diego for a few weeks now, but now everything is in full bloom. I decided it was time to capture all of nature's beauty, and I got the perfect lens for the job just last week.

Here are the beautiful blossoms of San Diego County!

There were many more photos of flowers that I captured this week. To see more along with the first eleven weeks of my 365 Project, click here! And be sure to check out this morning's "New" blog, too!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer flowers spring Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:26:23 GMT
"New" Theme Challenge Spring has sprung, March is almost over, and we're well into 2015! For my blog circle's "New" theme challenge this month, I thought I'd focus on something quite appropriate for this time of year: flowers... specifically, new flower buds. I'd also thought I'd note that most of these images were captured with my new Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens I got last week (and I'm already in love with it).

Every year around my neighborhood in Vista and Carlsbad, I always love seeing the fresh, new blankets of color that pop up in March and April, and while I was able to capture lots of great images of flowers already in full bloom (come back tonight to see most of those in my 365 Project blog), for this particular blog I'm showing off the flowers that aren't quite ready to show their true colors.

So here are my best buds! Speaking of buds, check out Solano County Family Photographer Kristy Gilmore's New blog, and keep going until you've seen all the wonderful ladies of the blog circle!


(Alicia Jeanne Photography) San Diego Photographer Theme Challenge flowers new spring Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:00:00 GMT
365 Project, Week Eleven - Green Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day!! This week, I thought I'd pick a theme that's quite fitting for March...

Green is an emotionally positive color. It's the color of prosperity and abundance; the color of growth and spring, and if you don't wear it on the day of St. Patrick, you're bound to be pinched. 

I hope you've enjoyed my green images. Come back next week for another Double Blog Wednesday!

To see all my pictures in my 365 Project, click here.


(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer St. Patrick's Day green spring Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:23:26 GMT
365 Project, Week Ten - Beverages This week's theme pairs with last week's blog quite nicely. They can be refreshing, comforting, make you forget your worries, give you energy... and just plain delicious.

I showed you food for week nine, so now I show you beverages for week ten!

See you next week!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer beverages Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:11:42 GMT
365 Project, Week Nine - Food Two months down, ten to go! For week nine I decided to photograph something that's a rather popular subject on Instagram and Facebook: food.

I'm a self proclaimed "foodie." I love food... Sometimes, a little too much. I've loved cooking and baking since I was a little girl learning my kitchen skills from my mom. I love trying new foods, too; on my honeymoon I had escargot and duck for the first time, I had raw oysters for the first time on our anniversary this year, and I a few years ago, I had rabbit on Easter (I see the irony). It only makes sense that I would make one of the weekly themes of my 365 Project all about food.

So enjoy these scrumptious images, and I'll see you next week!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer food photography week nine Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:15:28 GMT
365 Project, Week Eight - Out & About 2015 is flying by! And so are the weeks that I have stuck with my 365 Project. Yep, I've now completed 56 pictures, one (or more) everyday of this year.

For week eight of my project, I decided that it was about time that I stopped being lazy and start looking at the world around me wherever I went. So here are my pictures I took whilst "Out & About" this week.

And if you haven't seen this morning's "Pink" blog, it's worth a read. 



(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer out & about week eight Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:18:07 GMT
Pink Theme Challenge Pink... it represents beauty and innocence. It's the color of universal love and compassion. Both red and pink denote love but while red is deep passion, pink is romantic, charming, and playful. Pink is a softer, less violent red... It's the sweet side of redPink calms and reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger, aggression, resentment, and neglect... It's also my favorite color.

You can imagine my excitement when I learned that our challenge for this month would be capturing Pink, and I saw this as opportunity to capture more than just the color. I wanted to capture all it represents and show the world why I love it so much.

When you're finished enjoying my "Pink" pictures, head on over to Chester County Children Photographer, Marisa McGovern's blog.


My favorite perfume! Sadly, this was taken after I finished the bottle.

