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.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.
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.Read More
Where do I begin? Parham and Laura are one of the most sweetest couples. Everything about them is amazing. They live and play hard, have great friends and love. For me this wedding was on the tail end of an already great wedding season. I was so happy to be able to spend the day with Laura & Parham and their amazing family!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
It was more than another wedding that I got to capture. It was a wedding for my dear friends Ian + Leana Wozniak. My heart was full all day. It isn't uncommon for me to fight back tears during someone else's wedding. This wedding, it was so difficult. I mean, I couldn't do my job with tears in my eyes...
I thought I would be stressed out, scared or overly anxious about filming my friends wedding. If anything I was at complete calm. It's special being able to give a gift like this one to an amazing couple that my wife and I love so very much. So congrats you two, you deserve all the happiness that comes your way!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
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
There are couples and then there are couples. It was an absolute pleasure and joy to photograph Jared & Valerie. There love was so evident, it was hard to not see it ooze out of them. Jared a police officer and Val a teacher, both have a heart of gold and love serving. The location was Forest Park College ending up at a local beach in the city of Forest Park.Read More
Everything about this shoot I loved. Heather brought her natural charm to the shoot along with her bigger than life personality. Doing senior pictures is a great release for me. I get to work with some amazing young people who tell me about their hopes and dreams. Them being so young I can only imagine the future that is before them. Heather is no different. Her style is all her own, very boho! Her hair and overall look was so chill and relaxing, it gave us the direction we wanted to have a great session.Read More
It was one of the hottest days in Chicago I can remember. But it wasn't just the temperature, it was the hot wedding we got to cover. The venue was the Wyhndam Hotel & Resort in downtown Chicago by the Riverwalk. It was hot, but beautiful! Amanda and Adhnan were the sweetest couple to photograph and video. YES! We offer both to our clients. It would be a dream for us to capture your wedding. Book us for photography or for your wedding film, or both! If you're looking for more information just click the "contact" tab!Read More
I was only there for 4 hours. But that was more than enough to get the good stuff. The venue was FairOaks Farm in the middle part of Indiana. The weather was rather perfect. Earlier in the day it was hot and muggy, but it cleared up and became so comfortable. Wedding Films is a new service we're offering our Aguilar Photography Clients. Are you interested in learning more? Click the "contact" button!Read More
Dru is one of the most kind young ladies I've ever encountered. Every week she pours herself into her cheerleaders, making them not just great competitors but great young women. She is a talent but even greater person!Read More
When I was contacted by Taryn's mother I got super excited after we discussed what they were both looking for. The fact they didn't want a traditional senior shoot was such a breath of fresh air. I'll be really transparent, I don't like basic senior photos. Why? Because most of the time I don't believe many photographers really capture the essence of the individual... enough said.Read More