You Can’t be Both |Rhode Island Graphic Designer and Photographer

I’ll never forget the laughter and look of shock and horror that my design professor gave me as she said these words to me:

“Oh honey, you can’t be both! You need to choose!”

This was during my senior thesis critique, which encompasses design and photography on the topic of “Typography and Circus Posters”.

I started photography before I went to finish my degree in graphic design. I didn’t actually fall in love with it until my senior year of college while working with clients and comparing artistic shoots. I also worked as a second shooter for my friend who did weddings, dreaming of being a lead some day.

I also love art and design, from drawing and painting, to digital art and lettering and traditional design work. Not all aspects of being a designer in the corporate world are glamorous, a lot of it is editing other people’s files, copy and pasting, using templates, using stock illustration and photography instead of making your own, and just a touch of being able to put your own spin on things. It’s wonderful to be able to work with a team of like-minded and career driven people though, something I have yet to find in a company job. As a freelance designer I have found joy in my job, collaboration, and thriving off of our team. I do honestly love my career path when I get to work creatively and utilize my illustration and design skills! When I work on an illustration project, it’s like time flies. I’m consumed in ideas, creativity, and my passion drives me to work harder!

Then there’s my growing wedding photography and calligraphy business: I photograph weddings, engagements, dancers (did I mention I do that too!?) and artistic portraits. I also address envelopes, design invitations and write out wedding signage, escort cards, place cards, etc. as a hand lettering designer and calligrapher, and I’m growing and becoming more successful for every year that goes by!

I think having multiple talents that harmoniously work together is a great thing! It gives plenty of options and offerings to clients and employers alike. Bringing someone down by mocking their dreams and ambitions is not a healthy way to educate. I always tell people they can be anything they want, it’s never too late and no dream is too big!

This comes from the designer/ illustrator/ artists / dancer/ photographer/ calligrapher herself!

Cheers to creating!

And keep dreaming BIG!

Alicia

Always | Harry Potter Painting

I’ve been obsessed over the culture of Harry Potter since high school. I picked up the first book while being bored at the beach with family and having nothing else to do, because my Mom’s friends son had it and I forgot reading material (this was pre-cell phones people). I was instantly immersed in the Wizarding World, and finished the book in the 5 hours or so we were at the beach. On the way home I made a stop at the bookstore, picking up all of the books that were out, eagerly awaiting the next in the series.

When I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal last year, I walked under the magical arch into Diagon Alley and cried. It was real. The emotion of being so passionate about a culture and lifestyle hit me like a ton of those magical bricks. Everything I read about was right in front of me. For those who get it, you just get it, and you can never get enough. You dream of shipping off to Hogwarts, and a beautiful owl delivering your letter. The world of Harry Potter isn’t just a phase, it isn’t just a “she likes Harry Potter” to me, it’s a lifestyle. It may sound odd to non believers, but the magic is there.

“After all this time”

“Always”

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In memory of Alan Rickman

The Wise Owl | Wildlife Illustration

The wisdom of the owl is a legend dating back to the Greco-Roman era and the reference seems to be made in popular culture quite often. Not only are these beautiful creatures known to be wise, but are often misunderstood as well, because they are nocturnal and live in the dark, they have been associated with witchcraft and black magic. I mean who has ever watched a movie and someone is lost in the ominous woods with the tell tale owl hooting and the character is either afraid or foreshadowing shows something bad about to happen. Owls have also been associated with bad luck and bad omens. I don’t believe any of the bad things said about owls because I enjoy photographing, drawing and watching them! The association reminds us that sometimes things are not what they seem and if you are kind to the owl she will share her wisdom and beauty with you as everyone thrives together.

To err is human, but to find a solution is wise like the owl.

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Conceptual Portrait Shoot | Newport RI

Before the cold set in I wanted to do one more outdoor conceptualized shoot, and had the perfect model (with a theater background), with the perfect wardrobe ready to go (and the DIY floral crown)! One of my favorite kind of concept stories are ones that have some kind of meaning behind them. I think when doing this kind of work you should never start photographing without some kind of plan behind what you want to talk abut visually. The series concept is “Princess in the Abandoned Tower”, and lucky for us we have an abandoned tower to use in our availability. Brenton Point in Newport has a rich history from the Gilded Age of society, one of my favorite time periods to read about (I’m a huge book nerd). When looking around the estate “The Bells” it’s easy to imagine a stunning manor house by the sea, unfortunately it also suffered a fire in 1960 and was mostly demolished. Left standing today is the lookout tower (that you can climb to the top of for stunning ocean view) and the charred remains of the carriage house, horse stalls and all. Unfortunately is has also been vandalized by graffiti (not everyone adheres to “Take only pictures, leave only footprints” as most urban explorers do) but it is still one of my favorite places to photograph. When I first became interested in photography back a few years ago, this was one of the first places I explored. I love reading about history and was always a fan of the subject in school, so historical sites with an air of mystery sound like something straight out of one of my favorite fiction novels.

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Conceptual Beauty

This is the image that sparked this blog:

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For more of my fine art photo work check out http://www.aliciaannphoto.com/fine-art-photo/

Thanks for reading!

Alicia