Bubble Gum Selfie

The best thing for a girls night? Pink Bubbly, of course!

Sweet PeaI've had this little cutey since she was a 12 week old kitten. Don't you just love her pink nose and paws?

San Diego SunsetsOne of the best things about living in San Diego County is that every evening there is a beautiful sunset, and they're even better when there is a touch of pink in the clouds.


And come back tonight to see Week Eight of my 365 Project!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Blog Circle San Diego Photographer Theme Challenge pink Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:00:00 GMT
365 Project, Week Seven - Date Night This week's theme is quite fitting for February's most popular holiday - Valentine's Day.

All of the pictures have something to do with going on a date or getting ready for a fancy dinner out.

Enjoy! And a little confession, a couple of the pictures were taken with my iPhone, but they are still pictures, none the less, so I'm counting them towards my project! ;)

February 16, 2015New Perfume

To see the full collection of images for my 365 Project click here. See you next week!


(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Date Night Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:24:36 GMT
365 Project, Week Six - In the Moment I've found myself in somewhat of a slump recently. Creatively and emotionally. I've had quite a bit of trouble finding inspiration for my photography, and I didn't feel like committing to just one theme for a week. I needed to give myself some freedom to photograph whatever strikes me in the moment. So, for this sixth week of my 365 Project, I decided not to focus on any particular theme. 

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Personal Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:58:58 GMT
365 Project, Week Five - Aperture An aperture is a hole or an opening through which light travels. In photography, it's the hole of the lens. When you use the manual or aperture priority settings of a camera, you can adjust the size of the aperture stop (aka f-stop) to control the amount of light that enters the camera. Along with the ISO (light sensitivity of the film or digital media) and the shutter speed, aperture determines what kind of exposure you'll have. It also controls the depth of field. For example, the wider the aperture the shallower the depth of field (the blurrier the background and area around the subject), and the smaller the aperture the greater the depth of field (the sharper everything in the image appears).

... And it's the topic I chose to focus on for week five of my 365 project. Below you'll see examples of shallow depth of field, great depth of field, and everything in between. A wider aperture also brings in more light which is great for long exposures, and when shooting with back lighting, a wide aperture creates a bokeh effect (a topic for a later week in my project) and a small aperture creates the sunbursts that I like to use frequently.

Below are examples of all these effects, and to see my whole 365 project click here. See you next week!

January 30, 2015Cup of Tea (f/1.8)

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer aperture Thu, 05 Feb 2015 04:21:18 GMT
Lake Henshaw Camping & Julian, CA After a long week, my husband and I decided to get away from the city and head out east to Lake Henshaw to camp out under the stars. 

Mountain SunsetClouds were moving out just as the sun was setting, and beautiful colors were created.






















Lake Henshaw CampsiteOur Campsite. My husband is making a fire to cook our breakfast on.























Lower CampgroundOne of the paths of the Lower Campground of the Lake Henshaw Campground.

Interesting Trees








Then, today we made our way through the twisty roads of East County San Diego to Julian, a historic, small town famous for its pies, for a quick lunch. 

Julian, CAMain Street.

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Julian, CA Lake Henshaw San Diego Photographer Star Photography Travel Photography camping Mon, 02 Feb 2015 02:22:10 GMT
365 Project, Week Four - Perspective Blog #2 for the day: my continuing 365 Project!

This week I decided to explore perspective after reading this great article.

Ever since I started developing my eye for photography, I've started to see everything as a potential subject. Sometimes, I get super excited and start snapping away, but when I'm reviewing my images later, I wish I would have taken time to examine my subject from different angles and take its surroundings into account.

That's what I've attempted to accomplish with the following images. I approached the subjects from above, below, or from angles where the backgrounds and details were important to the subject or added more to the story.

Here are week four's photos, and if you've missed any of the previous weeks' images, you can see all my 365 Project pictures here. See you next week!



