a peek inside | alicia gould

It’s time for another installment of one of our favorite blog series, a peek inside.  Today, we have one of our new CMmentors to feature, Alicia Gould.  Alicia is an incredible photographer and one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  To top it off, she’s the instructor of CMU’s upcoming online newborn photography workshop!  Enjoy your peek into Alicia’s world!

a peek inside | alicia gould

Gear images taken with my trusty Canon G12 pocket camera.

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1. 24-70L : most versatile lens for me, used for indoor family images

2. 135L : my go to lens for outdoor sessions

3. 100mm f/2.8 macro : nature and newborns

4. 35L : every single newborn session is done with this lens

5. 85L : great lens for outdoors

6. Lensbaby : great creative lens, still experimenting!

7. Canon 5d mark III : my everyday camera

8. Canon 5d mark II : my backup camera

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9. CM Ketti camera bag : I love this bag for trips with my family!  It’s comfortable and perfect to double as a purse and camera bag.  It’s all I used on my recent trip to Disney World.  Currently houses my back up gear.

10. Epiphanie Belle camera bag : This is a great bag that holds so much gear.  I’ve had it for years and it’s still in great shape.  Holds my mark III, 35L, 135L, 24-70L, macro and 580 flash.

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11. My iPhone… I don’t go anywhere without it, who does??

12. 580 EX II flash.

13. 430 EX II, yes I love my flash so much I have a back up!

14. Lollipops as bribes, i mean treats for kids who behave.

15. Allergy medicine, I can’t leave the house without it.

16. Memory card, 8GB minimum.

17. Batteries for my flash.

18. Lens pet that squeaks to help with toddlers!

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My workspace is my dining room table.  It’s in the middle of the house so I can sporadically get work done while playing with the kids and doing things around the house.  I love that everything is wireless (except power) so that if we have company, I can simply move it out of the way.

19. 21.5″ iMac, recent purchase and I’m in love.

20. Western Digital 1Tb external hard drive

21. card reader

22. Wacom-Intuos4 Medium Tablet, I cannot live without this!.

23. Oh hi there!  That’s me :)

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Next to my computer on the hutch are some of my packaging stuff:

24. Discs for sessions.

25. DVDs for backing up.

26. Discs ready to ship.

27. Literature for packages: thank you cards, copyright information, digital care cards and business cards.

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a peek inside | alicia gould photoAlicia Gould, New Jersey
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Alicia is a wife, mom, photographer, baby whisperer, project manager, daughter, sister and Jersey girl. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and came to New Jersey when she was adopted at two and has never left! She is supported by her college sweetheart husband and two beautiful children. Alicia is an on-location, natural light photographer who opened the doors to Alicia Gould Photography in early 2008, just four months after the sudden loss of her best friend, her father. For the past six years, she has balanced a successful photography business with a full-time career and family. In 2013, she merged her passion for newborn photography with teaching by creating CMU’s Shooting 207: Newborn Photography workshop. Alicia’s newborn work has been featured around the world in over a dozen languages from the Daily Mail to My Modern Metropolis.

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48 Responses to “a peek inside | alicia gould”

  1. Jun 14 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I just need to convince my husband to let me spend $10,000 on camera equipment and I’ll be all set! ;)

    • Jessica D.
      Jun 14 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      Ain’t that the truth!

    • Jun 14 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      it’s taken me over 5 years to get it all :) I started with a rebel xt and 50mm 1.8 and never put my business in debt, you can do it!!

      • Jun 14 2013 at 5:42 pm #

        My camera is a Rebel! That makes me feel better :) I can’t wait to get another lens and external flash!

  2. Annie
    Jun 14 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Your Epiphanie looks like a Ginger, not a Belle.

  3. Jun 14 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    I adore Alicia – her work is such an inspiration. Thanks for the sneak peak into her bag and studio!

  4. Nicole Y
    Jun 14 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Yeay Alicia! :)

  5. Jun 14 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    i LOVE pugs! and adoption!! thanks for sharing, Alicia.

    • Jun 14 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      i love love love love my pugs! Have you seen the movie epic? That was definitely made for a pug lover!

  6. Jun 14 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    hehe this took me over 5 years to amass :) And yes, sorry that is definitely a ginger epiphanie bag!

  7. Jun 14 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    This post made me love you.. oh wait, I already did! :)

    • Jun 14 2013 at 1:32 pm #

      aww thanks :) love and miss you too, your girls are getting so big, we need to get together! Imaging 2014??

