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.


Ruby and Cristian's Papago Park Wedding Session

Some of you may not know, filmmaking is what eventually led me to getting into still photography. I took a prerequisite class on it for my film major in college and fell in love. While photography is my full time gig, I’m still in the world of film here locally. I met Cristian through that and was honored when he asked me to photograph him and Ruby. These artists were married in a private wedding ceremony, but still wanted some art to honor the occasion. We talked about pets and films while strolling around Papago Park. Tough to beat that.

The following are some of the best photos we took at their Papago Park wedding session.

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vintage-wedding-dress-and-veil
groom-smiling-at-wedding
desert-wedding-portrait
close-up-of-bride-leaning-on-groom
bride-and-groom-smiling-and-cuddling
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family-wedding-portrait-papago-park

My Equipment:

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

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

Desert weddings are a beautiful thing. Where are you getting married? Let’s talk about your wedding day and make you some great, relaxed art.

Kat and Kurt's Children's Museum of Phoenix Wedding

Kat and Kurt used to live next to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. One night from their place, they noticed a bride and groom coming out of the museum. They also knew the museum used to hold Play Date nights for adults. They thought it would make a pretty kick ass wedding venue. They were right. In terms of unique and playful venues to have a Phoenix wedding, I’m not sure you could top the Children’s Museum. But these two really leaned into that and brought their own fun all day. There were jam sessions, a cute dog, a pub visit, leaping groomsmen, beers passed out as guests walked into the ceremony, photos in play areas, dancing…and one of the nicest, most laid back, most fun couples you could ever meet. I’ve been pretty pumped for this blog post. But it was one of the hardest times I’ve had narrowing down images.

This venue should be on the bucket list for all Arizona wedding photographers. But you can’t have Kat and Kurt. ;) The following is my best attempt at picking my favorite photos from their Children’s Museum of Phoenix wedding.

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candid-photo-of-wedding-jam-session
groomsmen-group-portrait-in-backyard
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bride-and-groom-with-grandpa
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groom-getting-teary-at-wedding-ceremony
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The Team:

Venue: Children’s Museum of Phoenix

2nd Shooter: Erin Evangeline

Venue Coordinator: Alex Wurth

Hair and makeup: Something Beautiful Styles

DJ: Miss Mixx

My Equipment:

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

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

Hit me up if you’re getting married at the Children’s Museum. I’d love to be your photographer if you’re into it. No matter where it is. Next up on my museum bucket list is a Phoenix Art Museum wedding.