Meet Ara

Ara in New Zealand

Hi!  I'm Ara.  I'm so glad you're here!

Clad sometimes in muddy boots, sometimes in a pair of heels, my career as a wedding photographer often requires both sets of footwear as I follow my clients on their romantic adventures all over the world.  Catamarans, towering ballrooms, glacial lakes, rooftops, mountains, bed and breakfasts, mossy forests, craggy coastlines—my spirit is undaunted, and I am forever inspired by people, nature, wind and light.

As an award-winner in both wedding and landscape photography, I use a combination of photojournalism, artistic portraiture, and landscape techniques to tell stories heavy on emotion and atmosphere.  My goal is to create a vibrant time machine so you can revisit some the best adventures of your life time and time again.

Wallflower as your event is unfolding, loud enough when people need wrangling for portraits, knowledgeable when a gown needs bustling or a boutonniere needs pinning, helpful when toes need pointing and knees need bending and smiles need refreshing, I'm fiercely invested in your memories and experience.  I choose my clients as carefully as they choose me.

Photographing weddings constantly reminds me that love is alive, strong, deep, unexpected, and worth fighting for.  My couples are very dear to me, and I often follow them on more adventures through their lives.  I never stop smiling about how I got to be there on day one.  2018 marks ten years for me as a wedding photographer, and my husband and I still have dinner dates with my very first wedding couple.

I live in Portland with my husband, Nathan, who makes me really happy every day. I love hiking, rock climbing, reading, dinner parties, drinking citrusy IPAs, puttering around the garden, playing at the arcade, planning our next big trip, and our dog, Ukee.  I'm a shameless waterfallaholic.  I like Star Wars a little too much.

Ready for an adventure?  Let's go!

xoxo

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Giving Back
 

A portion of Aralani Photography's profits and time enthusiastically supports the following organizations:

Friends of the Columbia Gorge - Oregon State Parks Foundation - Trailkeepers of Oregon
Three Rivers Humane Society - The Cat Adoption Team


Testimonials

"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."

- Holly

"Ara, we love you to death. I can't be more happy with the photos from this session. Your beautiful talent and work have brought me so much peace throughout the course of my marriage and with the new lifestyle that comes from becoming a parent. Since the passing of my father over 4 months ago, things haven't quite been the same and not in a good way, for me personally. These photos made me genuinely smile from ear to ear. Then made me think of my dad and wish he could be here to enjoy the pure love that is my children. This time, and I haven't had very many, I wasn't sad about missing him. I now know my dad was there that day and was smiling just as much as I did upon receiving these photos. Once again, and this time when I need it most, your art has given me much peace. We love you and are so happy that you are a part of Serena and SJ's lives. I have no doubt, that your special work will bring much peace to them in the future, as it has for me."

- Brooks

"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."

- Kirsten


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Out in the World

Isle of Skye, Scotland - Photo by Gareth Morton

Banff National Park - Canada

Seville, Spain - Photo by Cean Orrett

Australia - Photo by Mike Burton

Iceland - Photo by Gareth Morton

The Subway - Zion NP - Photo by Bill Ratcliffe