(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Perspective Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:10:02 GMT
Resolution Theme Challenge Today's an awesome day for everyone keeping up with my blog(s). This is just the first of TWO blogs I'm posting today! 

This one is my monthly theme challenge that I participate in with a group of wonderful ladies. January's theme is quite fitting for this time of year: Resolutions! (I hope that most of you out there have stuck to yours' so far.)

This was a fun one for me because it was great to figure out how to capture "Resolutions." For me, I decided to focus on things I want to do and focus on this year. So below you'll see the visual interpretations of my resolutions for 2015. Hover over them to see the description and details on the image.

P.S. When you're done admiring the images below, check out Okinawa Birth and Newborn Photographer Kristi James, and see her awesome work.

P.P.S. Come back tonight for my second blog of the day, my 365 Project weekly blog. 

Hike MoreLast year, I discovered this great trail just a mile from my apartment in Carlsbad. I'd love to get out more and discover the many trails in North County San Diego. These pictures are from the trails at Lake Calavera.

  Crochet MoreI taught myself how to crochet a few months ago, and I found a new way to express my creativity and relax after long days. After getting a lot of new yarn for Christmas, I've decided to start crocheting more regularly this year.





















Focus More on Photography!Along with marketing, I want to finish a 365 Project, shoot more with my Holga camera, and Blog more.




(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Resolutions San Diego Photographer Theme Challenge Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:00 GMT
365 Project, Week Three - Monochrome I've made it through week three of my 365 Project! This is probably the longest I've stuck with a  New Year's Resolution, by the way.

This week's theme was Monochrome. Because I love bright colors and capturing them in my images, I've never been a fan of taking monochrome photos, but my 365 Project is about challenging myself in styles of photography that I don't typically use. I did do a bit of research and study other photographers work to get some inspiration, so this has definitely been more work than the first two weeks of my project. I'm pretty pleased with the images I created, though, and I had a lot of fun taking them.

Without further ado, here are my monochrome pictures. To see more of my pictures from my 365 Project, click here, and of course, come back next Wednesday for week four of my 365 Project!

By the way, if you've been to the home page, you may have noticed a different name. That's because over the next couple of months, I'm planning on officially changing Forever Moments by Alicia to simply Alicia Jeanne Photography, and I'm super excited for this rebranding! Stay tuned!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 365 Project Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer monochrome Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:35:39 GMT
Morning Stroll in Carlsbad Village One of my favorite places in North County San Diego is Carlsbad Village, especially on a Saturday morning when everyone is sleeping in until 10am. The vintage stores, antique shops, and "Mom and Pop" restaurants make me feel like I'm back in East Texas where my mom's family is from, and when the weather is a perfect 60 degrees, you have the best conditions for a morning stroll.

My husband and I had our breakfast at a tiny restaurant called Don's Country Kitchen (where, I swear, they serve the biggest and tastiest omelets), and we decided just to walk around. Of course, I had my camera in hand, and I snapped these fun photos.

So here's something for your visual pleasure on this fine Saturday!


I love these doors! I think just because of their colors, and the fact that the store front is so symmetrical.

Another symmetrical store front. This one is of an antique store. Again, I like the color of the doors, and all the stuff in the windows.

Even the fire hydrants here are fancy.

Probably my favorite one of the day. I love my lens flares and sunbursts!

I just loved the shadow this post was casting.

Some cool graffiti we came across.

Probably most girls' favorite spot in Carlsbad Village. They also have wine.

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Carlsbad California Carlsbad Village San Diego Photographer personal Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:35:36 GMT
365 Project, Week Two - Texture Welcome back for week two of my 365 Project! (Yay for unbroken resolutions halfway through January!) This week's theme was Texture. To really capture the texture of a subject, the lighting has to be perfect. Side lighting is always best, but backlighting could work, too.

I hope you enjoy my use of lighting to emphasize texture, and to see all the photos from my 365 Project so far, click here! See you back here next Wednesday.

