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Reviewed On 8/27/2020 by John D
There is simply not enough praise I can type about Arielle, from the ease and patience with which she guided us through our pre-booking questions and concerns, to her absolute professionalism during our wedding & reception (and her punctuality ...
in sharing our photos with us), to her wonderful, warm, welcoming, friendly attitude which absolutely brought out the best in all of her photographic subjects - guests and couple alike.
Our pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS and Arielle captured seemingly every single special moment from our wedding day (even some of the most artful still-lifes of the hors d'ouevres - which are often invoked by guests at our wedding over two years after the sumptuous feast) - there's kinetic dancing pics, regal toast pics, excellent candid shots and artful posed photographs. We were married at my wife's childhood home and there are luscious rhododendrons in the front which were the visual centerpiece of many of our posed photos, but it was Arielle's suggestion to shoot a couple fun "hipster album cover" photos in front of the flowers and those pics turned out great! She really accommodated every single one of our wishes for the posed photos, but also added so much more by just freely roaming and snapping incredible memories of her own volition. When you hire Arielle, rest assured, she'll take all of your wishes and desires into consideration, but let her do her thing, as well - she absolutely knows what she's doing.
Arielle promptly shared our photos with us via a WeTransfer link but then also mailed us an absolutely beautiful thumb drive with all our of hi-res photos on it a couple weeks after our wedding. We just absolutely could not have made a better decision. She is worth every penny and I regret waiting over two years (!!) to post a review, but let my passion and fervent support of Arielle serve as an even further endorsement - this long after the big day, I am still THRILLED by our photos. Hire Arielle and rest assured, this is one major element of wedding prep you won't have to worry about any longer.
Reviewed On 8/28/2018 by Hadar D
Arielle is the best thing you can want in a photographer- she is so warm that by the end of your session you feel so comfortable that you basically want to invite her into the picture with you! Arielle did our engagement and wedding photos and ...
they're stunning. They really capture the essence and emotion of each moment . We felt like we were celebrating with her on wedding day and she worked so beautifully with our other vendors (planner, videographer, etc) She had great recommendations and helped us find some of our other vendors and even recommended which umbrellas to buy to wish away the bad rain karma ;) If you're digging through tons of photographer reviews, stop here and do yourself a favor- hire Arielle. She's caring, talented, and a great resource. Good luck!
Reviewed On 6/13/2018 by Catherine M
Arielle is a dream to work with! She made the entire process so clear an easy. I loved our engagement photos and can't wait to see all our wedding photos...she is a true artist and sees a beautiful picture. Thank you so much for making our d...
ay so special and capturing moments we will never forget! It was a pleasure to have you as our photographer!!!
Reviewed On 11/14/2017 by Amelia B
Like no other... Arielle braved 34 degree weather to shoot our wedding in the picturesque Hudson Valley this weekend and we could not have enjoyed our experience more. Arielle is kind, calm, focused, flexible, and above all, an incredible arti...
st. I have NEVER seen any photography that can compare to the style, quality, and artistry that Arielle provides. If you are lucky enough to book Arielle, you will quickly know that it is one of the best decisions you will make in your planning!
Reviewed On 1/15/2017 by Alyssa G
One of the best decisions my husband and I made when it came to our wedding was choosing Arielle as our photographer. I had a very specific vision when it came to our wedding photography, and Arielle completely exceeded my expectations. My wedd...
ing photos are exactly as I imagined. We can’t stop looking at them, and I keep looking for even more ways to display Arielle’s gorgeous photos. Arielle’s work is stunning. She has an amazing ability to capture the beautiful light and a beautiful moment. Arielle is so wonderful to work with. She was very helpful even before we booked her for our wedding. Arielle really took the time to learn about our vision for our wedding. She was extremely responsive to our emails, and she was so helpful and accommodating when it came to helping us figure out our wedding day timeline. She has great insight when it comes to what’s important on your wedding day. Arielle also suggested the perfect spot for our first look. I had a lot of trouble choosing a location, and Arielle had so many thoughtful suggestions. Arielle was so lovely to work with leading up to our wedding and on our wedding day. That is probably why she was so skilled at capturing the gorgeous moments throughout our wedding day. She fit in so seamlessly with our family and our wedding party. So many guests told us how charming and warm Arielle was. By the time we got to our wedding day, Arielle didn’t feel like a vendor there to capture our day, she felt like she was one of our guests who came to celebrate our wedding- a guest who captured ever moment of our day perfectly. As soon as we booked Arielle, I was confident we made the right choice, and my confidence never wavered. If you’re looking for remarkable, timeless, and beautifully composed photos shot by a talented photographer who is a joy to work with, then Arielle is perfect for you.
