Ariel is a very professional and fun person. She was so on point with every shot we specifically wanted plus some! She's so easy to work with. We highly recommend her. She made a great experience for this happy newly wed couple! -Mr. & Mrs. Martin

I cannot express enough how fantastic Ariel was. From the engagement session to the day of the wedding and even all through our year of engagement, Ariel was there every step of the way guiding us and making us feel as at ease and comfortable as possible. She took the reigns and directed us and made us so comfortable, even though neither one of us is very comfortable in front of a camera. She went above and beyond what a photographer’s responsibilities are and we are so thankful for everything. Don’t hesitate to book this woman, she is phenomenal!!!!! -Kylee & Nick Racino

Ariel was super easy to work with, and she made the whole photo shoot experience very easy and relaxing! Time flew! And the end result was AMAZING. All of our pictures turned out beautifully, just take a look at her website to see all of her work. You will not regret choosing her. We’ll be back again! -Gabby & Aidan Scoccia

I would very strongly recommend Ariel to anybody looking for a photographer in the Buffalo area. It was clear from the moment she sent us our photo gallery that she is immensely skilled at her craft. Of equal importance is the fact that Ariel exemplifies professionalism, kindness, and patience. She is also wonderful with children. My family and I look forward to working with her again soon! -Matthew Kabalan

If you're looking for a super chill photographer who is still super fun and finds a way to make each session with you special, then look no further, Ariel is your girl. Each session I have done with Ariel was full of laughter, fun, and most importantly, beautiful pictures that I will cherish forever. She is able to capture life as it happens, rather than posing you to make it look that way, and still manages to capture the personality of each person. My favorite (and least favorite!) part is choosing pictures (because it is really hard to choose!) and not hating the way I look in all of them!

I recently did a shoot as a gift, and the album arrived on the day it was needed. Ariel went above and beyond to make sure I could present my gift on the intended day, and I can't thank her enough.

I can always count on Ariel to exceed my expectations, and I look forward to all of my sessions to come! Your search ends here!

UPDATE (5/12/2019): Here we are, having just received another gallery from Ariel, and again, I've spent hours pouring over the photos trying to pick out my favorites. We went into the session with one very wound up 5 1/2 year old, and a very cranky 7 month old. On the rare occasions that he stopped yelling, Ariel managed to catch the smiles, a true miracle! The photos capture each of our personalities so well, and with what seems like such ease. So very happy with these photos, as always! -Necole Rotthoff

Ariel did an absolutely amazing job at my parents 50th Anniversary party. Never in my life has my mother liked a photo of herself but when I showed my mom Ariel’s photos she said “I love them!”. Besides her great work Ariel is a sweetheart. She’s very comfortable and fun to be around. She feels like part of the family. My parents raved about her as well as the guests. I can’t recommend her enough! -Carly Williams

I can’t express enough how great of an experience my family and I had working with Ariel. When I envisioned a family photo shoot I never thought it would be this much fun and relaxing as Ariel made it. Our photos showed the true joy and love our family has and we give all credit to Ariel for bringing that out of us and capturing the moments! We undoubtedly recommend her and can’t wait for our next shoot!! - Joe Rosenhahn

I cannot fully express how in love we are with the family photos that Ariel took for us! She exceeded our expectations and we are thrilled with the outcome of SEVERAL wonderful pictures. We would definitely use Ariel again and have already recommended her to friends & family! Thank you Ariel!!! - Jayne Rosenhahn

Ariel is absolutely amazing and talented capturing those special moments that are so important. She knows how to make you look the best! -Blanca Gramajo-Vergara

I truly can't express how happy I am to have met Ariel. From the moment we had a conversation I knew she was going to be amazing. She turned my surprise engagement photoshoot, with my beautiful Fiancée, into one of the most memorable moments of my life. Ariel has such an amazing personality and knows how to connect with people and you can tell she loves doing it. I can't wait to work with her in the future for all my upcoming photoshoots. - Roberto Calix

Ariel is a wonderful photographer and has an incredibly calm and warm personality that put my entire family at ease! She was especially great at getting my shy son to open up and smile for the photos. She was very responsive during the entire process and flexible with rescheduling our shoot due to the weather, which I appreciated so much. We have received our proofs and we love our photos so much. I cannot recommend Ariel enough, she is truly wonderful! - Sara Langston

Ariel was great to work with, laid back, positive, but there to get the job done. She made sure we were comfortable and happy with what was taken before the session was over. The pictures came out beautifully and we can't wait to work with her again. She was also very quick to respond every time I reached out to her, which I greatly appreciate. -Jordon Elliott

Having known Ariel for nearly a decade, it has been a complete pleasure to watch her photography grow and develop. Had I known when I got married, what I know now, Ariel would have absolutely been my choice in photographer for all of my major life events. If we ever renew vows, I will absolutely be asking Ariel to capture our day for us. My family have enjoyed several sessions with Ariel, and have never been even close to disappointed. I look forward to reveal day with such anticipation, knowing that I am going to have a ridiculously hard time narrowing it down to my favorites. She is great with kids and families, and has a way of capturing your personalities on “film” without making it feel staged or posed. My son is allowed to play at our sessions, and it has created the most genuine pictures of HIM that I could’ve asked for. I would (and do!) HIGHLY recommend her to anyone! Thanks again, Ariel! - Mark Rotthoff

