La Jolla Engagement // Ashley + Austin

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La Jolla Engagement // Ashley + Austin

I love when I get to venture out of Orange County to do a photo shoot, not that I don't like OC, but it's great to go somewhere new and different. I think it's one of the perks of this profession. Another perk I believe, is when I get hang out with cool couples during their engagement session, laughing and adventuring is always a must, it's one of the best parts of the whole wedding experience, in my opinion. 

Well....Ashley and Austin definitely nailed both perks with the locations and just being a rad and fun couple. Our time together flew by and I couldn't be more excited to document their wedding later this year at Ponte Winery in Temecula. We started off in Pacific Beach and worked our way to La Jolla for a beach sunset. These two are nothing short of amazing together, such great dynamic and love for each other, so perfect! Honestly everything just worked out for the best and man did we get some killer images. Below are some images we created together. Hope you enjoy!


Fuji XT1 and DJI Phantom 4 edited using VSCOFilm


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Printing our Legacy

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Printing our Legacy

A year or so ago Epson put out a campaign called “Print Your Legacy” one of the photographers that was part of it was celebrity photographer and ALL around great guy Jeremy Cowart to help promote it. Prior to that campaign I purchased an Epson R3000 one of those big ass printers, I use it frequently to print smaller photos for clients. So when this campaign rolled out I was like HECK YEAH! I’m going to start printing way more aaaaand you guessed it, I didn’t print anymore than I was already printing before, slacker lol! Then a couple of months back I really got the urge to start printing again, but with the holiday family season going on full blast I seriously had VERY LIMITED office time to pursue it. Well, now that I have finally slowed down a little, I’m finishing up some business from last year and in the meantime, I’ve began printing some of my work as well as some personal family photos.

This year with the guidance of a friend of mine who also happens to be a kick ass a photographer, I plan on implementing selling prints. I have been feeling sort of let down by the fact that I have not been stressing how important it is to actually have prints made for my clients. This is coming from someone who’s generation grew up on printing photos, using printed photos in the actual albums, film cameras, etc, etc. and just loving the fact that I can physically hold on to that photo forever. With digital now, it’s so easy to keep them on your computer, cell phone or social media and pretty much do nothing with them beyond that. That’s cool and all, BUT honestly not really, people pay good money to hire a photographer to take photos of their wedding or family and then to do nothing with them, it’s a bummer actually. Most say, I will totally get them printed, but 90% of people don’t. TODAY, I want to get back to the old school method and join the select photographers out there who are pushing prints. I feel it’s my job as your photographer to help document your legacy and what better way to make it stand the test of time is to provide high quality professional prints, whether it be from your engagement, wedding or even family session it’s time I do my job. Yes, it will come with a price, Yes, this will not be for everyone I understand that, BUT for those that understand the importance of this they will find it to be priceless. 

I don’t know where I heard this, but someone once said, “the only things that will help pass on your legacy to your future generations are from stories and photographs” if you think about it, it’s absolutely true! But if your photos live on a hard drive or cell phone only what will happen when you get a new computer or cell phone in 2-3 years then what? It’s time to start printing again people. Let’s do it, I PROMISE you will not be disappointed when you see those beautiful images of your wedding or family printed out, trust me, it will be way better then seeing them on a computer or phone. In the next few weeks I will be writing up a printing FAQ, but for now I just want to let you all know what direction my business is headed from this point on.

Blog fact: This is my 3rd blog post this year, last year in 2016 I blogged a total of 6 times. lol creating good habits…..

Ok peace for now, talk soon!


Printer: Epson R3000
Paper: Epson Hot Press Bright and Moab Lasal Matte

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Hello my name is Thomas

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Hello my name is Thomas

As we jump into this new year I realize there are some new faces, new potential brides + grooms and families just discovering me. So I figured it might be a good idea to introduce myself.

Hi there! My name is Thomas but most call me by Tom or Tommy. I've lived the majority of my life in Orange County, with a little stint in Phoenix and about 4 years in Atlanta. I grew up listening to stories told my by Grandpa about life and WWII, he was such a huge influence in my life growing up that I wanted to study history in college. Today nothing has changed, I still love stories and I still love history it’s pretty much the reason why I'm so passionate about being a storyteller with my camera, it's such the perfect fit for me. I truly feel that it's my responsibility to my clients to document your story and to help create your legacy for your family. Having two kids myself I firmly believe family is everything!

