Statement


I am a photographer from New Britain, Connecticut.

I was born and raised in Krakow, Poland.

I've always had an inner passion for photography, but it bloomed while I was taking a photography class as an art elective for my Business Degree.

I've been learning and pushing myself to grow in all areas of my photography since 2011.

During this time I took many photography classes, workshops and learned the crucial fundamentals of photography.


I've always been interested in the human's face and the figure, which has led me to nontraditional portraiture, rendered with strong color, pattern and detail.

I believe there is a beauty in every person. 

It is my goal to reveal this through my photographic skills and my camera.

My passion is to discover this beauty through light and shadow. I enjoy exploring my imagination using my creativity.

For me, photography should cause an interaction between the viewer and the image - taking the mind way from the present into the realm of memory and dream.


My Story


When I was using my first Russian 35 mm film Smena camera - I never thought that I would become a photographer someday. When I came to the US with small children – my main camera was Pentax point and shoot. During this time I was a machine operator in manufacturing and I didn’t have time to create art. I only have time to capture as many memories with our family as I can. I've always had an inner passion for photography, but it bloomed while I was taking a photography class as an art elective (Photography 1 -Darkroom) for my Business Degree in 2011. I was using Canon film for this class. After my graduation I decided to learn more photography and I found out that I have to take Darkroom II before I can take any Digital Photography. I came to the point where everybody ends up. What camera I should buy. One of my teachers told me: do not buy any expensive camera until you will know what you want. I bought a used Olympus E-500 from my friend. I loved this camera but I knew that my next camera has to handle low light situations. Full frame Nikon was my choice. I photographed a lot of events and I have to change lenses so often. It was not working well. 2 lenses require repair. I decided to buy a 2nd full frame. I went to Poland with a group from Polish School; I couldn’t fit my Nikon into my baggage. I was in needing travel camera that is small and rain resistant - mirrorless Olympus was my choice.

I received a Photography Certificate from Tunxis Community College in 2016 and Creative Photography Certificate from Tunxis@Bristol Continuing Education in 2017.

I opened Alicja Photography LLC in 2016. I took a semester of taxes in college that I can manage everything by myself and know what I can put as business cost. I also took an offer as Photography Instructor at West Hartford Art League.

I was official photographer for Honorary Consul of Poland during Polish President visit, Miss Polonia Pageants Red Carpet Gala, School Musicals, Adoption Ceremony Event at Court House and many concerts.

My work was published at Best of Photography Book by Sigma and in Photography Forum Magazine in 2016 & 2017, Aerospace Components Magazine in 2018, My Fantasy Art series was featured in CT Now & Hartford Courant in 2019. I was showing 60 photographs during a solo exhibit at the Art League of New Britain in 2018. I also exhibit and sell my work during Hartford Open Studio every year. I received a few Fine Art Photography Awards in the US and Europe. My work received critique from Lindsay Adler & LensCulture - Contemporary Photography Magazine. My Photography testimonials are used as Tunxis Photography Student Sample Testimonials

My clients are hiring me for Newborn, Family, Maternity, Wedding, Boudoir, Birthday & First Communion Portraits, Aerospace, Architecture, Real Estate & business & Events.

Most selling are matted photography, canvas & beach towels with lilies, tries & Polish cities.

I am the most proud of Fantasy series. This is definitely unique and shows my fantasy imagination and soul.

I continuously work on improving my website. It is not easy combining portfolio style and informative style for customers. Any suggestions are welcome www.alicjaphotography.com. I think I still have a lot of to learn and I am entering a lot of workshops. I feel that I am going in right direction.


Photography Education


Photography Certificate in 2016 from Tunxis Community Collage 

Creative Photography Certificate in 2017 from Tunxis@Bristol Continuing Education


My work received dedication from


Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland


and was reviewed by


Lindsay Adler, New York American portrait and Fashion Photographer

LensCulture - Contemporary Photography Magazine


To view dedication & reviews please click 

Reviews & Dedication


Teaching Experience


 Intro to Photography Instructor at West Hartford Art League

Intro to Photography Instructor - Private 1:1 classes



Official Photographer


• Honorary Consul of Poland Polish President visit to New Britain Event at Walnut Hill Park, New Britain, CT

• Polish American Pageants LLC Miss Polonia CT 2020 Red Carpet Gala at Greek Hall, New Britain, CT

• Martin Kellogg Middle School Art Department School Musicals at Martin Kellogg Middle School, Newington, CT

• CT Department of Children and Families Adoption Ceremony Event at Court House, New Britain, CT

• The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Award Ceremony at The Society Room, Hartford CT

• White Eagle Newspaper Events, Concerts Photography

• Polski Express Media Newspaper Events, Concerts Photography 


Photography Volunteer Experience & Paid Work


A-1 Machining Company - Website, Event, Industrial Photography, Lobby Fine Art Prints

Aerospace Components Manufactures - The World’s Aerospace Alley! - Event Photography

Aetna & Pet Partners - Pet Photography Exhibit, Event Photography

Art League Of New Britain - Event, Model Photography, Photography Exhibits

Belvedere Cafe - Event Photography

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Business Portraits Photography

Building Market, LLC - Business Event Photography

Central Connecticut State University - Award Ceremony Photography

Clarins - Makeup & Skincare Show Photography

CT Department of Children and Families ( National Adoption Day at Court House Photography)

Extreme Karate - Sport, Stage Photography

Garden State Radio Band - Concert Photography

Help Portrait Middletown - Portraits Photography

Help Portrait New Britain - Portraits Photography

Hi5 - Linx - Spain Worldwide Cultural Students Exchanges - Candid Photography

Honorary Consulate of Poland in Hartford, Connecticut - President of Poland visit to New Britain