Fuzzy DiceJanuary 14, 2015

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2015 365 Project Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer texture Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:40:22 GMT
365 Project, Week One - Back Lighting It's 2015! I don't know about everyone else, but I am super excited for this year because... "5" is a lucky number for me, I will be turning the big 30 in December, and it's the year that Marty McFly visited in Back to the Future II.

Like most people are prone to do, I started thinking about how I'm going to be a "new and better me" this year. There are the usual resolutions (eat better, work out more, save more money, etc.), but I also wanted to use this year to focus more on photography.

For the last few months I've thought about challenging myself with a 365 Project, also known as a Picture a Day Project. I thought this would be a great way to work on different styles and techniques that intimidate me or are ones that I usually don't use in my photography. So I've decided that each week I will pick a different theme.

For my first week of my 365 Project, I chose back lighting. Back lighting is pretty self explanatory: the light used to emphasize the photograph's subject comes from behind said subject. It's great way to show off a subject that is translucent, give it a glowing or "halo" effect, or create unique shadows or silhouettes.

So here are the first seven images of my 365 Project. Be sure to come back next Wednesday for week two's theme and collection.


I hope you've enjoyed my photos portraying back lighting. Click HERE to see all of my 365 Project's photos (including a few extras)!


(Alicia Jeanne Photography) 2015 365 Project New Year Photo a Day Project San Diego Photographer backlighting Thu, 08 Jan 2015 02:03:46 GMT
Negative Space Theme Challenge I recently joined a fabulous group of photographers who challenge themselves each month with creative photography techniques and themes. They then create a blog circle showing off their best work. This is my first blog with them, and I am super excited to be apart of this group!

December's theme is Negative Space. This technique uses the blank space in the image to emphasize the subject(s). With it being December, of course I had to incorporate a couple of Christmas-y photos. There's also a few of my older travel pictures and shots from recents shoots.

Hover over the images below for details on the location or event, and also check out San Diego Wedding Photographer Lauren Nygard's blog, too. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

This is one of my favorite shots from the Dia de Los Muertos Festival in Old Town San Diego. Taken just this past November.

I used a light box to back light this Christmas ornament.




My pretty and pink engagement ring.

One of my favorite shots from a family portrait session in November. The overcast sky served as a great, solid background. Taken in Fort Worth, TX.

I took this at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in Balboa Park in San Diego. It was a rainy day, so there were some great droplets on the rose petals.

An older shot from my first trip to Las Vegas. The world's largest thermometer in Baker, CA. Beautiful white orchids.



Las Vegas, NV.

The top of the Chrysler Building in New York, NY.

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Christmas blog circle negative space photography challenge photography techniques theme Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:00:00 GMT
Jenkins & Shurley Family Shoot I was in my hometown of Irving, Texas a week and a half ago, and while I was there, I got to photograph one of my favorite families. I first met Natalie in middle school when we were both in the school play together, and she became one of my best friends. Over the next few years through high school graduation our families had become super close.

It's been a surreal experience watching this family grow (literally, Dalton used to be a lot shorter than me and now I stand on my tippy toes to hug him) and evolve over the last fifteen years. In 2009, I was touched when Natalie asked me to photograph her and her soon-to-be husband, David. They were a couple of my first clients, and I had so much fun taking their pictures. A couple of years ago they added a new addition to their cute little family: a sweet and handsome Australian Shepherd named Van (definitely one of my new favorite clients).

I've never known a tighter knit family than that of the Jenkins (and now Shurleys), nor one as kind hearted and welcoming. It's been an absolute pleasure seeing this beautiful and talented family accomplish so much throughout the years, and I was truly honored to be able to see and photograph them again. I look forward to seeing how much more the family will grow and all the wonderful things they are going to do over the next fifteen years.