Reviewed On 10/30/2016 by Renee R
Arielle is AMAZING!!!!!!!! I am in love with our wedding photos, which should come as no surprise if you've seen any of her work. She has a way with light and manages to capture every moment and detail so perfectly. But beyond that, she is just...
such a joy to work with! She made the process so easy, suggesting locations for our first look and seamlessly walking us through family/group photos the day of the wedding in record time. She is so nice and genuine and makes you feel so comfortable. My husband and I truly loved working with her and the fact that we have the most amazing photos is icing on the cake!
Reviewed On 10/07/2015 by Sydney R
I came to know Arielle on a head shot job for a former Bride of mine who is an opera singer in the Boston area. After seeing her shooting style and how relaxed she makes her subjects, as well as having the ability to make everyone look great...
despite how they see themselves, in addition to her incredibly sweet and open personality and utmost professionalism, I knew I wanted to hire her for my own wedding.
I even did a blind test with my fiancé by comparing examples of photographer's work for him and having him pick his favorite out; it was clear, Arielle's work stood out above the rest with no bias!
The day of my wedding was extremely stressful at the beginning but Arielle remained supportive and calming, doing her work while keeping in the background so as not to overwhelm me while I handled all the issues that popped up. She aided in corralling people for photos when we were running short on time during cocktail hour and made the group shots as fast and painless as possible.
I had many people telling me for weeks afterward how amazingly efficient, professional, calm and sweet she was and how she really took charge of situations where no one else was in order to keep us all on schedule. She even had advice and tips for certain Jewish elements of the ceremony and Ketubah signing that I would not have been aware of otherwise.
I continue to recommend Arielle not just as a friend and colleague, but as an advent admirer of her work and her as a person. She is well worth every penny, and I couldn't' have trusted the most important day of my life to be captured forever by anyone else.
Reviewed On 7/23/2015 by elizabeth o
Arielle Is a brides dream. She is not only talented but she has a heart of gold. Arielle provides amazing service from beginning to end and is extremely detailed. She is so easy to work with that you forget your in the middle of photos because ...
she puts you at ease and makes sure your photos are natural and authentic. For our engagement shoot we were featured in the Knot New England because of Arielle's amazing design eye. She is the best investment we made for our wedding and I will use her time and time again for future photo shoots.
Reviewed On 7/28/2014 by Darcie D
Arielle was by far my favorite wedding vendor. From beginning to end, she was professional, friendly, responsive, detail-oriented and fun. You spend a fair amount of your wedding day with your photographer, and having Arielle around was like sp...
ending the day with an old friend. She made us feel comfortable and at ease.
From the first time we spoke over the phone, she made sure she understood what was important to us. She even had us fill out a questionnaire to ensure we stayed on schedule and got all the photos we wanted.
And her work...it's just fabulous. Not only were we so happy with both our engagement and wedding photos, the handmade albums, etc. are elegant and beautiful. You can tell she loves her job. I would highly recommend Arielle.
Reviewed On 6/14/2014 by Kelly L
Arielle took the most beautiful photos of our wedding. (Our second photographer, brought in by Arielle, Gina, was wonderful as well!) She was a pleasure to work with for the past several months, a delight to have at our wedding, and managed to ...
document our day honestly and beautifully, with a balance of flattering candid shots to truly represented the action and the feeling of the day, as well as natural-looking posed pictures of important groups. We wouldn't change it thing- Arielle was perfect!
Reviewed On 10/01/2013 by Abby K
Arielle was so easy to work with, and a true professional. She kept us on schedule and got all the photos we wanted/needed. Our engagement photos were beautiful, can't wait to see our wedding photos.
Reviewed On 8/22/2013 by Carolyn S
Without a doubt, choosing Arielle to document our wedding was one the BEST choices we made throughout the planning process. From the very beginning, she was incredibly thoughtful and present in the process. Her communication is stellar- alway...
s quick to reply and thoughtful in content. Her willingness to go above and beyond is incredible. She put in extra time and effort to plan our unique engagement session. Also, as an out-of-state bride, she was willing to email and skype about all sorts of details (scheduling, planning portraits, etc.). When it comes down to it, its about the photos- and she blew me away. 1 month and 1 day after my wedding, I received the most gorgeous set of proofs I've ever laid eyes on.