  8. Jun 14 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    You are AWESOME…that’s all!! :)

  9. Bethany Sams
    Jun 14 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Alicia, Thanks so much for sharing! Can you share in what order you got these lenses? These are a lot of my dream lenses and I just wondered in what order you chose to get them. Thanks so much and I love your work!

    • Jun 14 2013 at 8:19 pm #

      thank you Bethany! I tried to type something out and really can’t remember! Before I got the 24-70, I had the 17-55 (on my 40D, awesome lens but doesn’t work on a full frame). Before I got the L lenses I had some other version (never had the 50L). So I went from the 50 1.8 to 50 1.4, then sold that once I got the 35L. Before the 35L i had the sigma 30. Before the 85L I had the 85 1.8 if that helps :)

  10. Jun 14 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    My favorite is item #23! ;) Loved this peek inside, Alicia!!

  11. Jun 14 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    So happy I saw this…I focus on newborns but wasn’t even considering another class. But Alicia’s breakout session last year was the best $ I’ve spent at Clickin’ Moms and now I will budget for the class.

    I’m curious to learn how you use your Wacom tablet…

    • Jun 14 2013 at 8:23 pm #

      Deirdre, What an awesome compliment, thank you! I’m REALLY looking forward to the workshop! I never actually thought of doing a video of me editing with the tablet, the editing videos are captures of my actual screen. If you have questions about using my wacom, you can always find me on the boards! http://www.clickinmoms.com/forums/showthread.php?t=119860

  12. Jun 14 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    my college roommate had 2 fat pugs too… winston and churchill! loved this peek inside, alicia!

    • Jun 14 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      awesome names! it’s so rare NOT to use fat and pug in the same sentence!

  13. Jun 14 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    I 100% agree that Alicia is one of the nicest people you could ever meet! Loved this peek inside your bag Alicia!

    • Jun 14 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      thank you Mandy <3 I feel the same about you!!

  14. Jun 14 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Oh no… more Lens Envy!

    Thanks for the peek!

    • Jun 15 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      I know Carol! I still want a tilt-shit hehe!

  15. Jun 14 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    Loved reading this, Alicia! You are the best. <3 And yes – brussel sprouts!

    • Jun 15 2013 at 8:34 pm #

      thanks Stacey! We will have to trade BS recipes!!

  16. Jun 15 2013 at 1:07 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing a glimpse into your life! We are in the process of adoption – so now every-time I meet someone new that has been adopted, it is like they have a very special place in my heart.

    • Jun 15 2013 at 8:34 pm #

      Kate, thank you so much for sharing! Good luck with your adoption, you are giving a baby/child a special gift in life <3

  17. Jun 15 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    I loved seeing all your gear and learn that you were adopted! How did I not know this girlie??

    • Jun 15 2013 at 8:35 pm #

      hehe not sure, just another awesome thing we have in common <3

  18. Jun 15 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    I loved learning more about you, Alicia. I love brussels sprouts too. ;) It was a treat to see you in #23!! <3

  19. Jun 15 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Curious, do you use a 50mm at all anymore? I saw you mention that it is a lens that you started with.

    • Jun 17 2013 at 10:32 am #

      I don’t. I sold it when I got the 35. Between the 35 and the 24-70 I haven’t missed it! A lot of fellow photographers swear by the 50 though for newborns so I’ve been curious!

  20. Catherine R.
    Jun 16 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Loved the peek inside!!! But, you must get some Eneloops!!!! ;-)

    • Jun 17 2013 at 10:33 am #

      I’ve heard of those! They are rechargeable right?

  21. Jun 17 2013 at 7:12 am #

    Love your work. What editing software do you use Alicia

    • Jun 17 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Thanks Deb! I use ACR + CS 6 (I finally upgraded from CS3 last year!!)

  22. Jun 17 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Ohhhhh, Alicia, I love your little cubbies for your business cards, thank you cards etc! I need that!

  23. Jessica Reischel
    Jun 18 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Wonderful interview Allcia! Thank you!

  24. Jun 20 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Alicia! I am currently in the process of creating some new literature for my digital collections, can you tell me where you recommend buying these? There are so many and I am getting flustered and overwhelmed! I also love the little cubby you keep it in. Where did you get it!!?? I need one too!

    • Jun 24 2013 at 8:36 pm #

      I got mine from the Polished Photographer and the cubby thing is I think from target :)

  25. Oct 24 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Aw, I love this peek inside, Alicia! I had no idea you have a 26.2 tattoo! Are you going to run another marathon? Thanks for sharing, Alicia. <3

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