Ariel just did my daughter's wedding - what great pictures of family, friends and lots of fun! She listens to you and makes sure you get what you want- always sure that the Bride & Groom are happy. She is so easy to work with, so responsive, creative and kind. -Denise Mills

My family did a photo shoot with Ariel down at The Cobblestone in Buffalo. The casual/industrial background was perfect. She was very flexible with our very busy schedule. The photos she captured are natural and relaxed. Very happy with our experience! -Mike Cartechine Ariel was amazing to work with! Our children can be shy and she did a great job getting the smiles out of them! We had so much fun!
She is genuine and professional! -Angela Cartechine

Ariel is an amazing photographer! She has been capturing our daughter since my maternity photos. She is so good with kids! Super patient. Each photo is truly a work of art. -Danielle Matesich

We had Ariel come and do newborn shots of our daughter Luella. She was kind and very professional. I felt comfortable opening up my home to do the shoot. The pictures came out wonderful. So wonderful that we had a hard time choosing our prints. I’m thrilled to have photos we can hang in our home and brag about to all my friends and family. We will be using her again in the future for more family photos. - Chelsey Senior

Ariel did our family fall pictures and did an amazing job of capturing our family! I was a bit nervous about capturing pictures of my 11 month old son since he’s so busy! But as always Ariel delivered amazing pictures that we love so much!!! -Meghan Howard

We are thrilled with our family photos. We have two young children that are full of energy so the idea of a family shoot was very stressful; however, Ariel was amazing with our kids. She was able to get genuine smiles out of our girls which resulted in amazing pictures, we couldn't be happier! -Adrienne DeGroat

We are a rambunctious family of 6 and I was a little worried that we weren’t going to be able to get everyone to cooperate for this photo session, especially our newborn and 2 year old lol Ariel came in and immediately made everyone feel comfortable and relaxed. She was sweet and friendly, incredibly professional and our session was so fun!!! We absolutely loved our photos, she was able to capture who we are as a family and that means so much to me!! We can’t wait until the fall for our next family session:) -Melanie Gardner

Ariel was a pleasure to work with!! I did a mommy daughter photo session with her and my daughter loved her!! Ariel was so energetic and made it exciting for my daughter (she’s 4). My pictures came out better than I hoped for!! -Kirstie Oddo

We had a family party that we wanted Ariel to photograph as it was our Mom's 94th birthday! I just looked at the gallery and it was heart warming and precious to see all the moments she captured at our special event, I had tears in my eyes. She totally delivered just what we wanted and more and was a pleasure to work with. Ariel also has a great way of making everyone feel at ease. Thank you sooooo much! Loved everything about it and It's wonderful to relive the day. -Jill Hahn

♡Highly recommend♡ Ariel is amazing!!! We had our family photos done with her and she made the whole process fun! Most importantly she was awesome with our kids! They loved her! She is so easy to work with, had great ideas for pictures and the end results were perfect! I am so happy we chose Ariel and will definitely use her again. -Tawnya Poehler

It was such a pleasure working with Ariel on my wedding day. She was the consummate professional while keeping the day fun and exciting. I would highly recommend her to anyone that wants high quality and amazing photos and I cannot wait to work with her again!
Update - I was able to work with Ariel again, for some family photos and photos of my son for his one year Birthday. The pictures turned out truly amazing, several of them bringing tears to my eyes! The entire experience was so great, and it was such a fun day!! Thank you Ariel, I will treasure these forever! Can't wait to work with you again. -Shannon Keyes

Ariel is awesome! We recently did a fall outdoor mini session to get updated family photos. Not only is she very friendly and talented, she is great at communicating and responding in a timely manner. We love our photos and are so happy we went with her. I would highly recommend her to anyone!- Christina H

Ran into Ariel at a wedding she was shooting and she seemed like a blast to work with and had a great sense of humor. The Bride and Groom couldn't say enough good things and we had another recommendation from a friend that she was excellent working with kids. We did a newborn shoot with her at our house and she was able to get great family shots and had our 3 week old daughter comfortable and relaxed for the entire session and was able to get some great shots. Would definitely recommend to anyone. -Dave Szprygada

This was our first time having pictures done, and we couldn't have picked a better photographer to capture our special moments. One of my favorite parts of our session was your patients and kindness with our 6 year old! Can't wait to tell all our family and friends and spread the word! -Kathryn McCarthy