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Holiday session couples family pets Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:25:52 GMT
Pumpkins Galore! Pumpkin Patch Sign I love Fall! It is by far my favorite season for several reasons: the colors, the weather, the pumpkin-flavored-EVERYTHING, Halloween AND Thanksgiving, the food... I pretty much love everything about Fall.

This weekend, being the weekend before Halloween, my husband and I ventured out to pick out a couple of pumpkins to carve. We decided to check out one of the many pumpkin patches that pops up every year around San Diego to find the perfect gourds. Now this was a big deal for me as growing up we would usually just go to the local supermarket and pick out the best pumpkins we could find (I always wanted to find the pumpkin with the fewest flaws), so this was the first pumpkin patch I can recall going to. 

When my husband and I spent our first Halloween together five years ago, I noticed that he liked to pick out pumpkins differently than I did; he looked for the pumpkin that had character. He saw every scratch, dent and bump as a potential artistic choice for his ultimate design. I never understood his method until last year. I looked at the pumpkin he had selected, and I just saw the perfect face in it.

Now flash forward a year later to today. I was unsure what kind of selection of pumpkins we would have, and considering all we could see from the road were inflatable kids' attractions and tents, I was a bit wary. Luckily, what we found was the biggest collection of gourds of all shapes, colors and sizes I had ever seen in one place.

Pumpkin Patch Scarecrow and Pumpkins Pumpkin in the sun

There were tiny pumpkins, big pumpkins (I'm talking so big, they required a wheelbarrow to get them to your car), fat pumpkins, skinny ones, pumpkins that leaned, pumpkins that were almost black in color, warty ones... Any pumpkin you could imagine. As we perused the pumpkin topped haystacks for the perfect one, my husband and I thought of so many ideas for many of them.

Mini pumpkins

Pumpkin with scar

Orange pumpkin Heart gourd

In the end, we each selected the ones that truly spoke to us (mine has a long curly stem), and without a doubt, our jack-o-lanterns will be a couple for the books.

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Halloween autumn fall gourds pumpkins seasonal Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:09:24 GMT
Challenge Walk MS, San Diego Day 1 Last Friday, I had the pleasure of photographing the Challenge Walk MS for the fifth season in a row. I always look forward to the fall and seeing all the spirited and enthusiastic participants, mostly repeat walkers, gathering together to raise money to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. This year was particularly fun and exciting for me as the theme for the Challenge Walk was pirates!

Not only did many of the participants dress up as swashbucklers and buccaneers, but each group of volunteers decorated their respective rest stops with pirate flags, treasure chests, and chocolate "gold coins." 

Participants of the Challenge Walk walk 50 miles over three days, traveling from Flower Fields in Carlsbad along the coast all the way to San Diego. This year, they raised nearly $620,000! 

In addition to the Challenge Walk that happens every September, there's the Walk MS every spring, Bike MS (which I have the pleasure of shooting again this year) every October, and the MS Dinner Auction.

For more information, or if you'd like to donate or volunteer your time, click here.

To view more pictures from Day 1 of the Challenge Walk, check out the gallery. Enjoy all the pictures, and check back here next month for more on the Bike MS on October 18th!







(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Challenge Walk National MS Society San Diego events Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:16:39 GMT
Creative Ideas for Left Over Wedding "Stuff" After our wedding last year, we had eighteen different sized vases that sat in a big box in the corner of our apartment for probably about eight months. My mom did relieve us of a few for herself and my grandmother, but I had no idea what to do with the rest. I only wanted to keep a few for myself as keepsakes, but I didn't know what I wanted to do with them. Luckily, one of my best friend's was able to take the majority off my hands when she was planning her wedding last fall. So I was down the the three I wanted... but still no ideas for them.

Christmas came around, and I decided to get creative. I picked up some cinnamon scented mini pine cones at Michael's, put them in the vases with votive candles around them, and put them on the corner of my kitchen counter. They looked beautiful!