Ok enough about the why and more about the who.
- I am an Americanized Filipino AKA a coconut (brown on the outside and white on the inside, LOL), that is mainly because of the city I grew up in, we were one of only a handful of Filipino families that lived there, but that doesn't mean I’m not in touch with my roots and where I came from. It's funny because it still trips my wife out when my mom speaks to me in Tagalog (Filipino Language) and I can understand her, bummer part is I can only reply back in english.
- On my 30th Birthday I did my first Triathlon, I continued to compete competitively for over 4 years, I was even the Newport Coast Triathlon Team President for 2 years until injury slowly drew me out of the sport, however I do want to make a return one day soon. 
- I've known my wife Heather since she was a freshman in High School, we dated for a short time after she graduated which was two years after I graduated, today we've been married for over 6 years and have two amazing kids, Colton (4) and Rowan (11months). 
- Family means the world to me as I mentioned earlier
- I love Ice Cream, but love French Fries even more, crazy I know...
- I'm kind of tech geek, I love me some technology for sure! Yeah I'm Apple Fan boy as well
- I have been to 11 countries and counting, NEED TO TRAVEL MORE PLEASE!
- Instagram addicted
- Coffee drinker (goes hand and hand being a photographer and all lol)
- I love all kinds of sports
- Music has my heart from hip hop to country, bring it!
- Last but not least, having God in my life has been the best and that will never change

Also, one other thing about me is that I also run another company photographing Architecture, Real Estate and Corporate work. You can view my work at www.tompellicer.com and my Instagram @tompellicerphoto

Anyways….I hope that helps you get a little more acquainted with me. Stay tuned for more information on who I am as a photographer

Photo by Carrie T Photography

Photo by Carrie T Photography

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LATER 2016 and HELLO 2017

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LATER 2016 and HELLO 2017

Who's ready for the new year? I am I am! In fact, I'm so ready to start making things happen that I'm already blogging my first post of the year and it's only Jan 2nd, LOL, last year I only wrote 6 blog posts total, crap I suck! But it's a new year and I'm so excited as this will be my 8th year of shooting full time, and only my 4th year as Thomas Pellicer Photographer. The cool thing is, that I feel I'm just hitting my stride with my direction and skill which I think is freaking awesome!

Each year I feel the urge to be a better blogger and post my shoots and talk about random sh*t. I don't know what it is, but I always have the intention to do better at it, BUT then always fade away. NOT this year! One of my goals is to actually make blogging a habit, make social media a focus and really utilize my voice online. I know blogging maybe a thing of the past for some photographers, but who cares I'm going to do it anyways. Just like printing a photo, it's always great just to see my work out there and what better place then on my website/blog/instagram. I'm also going to start talking about my processes, how I edit, why I edit the way I do, the gear I use and why I use it along with random photos and stories. I will also be updating my personal journal right here on my website as well. I know that sounds like a lot and trust me this will be a hard habit to get into, but I have the will to do it, I NEED to share my knowledge, share my photos and why I do the things I do. However here is my disclaimer, I'm not a great writer, YET. I proof read, but sometimes I overlook things because I honestly believe I may have some kind of reading issue, but I have not been professionally tested to know for sure. So when time permits, my wife proof reads and corrects my mistakes, I feel like I'm 10 years old. Anyways.....I enjoy writing so I'm just going to go for it! 


So here we go....today, I wanted to share a few photos from our holiday photo session, this year we did a little something different. I did an exchange with a fellow photographer and friend, last year I shot her family photo and this year when she approached me, I threw the idea over her way and there ya have it. Carrie is a rad baby and kid photographer based in Yorba Linda, you can check out her site HERE she was so great with our kids. We had such an awesome time, thank you Carrie we really love our photos!

Nerd stuff: 
Photos: By Carrie T Photography
Edit: I did a re-edit based on my new direction, I actually liked the originals and we used them for our holiday cards, but since I'm making a change over here I thought I would add the new style to our photos, sorry Carrie. The edit did not come out exactly as I wanted due to the fact I was editing an already edited JPEG file (not the RAW file). But it still came out pretty cool. I already have a planned post on my new editing style coming soon.

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Lincoln turns one

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Lincoln turns one

I can't even begin to tell you how much I adore this family. I've been documenting their moments since their engagement session over three years ago. It truly means the world to me to be there as my couples grow their family. When they asked me to take photos of Lincoln for his one year birthday I couldn't say no are you kidding me? How could I resist this little man?

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