First, she is incredibly consistent. She doesn't just rock at portraits, every aspect of my day was beautifully documented. Both posed and candid, inside and outside- all gorgeous! And she gets it- she listened to us and knew what was important to us. She took amazing details shots which my friends and family will treasure (friends put our flowers together, Maid of Honor baked our cake).
Overall, Arielle makes taking photos enjoyable! One of my favorite parts of our wedding was escaping the reception with Arielle and her assistant and taking 'sunset portraits'. Both my husband and I agree that we love those photos and enjoyed the quiet time away from guests to enjoy one another's company, all of which was facilitated and guided by Arielle's amazing expertise.
If you couldn't tell, I'm a big fan- book her now! You won't regret it!!
Also, once you go film, you don't go back. With Arielle, you will have classic, beautiful photos that will never look dated or trendy.
Reviewed On 5/30/2013 by Rachel J
Arielle was an absolute dream to work with. We got AMAZING engagement photos and formed an amazing rapport with her. She was great at communicating, and I always felt secure that we would have perfect wedding pictures. On the actual day, she wa...
s 7 months pregnant and still absolutely incredible! Cannot wait to have all our pictures back.
Reviewed On 10/18/2012 by Courtney R
Arielle was the best photographer I could have asked for! Her pictures are gorgeous, she writes a blog about every wedding, and on top of that she is one of the sweetest people I've ever met. Her personality makes taking pictures so much more...
fun and I think she's even more excited about your day than you are...which is hard to do. Here's my blog from Arielle- http://www.ariellephoto.com/2012/09/cleveland-film-wedding-photographer-chicago-film-wedding-photographer-courtney-scott.html
See for yourself how gorgeous her pics are!
Reviewed On 7/09/2012 by Laura B
Arielle was the first vendor I booked for my wedding. Wedding photography was a top priority for us and we contacted her even before we had a venue or a date. From my very first phone call with Arielle I knew I was incredibly lucky to have foun...
d her. This feeling was 100% confirmed when my fiance and I met her a few months later for our engagement shoot. We had such a great time shooting with her and the pictures she took were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. During the months leading up to our wedding she was great, responding immediately to any questions we had. When the actual wedding day arrived I was so happy to see her - she is such a warm and genuine person and I was thrilled to have her with me on such an important day. Everyone from my father to my bridesmaids told me how fantastic she was. It goes without saying that the photos from that day will be exceptional, Arielle truly has an amazing talent. We can't thank her enough!!
Reviewed On 6/26/2012 by Kate T
I am sitting here trying to fully express in writing how amazing our experience was working with Arielle. We were lucky enough to have Arielle do our engagement and wedding photos. She is so incredibly talented and her photos are of the highe...
st quality. We received countless compliments on both our engagement album and wedding photos. Truly, I have never seen such beautiful pictures of myself, my friends and family. She somehow captures photos where you look like yourself, but your best self on your best day ever. She captures intimate and genuine moments, that do not look frozen or artificial. She was an absolute dream to work with, from start to finish. My husband and I are generally pretty camera shy, and so we were apprehensive about having to take so many shots on our wedding day. As soon as we began taking the engagement shots, any nervousness disappeared, because Arielle makes you feel so at ease. She is just an incredibly warm and kind person, who truly wants to make you as happy as possible on your special day. My husband and I have already discussed future events when we could work with her again, she was THAT amazing. She deserves 6 stars in every possible category.
Reviewed On 10/01/2010 by Erika P
Arielle Doneson was the perfect photographer. We gave her a checklist, which she nailed, and her eye for detail caught some moments we would never have considered and definitely would have missed. We were so proud to be her very first wedding s...
hoot, but she handled herself with such professionalism and ease that if we hadn't known she was new to wedding photography, we wouldn't have guessed it.
I've seen some of her more recent wedding shoots, and her work has only gotten better. Her photos are STUNNING. She excels in bringing out the personality of her subjects. She's great in natural light (our ceremony and photo shoot were outdoors), and captures the most spectacular moments without being intrusive. She's delightful to work with, listens well, and delivers beautiful pictures. I HIGHLY recommend her.