Where shall we adventure together? On the Oregon Coast? A National Park? Hiking to a waterfall or rock climbing for your wedding ceremony? Walking along a mountainside to a secret trail leading to the best view? No matter what we do, your photographs will be so very personal, and we're going to have an unforgettable journey along the way.
As an award-winner in both wedding and landscape photography, my style weaves together artistic portraiture, atmospheric scenery, photojournalism, and pure fun. I have a long list of beautiful places to take you, an undaunted spirit to keep up with you on all your adventures, and an obsession with natural beauty that pours into my images.
Wallflower while your event is unfolding, loud enough when people need wrangling, knowledgeable when a gown needs bustling or a boutonniere needs pinning, helpful when toes need pointing and knees need bending and smiles need refreshing, and dedicated to those memories that deserve remembering, I'm fiercely invested in making sure you have an incredible experience from start to finish. I choose my clients as carefully as they choose me, because I believe in the perfect fit.
I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, currently living in Portland with my husband, Nathan. I'm outside as much as possible, traveling many times per year, documenting the wonderful lives and love stories of adventurers, waterfallaholics, and romantics like me.
I can't wait to meet you!
"Ara is so talented and amazing to work with. She sees the colors and light in a different way that produces the most brilliant images. Our engagement photos needed to be rescheduled three times due to our travel plans. In a wind and hail storm the skies parted and the light danced just right. She was comfortable with our dog being part of our photo session and getting the images requested by our parents. After our wedding Ara traveled four states away, hiked 9 miles on sand covered trails to bring my vision to life. Ara helped me into my dress, fixed my hair and gave me posing tips. She knelt in freezing water to capture the light, the water, the perfect image. We woke early and caught the sunlight on the Red Rocks of Zion National Park the next morning. Once again she helped me into my dress, pinned my hair and helped me dance across the sandstone hills as the sun kissed the rocks and the wind tossed my handmade veil across my face. I am grateful for her talent and insight but above all I am grateful for her friendship and will gladly have her capture the events of my life."
"Ara is an epic photographer. We had an outdoor wedding in tricky lighting situations near a waterfall and the photos are just stunning. Plus, she is easy going and fun to work with. If you have the opportunity to work with her, do it! Anyone can point and shoot a camera but Ara's photos are magical."
- Colleen H.
"Ara is indescribable. She is the absolute best person to have on your side at your wedding. The fact that folks will go to her for engagement, wedding, first baby, etc. is a true testament to her skill as a photographer and her genuine nature as a person. My wife and I were (are) absolutely thrilled by the work that she did for us and are excited by the prospect of having more photos taken in the future.
Ara will go to the top of a mountain (literally) for you and will travel where you need her to go to get those photographs you have always dreamed of. I would highly recommend her for your special days."
"Even before I became engaged, I knew that my (now) husband wanted a big wedding; and while I also wanted to have our dear friends and family share in our special day, it was also important tome that my husband and I have time to celebrate our love and commitment to one another apart from the joyous chaos of our wedding day.
I loved the intimacy and relaxed atmosphere of her elopements and tiny weddings, and wanted to do something similar to that in addition to our larger wedding that she would also be capturing for us. It was one of the best decisions that I made! (And not only because it provided an opportunity to have a second dress). Ara has a wonderful collection of secluded spots with jaw-dropping vistas and was able to find something that was just what we were looking for. I feel doubly blessed to have had two special days graced by Ara's beautiful talent and support."
- Meredith C.