I tend to gravitate towards shadows, silence, intimacy, and moments that cannot be fabricated. The most cherished images I've created are the ones that were never instructed, but instead ones that happened naturally. I am always looking to expand my realm of creativity and knowledge - for that reason, no two images will every be the same. I will never promise the same outcome as the session before, for that reason your experience will always be 100% unique and real. From brands to people, I aim to create thoughtful imagery that is a true reflection of who you are.
what others are saying
“Home. Ariel, allows you to feel at home. She makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. It’s as if you’ve known her forever. She’s full of joy. She speaks life. She radiates a love for Jesus in everything she does. As far as my wedding, she brought it to life. She notices the small details. She captures the unplanned moments, the ones you wanna hold on to forever. She’s incredibly talented. I count it a true honor to have had her capture our wedding day.”
justin + lachelle
how i work
As you may have already noticed in my work, light and shadow play a huge role in my work - as I shoot with a very non-traditional approach and look for interesting lighting and scenes to create a quality image every time. If you want to see more of my work and more of my personality, visit my Instagram page: www.instagram.com/aaarielynn.
At this point, I hope you have felt some value and connection to my work. When it comes to moments on the wedding day, I like to shoot as organically as possible - allowing things to unfold naturally as much as possible. At the same time, I like to artfully compose to create compelling imagery unique to the setting and overall scene.
How did you become a photographer?
For myself, photography back in the early 2000s was more or less pulling out my point-and-shoot camera or parents flip phone. Whenever I sift through the developed images from then, I always notice two reoccurring themes: capturing a moment that gave me a feeling and savoring what I felt was a beautiful moment.
After two semesters in college, I realized early childhood education was not a path I could envision myself being on longterm. Shortly after dropping out, the idea of retracing old steps and dreams into photography resurfaced. Making that jump was one of the scariest and yet most rewarding decisions I made for myself.
How many images will I get?
A lot! While I don’t like to set expectations I cannot always guarantee, I can promise that every beautiful moment and detail will be captured and delivered.
Interested in having a second shooter? You’ll get two different angles at the exact same time - therefore more photos! Talk to me if you’re unsure of the benefits of one gal (myself) vs. two!
How many weddings have you photographed?
I’ve been the lead and second shooter for roughly 100 weddings in the past few years.
How can I book you?
I am someone who longs to make deep, meaningful connections with others. If we connect as humans and also connect through my art then I don’t doubt we will mesh! From there, I will email you an invoice and contract to fill out digitally! I require 50% retainer for packages over $1000, and full payments for anything under $1000 to reserve your date.
What is your approach to shooting?
When I walk into any shoot, I like to feel like we have a long history or friendship - in a sense that we are family. I love knowing that each and every session will be different than the one before, making your images unique as well. With a documentary, photo-journalistic approach, I wait and anticipate moments as they unravel throughout the day - rather than fabricating or recreating them myself. At the same time, I will give you subtle cues to help you along the way to make quality art that I showcase in my portfolio. I love raw, genuine, quiet, joyful, and intimate moments and I think my work reflects that.
What is a “first look”?
Ah, first looks. As for myself, I was torn about doing a first look for my wedding. I wanted to savor that moment we saw each other for the first time for down the aisle.. until I did the math. Our ceremony was scheduled to start at 4 o’clock with the reception to follow. We would be spending nearly 3/4 of our wedding day separated and just anxious as heck to just see another! Doing a first look gave us the option to meet in a secluded spot to spend time alone prior to the main events of the day.
In my experience, first looks are far more emotional than the traditional route of waiting until the ceremony - there's less pressure with 150 pairs of eyes and I enjoy allowing the couple to have a few minutes alone. The schedule is far more easy to adapt to, the couple gets some peaceful time alone, time to enjoy the drinks and appetizers they paid for, and receive a wider range of quality AND quantity of creative photos.
Do you travel?
Absolutely! I am based in northeast Ohio but willing to travel to or with you anywhere! I’ve been across the US and traveled widely outside as well. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do - I’d love to hear about your travel plans!
Do you just take photos?
Haha, not quite! I now offer services such as educating new photographers, graphic design, and creative direction! I also own a couple side gigs that occupy my time, take a look!
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