My wife and I wanted a family photo, and we saw Ariel' s storefront near our house. I also went to school with her sister, so we decided to keep it super local and give her a shot.
She walked us through the entire process in a way that felt friendly and not pushy at all. She was also able to keep our kiddos occupado (which is a 5 star feat in and of itself!). We left her office feeling ecstatic and anticipating our photo shoot.
On our photo shoot day, Ariel was essentially just one of the family. She got our girls to listen and follow directions, and when they inevitably got distracted, she went with the flow and just let them be kids (while getting great shots of them, too).
The shots of my wife and me were unbelievable too. The ways Ariel got us to "pose" made us laugh and show genuine happiness and laughs. While the photos were great, most importantly we will remember those moments in between the shots forever due to how Ariel directed us to talk, act, and pose.
Once we had to choose the images we wanted, if it wasn't for Ariel, we'd still be there looking at all the images. Ariel guided us through the selection process right in our home. She helped us decide what images to choose, what sizes we wanted, where to put them in our house, even how to arrange them.
We can't say enough good things about Ariel, from her photography, to professionalism, to personality, but we can say we recommend her 100%!
We will be using her for our next photo shoot, and so should you! -Mike Trometer

I have known Ariel about a year, and had the pleasure of doing my first photo shoot with her. I just recently got back into acting again, and needed updated head shots. What I love about her is the way she makes you feel at ease. I would definitely recommend her for all your photo needs!! -Katherine Matthews

Ariel was a joy to work with!!! We braved some cold temperatures and she managed to keep us smiling with her positive energy. Her talent is evident in our gorgeous engagement pics. She captured my fiancé, pup and I perfectly. Thank you Ariel!!! -Dana Roman

When my fiancé and I got engaged and decided to get married 5 and a half months later, I was assuming there’d be no hope to get engagement photos in time for our save the dates (which were, let’s face it, already 2+ weeks late)....until I asked around and was given rave reviews of Ariel Hawkins photography skills and quick turn around. After contacting her on a Monday, we setup a shoot for two days later on Wednesday, and less than a week later had ALL of our photos retouched and ready to put in our save the dates!!! Ariel is an absolute GODSEND with how quick and accommodating she was and my fiancé and I had an absolute BLAST with our photo shoot!! Ariel is so laid back and made us very comfortable in front of the camera while we laughed and chatted throughout! Neither of us are models, but she made us look fantastic and captured some beautiful moments of us as an engaged couple. I can’t say enough good things and am unbelievably grateful to have worked with her, and can’t wait for her to photograph us on our wedding day!!!!!! -M.C.

When my fiancé and I got engaged and decided to get married 5 and a half months later, I was assuming there’d be no hope to get engagement photos in time for our save the dates (which were, let’s face it, already 2+ weeks late)....until I asked around and was given rave reviews of Ariel Hawkins photography skills and quick turn around. After contacting her on a Monday, we setup a shoot for two days later on Wednesday, and less than a week later had ALL of our photos retouched and ready to put in our save the dates!!! Ariel is an absolute GODSEND with how quick and accommodating she was and my fiancé and I had an absolute BLAST with our photo shoot!! Ariel is so laid back and made us very comfortable in front of the camera while we laughed and chatted throughout! Neither of us are models, but she made us look fantastic and captured some beautiful moments of us as an engaged couple. I can’t say enough good things and am unbelievably grateful to have worked with her, and can’t wait for her to photograph us on our wedding day!!!!!! -M.C.

Ariel won us over the minute we met her! She has a relaxing, yet energetic way about her and goes above and beyond to get great personal shots that will be lasting memories for our family. She has the vision to know just where to shoot and how to get those great shots that will shock you when you see just how good you look! Ariel is a talented photographer who really cares about the experience her customers have not only during the session, but after the session as well. She's all about the little details that are really important and is an amazing lady to boot! ~Erin Elze

Ariel won us over the minute we met her! She has a relaxing, yet energetic way about her and goes above and beyond to get great personal shots that will be lasting memories for our family. She has the vision to know just where to shoot and how to get those great shots that will shock you when you see just how good you look! Ariel is a talented photographer who really cares about the experience her customers have not only during the session, but after the session as well. She's all about the little details that are really important and is an amazing lady to boot! ~Erin Elze

We had so much fun doing this photo session with Ariel! We didn't know what to expect in the beginning and Ariel just made it so easy and enjoyable. She told us to be ourselves but also guided us into some great shots and cool scenes. We walked all around our beautiful neighborhood and found inspiration for different shots very naturally. Ariel was really able to capture the beauty of everything and it was so much fun! She gave us great queues and prompts to help each photo come to life - she helped us just be us. We laughed and smiled the whole time, and just felt at ease, no pressure, so the shots came out great. Ariel was very professional at all times and made us feel like we were in good hands and that our photos were going to come out great! ~Dustin Muscato

We had so much fun doing this photo session with Ariel! We didn't know what to expect in the beginning and Ariel just made it so easy and enjoyable. She told us to be ourselves but also guided us into some great shots and cool scenes. We walked all around our beautiful neighborhood and found inspiration for different shots very naturally. Ariel was really able to capture the beauty of everything and it was so much fun! She gave us great queues and prompts to help each photo come to life - she helped us just be us. We laughed and smiled the whole time, and just felt at ease, no pressure, so the shots came out great. Ariel was very professional at all times and made us feel like we were in good hands and that our photos were going to come out great! ~Dustin Muscato

