On the wedding day you’ll get a TON of photos of the bride. And we should, she’s spent thousands of dollars on something that has so much meaning behind it. In addition, she’s getting her hair and makeup done! I mean, who doesn’t want to be treated like a movie star? What we don’t want to do is forget about the gents. Thats right, Aguilar Photography knows how to photograph the gentlemen to look like movie stars. Why? much like their future bride, they deserve it too! Here are some samples of what we got this past weekend at Esplanade Lades in Downers Grove, Illinois. This venue was gorgeous! The hotel rooms gave us these beautiful windows to take advantage of!Read More
A first class couple will give you a first class engagement session. My wife and I had one of the best time we could’ve when we went to New Buffalo, MI a few weeks ago to capture the engagement of Mike and Ariel! They even brought along their amazing doggy! My kids want one now, thanks for the… ;)Read More
I had the extreme pleasure of photographing Joey Lawrence during the “Pardoned By Grace” movie while it was in production. It’s a powerful story of a man finding purpose and hope after a life of struggle, pain, and substance abuse. Joey plays the lead role in a story that took place at a local church here in Northern Indiana called, Road To Life Church. There’s so much more to say but I want you to go watch the movie. Some of the younger crowd may not know Joey for his roles in “Blossom” or perhaps “Brotherly Love”. He’s known currently for his role on the hit show “Hawaii 5-0”, a remake of the classic 70’s show!Read More
What a fun time my wife and I had capturing Nick and Meagan’s Chicago engagement session. This past week was a scorcher, so getting some cooler weather was just what the doctor ordered.Read More
Getting the chance to assemble a team for these styled shoots are fun. They give all of us an opportunity to do what we’re passionate about as well as learn and grow. Being able to put together this tremendous team was a treat to work with.Read More
When I met Kevin & Laura I instantly fell in love with this couple. Fun, loving, and a story that could be turned into a movie script. To hear the background of how they got together, how they stuck it out through impossible odds and now share success is truly inspiring!Read More
I hear this more and more. Brides wish they spent more money on their wedding photographer. As they look back at their wedding photos they notice the blurriness, the lack of color, the absence of creativity and most importantly the missed moments. It’s a story thats more common than you realize. Thats why it’s so important to me that when given an opportunity to give a former bride some amazing “make up” wedding images I hop on the chance.Read More
I had the honor of capturing this couples beautiful backyard wedding that looked like it was out of a movie set. It was so much fun to spend the day with these two!Read More
To say that it was a team effort would be an understatement. It literally took a team of people to coordinate, creative and capture not only this beautiful venue, but the artistry of this complete styled shoot. The day started just like any normal wedding for me would. I showed up early, got a lay of the land then started capturing what I call “prep shots”.Read More
When Cheyenne and Alistair said they wanted to do a beach engagement session I couldn’t have been happier. I love Chicago engagements and other creative engagements. But this California boy loves and always will feel more at home at the beach. That was my thought going in to this session. I wanted to give them that California feel in their engagement sessions. Bright colors, landscape portraiture, all of it. Wide open and airy was the name of the game!Read More
I love shooting Senior Portraits! It gives me the opportunity to slow down and focus more on the fashion side of photography. Payton was so fun to shoot. Her personality really came out in the photos. Also, I was praying for a super amazing sky and I wasn’t disappointed. The clouds looked super promising, but I couldn’t even tell how great they were going to be.Read More
You’ll be hard pressed to find two people more perfect for each other and more genuine. It was so inspiring to watch these two not let the moment of getting married clam them up. If anything, it allowed them to be completely comfortable and just be them. Dream clients! This wedding was different in so many ways from my normal wedding. This was an intimate setting, it was a wedding where capturing real candid moments was king. No stuffy posing, just real, honest, people in love who wanted something super fun and real. We started at a salon, but by the end of the day we hit up a local drama theater, local pub and a great park venue.Read More
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.Read More
She brought a ton of energy and a look much different than what I’ve shot before. Only the Methodist Church in Gary, IN was grand enough to match Jeannette’s attitude and talent. Let’s take a scroll and see how she did!Read More
Samantha was one of our moms who signed up for our modeling session that included professional hair by Crista and professional makeup by Dana! Sam brought her own outfits and they were perfect! As you will see, sam was a natural! Let’s scroll and check out how Sam did!Read More
They're young, on purpose and so in love. Jenelle's smile could light literally light up the sky. DJ, so calm, subtle and reserved. Anytime Jenelle would whisper in his ear his body and face would melt with love. A smile would begin to crack and soon I couldn't contain these two, not that I would...Read More
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.Read More
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.
This wedding was literally magical. Everything from the bride and groom to their families. The day was filled with laughter, a ton of laughter and super fun memories. Adhnan's family flew in from all over the world. It really was a world-wide affair! We found ourselves in downtown Chicago at the Whyndam Hotel and Resort, it's right by the riverwalk across from the Trump Tower. there truly wasn't a bad spot to photograph this couple.Read More
As I got older, I stumbled unto Photoshop, and the rest you could say is history. I began building my side business with graphic design, then motion graphics, then video and now photography. The ability to capture a story or a moment is what drives me. I strive to do what the filmmakers do, capture life within the frame.Read More