Today is special...not only is it the day our readers get to know Alicia a little better, but it is also her BIRTHDAY! I remember the day I met our gal. It was on the beach just outside Charleston. She was in a two-piece number: cute top, high waist, and a huge brimmed hat. Uh, "FASHIONISTA"...was my first thought. I spent most of the day swimming with her daughter, whose little voice and endless stories I found enchanting. When I finally stepped out of the ocean to have a conversation with someone my own age, I realized that Alicia was someone I HAD to know. Her thoughtful, kind, and humorous approach to life is inspiring and contagious... Gosh am I fortunate to call her a friend.
Did you go to school to study photography? How long have you been a photographer? What or who got you started in photography? How would you describe your style?
I did, but I didn't know I was going to be a photographer. When I was younger, I wanted to be an astronaut! I find space so fascinatingly beautiful...very artistic. When I took an art class as an elective at Clemson, I was hooked and the first time I stepped foot into a darkroom, it was magic.
I started my business officially in 2012, but I re-branded and changed the name in November 2015.
I really never looked at photography as an art form until I took a class. Being in the darkroom and processing my own film and prints is what drew me in. I loved the process, that's where the magic is. I don't use film much anymore, but the magic is still in the editing, for me.
I am a documentary lifestyle photographer. I shoot births, newborns, kids, couples and families, in their own homes living their lives. I'm a preservationist for people's memories. (see what I did there?)
In what ways do you think Edie is like you? And not like you? In what ways do you think Edie is like Will? And not like him?
That's a hard question. Since I stay at home with her, she picks up a lot of my mannerisms. She has my nose, cheeks, teeth, and the same weird birthmark in the same place as me. However, she is mostly Will. She looks like him, acts like him, thinks like him. I always say, God made her a girl for me, but made her Will's clone for him!
When did you realize you were no longer a child?
Honestly, the day I had Edie was the day I realized I was no longer a child! Before kids, you only have yourself to be responsible for. Will can take care of himself, but Edie can't and the day she was born was a reality check. We still laugh about the fact that they let us leave with her. We didn't know what we were doing...we still don't!
If there was a movie produced about your life, who would you want to play you and why?
Maybe Ellie Kemper. We look nothing alike, but she's hilarious and we laugh a lot in our house...mostly at each other. I think she could nail it.
What would the name of your debut album be?
No one would EVER let me make an album, but if they did, it would probably be called "Saving Up for Voice Lessons" or "The Other Sister: A tribute to the Avett Brothers" (I just LOL-ed at that. I wonder what they would think if they heard me singing their songs...it would not be good)
Who was your favorite Spice Girl? Why?
Posh, of course. She IS the Spice Girls!
What was the last gift you gave someone?
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Your hunny is fantastic...what's your romantic love story?
Thank you! He is pretty great. We have known each other since middle school! He had a crush on my best friend and I made it happen. They broke up a year or two later, but we stayed in touch (we went to the same church). It was my Junior year of high school when we started dating. We both went to Clemson and we dated through college, after college, we survived long distance for a year and then we finally got engaged. We were married in Charleston, SC at the Creek Club in I'On (technically Mount Pleasant). We've lived in three states, had a total of 5 jobs (combined), renovated a 1920s colonial, said good bye to our first "child" (our Boston Terrier, Ford), welcomed our beautiful daughter, and introduced a second fur child. We've said goodbye to a lot of family members, but we've also welcomed some new ones. We've been there for each other for a lot of important events. I'm glad we met so young. He is my best friend.
What is your favorite quote?
Wow, Emily! You're asking all the hard questions! I have lots of quotes that I love. One of my top favorites is "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me" - Ayn Rand. Such a powerful statement and as a mother raising a daughter, it's important to me that she feels she can do anything in life. We actually have this quote hanging on her wall.
Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?
Definitely and horse-sized duck! There's only one and I like to think I'm quick like a cat. Do I have to use my hands or can I have a stick to fight with?
Who would you rather smooch, marry, or kill? DiCaprio, Gosling, West?
I would smooch DiCaprio (Titanic/Romeo and Juliet era.). I've already married my best friend, but if he wasn't around and I HAD to marry someone else...Ryan Gosling (Hey Girl). Obviously I could never kill any human, but I wouldn't mind killing ALL MOSQUITOS IN THE WHOLE WORLD! And then I would take that horse-sized duck and have it delivered to Kanye's house.