a peek inside | alicia gould

a peek inside | alicia gould

A Peek Inside with Alicia Gould

Gear images taken with my trusty Canon G12 pocket camera.

Canon photography lenses of Alicia Gould

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

camera bags of photographer Alicia Gould

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.

what's in the camera bag of photographer Alicia Gould

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!

office area of photographer Alicia Gould

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 🙂

desk area of photographer Alicia Gould

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.

5 things you may not know about photographer Alicia Gould

About the Author:

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! 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 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. Visit Alicia Gould online.


  1. Annie Jun 14 2013 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Your Epiphanie looks like a Ginger, not a Belle.

  2. Tabetha Jun 14 2013 at 12:01 pm - Reply

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

  3. Nicole Y Jun 14 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Yeay Alicia! 🙂

  4. alana Jun 14 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

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

    • Alicia Gould Jun 14 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

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

  5. Alicia Gould Jun 14 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

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

  6. Ariana Falerni Jun 14 2013 at 12:53 pm - Reply

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

    • Alicia Gould Jun 14 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

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

  7. Jessica D. Jun 14 2013 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Ain’t that the truth!

  8. Alicia Gould Jun 14 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    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!!

  9. Monica Wilkinson Jun 14 2013 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    You are AWESOME…that’s all!! 🙂

  10. Bethany Sams Jun 14 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Alicia Gould Jun 14 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      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 🙂

  11. Sarah Wilkerson Jun 14 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

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

  12. Deirdre Jun 14 2013 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    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…

    • Alicia Gould Jun 14 2013 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      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

  13. Jodi Jun 14 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

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

    • Alicia Gould Jun 14 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

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

  14. mandy haber Jun 14 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

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

  15. Carol Davis Jun 14 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Oh no… more Lens Envy!

    Thanks for the peek!

  16. Stacey Vukelj Jun 14 2013 at 11:41 pm - Reply

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

  17. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang Jun 15 2013 at 1:07 am - Reply

    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.

    • Alicia Gould Jun 15 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

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

  18. Celeste Pavlik Jun 15 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

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

    • Alicia Gould Jun 15 2013 at 8:35 pm - Reply

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

  19. Lisa Benemelis Jun 15 2013 at 9:45 pm - Reply

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

  20. Stephanie Jun 15 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

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

    • Alicia Gould Jun 17 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

      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!

  21. Catherine R. Jun 16 2013 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Loved the peek inside!!! But, you must get some Eneloops!!!! 😉

  22. Deb T Jun 17 2013 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Love your work. What editing software do you use Alicia

    • Alicia Gould Jun 17 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

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

  23. Jess Cadena Jun 17 2013 at 12:50 pm - Reply

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

  24. Jessica Reischel Jun 18 2013 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Wonderful interview Allcia! Thank you!

  25. Alicia Gould Jun 24 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

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

  26. Stacey Haslem Oct 24 2013 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    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

  27. Elena Feb 14 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Hi Alicia, can you share where did you get that lovely camera strap? Thank you very much.

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