As soon as I met Ariel I knew she would be the person to capture my family perfectly. She is incredibly easy to work with, super talented and fun. There is not a single person that sees our pictures from our family session that does not fawn over how awesome they are. She is worth every penny! ~ Courtney Wrinn

As soon as I met Ariel I knew she would be the person to capture my family perfectly. She is incredibly easy to work with, super talented and fun. There is not a single person that sees our pictures from our family session that does not fawn over how awesome they are. She is worth every penny! ~ Courtney Wrinn

Ariel is super sweet and makes you feel very comfortable during the shoot. We don't love taking pictures and we ended up with a bunch of really great ones! We needed her around Thanksgiving due to the fact that this is the only time of year our whole family is home and she was able to accommodate that request. The quality of pictures was absolutely stunning and extended family members ended up requesting extra prints for their homes! Overall we had a very positive experience with Ariel and would definitely recommend her to friends and use her again. ~ Jackie Feld

Ariel is super sweet and makes you feel very comfortable during the shoot. We don't love taking pictures and we ended up with a bunch of really great ones! We needed her around Thanksgiving due to the fact that this is the only time of year our whole family is home and she was able to accommodate that request. The quality of pictures was absolutely stunning and extended family members ended up requesting extra prints for their homes! Overall we had a very positive experience with Ariel and would definitely recommend her to friends and use her again. ~ Jackie Feld

We first had Ariel do our pregnancy photos when I was 34 weeks back in July, and those turned out amazing! Fast-forward 8 weeks, and we're at Ariel's studio with our 9 day old baby girl for baby pics. The decision to return was a no-brainer and I couldn't be more pleased with the experience. She was very patient and knowledgeable, and took the necessary time perfecting all the baby poses. The atmosphere in the studio was also very friendly and inviting. The sneak peek photo looked absolutely adorable! I can't wait to see how the rest of the photos turned out. Would definitely return again for family photos. I highly recommend her to friends and family!!! ~Valerie A.

We first had Ariel do our pregnancy photos when I was 34 weeks back in July, and those turned out amazing! Fast-forward 8 weeks, and we're at Ariel's studio with our 9 day old baby girl for baby pics. The decision to return was a no-brainer and I couldn't be more pleased with the experience. She was very patient and knowledgeable, and took the necessary time perfecting all the baby poses. The atmosphere in the studio was also very friendly and inviting. The sneak peek photo looked absolutely adorable! I can't wait to see how the rest of the photos turned out. Would definitely return again for family photos. I highly recommend her to friends and family!!! ~Valerie A.

I am sooooo happy with my experience with Ariel!!! My maternity photoshoot went fabulous. She picked a wonderful location, knew exactly what to do/say to the kids to get them to smile, and now I have the most beautiful memories of my last pregnancy. Every single photo during the viewing session turned out amazing; now my toughest decision is picking out favorites for my wall! Thank you again for such a great experience. I will be showing everyone your work!!!! ~Karen Roth  Thank you, Ariel, for photographing my family. My pregnant wife looked stunning, and all the photos turned out great. Smooth experience, even with three kids in the mix. I know my wife is happy, which means I am happy! ~Brian Roth

I am sooooo happy with my experience with Ariel!!! My maternity photoshoot went fabulous. She picked a wonderful location, knew exactly what to do/say to the kids to get them to smile, and now I have the most beautiful memories of my last pregnancy. Every single photo during the viewing session turned out amazing; now my toughest decision is picking out favorites for my wall! Thank you again for such a great experience. I will be showing everyone your work!!!! ~Karen Roth

Thank you, Ariel, for photographing my family. My pregnant wife looked stunning, and all the photos turned out great. Smooth experience, even with three kids in the mix. I know my wife is happy, which means I am happy! ~Brian Roth

It was such a pleasure working with Ariel on my wedding day. She was the consummate professional while keeping the day fun and exciting. I would highly recommend her to anyone that wants high quality and amazing photos and I cannot wait to work with her again!   ~Shannon H.

It was such a pleasure working with Ariel on my wedding day. She was the consummate professional while keeping the day fun and exciting. I would highly recommend her to anyone that wants high quality and amazing photos and I cannot wait to work with her again! ~Shannon H.

I have worked with Ariel twice and both times have been exceptional. She is warm, energetic and fun. She was great making everyone feel comfortable.  She photographed my daughter first and was so helpful to tell me how to help so my daughters pictures would be great (and they were,she looks amazing). The second time was for a 3 generations photo session and while not everyone was excited about being in front (as opposed to behind the camera) again she made everyone feel comfortable. I just had this done and cannot wait to see the pictures! She posted a sneak peek and I love seeing it, not to mention the many praises I have received for the photo!  Thank you for capturing our moments in time, I will cherish them (the photos) forever. ~Meredith Rizzo

I highly recommend Ariel and I haven't even seen our finished photos yet! She is just so personable and makes you feel very comfortable in her studio. My little guy didn't cooperate so well, but Ariel understood and did everything she could to get some shots! My older guy took an immediate liking to her and keeps asking to go back haha! Ariel is talented and funny, which is such a great combination for a photographer. Can't wait to see our pics and use her again! ~Sara Bialy

