Alicia Thurston


When I was twenty I travelled to France, it was there with a cheap point and shoot camera and seven rolls of film that I found a love for photography and giving that fleeting moment a little immortality. That summer led me to expand my education in photography at Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada and Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA.

Two years later I founded ALT Designs {now known as Alicia Thurston Photography} and was commissioned by Thurston Design Studios to assist in the expansion of their Real Estate Marketing Business. After three years mastering skills and technique in digital photography, I moved with my husband, Mike and dog, Brea to the Kitchener Waterloo area. This along with the birth of my gorgeous daughter {often seen on the blog}, Emalee had me exploring new paths for my creativity.

With the best inspiration, Em, it was pretty clear that Children’s Photography felt like “home”. It was only a matter of time before I started to explore more avenues within lifestyle photography, I love showing the beauty in people and their relationships of all kinds. With every image created, I try to take a genuine and unique approach. I want to give you an experience to remember and a collection of beautiful artwork to cherish for many, many years!

Now that you know a bit about my history in the biz, let’s get to the real stuff!

To sum me up in a few…

  • Smiling is the most natural cure to every frown. My mom smiles a lot, I smile a lot, my daughter smiles a lot, it’s the best trait to pass on.
  • I have more than one sweet tooth, in fact my whole mouth is full of them. My favourite dessert is Profiterole with coffee ice cream and homemade hot chocolate sauce.
  • Being a mom is the most rewarding job in the world. Em is my superstar. She is such a personality – hilarious, energetic , and imaginative. She is the absolute joy of my life.
  • I am happiest when in an aesthetically pleasing environment. In other words, I like things pretty.
  • I am a romantic, my sign is Cancer and I am every bit a crab – sensitive, caring, nurturing and occasionally crabby.
  • My creative mind has always been a strength and driving force.
  • A perfect day would start with French Toast in bed.
  • I hope to travel and explore many countries and cultures with my hubby and daughter in the years to come.
  • I love kids, I love people in love.
  • Photography is more than my job, it’s a passion and an integral part of my life.
  • My family and friends are my heart and soul.
Giving Back is important, I am honoured to be a member of Smiling Eyes.

The Smiling Eyes Project is a non-profit group of Professional Photographers offering complimentary photo shoots to people/families facing Cancers fight or victory.

Each Photographer is commited to donating up to two photoshoots a month for the Smiling Eyes project.

Our goal is to provide you with an hour out of your journey, to offer you fun and laughter with your loved ones, while creating memories that can be cherished.

We want to help make your journey a little less difficult, and make memories of life and love more vivid.

The Smiling Eyes Team.