I thought it would be cool to keep them on the counter and put some seasonal fillers inside. Spring went by too quickly for me to think of anything, but I wanted to put something in them for summer since I have company coming by. I headed to Michael's again, and I found some seashell potpourri and some sand. I created a summery, beachy themed display.

Now, I've always been a crafty person, (we did A LOT of DYI crafts for our wedding, but that's a blog for another day) so the thought that every few months I get to be creative and create a seasonal filler for my vases is amazing. But this is not the point of this blog. The point is after a wedding, you'll have a lot of "stuff" left over: favors, decorations, greeting cards, possible some extra invitations. Sometimes you don't have the room to store it all, and you just don't have the heart to throw it out. That's when it's time to get creative and think of cute idea for all your left overs.

Another example I did with a few of my left over invitations is something I found on Pinterest. I cut them up into strips, curled them, and put them in glass ornaments. I then used ribbons of purple and gold (our wedding colors) to finish them off. 

These are just a couple of things I've created from my wedding left overs. Hopefully, I'll have more to share soon!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) arts and crafts creative wedding wedding decorations Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:33:08 GMT
How the Grand Canyon Helped Me with Landscape Photography I've never really gotten into landscape photography. It always seemed quite daunting to me because all of my landscape pictures seemed boring to me, and I'm much more interested in photographing details that people might not notice. My husband and I took our first trip to the Grand Canyon together (first time for both of us) this past weekend, and I was not going to waste my opportunity to photograph one of the great wonders of the world because I simply could not get the hang of landscape photography. So I decided to look at landscape photography a different way. 

When we went to the first lookout point, I was in awe. I started snapping away, but I wasn't all that impressed with my results. Then I started noticing all the valleys, cliffs, and plateaus, and how the sun was creating great shadows. Using those aspects, my pictures improved a little, but nothing any tourist wouldn't take.

We walked along the "Trail of Time" along the rim, and the greenery started to get my attention. At just the right spots, the trees and plants would create nice framing and great points of focus for the Canyon. So I began using those to create my compositions. That's when I started loving the images I was capturing. Here are some my favorite ones:

An Elk wandering through our campground.

Probably my favorite one.

Taken at night with only the moon as lighting.

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Grand Canyon National Parks landscape photography nature Tue, 13 May 2014 01:52:39 GMT
Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer I was recently asked a question by a bride-to-be... "How do I go about finding a good photographer for my wedding?" She and her fiance are on a tight budget, and she's never had professional pictures taken. The wheels in my head started immediately turning, and I started thinking...

Then I thought this friend of mine is probably not the only bride feeling lost when it comes to wedding photography, so here are some pointers for finding the perfect person to capture your big day.


1. Budget - One of the first things you and your fiance (and parents if they are contributing) should figure out before you search for a photographer is the budget. The best way to figure out your wedding budget is to decide what the most important things are to you. For example, the most important aspect of our wedding was the photography. We were willing to pay the most for our photos. Second was our venue, then probably cake, and so on. To give you an idea about how much to plan for, wedding photographers in California can start between $1500 and $2000. 


2. Research - Start by looking online at local wedding photographers' websites. See what kind of talent is available in your area. Also, check out some wedding magazines, or Pinterest for some creative ideas. Decide on what kind of style you like the best: do you like more candid, lifestyle photography, or would you prefer mostly posed pictures? What kind of lighting looks good? Can you imagine yourself in these pictures? Do they fit your personal style and the feel you want your wedding to have?

3. Make a Shot List - This is important whether or not you are on a tight budget because you want to be able to communicate to your photographer all the important memories you want captured. Again, research to see what couples are having photographed at their weddings. There's no wrong way to go.

4. Consultations - After you've done the research, start reaching out to some photographers and book some consultations. Consultations are usually free meetings with a photographer (or other wedding professional) to get to know one another, ask about pricing, check out what kind of products he/she offers, and most of all to see if you fit well together. This is probably the most crucial part of choosing a photographer because if you don't get along or your personalities clash, that will just add stress to your big day. This is also a good time to mention any budget constraints or concern you might have.