Ariel was/is wonderful to work with! Her studio is warm and inviting and my girls had a great time! We will definitely be working with her again! <3 ~Jennifer & Bill Page

My brother and I are not Ariel's typical clientele (children and engaged couples) but she agreed to help us surprise our mother with portraits of us for Christmas. We have not had our pictures taken professionally since we were in grade school and now as a 21 year old and a 19 year old, we wanted these pictures to be exceptional and that is exactly what we received from Ariel.  The portraits were absolutely stunning and she made the whole process fun and easy, especially for two people that don't exactly love to be in front of the camera. It is hard to not have a genuine smile when you're interacting with Ariel and she is amazing at capturing them in photos. During the whole session, Ariel swapped family stories with us and took the time to really understand us as siblings and individuals. After our session, the pictures were ready to view in the matter of a week and our print orders came in faster than I ever could have imagined. Our portraits were ready, as promised, to be given to our mom on Christmas morning where there were definitely a lot of happy tears shed.  I can't thank Ariel enough for making this as quick, painless and fun as possible and for giving my mom the most sincere and beautiful gift to display in our home. I would recommend Ariel Hawkins Photography to absolutely anyone and everyone!  -Alaina Militello

My brother and I are not Ariel's typical clientele (children and engaged couples) but she agreed to help us surprise our mother with portraits of us for Christmas. We have not had our pictures taken professionally since we were in grade school and now as a 21 year old and a 19 year old, we wanted these pictures to be exceptional and that is exactly what we received from Ariel.

The portraits were absolutely stunning and she made the whole process fun and easy, especially for two people that don't exactly love to be in front of the camera. It is hard to not have a genuine smile when you're interacting with Ariel and she is amazing at capturing them in photos. During the whole session, Ariel swapped family stories with us and took the time to really understand us as siblings and individuals. After our session, the pictures were ready to view in the matter of a week and our print orders came in faster than I ever could have imagined. Our portraits were ready, as promised, to be given to our mom on Christmas morning where there were definitely a lot of happy tears shed.

I can't thank Ariel enough for making this as quick, painless and fun as possible and for giving my mom the most sincere and beautiful gift to display in our home. I would recommend Ariel Hawkins Photography to absolutely anyone and everyone! -Alaina Militello

&lt;&lt; TALENTED!! &gt;&gt; My husband and I wanted some formal pictures taken while we were in the Buffalo area visiting family (we live in southern California); Ariel came highly recommended. From the first phone conversation we had, I knew she would be a great fit. Ariel was personable, professional, considerate, and willing to do whatever she could to make sure we were happy. We're talking friendly, on-time, prepared, "it's 40 degrees outside, put your coat back on!", knowledgeable, and flexible. She has given us the most incredible gift with these pictures and I cannot thank her enough. If you want high-quality, gorgeous photographs, look no further than Ariel Hawkins.  -Ashley McCully

<< TALENTED!! >> My husband and I wanted some formal pictures taken while we were in the Buffalo area visiting family (we live in southern California); Ariel came highly recommended. From the first phone conversation we had, I knew she would be a great fit. Ariel was personable, professional, considerate, and willing to do whatever she could to make sure we were happy. We're talking friendly, on-time, prepared, "it's 40 degrees outside, put your coat back on!", knowledgeable, and flexible. She has given us the most incredible gift with these pictures and I cannot thank her enough. If you want high-quality, gorgeous photographs, look no further than Ariel Hawkins. -Ashley McCully

Ariel did a family wedding and also our maternity photos. She is absolutely amazing and so talented! I could not be happier with her pictures. She knows how to capture the real moments by making everyone comfortable and relaxed.  Thank you Ariel for making us so happy! ~Michelle W.  Ariel was great and would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for someone professional and also very personable. She has a great ability for capturing the moment and helped with making us feel comfortable!!! ~Gil R.

Ariel did a family wedding and also our maternity photos. She is absolutely amazing and so talented! I could not be happier with her pictures. She knows how to capture the real moments by making everyone comfortable and relaxed.
Thank you Ariel for making us so happy! ~Michelle W.

Ariel was great and would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for someone professional and also very personable. She has a great ability for capturing the moment and helped with making us feel comfortable!!! ~Gil R.

From my first meeting with Ariel up until our wedding I knew she was going to create something amazing!! When I thought about my wedding photography I wanted the person who was really going to tell the story of our day as a family. We started our journey during a family/engagement session. She was extremely professional but also super fun to be around!!! Ariel took us on a mini adventure day traveling through Buffalo to see some sights we actually never had a chance to see!! The photos turned out beautiful! They truly exceeded my expectations!! Ariel had never been to our ceremony sight so we met there to explore again. I watched her wave hands around, point crazily all over the place, and listened to her promise it would not rain on my day!! Then came the big day and it was raining!! She was there bright and early still promising the it would not rain for the ceremony! She jumped right into a house full of girls and started to capture our story! As the day progressed so did our story. It did not rain during the ceremony! Ariel is extremely professional, great with crowd control, extremely organized and tons of fun to be around!!! We just received our photos and she created everything I envisioned and more!! After watching her on sight that first visit to see what she created has again exceeded my expectations. She is purely talented! I do not have words to describe how happy I am with the experience, memories and photos she gave us to last a life time!!  ~ Tracey &amp; Jason P.

