We always wish we had time for one last hug, conversation, or meal with the people who left us too soon. When I think about my wedding day and my grandparents not being there, it brings tears to my eyes. But then I see their wedding photos side by side with the last photos I took of them, and I look through an album full of family photos from the last several years, and am immediately comforted. Through these images I feel how deeply I was loved by them, and how deeply they loved me and every one around them. That is why I do what I do.
BEHIND THE LENS
You can usually find me home with my golden retriever or day dreaming of my next trip to Italy.
I am a firm believer in living life with purpose and never missing the opportunity to experience something new. The Meyers-Briggs test says I am an INFJ with ESFJ qualities (an introverted extrovert, IYKYK), and my friends say I am the person they come to when they need comfort, advice, or fresh baked goods. I consider myself an empath, so special moments you share with your loved ones will likely get me all teary eyed and sentimental. I am not here to pretend life is picture perfect, but to capture genuine emotion and create timeless pieces of art to decorate your home. I’m constantly striving for perfection, but have a calming personality and am relatively easy going.
When the camera is not around my neck, I am a big home body. I love hanging on the couch with my dog, making pasta, breads and desserts from scratch, squatting 400+ pounds in the gym, or plotting my next trip outside of the US. As a direct descendant of Italian immigrants, I feel most at home in Italy (and speak a bit of Italian, too.)
my APPROACH IS SIMPLY THIS:
The moments I document are often intimate and special, and I want you to be fully present without feeling my presence over your shoulder. My goal is to allow you to engage with your partner, parents and children naturally so you can fully enjoy the milestone I am documenting. Creating beautiful photographs often requires some direction, but it should never make you feel uncomfortable or awkward.
In the gym. Lifting as a retired powerlifter.
Roaming the beaches and streets of Italy with my love. My favorite source of inspo.
With my prince, Maxwell.
Baking cakes, macarons, cinnamon rolls and anything with chocolate. If you're a client of mine, you've likely had some of my baking. It's my love language.
On the water. As a summer baby, it's my natural habitat.
WE ACTUALLY DITCHED A PHOTOGRAPHER WE HAD ALREADY PUT A DOWN PAYMENT ON TO WORK WITH ARIELLE (SOUNDS CRAZY, RIGHT?) WELL, WE HAVE NO REGRETS.
— Christine & jp sharma
IF I HAD TO DESCRIBE MY CLIENTS, I'D SAY MOST
As a woman living in the United States, I strive to make my brand inclusive for all. Everyone is welcome here. I am a human rights advocate, and try my best to make the communities I live and work in a better place via donating to charities and volunteering locally and abroad. I am a huge advocate for refugee rights, as I spent time volunteering in Lesvos, Greece during the Syrian refugee crisis in 2016. I also spent a month in Kenya in 2018 photographing charities that helped provide scholarships, school supplies and feminine products to underserved populations in rural Kenya and Uganda. This is a huge part of who I am, and has shaped me into the person and photographer I am today.
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