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 have a dual career as a photographer and Marriage & Family Therapist. My team consists of me as well as an incredible post-production editing crew who are experts at Photoshop Lightroom and graphic design. They’ll be the ones who select 80+ beautiful shots from your shoot and color adjust so they are print ready. Once you have selected your favorites images– they then undergo further retouching by the editors transforming them into artwork ready to be cherished forever!

What?  My main photography focus is family. This also includes maternity, couples, pets, high school/college seniors, surprise proposals, and professional headshots.

Where? Are you looking for the perfect outdoor location in San Diego, California to capture your special photos? Don’t worry- I’m here to help! I have a carefully curated list of my favorite session locations that will take your breath away. Let’s find the right spot together!

When? I understand how important capturing your special moments is, which is why I strive to make sure you have the best experience possible. My sessions take place outdoors in a pleasant late afternoon setting so we can get those beautiful natural light shots with no squinting! A typical session lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. My calendar tends to fill up pretty quickly for the holidays; often 2-3 months out or more. However, life has its surprises…please do not hesitate to reach out and see what’s available as that could be time enough to book yourself into one of these amazing outdoor photoshoots! 

Why? With hundreds of photographers in San Diego, what makes me different?  My background is a unique blend of creativity and understanding. I’m an experienced photographer with an exceptional education in both photography AND family psychology – this means that not only will you get stunning images during your session but also the kindness and care to ensure everyone involved has fun along the way! Ultimately it’s all about creating a win-win situation; one where clients feel heard throughout their experience whilst delivering beautiful photographs they’ll treasure forever. That’s why my commitment to my client relationships goes far beyond just taking pictures – from returning calls/emails quickly through to treating each family (especially mischievous kids!) with patience & respect…all adding up for frames filled with smiles! 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? Even if you don’t live in San Diego, my photography services are still available to book! As a local of this beautiful city, I’m honored to show off all its hidden gems with families who travel here. Plus, there’s something special about the relaxed and happy energy that comes from vacationers – it really brings out the best in photos! Let me know where your family is staying so we can choose one of my favorite locations for our session together. And then once everything wraps up? Don’t worry – online ordering means any further steps will be taken virtually without hassle!

Do you offer prints and wall art?  Absolutely! We have a great selection of prints and wall art that you can order via your online gallery. Plus, they make perfect gifts – we’ll even deliver them on behalf of you to the recipient so it’s ready for gifting right away.

Can we have a digital file of all the images? My photography sessions include 80+ color-adjusted digital images that will be delivered directly to you via an online download, giving you full permission for printing and sharing. Plus, I provide you with a private gallery where it’s easy and affordable to order professional prints or canvases of your favorite shots!

How soon will I see the images from my session? You can expect to receive your online proof gallery of the images within about 7-10 days following your session. You’ll then select which five images you’d like retouched. Your final completed collection will be sent to you within 7-10 days. Rush ordering is available at an additional fee.

What is retouching or airbrushing?  All sessions include retouching on the five images of your choice. You will have the opportunity to upgrade to more retouching if you’d like.  CLICK HERE for more detailed information about retouching services. 

What should I wear to my session?  Don’t worry – I’ll provide lots of helpful resources! My Pre-Shoot Guide and Pinterest Inspiration Boards are tools that will help ensure that the outfits you choose will photograph beautifully on camera.

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 the contact form.