Karo Swimwear - Swimsuit Runway Show Photography

LEC USA - France Students Exchanges - Candid Photography

Lord & Taylor -  Makeup & Skincare Show Photography

Mala Polska Newspaper - Event Photography

Martin Kellogg Middle School - Stage, Musical Photography

Miss Polonia Connecticut 2020 - Red Carpet Gala Event

New Britain High School - Event Photography

New Britain Museum of American - Concert Photography

Polski Express Mass Media - Concerts Photography

Polski Express Newspaper - Event Photography

Przeglad Newspaper - Event Photography

SS. Cyril & Methodius Church - Hartford - Architectural Photography

Pulaski Middle School - Stage Photography

Polish Language School - Stage Photography

Roly Poly Bakery - Website, Product and Food Photography

Tipping Chair Tavern - Concert Photography

The Fryderyk Chopin Society of Connecticut - Concert Photography

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp - Award Ceremony Event Photography

Tunxis Community College Foundation - Event Photography

University of Saint Joseph - Swimming Competition Photography

West Hartford Art League - Event Photography, Teaching Photography 

White Eagle Newspaper - Event Photography

William Raveis Real Estate - Architectural Photography

Published


2020 GOJI MAGAZINE ISSUE 5 - Fashion & Style Unconditional love for femininity with no borders.

2020 DOMINANTE Mag NUDE _ Boudoir Vol. 23 - French Magazine

2020 DOMINANTE Mag NUDE _ Boudoir Vol. 20 - French Magazine

2019 Fine Art Fantasy Photos - 1 of 8 Featured Artists in CT Now, Hartford Courant Art Section

2018 US Senator Richard Blumenthal photos – Aerospace Components Manufactures Website & Magazine

2017 Digital Art Photography – Best of Photography Book 2017 – Sigma & Photography Forum Magazine

2016 Street Photography – Best of Photography Book 2016 – Sigma & Photography Forum Magazine

To view publication & article please click

Article & Press Releases


Press Release


Artist in Artist in Real Time - Hartford Open Studio - Hartford Currant Featured

Nominee in Fine Art Photography Award in Portrait Category - Fine Art Photography Awards, London UK

Honorable Mention in Nature Category – International Photography Award, New York US

Honorable Mention in Fine Art Portrait Category – International Photography Award, New York US

Photography Testimonials - are used as Tunxis Photography Student Sample Testimonials 


Achievement

2020 Choice Award in Portrait - ViewBug

2020 1st Place in Native American Photo Challenge - ViewBug


2019 Celebrity Award – ViewBug

2019 Judge Favorite – ViewBug

2019  9Teen Award– ViewBug


2018 Community Choice Award – ViewBug

2018 Mention as “Talented Artist” – Honorary Consulate of Poland in CT website

2018 Top Photo Entry – LensCulture Contemporary Photography Magazine – Amsterdam, Netherlands


2017 All Stars Award – Guru Shots

2017 Annual Spring Photography Contest Finalist – Photographer's Forum Magazine – California, US

2017 Honorable Mention in Flowers – International Photo Award – New York, US

2017 Honorable Mention in Woman Emotion in Black&White – International Photo Award – New York, US

2017 Juries Award – Art League of New Britain

2017 Peer Choice Award – ViewBug

2017 People's Choice in Lovely Lotus Photo Challenge – ViewBug

2017 Photo Trifecta & Top 10 Award – ViewBug

2017 Top Photo Award – The Spirit of Art

2017 Top Photo of The Day Award – The 7 Best of Black & White Photography

2017 Outstanding Creativity Award – ViewBug


2016 Annual Spring Photography Contest Finalist – Photographer's Forum Magazine – California, US

2016 Honorable Mention & Certificate of Accomplishment – International Photo Award – New York, US

2016 Staff Winter Selection 2015 Winner Award – ViewBug

2016 Nominee in Portrait – Fine Art Photography Awards – London, UK

2016 People's Choice in Wildflowers Photo Challenge Award – ViewBug


2015 3rd Place in Fairy Land Challenge – Pixoto

2015 Judge’s Favorite Photos Winner – ViewBug

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Awards



Exhibit


2019 Open Studio Hartford Showcases - Hartford, CT

2018 Open Studio Hartford Showcases - Hartford, CT

2018 Industrial Photography Displayed at ACM Tradeshow and Future WorkForce Opportunities Fair, Hartford, CT

2018 Aerospace Photography displayed at A1 Machining Company lobby, New Britain, CT

2018 28th Annual Members Carriage House Exhibition - Art League of New Britain, CT

2018 Small Works Exhibit - West Hartford Art League, CT

2018 Figurative Art Show - Art League of New Britain, CT

2018 Polish Artist Society Joint  Exhibit - Sloper-Wesoly Mansion, New Britain, CT

2018 8th Annual Juried Photo Show - Art League of New Britain, CT

2018 Solo Exhibit  - Stanford Low Gallery - Art League of New Britain, CT

2017 Annual Art-and-Artists Extravaganza - Hartford, CT

2017 Open Studio Hartford Showcases - Hartford, CT

2017 Dystopian - Utopian Art Show -- Art League of New Britain, CT

2017  7th Annual Juried Photo Show - Art League of New Britain, CT

2017  27th Annual Member Exhibition -- Art League of New Britain, CT

2017 Portfolio Showcase - Tunxis Community College, Bristol, CT

2017 Photo Show Organized by Awareness Pet Partners, Aetna Gallery, Hartford CT

2017 Industrial Photography Displayed at ACM Tradeshow and Future WorkForce Opportunities Fair, Hartford, CT

2016 Photo Displayed at Philanthropist Appreciation Extravaganza Event Organized by Tunxis Foundation Farmington Gardens, CT

2016 Photography Show at Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery Tunxis Community College Farmington, CT