Streets And Sunsets

During off-season (no weddings) I do a lot of headshots and portraiture. It helps keep me sharp. Also, I don’t like sitting at home. I need to get out of the house and get behind the camera. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on some lighting basics as well as my angles. I’m always working on finding better angles.

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Rich Aguilar
DRU + The Allure On The Lake | A Bridal Shoot

The look I was going for was “Vanity Fair”. I wanted very dramatic looking photos which is a little bit different than what I normally produce. While my works uses a ton of studio lighting and off-camera flash the beginning part of the shoot relied only on natural light.

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Emily + Tyler's Indiana Wedding | Sand Creek Country Club

It was just days before NWI (Northwest Indiana) was going to reach temperatures that would make it colder, if only for 3 days, then Mount Everest. You read that right, NWI was colder than Mount Everest. At least for this day it was cold but not record breaking cold. I start every wedding the same, I arrive early and start working on the details. I use to hate shooting details. Now, they’re some of my most anticipated photos. I love them! After I connected with Emily I grabbed the wedding rings and began to shoot them as they were people themselves.

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Going To Crush Photography In 2019!

It’s finally here! 2019, you gorgeous sight for sore eyes. I’ve been waiting for you. 2018 you were amazing to me but like all good things it must come to an end. Aguilar Photography was able to reach clients across the world. Getting thousands of hits world wide including France, Italy and more. We’ve only been a viable company for the better part of a whole year. With all of the learning and experience gained I feel primed to take 2019 to a whole new level. Whatever the opportunity I’m ready for it.

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Rich Aguilar
New Location Challenge | Lynn's Portrait Session - Sony A6500 & Sony FE 85mm

It took some time for our schedules to line-up but we finally got the chance to work together. Lynn is a modeling vet, working with local photographers and some from Chicago. For me, it was a real treat being able to collab with her! Valparaiso is a very small town. I might’ve shot just about every location there is. Over the summer the city built a new walkway that followed highway 30 and with it a cool little overpass.

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Your Ultimate Guide To Your Perfect Wedding Day Timeline!

Having a perfect wedding day timeline is crucial to having a smooth running wedding. Are you wanting to have a carefree wedding day? Then let’s get to it!

Step #1) Pick a venue that you are IN LOVE WITH so you don’t have to travel to take great photos!

There are a lot of venues, hundreds in your local area. They might range from the super fancy to the small and cute cottages. Not putting off your venue search will help TONS with getting the timeline and photos you want. Otherwise, you’ll settle for a venue that you’re not in love with and time will get eaten up driving to locations. Find a venue and find it early.

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Wedding Decor for your Upcoming Wedding!

Your wedding decor is tops on your mind after you’ve hired your wedding planner, photographer and or videographer, DJ and booked your wedding venue. Now it’s time to design your magical wedding day! Many brides I remember a wedding I shot in Chicago this past May, Amanda had a beautiful gold and floral arrangement for her table tops. They perfectly matched the golden chairs that surrounded the guest tables.

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3 Things To Consider When Hiring Your Wedding Photographer

The search for your wedding photographer is not one to take lightly. No doubt you've already started scouring the internet and asking friends who you should hire! It's a big deal. After talking with my brides and many more, I've come up with three things you may want to know or ask your potential wedding photographer. 

Once you've decided that you want to sit down and meet with a photographer for the first time, the first thing you should know is.

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Madison's Senior Portrait Session

The other day I had a great time with Madison during her Senior Portrait Session. It wasn’t as cold as we thought it would be, but she toughed it out nonetheless. Her outfit gave her a very undercover spy vibe, very strong and elegant! We began our session on top of the courtyard, using the gloomy sky to our advantage. This helped us get some great moody ports.

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Ryan's Baseball Senior Portrait Session

EPIC, thats the word I would use to describe Ryan’s senior session a couple of weeks ago. Anyone who follows baseball at all understands that there are three positions that usually attract the more “alpha” type of individuals. Those who aspire to win, willing to sacrifice to the point of pain to succeed. Also, those who pick us up when feeling defeated. The first is pitchers, secondly would be first basemen, then finally the catcher. Ryan is one of those people. A leader on and off the diamond. His walk and gentle voice command respect. Getting the opportunity to capture Ryan in his element was so awesome. I was able to see why this young man is going on to play college baseball next year.

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Stunning Singers In Ogden Gardens - Portrait and Headshot Session

She’s in college studying music, needing headshots and portraits done for promotional pieces we got right into it. Jordon’s style was on point this evening. As a photographer I felt like I was filming a movie, her hair, her clothing, everything we just so perfect. My hope was to capture her using off camera flash without it looking fake. I want my photos to look real with lighting, not produced, but real.

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A Barbershop Engagement | All Off Camera Flash

Mazie and Brett recently got engaged, I was honored when they came to me to do their engagement session. After being able to hear their story of how they met at a barbershop, it only felt fitting to do my first ever Barbershop Engagement session. Classic Cuts is an homage to the old school. Brick walls, great textures and great space. All I had to do was bring some lighting and we had ourselves our own makeshift studio.

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The Wedding Of Steve + Jessica

It was a Mid-September day. Clear skies and eighty degree weather, the humidity was in full force. the venue was Ogden Gardens, a beautiful place to get married. The day started at the bride’s Grandmother’s house, lushes backyard with bright greenery, and a super cool garage with a corvette! I began to get my detail shots of the dress, rings, shoes and the day went of from there.

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Greek Goddess | Sony a6500 + Sony OSS 70-200 G-Master

The minute she said that she had this amazing dress I was so excited to get a session going. Lillian is no stranger to AP (Aguilar Photography). Perhaps you’ve seen her before? Her complexion and hair color were perfect for this white with gold trimmed goddess dress. We arrived on the scene with some amazing clouds behind us. Lillian took her heels off and raced with me to a parking garage that was high enough to get both her and the clouds in the frame. I fell in love with all of these “cloud” pics.

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Lillian And Her "Mom Jeans"

Lillian and I have worked together three times now. The first couple were good but this particular session I felt was the most honest one yet. There wasn't a need to wear anything exciting, just a girl enjoying life. The goal of the shoot was to get work with backlighting and continue to churn out images using my eighty-five millimeter lens.

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Raelyn and the Sony 85mm

She’s a college student studying to be a pastry chef! The minute she said anything that had to do with food I knew we'd get along. Going into the culinary biz means you've got to be tough as nails. I've never started a restaurant but working at one I know how difficult it is, let alone to work in one. It's one of the most creative and satisfying jobs on the planet, to be a cook or any kind of chef. Not only are you able to release that artistic side of your soul, you get to nourish and feed the people who enjoy your work. Now that is what I would call a win - win! She's never had her portrait taken before (outside of friends taking snaps of her). 

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