Mel and Charlie's Paradise Valley Home Engagement Session

When I met up with Mel and Charlie last year, I knew right away we’d get along. With their laid back style, they’re incredibly easy to like. But we also were able to commiserate about the loss of one of Phoenix’s most unique spots. After hearing earlier that day about the closing of our original meeting spot, Desoto Central Market, we had to relocate our meeting to Phoenix Public Market. Which is another favorite of mine, but it was still a bummer. It was such a cool space, perfect for meeting up with people and grabbing tasty bites.

These two share a love for this city that I have too. It will all be on display next month at their Phoenix wedding at the Rio Salado Audubon Center. It’s such a cool, unique wedding venue just south of the heart of Downtown Phoenix. In the meantime, we had a lot of fun with their engagement session exploring the area behind Charlie’s parents house…and I had a lot of fun meeting their dogs. If you can’t bring your pups to your wedding, the engagement session is a great way to get them involved. And you’ll always score extra points with me along the way.

Here are some of the best photos we made together at their Paradise Valley engagement session.

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My Equipment:

Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

Whether or not you have dogs does not factor in to how much fun we will have or how great the photos will be…but dogs are the best. Then again, so are you. So let me show you how much you and your love rock. Schedule your engagement session today.

Aaron Kes Photography - Best of 2018

This year I had Arizona weddings or engagements from Tucson to Phoenix to Sedona and more. I went back to California and photographed weddings in Santa Cruz and San Francisco with engagements and other sessions between. Trying to choose my favorite photos from one wedding or session alone is hard enough. Choosing them from an entire year’s worth of weddings and sessions always feels daunting (which is why this is getting published on January 31st). I know I have missed some images that should be in here and I know every day I could have a different favorite photo. So here is just a sample of what I feel were some highlights for the year.

What a year. Truly. 2018 was a great one for me and this business and I can’t thank all of my clients enough for making it so great. I push myself to get better for you all every year, and I think this set of images shows just that. I’m incredibly proud of these photos, and it’s all because of everyone who put their moments with their important love and loved ones in my hands. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Here’s to 2019! I hope it’s amazing for all of you.

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My Equipment:

Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

Getting married? Let me put some of your wedding photos in this post next year or the year after. 2019 is going to be a ton of fun and I’d love to be your wedding photographer. Let’s have some fun.


Jessielyn and Jared's Tempe Engagement Session

These two love Tempe through and through. They met while Jessielyn was working at the ASU Jewish Student Center and Jared was studying for his Masters and they still live there. A Tempe engagement session was only natural in my eyes and they agreed when I threw out the suggestion of starting on the Mill Avenue Bridge and going from there. As you’ll see in the photos, bringing the fun and sexy vibes was also natural for Jessielyn and Jared. Half of the photos could be album covers for a badass (soon to be) husband and wife duo. Extra credit for showing up big, especially since it was a sunrise engagement session too. I can’t wait to have more fun with them in April for their wedding at Monorchid.

Here are just some of the awesome shots we got in Tempe for their engagement session.

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My Equipment:

Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

I love photographing engagement sessions in places that mean something to people. I think it adds another layer of love to your photos. Let me know where that is for you, and let’s make art together.