From my first meeting with Ariel up until our wedding I knew she was going to create something amazing!! When I thought about my wedding photography I wanted the person who was really going to tell the story of our day as a family. We started our journey during a family/engagement session. She was extremely professional but also super fun to be around!!! Ariel took us on a mini adventure day traveling through Buffalo to see some sights we actually never had a chance to see!! The photos turned out beautiful! They truly exceeded my expectations!! Ariel had never been to our ceremony sight so we met there to explore again. I watched her wave hands around, point crazily all over the place, and listened to her promise it would not rain on my day!! Then came the big day and it was raining!! She was there bright and early still promising the it would not rain for the ceremony! She jumped right into a house full of girls and started to capture our story! As the day progressed so did our story. It did not rain during the ceremony! Ariel is extremely professional, great with crowd control, extremely organized and tons of fun to be around!!! We just received our photos and she created everything I envisioned and more!! After watching her on sight that first visit to see what she created has again exceeded my expectations. She is purely talented! I do not have words to describe how happy I am with the experience, memories and photos she gave us to last a life time!! ~Tracey & Jason P.

Ariel has photographed our family twice now. She most recently photographed our son and she really is amazing. Her warm nature and fun loving personality really made our kids open up. You can tell she loves what she does and her photos are proof she's amazing at what she does! When we sat down with her to go over prints, she didn't push anything on us and really took the time to explain and show us what we are getting when we choose her over other photographers. My wife has know Ariel and her sister for a few years now and every time we see her, she asks about the kids and takes time to have meaningful conversations. In a world where everyone is constantly in a hurry, she really takes the time to make the connection with her clients. We were blown away at the quality of her work even BEFORE she edited the photos. Every print she has created for us is proudly displayed in our home... Her work is simply amazing! Her artistic ability and the products she creates are fitting for every family regardless of personal style. The DIY displayed photos and her newest frames for photos are gorgeous, if you haven't stopped by her studio just to browse around, you absolutely must! Very inspiring artist!      -The Tracey Family

Ariel has photographed our family twice now. She most recently photographed our son and she really is amazing. Her warm nature and fun loving personality really made our kids open up. You can tell she loves what she does and her photos are proof she's amazing at what she does! When we sat down with her to go over prints, she didn't push anything on us and really took the time to explain and show us what we are getting when we choose her over other photographers. My wife has know Ariel and her sister for a few years now and every time we see her, she asks about the kids and takes time to have meaningful conversations. In a world where everyone is constantly in a hurry, she really takes the time to make the connection with her clients. We were blown away at the quality of her work even BEFORE she edited the photos. Every print she has created for us is proudly displayed in our home... Her work is simply amazing! Her artistic ability and the products she creates are fitting for every family regardless of personal style. The DIY displayed photos and her newest frames for photos are gorgeous, if you haven't stopped by her studio just to browse around, you absolutely must! Very inspiring artist!

-The Tracey Family

I have worked with other photographers in the past and I can honestly stay say that Ariel makes her sessions fun and easy. These two subjects are not the easiest to work with though her photos do Not give that appearance. Annah and Bria are definitely challenging subjects lol. Thank you Ariel for showing off your talents and professionalism as always. It's awesome to see your creativity at it's finest. I am blown away that you can make something beautiful out of almost nothing.  -Jay Grimes

I have worked with other photographers in the past and I can honestly stay say that Ariel makes her sessions fun and easy. These two subjects are not the easiest to work with though her photos do Not give that appearance. Annah and Bria are definitely challenging subjects lol.
Thank you Ariel for showing off your talents and professionalism as always. It's awesome to see your creativity at it's finest. I am blown away that you can make something beautiful out of almost nothing. -Jay Grimes

You have made our (pre)wedding experience so wonderful. The pictures are beautiful. I(we) cannot thank you enough. We have the save(s) the dates ordered. So excited. I don't think October can come soon enough. We have a few other funny ideas come to mind after, and boy am I glad we thought of em after. You are truly great at what you do. Thank you, Ariel. And you as well Mark!   POST WEDDING EDIT.   Now that we are (almost) home from our honeymoon, I(we) can finally blab on and on about how wonderful our experience was with you (and mark!). Weddigs are gonna get stressful, that's normal. It's part of the process. But you made this so enjoyable for us. We're clearly not old hands at this whole getting married thing. We wanted as little to be staged as possible. and that's just what you did. Every last detail. You delivered, and boh did you deliver it all. Thank you for giving us everything that we were looking for, Ariel. -  Michael Flick &amp; Courtney Flerron    I feel like I could write pages about how great our wedding experience with Ariel has been, but know I would still come up short. But I will try my best! I was a wedding planner for a few years, working with dozens of various photographers, so I had a pretty good idea of what I liked and didn't. Ariel was/ is the best, I do not hesitate to say it! From the moment we met with her, I felt confident we had made an easy decision. She has a distinct ability to really listen and understand your needs &amp; wants, while balancing it with what is practical and how it could be applied. Prior to, she was always available to throw ideas around... definitely someone you can test with corky or untraditional shots with!    Onto the wedding day, I loved that she took direction, something that day of was too much a bear for me to even consider! She has a great sense of vision and is quick to navigate bad lighting, rowdy groomsmen and a timeframe much too small.    The best part was that throughout the process, you just feel comfortable! I am not one for the spotlight, so i was dreading much of it, but day of I felt completely just fine. What a relief!    Hands down, great experience! I also recommend seeing if you can book Mark Miller in conjunction with her services... a package I believe she still offers. They are fantastic together!    Cheers &amp; thanks again Ariel!!

