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Maria + Alvin are a sweet couple that found us all the way from San Francisco! In fact, we will be shooting their wedding at the beginning of August there. They made a trip down to SoCal and booked an engagement session with us and since they were in San Diego we decided to shoot at Balboa Park. There is something that most photographers love about this location, for me I feel like it brings out my romantic side. I really felt like it fit Maria + Alvin very well.

We also spent that afternoon with my lovely sister Nicole DeAnne, she decided to travel down to San Diego with us as Maria had hired Nicole DeAnne to do her hair and make up, nice work sister!!!
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am_eng002.jpgam_eng003.jpgam_eng004.jpgMy favorite shot of the day, taken by my handsome Justin!
am_eng005.jpgam_eng006.jpgam_eng007.jpgam_eng008.jpgMaria + Alvin asked if we wouldn't mind including their dog in a few shots...we were glad to!
am_eng009.jpgam_eng010.jpgam_eng011.jpgam_eng012.jpgSecond favorite shot of the day!
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Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) said:
Gorgeous mcGorgeousface. Love em!
(06.05.09 04:18 PM)
Heather Espana said:
Your photography makes my eyes do the happyjoy boogie.
(06.05.09 04:25 PM)
Courtney Craver said:
love these! my favs are all the tilt shift shots... great work!
(06.05.09 04:39 PM)
ohana photographers said:
supa hot couple, but loooooove that close up doggie shot! i know that big arse blue door ;) have a rad weekend guys!
(06.05.09 04:55 PM)
Kayleen T. said:
wow! when is your workshop i'm soo there!
(06.05.09 04:55 PM)
Shari said:
love them all - as usual! - the shot of them laying on the grass totally makes me think of edward and bella's meadow scene from twilight. i know, i'm a twi-nerd!
(06.05.09 06:11 PM)
todd pellowe said:
y'all are ridiculous. seriously, cut it out. last 4 are masterful.
(06.05.09 07:28 PM)
connieMchung said:
lol. not a lot of pictures make me laugh out loud but that doggie pic is sweet. great job as always!
(06.05.09 11:45 PM)
Meg said:
Love these Amelia- perfect inspiration for a weekend full of shooting!
(06.06.09 08:50 AM)
Rog dontworryaboutit said:
Are you kidding me with the 6th one down!? where's the light coming from? I see the shadows behind them but from what source of light? Mysterious you are. You know, they warned me about you two. They said I should stay away from you and all your witch craft, but I find myself more intrigued every single time you post. We're shooting Balboa park on Monday...we'll try not to screw it up.
(06.06.09 09:29 AM)
Janna-LilacPOP said:
Great photos! Wow.
(06.06.09 02:25 PM)
amelialyon said:
Soon!!! Very, VERY soon:)
(06.06.09 04:06 PM)
Cathy said:
That second photo in the grass is the awesomes!!!!
(06.06.09 06:34 PM)
Vania said:
I absolutely adore every single image! Flawless job as always, but more! ;)
(06.07.09 07:51 PM)
Nick Decombel Fotografie said:
Great shot of the dog ;-))) No, amazing work!!! Nick Belgium, Europe
(06.08.09 04:59 AM)
Briony said:
these are soo fantastic...you've captured the romance!
(06.08.09 12:08 PM)
Sarah Rhoads said:
pretty sure I want to eat that little pup!!! oh my! soo cute. Beautiful beautiful as always sweet amelia!!
(06.08.09 05:20 PM)
Lisa said:
Fab set!
(06.08.09 08:19 PM)
ben + laura said:
well done my friends well done ... love all the til-shiftiness, who is the tilt-shift sensei? young grasshopper approves ...
(06.09.09 06:52 AM)
olivia griffin said:
Hey Amelia, I love the last shot so much. Are you using video light or off camera flash with pocket wizards or something like that. I'm just curious of your light source. Love the pose also. :) great work as always. :) Olivia
(06.09.09 07:22 PM)
imthiaz houseman said:
i love the lighting you did. what a great post!
(06.09.09 08:32 PM)
amelialyon said:
Two 580 ex flashes, a transmitter, and a tall husband!!!;)
(06.10.09 10:20 PM)
Paul said:
Beautiful shots-I love Balboa Park and you two do such a great job of showcasing it and your couple. Great job-thanks for sharing!
(06.19.09 06:32 PM)
Sara France said:
Beautiful work! It is great to see a new perspective on a location down the street from my house. Great work!!!
(06.25.09 12:39 PM)
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The first time I met Alicia was back in September of 2006. She was the videographer for one of my client's weddings and saw our work on a slideshow we put on display at the reception. She grabbed one of our cards and kept it ever since then. I always get so excited to hear about how our clients find us, this particular situation was flattering since Alicia had kept our card for so long until it was her time to shine with her fiancee Joey. We shot their engagement session at the Irvine Park and I had Jason Roger there by my side to help me out. Introducing Alicia + Joey engaged!
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ja_eng_02.jpgja_eng_03.jpgja_eng_04.jpgja_eng_05.jpgja_eng_06.jpgja_eng_07.jpgApparently Joey is a fan of Superman!
ja_eng_08.jpgja_eng_09.jpgja_eng_10.jpgMy favorite shot of the day!

ja_eng_11.jpgja_eng_12.jpgja_eng_13.jpgja_eng_14.jpgThis is what happens when you lay on wood-chips to get "the shot", I was literally covered!

ja_eng_15.jpgWedding to follow in August!


