The Full Picture

Carla J. Alicea, Photographer

We are Carla and Michelle Alicea, the dedicated duo behind Alicea Studio. As partners in business and life, we’re proud to deliver artistry and vision to San Antonio clients in need of next-level photography. Our professional journey began in Los Angeles, where Michelle studied Cinema-Television and Carla sat behind the lens as a busy wedding photographer. Over 2 decades, we extended our expertise to include corporate marketing, and individually helped brand and promote two major California-based property management companies. 


We loved the experience but longed to develop a venture of our own where success was not measured on spreadsheets. Instead, we set our sights on our passion for photography and film, and our hope to foster deeper community connections. We believe that art and expression are the essence of freedom; giving back moves us forward; and love is simply love. To start anew and make it all happen, we left Los Angeles and moved to the great state of Texas.


Now settled in San Antonio, we are immersed in the culture, aspirations, and meaningful causes of our new hometown. We are proud supporters of creative spaces of all kinds that welcome members of the community without judgment. In other words, we’re ready to capture your good vibes…and spread a few of our own. 


In Loving Memory

A picture of Chico at our wedding.
A picture of Chico on a road trip.
A picture of Chico in his new Texas home.
A picture of Chico doing what he did best, sleeping.

The face of Alicea Studio is our adorable rescue dog Mr. Chico, who passed away in May of 2020 at the age of 18. He was a small but mighty survivor who taught us about acceptance and forgiveness like only a dog can.


Found tied to an abandoned house, his rescuers scooped him up and introduced him to our family. When we brought him home, he was fearful and skittish. But a nourishing diet and an unprecedented number of cuddles transformed him into a happy, carefree boy.


His tenacity, independence, and capacity for love continue to inspire us. That’s why he’s our logo. He reminds us daily that every hour is full of possibilities, you should always choose kindness, and never, ever pass up a treat.