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About Us

Art Designs Photography

2275 Idyllwild Place/ Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Serving California's Central Coast and beyond


Hours of operation: 9 AM to 5 PM and appointment times as needed




PEOPLE and ART have been my soul’s passion since I can first recall. Whether creating a lovely oil painting, sketching a child’s portrait, laying mosaic tile on a patio or sculpting a vase – I feel deep fulfillment and joy from having created something unique and beautiful. Reaching out to people, getting to know them, blessing them and loving them—this is equally a passion.


When I started Art Designs by Janice Photography the spring of 2003 on California’s exquisite Central Coast, I discovered that both of these longing were fulfilled. Portrait photography, wedding photography, event photography—they all provide me the opportunity to reach out to people and capture a moment though the lens of a camera that potentially is a piece of art. Capturing the innocence of a child, the pure delight of a groom watching his bride come down the aisle, a couple dancing or a family running and playing on the beach, this is what I do and this is what brings me great joy!


Perhaps the single most important factor in great photography is understanding light and its relation to one’s subject. In fact, photography is all about light! Thus, when I’m shooting, my ever abiding focus is the light. My studio location is only minutes away from three wonderful beaches—Pismo, Shell Beach and Grover Beach. Traveling a few additional miles, I can be at Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Los Osos. Cambria, Cayucos or San Simeon. My specialty is beach photography. We sometimes have fog on the Central Coast, but fog only serves as a giant soft box, filtering the light to create beautiful images. On clear, sunny days I photograph at the beach starting about an hour before sunset—thus capturing the beautiful blue skies and ocean as well as the warm colors of orange, yellow and red as the sun meets the horizon. Using an off camera flash is a must if one is to capture beautiful images. And knowing when to use flash and when not to is also key. Thomas Kenkade is known as the Painter of Lights.

In my dreams, I am the Photographer of Lights.


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