You have made our (pre)wedding experience so wonderful. The pictures are beautiful. I(we) cannot thank you enough. We have the save(s) the dates ordered. So excited. I don't think October can come soon enough. We have a few other funny ideas come to mind after, and boy am I glad we thought of em after. You are truly great at what you do. Thank you, Ariel. And you as well Mark! POST WEDDING EDIT. Now that we are (almost) home from our honeymoon, I(we) can finally blab on and on about how wonderful our experience was with you (and mark!). Weddigs are gonna get stressful, that's normal. It's part of the process. But you made this so enjoyable for us. We're clearly not old hands at this whole getting married thing. We wanted as little to be staged as possible. and that's just what you did. Every last detail. You delivered, and boh did you deliver it all. Thank you for giving us everything that we were looking for, Ariel. - Michael Flick & Courtney Flerron

I feel like I could write pages about how great our wedding experience with Ariel has been, but know I would still come up short. But I will try my best! I was a wedding planner for a few years, working with dozens of various photographers, so I had a pretty good idea of what I liked and didn't. Ariel was/ is the best, I do not hesitate to say it! From the moment we met with her, I felt confident we had made an easy decision. She has a distinct ability to really listen and understand your needs & wants, while balancing it with what is practical and how it could be applied. Prior to, she was always available to throw ideas around... definitely someone you can test with corky or untraditional shots with!

Onto the wedding day, I loved that she took direction, something that day of was too much a bear for me to even consider! She has a great sense of vision and is quick to navigate bad lighting, rowdy groomsmen and a timeframe much too small.

The best part was that throughout the process, you just feel comfortable! I am not one for the spotlight, so i was dreading much of it, but day of I felt completely just fine. What a relief!

Hands down, great experience! I also recommend seeing if you can book Mark Miller in conjunction with her services... a package I believe she still offers. They are fantastic together!

Cheers & thanks again Ariel!!

After seeing Ariel's work, and meeting with her we knew she would be perfect for our wedding. We just finished our engagement photo shoot, and she was amazing. She was fun and relax and made us feel very comfortable through out the photoshoot. And after seeing how the photos turned out we have no doubt that we made the right decision. We're so excited to have her photograph our wedding next summer! ~ Eric M.  Ariel is amazing! After meeting with her, I knew we were going to have a great time with our engagement and wedding photos. My fiancé and I recently had our engagement photos with her and she was wonderful! She made us feel so comfortable and we had a great time! She had such great ideas that we were excited with. We just got our engagement pictures back and we were blown away. She was able to capture such great moments. I am looking forward to working with her on our big day! ~Nikki A.

After seeing Ariel's work, and meeting with her we knew she would be perfect for our wedding. We just finished our engagement photo shoot, and she was amazing. She was fun and relax and made us feel very comfortable through out the photoshoot. And after seeing how the photos turned out we have no doubt that we made the right decision. We're so excited to have her photograph our wedding next summer! ~ Eric M.

Ariel is amazing! After meeting with her, I knew we were going to have a great time with our engagement and wedding photos. My fiancé and I recently had our engagement photos with her and she was wonderful! She made us feel so comfortable and we had a great time! She had such great ideas that we were excited with. We just got our engagement pictures back and we were blown away. She was able to capture such great moments. I am looking forward to working with her on our big day! ~Nikki A.

It's hard to write an unbiased review of Ariel's work because I know her both as a friend and photographer! Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Ariel on a special project that was going to be a gift. I was nervous about how the pictures would come out and how I would look in them! Ariel was amazing to work with that day. I felt 100% comfortable with her and it turned out be a really fun shoot! The finished project was more than I could have imagined. Her unique style and "out of the box" staging really shines in her work because it really does not look like every other photographer out there. Ariel really has an eye for beauty and imagination--something that only she can see and you need to trust her with! Not only did the photos come out beautiful,during the whole process from start to finish, Ariel was available ALL the time. If I emailed her or texted her, she responded quickly. She was upfront about costs and what I was really paying for, as well as made several smart recommendations about which photos to choose and how to display them. I'm so happy I had this opportunity to work with Ariel and I can't wait to work with her again!!!!   ~Lena Patterson

