HI there! I’m Ariel and I love working with folks who really truly want to capture their families as they are right now.  As a mother of two I know that the years go by quickly and that this version of our family, so familiar to me right now, will one day be just a memory.  I work with each of my clients to design a session that resonates with their family and delight in making portraits that truly capture the spirit of each child and the connections within each family.  I keep my sessions relaxed and fun and generally find that the time flies by.  My job isn’t done until you have finished portraits that you can display, share and enjoy, today and for generations to come.  I’ll work with you to decide how you’d like your images delivered and make sure that the end product feels like a gift and not another unfinished item on your to-do list.

I live in Northeast LA with my husband, two kids, and one grumpy dog.  I grew up on a tiny island off the coast of Cape Cod and will always choose Twizzlers over Red Vines.  I take way too many photographs and don’t do enough dishes.

I was recently named one of Los Angeles’ Top Family Photographers and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Still reading?  Here’s a bit more about me and why I love my job so much.

In case you can’t tell I’m just a little bit obsessed with family photography. In fact, I love making family portraits so much it’s all I do. No weddings, no events, no headshots. Just families.

I come by it honestly.  My grandmother used to make albums for any and all occasions.  My father shot slide film and would put on a family slideshow a few times a year with a sheet on the wall, our old slide projector and a big bowl of popcorn.

I first started making portraits in high school.  Strangely enough, it was then that I felt the first little spark of love for family photography.  While babysitting for my young cousins I took a portrait of them in an old tree.  I accidentally used the wrong film type and the print was very grainy, but their expressions and connection to the camera were beautiful.  I remember the warm, fuzzy feeling I got when I gave it to my aunt and saw how happy she was to have it.  I’m lucky enough to get to recapture that feeling over and over in my work… and it never gets old.

Throughout my teens and twenties I kept up with my photography and followed in my grandmother’s footsteps by making many, many photo albums.  Some of them quite embarrassing.

Like many, my photography style really developed when I started my own family (now 7 years ago!).  Through motherhood that little spark I had for family photography grew into an obsession.  It’s now my pleasure to share that obsession with my clients.  Making a great portrait for someone – one that truly captures the essence of them and their family – never gets old.  Each session is a personal challenge to create the most meaningful and authentic images that I can for that family.  And each delivery day I get the same little rush of joy.

I recently went back home and stayed with my aunt.  Wouldn’t you know… sitting on her mantle is the little grainy print I gave to her 20 years ago.

Ready to book a session?  Have a question?  I’d love to hear from you!