Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Snoopy with Red Heart Sunglasses

Last night my hubby came home with the sweetest Valentine’s Day presents: a bottle of bubbly, and a small plush Snoopy with heart-shaped sunglasses, holding a heart-shaped box of chocolates.…Read More

Ducks | Chesapeake, VA

Ducks in a puddle | Chesapeake, VA

You know it rained a lot over the weekend when your backyard puddles are attracting ducks. It made me laugh so I thought I’d share. Happy Monday!

A Little Spring Cleaning

Flower | Balboa Park | San Diego, CA | Processed with Topaz ReStyle

Notice anything different? I’ve done a bit of updating on my website! You might recall a post I wrote late last year about my frustrations with Zenfolio’s blog platform. They are great…Read More


min·i·mal /ˈminəməl/ of a minimum amount, quantity, or degree; negligible. Art: characterized by the use of simple or primary forms or structures, especially geometric or massive ones. For the last 3…Read More

I’m grateful for YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving | From Angela Andrieux Photography

  Wishing you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving! I’m grateful to everyone who takes a moment out of their day to read my blog. HUGS!

NEW Topaz Texture Effects

Man at cafe table, seated with purple striped socks and brown shoes | Topaz Texture Effects

Important Update: The offer in this post has expired, but you can use coupon code “angandrieux” to get 15% off all Topaz Labs software anytime! I’ve had Topaz Texture Effects for about…Read More


Man at cafe table, seated with purple striped socks and brown shoes | Topaz Texture Effects

Its that time of year when software companies are releasing all sorts of new fun stuff! I have three very cool new programs to share with you today: ON1 Photo…Read More

Memorial Day

Memorial Day | American Flag | Quote

Before you get caught up in BBQs and beer, take a moment to remember those who paid the ultimate price. For those who don’t know the difference between Memorial Day…Read More

Simply Impassible | La Jolla, CA

“Why it’s simply impassible! Alice: Don’t you mean impossible? Door: No, I do mean impassible. (chuckles) Nothing’s impossible!” -Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass Captured yesterday on…Read More

Sun-Kissed Sedona

Sedona, Arizona Sunrise

I wish I was a morning person. One of the few things that can get me out of bed at zero-dark-thirty is a photo shoot. During my Sedona vacation my mom, dad,…Read More

Soaking Wet

Soaking Wet | Fountain in Balboa Park | San Diego, CA

This week my local camera club, Darkroomers, held a photo challenge/competition. The theme was “Soaking Wet”. I entered these two photos:   I’m not sure how well my entries did in…Read More

Life Happens

Tiny flower, captured with iPhone 5 and EasyMacro Lens

Have you noticed things have been quiet around here lately? In case you’ve wondered why, I’ve been dealing with some health problems…heart issues that I had as a kid (and…Read More

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have had a wonderful day full of family, friends, and delicious food. Today I am thankful for: My family and…Read More

Prep Day | Thanksgiving

Pie Dough Leaves | Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Prep Day My mom & I spent the afternoon making cranberry sauce, pies, cornbread for the stuffing…and now we are finally sitting down with well-deserved glasses of wine! Its been…Read More

Safe Travels!

To all those who are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, I wish you a safe journey! I am spending the holiday with my family in San Luis Obispo, and arrived…Read More

11 Years Ago

Ang & Les Wedding Kiss on Pismo Beach Bluffs

Today my hubbie & I celebrate 11 years of marriage from opposite sides of the globe. I miss him so much! I am thankful for my awesome husband, today and…Read More

La Bella Amalfi | Italy

Amalfi, Italy

Throwback Thursday has become one of my FAVORITE recurring post topics. I love having an excuse to dig through my older photos, occasionally giving them a “facelift” with tools and…Read More

Happy Halloween!

Barrels of Laughs | Wine Barrel Jack-O-Lantern | Halloween Fall

Happy Halloween! I hope you are having a day full of costumes and candy! Just for fun, here is a cute infographic on pairing wine with your Halloween candy…you can…Read More

Finally, Fall

Red Fall Leaf | Fall in the Vineyard | Edna Valley Vineyard | San Luis Obispo, CA

I wish I lived closer to vineyards! They are so beautiful in the Fall when they start changing color. Lucky for me, my parents live in the Edna Valley on…Read More

Napa Valley Spring

Napa Valley Spring Flowers in a Vineyard near Yountville, CA

Can you guess where I am this week? I’m exploring the lovely Napa Valley! This photo was taken on a previous visit near Yountville in the Spring of 2010. Don’t…Read More

8 Years of Blogging!

World Nutella Day Cookie and Milk

Today is my blogiversary! I’ve been doing this for eight years…wow! My blog was originally named “California to Sicily” which I started to record our military move to Sicily and…Read More

Happy 4th of July!

Seaworld Fireworks from Fiesta Island in Mission Bay | San Diego, CA

My July newsletter included 5 Tips for Stunning Fireworks Photos – read it here and while you’re at it, sign up so you don’t miss out on articles published exclusively…Read More

Typing with tears in my eyes

Black and White Angel on the Ponte Sant Angelo | Rome | Italy

Please pray for my family… Yesterday we lost my aunt (my dad’s sister) and heaven gained a new angel. I miss you, Cindy….you’ll be in my heart forever.

My Dream Job

This week I’m spending some time helping out in my parents’ office. One of the things I’ve been tasked with is researching a few year-end technology purchases – one of…Read More

The Power of Lightroom 5

Mission Trails Waterfall at Sunset | Santee, CA

There are still a few hours left to take advantage of some of the awesome Cyber Monday deals! Get on board with Adobe’s Photoshop Photography Program for $9.99/month (includes Photoshop…Read More

Photomatix Pro 5 now available!

Big Bear Lake Observatory HDR

My favorite HDR software just got better! Photomatix Pro 5 is now available! New features include: Contrast Optimizer Tone Mapping for realistic-looking results Fusion method for real estate photography Multiple…Read More

Cayucos Pier

Cayucos Pier on a bright blue sunny day

One of my (many) favorite beach towns on the Central Coast of California is Cayucos.  Last weekend I took a friend with me who had never been there, mostly because…Read More

Yay for Fall!

Red Grape Leaf at Edna Valley Vineyard

I can’t begin to convey just how excited I am for Fall! Cool weather, warm beverages, sweaters, scarves, boots….I LOVE this time of year! Last night, for the first time…Read More

The Thief of Joy

Photo of lily pads and lotus flower reflection and Theodore Roosevelt quote "Comparison is the thief of joy."

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt JOY! Its why I’m a photographer. It brings me joy to travel, to put my camera to my eye and capture a…Read More

Photography Etiquette

Hundreds of photographers on Morro Strand State Beach

As a travel photographer I’m often sharing my workspace with other people – other photographers, tourists enjoying (and possibly trying to photograph) a beautiful place, or just dodging people going…Read More

Mystery Wonder Beauty

black and white flower macro with quote

Something beautiful to start your week: “Science only adds to the mystery, wonder, and beauty of a flower.” ~Richard Feynman This photo of a California Poppy was captured at the…Read More

Photogenic Frogs

Red Eyed Tree Frog on Calla Lily

Frogs always surprise me. Not in the “jump unexpectedly” kind of way (although that isn’t outside of the realm of possibility), but in how photogenic they are. Frogs can be…Read More

University of San Diego

Maher Hall and Plaza De San Diego | University of San Diego

Sunday afternoon I went for a walk through the University of San Diego campus. I had always suspected that it would be a gorgeous place to photograph, and I was right.  The USD campus…Read More