My Process | My Mission
In a world of a million artists… why choose me?
The difference lies in my process and my mission. My mission is to provide you with images that change the way you live your life. How? Through my one-of-a-kind process leading up to your session.
Before we ever meet face-to-face, I send you a questionnaire that asks practical questions, intimate questions, and vulnerable questions. I ask you to tell me your story. Where you’ve been, where you are now and where you want to be. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.
As I read your story, I allow it to inspire me to create a session that will best translate who you are. Everything from location, to outfits, the session experience, and the photos themselves will speak an important message.
Something that every marriage and parenting relationship needs. Because even though these relationships are two of the most amazing relationships of all time… they are also two of the most frustrating relationships of all time. Therefore, when you recount your story together, and then have a visual representation of that story… each and every time you look at them, you will be encouraged. You will be reminded of why you chose this life and be inspired to KEEP choosing this life each and every day.
My why is more important than “pretty pictures.” While I do strive to provide my clients with an incredible experience & gorgeous heirlooms… the real treasure is the overwhelming hope that is found each time these images are viewed.
Storytelling isn’t easy.
Storytelling requires preparation, plenty of time observing the subject. Plenty of alone time. Self-awareness. Reflection. Quiet. A diet rich in reading and reflection. Oh, and my camera.
“What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald. The same can be said of compelling photos. My best photos resonate with something that is more than pretty, more than technically perfect, more than the “perfect pose,” and more than award-winning.
What causes me to click the shutter at first is a combination of the moment, the light, the composition… But what makes me KEEP shooting is my connection with my subjects and the environment.
Don’t settle for “pretty pictures.”
You deserve unparalleled service. From inquiry to photo delivery… I am here to serve you every step of the way.
Step 1: Learn
Before your session I take the time to learn. I learn about your struggles and your strengths. Your highs and your lows. Your loves and your hates. I discover your past, celebrate your present, so that your pictures can influence your future.
step 2: preparation
Nervous about something. Don’t be. I work with the BEST of the BEST. To provide you with everything you need. Want to know what to wear? No worries, I can help. I can even shop with you! Not sure how to perfectly cut that wedding cake? Don’t fret, I’ve taught countless couples. Get ready for unparalleled service every step of the way.
Step 3: session
For me… all sessions are equally important. You have been vulnerable and honest. We know each other now. So during our time together, expect nothing less than relaxing, stress-free, and even FUN (yes, I’m talking to you husbands). No awkward poses or stiff bodies. When I take photos I make it my mission to accurately depict the happiness, love, and laughter that surrounds you and highlight the connections you have with each other.
Step 4: Photos
Ahhhh!!!! Your photos are ready and you are so excited to see them. You’ve already seen a sneak peek but you are ready for them all. But don’t open that email just yet! This is when I encourage my clients to pause, turn off the tv, and sit down and look at them together. :)
“I will never use anyone else for photos.”
“I have worked with lots of photographers and Ariel has exceeded them all.”
“Booking was simple and easy. Every step in the process was organized and efficient.”
“If you live in Central IL, you’re going to NEED to book a session with her. You won’t be sorry.”
“We are enamored with every. single. photo. “
“She was so helpful in styling our session from outfits to location and made us feel at ease in front of the camera.”
“The photos were beyond what I ever imagined.”
“Hire her! You will not regret it.”
“Unforgettable experience that leaves you with pictures that will make you cry.”