#everoursafterhours serves as a learn the “why” behind their work, to get to know photographers and videographers that are the game changers or ones that in their tiny little corner of the earth are just getting it done.  i have always, ALWAYS, prided myself on the that community that i have the fortunate experience of knowing and featuring.  for the past five years, i have surrounded myself with such a beautifully talented community of wedding photographers and videographers.  so i’m just going to build on that this year and give them the spotlight they deserve.  i’ll be highlighting photographers almost every week.  but obviously if i have the time, i’ll be featuring more but it’s all dependent on the photographers who have the time to answer too.  it’ll be up on Sundays and it’ll just be a chance for photographers to kick back after shooting a wedding, grab a coffee, and have a lazy Sunday read.

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ARIEL RENAE

was one of the first photographers that made me decide what style i liked.  and when i say style, i mean the fact that i could finally point my finger and say that i preferred this blog to focus on the way wedding photographers story tell through their images.  Ariel has the magic touch when it comes to that.  every one of her shoots, whether it’d be an engagement, wedding, anniversary or family, tells an absolutely perfect story.  her images are always solid gold and i’ve been so very fortunate to feature her on here quite a few times and now the chance to know her more personally.

How did you get your start in wedding photography?

I had a friend ask me to shoot their wedding. I *really* didn’t want to do it because I thought shooting weddings was boring and lame, but they said to not think of it as a wedding and just shoot what I saw. I shot it. I loved it. Kept shooting them since then!

What is unique about your style of shooting?

I don’t know if it’s particularly unique, but I suppose part of my “style” or point of view is that I like to show and focus on the beautiful ebb & flow of a wedding day. Its really important to me that my images make the viewer feel like you they there, whether or not they actually were. Getting killer portraits that you’re proud of is definitely fun but I find the other parts of the day extremely fascinating and more of a challenge. I don’t know if I always achieve that, but that is what I’m always aiming for.

Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.

I chose this image because, for whatever reason, I love the time of the reception when (hopefully) the bride and groom gets to sit down, eat some food and they can take in everything that just happened. This couple was doing just that. They were taking in the moment and the day and the people and it was one of those things that was just naturally beautiful. I know that this photo isn’t the most exciting shot I’ve ever taken, but in all honesty, the in between, honest moments are the ones that make me really happy.

What do you struggle with the most? Business wise or shooting wise.

As far as the business part goes, at this point I struggle the most with balance. I have gotten better over the past few years (luckily, having kids kind of forced me to re-evaluate my time…) but it is still an aspect that I have to be extremely intentional about. Setting a “work” schedule for myself and sticking to it best I can is the only thing that currently keeps me sane(ish).

Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would like to see it go?

I honestly have no idea. All I can forecast is for myself and I just know I love what I do and want to be forever headed in direction of staying inspired and joyful and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be? (Basically, your life motto)

I would suggest that Dr. Seuss was right on the money when he said “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Your than You” SUPER cheesy I know, but I’m not going to argue with a Doctor. I am me so if thats the only thing that sets me and my work apart from anyone else, I am just going to stick with that and not worry about anything else.

What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?

As a person and in my business, my family drives me. I want to do the best I possibly can at anything I do because I think that is the best example for my kids. I want that for them. For them to be happy in whatever they choose to do in life. So yeah. It all comes back to them.

What makes you confetti throw at the end of the day?

My family, again!!! But I am definitely a morning person… So if I could choose to throw confetti at the beginning of the day instead of the end, I’d do that!

thanks again to Ariel for spending time to share her mind.  her photography is absolutely stunning so i highly encourage you check out more of her work on HER SITE as well as HER BLOG.  trust me, you won’t be disappointed and you’ll get sucked into page after page of her beautiful work.