Ashley DuChene Photography ~ San Diego Photographer » San Diego Photography: Portrait and Commercial



Who? I, Ashley, am the photographer and owner with almost two decades of professional education and experience with both photography and children. I delegate post-session workflow to professional image editors trained in photoshop, lightroom, and graphic design. 

What?  My main focus is family. This also includes maternity, couples, pets, high school/college seniors, surprise proposals, professional headshots, and commercial photography. I have a dual career as a pro photographer and Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT). 

Where?  I am based in the greater San Diego, California area. Sessions take place outdoors all around San Diego.

When?  Typically photo sessions are booked 2-3 months in advance during the busy holiday season. Sometimes I have schedule changes and can accommodate last-minute inquiries so be sure to get in touch now to discuss your options. Most sessions are outdoors in the late afternoon when the lighting is warm. This helps reduce squinting. Typically sessions last around one hour & fifteen minutes. 

Why? There are hundreds of photographers in San Diego, what’s so special about this studio? My extensive experience and education in both photography and child psychology make for high-quality photography and enjoyable photography sessions. I believe that it’s important to look at things through our client’s eyes, how would I want a photographer to treat my family?  Would they return my phone calls and emails right away?  How would they charm my kids at the photo session? Would they act frustrated if my child acts up or would they gracefully turn it into a great photo op?  My goal is Win-Win.  Visit this link to find out why my repeat clients come back year after year: Here

Other FAQs

We don’t live in San Diego but we plan to visit, can we still book your photography services?  Yes! I love working with families who are visiting San Diego for family vacations because I just love showing off my hometown. Plus, vacationers tend to be relaxed and happy during the session.  Let me know where you are staying and I’ll fill you in on my favorite nearby photography locations. I do online ordering so once the session is over, the rest can be handled virtually.

Do you offer prints and wall art?  Yes!  I offer prints and canvases delivered to your door and we can send them to someone on your behalf as a gift.  You’ll order these via your online gallery.

Can we have a digital file of all the images?   Yes, the All-Digital package includes the photography session and 80+ high-resolution images delivered via online download. I include a print permission release and a private online gallery for highly-discounted professional quality print/canvas ordering.

How soon will I see proofs from my session?  An online proof gallery of the images will be sent within about a week of your photo session and you’ll place your order within the seven days that your ordering gallery is live. Your final completed orders will be sent to you within two weeks. Rush ordering is available at an additional fee.

What is retouching or airbrushing?   Post-Session you will have the opportunity to upgrade to have some or many of your images professionally retouched.  CLICK HERE for more detailed information about retouching services. 

What should I wear to my session?  I will send you our in-depth “Pre-Shoot Guide” and a link to our Pinterest Inspiration Boards which will help you select clothing that photographs well.

When should I schedule my maternity photo session?  Since maternity photo sessions typically take place during the 28th and 34th weeks of the pregnancy it’s best to contact me to book the session during the second trimester.  

Do you offer gift certificates?  Yes, I offer gift certificates in any amount. Please inquire via email at or call 619.246.4212 for more information.