5. Beware of the "Free Photographer" - With digital SLRs being more affordable these days, many people think they can pick up a camera and become a professional photographer. It takes a lot more than owning a camera to be a photographer of caliber. It takes training and education and having a good eye. I'm not saying that all people who offer there services for free are terrible at what they do, I just want you to be sure that you know what you are getting yourself into if you decide to go this route.

Make sure (with any photographer) you see examples of their work. If they have no wedding experience, ask to see if they've covered events. Ask for examples of an entire event because, unfortunately, these days people can go on the internet and steal other photographers' work and pass it off as their own. So please be very careful. Remember, there's only one day to captures all these moments.


6. "Can't I just have the guests take all the pictures?" - Everyone these days has a camera on them all the time. Of course your guests will each have one and they'll all be taking tons of pictures throughout the day. So why not skip the pro photographer and just have all your guests upload them to you for free? A few reasons...

~ If all of your guests have their cameras out and are snapping away during the most important parts of the wedding, they will not be in the moment. They'll be focused on getting THE shot that outshines the person next to them's shot.

~ Your guests will not have access to the same vantage points as a pro would. Imagine all of your guests walking around during your ceremony looking for the perfect angle, or having four or five people around taking pictures of you while you're getting into your wedding dress.

~ The pictures won't be the same quality as a pro. Professional cameras (and even some entry level SLRs) can shoot RAW and take super high quality images. A pros know how to use the camera to the best of its ability.

~ Your guests probably won't know the key elements to creating good pictures. They probably weren't trained to find good angles, compose images so they are aesthetically pleasing or know how to use flash properly.


I hope these tips will help you in your search for your perfect wedding photographer. If you have any more questions, as always feel free to contact me here!


(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Wedding bride-to-be photographer wedding planning Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:42:14 GMT
Flowers & Rings Just a quick weekend photo project with some pretty flowers, my wedding set, and experimenting with available and flash lighting. Loved all the bright colors!


(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Engagement ring Wedding rings colorful details flowers Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:36:52 GMT
Celebration of Smiles Day! Celebration of Smiles Day

Saturday, April 5, 2014 by appointment only

Oak Riparian Park, Lake Blvd & Ridge Rd in Oceanside, CA

A smile is an intriguing and powerful expression... it's contagious, it's attractive, and one from a stranger can improve your whole day. But there are some children who are born without smiles.

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that provides free life-changing surgery for children and young adults who are suffering from facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. They have partnered with PPA Charities for Celebration of Smiles. Every $240 raised will repair a child's smile, and 100% of donations will go towards Operation Smile.

I am proud to be a Celebration of Smiles participating photographer. On Saturday, April 5th, I will be offering half hour mini photography sessions in exchange for your donation of $24 to Operation Smile.

Have you been wanting professional photos, but haven't had the time or the funds? Now is the perfect time to book your session for a professional photography experience: update your business head shot, get photos of your children, get a new family portrait, a quick photo session with your sweetie, update your Facebook photo... or how about some fun photos of your pets in a park! With each mini session, you'll also receive....

~ A 5x7 print

~ A digital file for updating your social media profile picture

~ Additional online proofing gallery for ordering additional prints and products

~ The joy and satisfaction of helping a child in need!

You'll receive all of this for your donation of just $24! You'll want to book your mini session TODAY, as slots will be filling up quickly. For more information or to book your session, contact me here!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Celebration of Smiles San Diego, CA photography portraits Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:38:08 GMT
New Look! Welcome to Forever Moments Photography by Alicia's new website! It's been a lot of hard work, but I'm excited about my rebranding and website makeover. Everything has a new look, so feel free to peruse the new pages. More exciting news is still to come, so stay tuned!

(Alicia Jeanne Photography) Sun, 09 Mar 2014 04:19:39 GMT