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Gav said:
Second image is juicy!!
(05.28.09 12:48 AM)
Lan Bui said:
Nice. You are so fun.
(05.28.09 12:49 AM)
Anna said:
Haha! The Superman shot is sooo cute :) Love the swing shot from above as well. Woman, do you have some kinda spidey power? How in the world did you climb up to get that awesome shot?
(05.28.09 12:56 AM)
Kayleen T. said:
Soo glad I stay up late tonight! I love the shoe shot!
(05.28.09 12:58 AM)
Alicia said:
Your such an inspiration to me! Im too lucky to have you as my photographer.
(05.28.09 01:23 AM)
sandie said:
Amelia!!! you are too cute! love to see your dedication level hasn't changed! This couple is so freakin sweet!!!! love all the images you created.. FAVE has to be the 3rd from bottom - kissin swing shot! you rock!
(05.28.09 02:50 AM)
RicAlyssah said:
That swing shot is ridiculous!
(05.28.09 04:25 AM)
Diana Daley said:
LOVE that swing lovin' shot. And how awesome to rock the Chuck Taylor's!
(05.28.09 05:09 AM)
Debbie S said:
Finally! I have missed your posts. I love your pics. Your pics are an inspiration to me. Thanks!
(05.28.09 05:28 AM)
neLz said:
my favorite is the 12th shot, where they're laying on the log. it's as if they're thinking and looking into the future together :) super sweet! aw you look so pretty, even covered in wood-chips. haha love your work girlie!
(05.28.09 05:36 AM)
kelli said:
ohhh these are lovely! so fun!!! amazing job {as always}....xo
(05.28.09 05:44 AM)
Jen Arthur said:
I LOVE that first shot on the swings! So full of life and motion : )
(05.28.09 06:35 AM)
paul romero said:
Great job Amelia! My fav was the swing shot...very cool.
(05.28.09 07:13 AM)
ben + laura said:
loving the shots on the swing! holla!!!!
(05.28.09 08:16 AM)
Briony said:
i love all of them but the swings are my fave! beautiful job :)
(05.28.09 08:41 AM)
Courtney Craver said:
These are SUUUUUUUPER cute! Love the swing shots.. and the superman shots... so unique and adorable with the two of them!
(05.28.09 08:51 AM)
Marissa Rodriguez said:
AWESOME!!!
(05.28.09 09:12 AM)
Kathleen Hennessey said:
I tooo heart the swing shot! How in the world did you get that? It must be the combination of the superman t-shirt and some sort of wood chip magical powers! Get it girl!
(05.28.09 10:28 AM)
Cindel Huston said:
oh i know this couple!! they were in our singles ward! ...LOVE the first swing shot, you rock!!
(05.28.09 10:47 AM)
mathieuphoto said:
You Rock!!! as always...those swing shots are so rad!!!
(05.28.09 11:59 AM)
Imthiaz Houseman said:
What a great session and such a cute couple!
(05.28.09 01:48 PM)
Daniel Kudish said:
Love your work! great shoot!!
(05.28.09 07:34 PM)
Danielle Aquiline said:
I'm a loyal blog follower and I love your work. Would love to see some FAQ, Tips, etc. kind of posts. Your images are so cool-toned and timeless. Beautiful!
(05.29.09 10:30 AM)
Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said:
It looks like such a fun photo session! I especially love the kiss on the swings and the photo through the tree branches. SO CUTE!
(05.29.09 04:26 PM)
Embrace Life said:
What a great, shoot! Beautiful and creative. Love it.
(05.29.09 05:29 PM)
Rog sankinthebath said:
Don't worry Amelia, those wood chips will grow back, but in case you didn't know that...maybe you should've put "no wood chips were harmed in the making of this stellar e-sesh". It is stellar and I'll make fun of anyone who disagrees with me and that statement and I'll tell them that thier fat and can't read good. Lame-O. Obviously the swing set shot was awesometasticnessarificly a great shot. But you already knew that.
(05.29.09 08:58 PM)
shannon said:
incredible. the swing kiss is my fav. love it love it.
(05.31.09 11:25 PM)
Paige Green said:
I KNEW IT! Alicia totally loved you at our wedding and when she splashed our video with image you captured I knew she was as hooked as I was! Yay Alicia and Joey and Yay for Amelia and Justin.
(06.01.09 08:37 AM)
matt sloan said:
great shots! haha! i wish i had taken more photos of you getting dirty! you are like a ninja sometimes! :)
(06.01.09 03:51 PM)
debbie kim said:
congrats joey! i know him from high school! :) as always, amelia, your pictures are beautiful!! :)
(06.02.09 02:25 PM)
Beth said:
Oh my - LOVE the ring/superman shot and the swing shots. Just love visiting your blog
(06.04.09 09:33 AM)
LauRA said:
OMG You just made me laugh really hard at that pic of you!
(06.04.09 05:34 PM)
Emily Beaty said:
I LOVE the swingset shots, especially the one of Joey upside down! lol
(06.05.09 02:28 PM)
Patricia said:
Thats so crazy.. haha I did the same thing! and saved your card for years after seeing your slide show at my fiance's cousins wedding.. you are definitely hard to forget.. you guys are amazing! :)
(06.08.09 12:39 PM)
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