It's hard to write an unbiased review of Ariel's work because I know her both as a friend and photographer! Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Ariel on a special project that was going to be a gift. I was nervous about how the pictures would come out and how I would look in them! Ariel was amazing to work with that day. I felt 100% comfortable with her and it turned out be a really fun shoot! The finished project was more than I could have imagined. Her unique style and "out of the box" staging really shines in her work because it really does not look like every other photographer out there. Ariel really has an eye for beauty and imagination--something that only she can see and you need to trust her with! Not only did the photos come out beautiful,during the whole process from start to finish, Ariel was available ALL the time. If I emailed her or texted her, she responded quickly. She was upfront about costs and what I was really paying for, as well as made several smart recommendations about which photos to choose and how to display them. I'm so happy I had this opportunity to work with Ariel and I can't wait to work with her again!!!! ~Lena Patterson

Ariel photographed my brother's wedding and I knew that whenever my day came she was the first person I was going to call. Justin and I just got done with our engagement session and words alone cannot describe how much fun we had! I was a nervous Nelly (you know how you want everything to be perfect), but the minute Ariel started she was professional yet so relaxing and everything was perfect! She has such vision and her passion for what she does is evident in the amazing pictures we just saw a week after our shoot!!! We cannot wait for our wedding day and are so blessed that Ariel will be there to capture one of the most important days of our lives!   ~Amy and Justin~  Their blog post can be found  HERE!

Ariel photographed my brother's wedding and I knew that whenever my day came she was the first person I was going to call. Justin and I just got done with our engagement session and words alone cannot describe how much fun we had! I was a nervous Nelly (you know how you want everything to be perfect), but the minute Ariel started she was professional yet so relaxing and everything was perfect! She has such vision and her passion for what she does is evident in the amazing pictures we just saw a week after our shoot!!! We cannot wait for our wedding day and are so blessed that Ariel will be there to capture one of the most important days of our lives!
~Amy and Justin~ Their blog post can be found HERE!

Ariel was fantastic through my 10 month old session! As soon as we walked through the door she made us both so comfortable and patiently waited for my daughter to come out of her shell. So far I've only seen one sneak peak picture and it's beautiful! I can't wait to see the rest this weekend! ~Renee Letina

After having my first photo shoot with Ariel, I can definitely say that I would recommend her to anyone looking to have photography done by an EXTREMELY talented professional. I did a trash the dress shoot with my horse, dogs and husband and I have to say it was such a blast!  Even though Ariel has not worked with horses in the past, she had a great handle on their movement and became very comfortable around my horse Stretch. From what I have seen so far I am extremely impressed and I cannot wait to see the rest of the photos. Ariel is very easy to work with, talk to and get comfortable around. Nothing felt forced and I think her work reflects that!  ~Jennifer Hark

After having my first photo shoot with Ariel, I can definitely say that I would recommend her to anyone looking to have photography done by an EXTREMELY talented professional. I did a trash the dress shoot with my horse, dogs and husband and I have to say it was such a blast!

Even though Ariel has not worked with horses in the past, she had a great handle on their movement and became very comfortable around my horse Stretch. From what I have seen so far I am extremely impressed and I cannot wait to see the rest of the photos. Ariel is very easy to work with, talk to and get comfortable around. Nothing felt forced and I think her work reflects that! ~Jennifer Hark

I highly, highly recommend Ariel Hawkins Photography! Here are a few reasons why...  First off, the overall experience. Working with Ariel is like working with a friend that you’ve known for years.. And I sincerely mean that. She has this way of making you feel instantly comfortable and is absolutely wonderful to work with, through every step of the process. From the first consultation with my fiancé and I, through our engagement session, and our wedding Ariel really took the time to learn more about us and understand the vision that we had for our photos. She was able to take our vision and put her creative spin on it, making the sessions truly customized (and fun!) experiences. She also managed to keep us calm during some not so ideal weather conditions on our wedding day, which was extremely appreciated! We still managed to get the photos we wanted and all turned out perfectly!  Next, is the quality of work. Ariel's overall creativity and attention to detail is AMAZING. She is an artist that clearly loves what she does. All of her ideas are completely original and incorporate details and creative spins that I would never think to include. We have so many beautiful (and original!) photos as a result and are beyond happy with that. She was running around all over at our wedding to capture everything and we received numerous compliments from our guests about her work ethic (and friendliness!).  I can't recommend Ariel enough. We are SO happy we had the opportunity to work with her and have some beautiful photos to cherish for a lifetime.Ariel, thank you so much for everything! We cannot wait for our next excuse for photos so we can work with you again!  -Stephanie Mroz

I highly, highly recommend Ariel Hawkins Photography! Here are a few reasons why...

First off, the overall experience. Working with Ariel is like working with a friend that you’ve known for years.. And I sincerely mean that. She has this way of making you feel instantly comfortable and is absolutely wonderful to work with, through every step of the process. From the first consultation with my fiancé and I, through our engagement session, and our wedding Ariel really took the time to learn more about us and understand the vision that we had for our photos. She was able to take our vision and put her creative spin on it, making the sessions truly customized (and fun!) experiences. She also managed to keep us calm during some not so ideal weather conditions on our wedding day, which was extremely appreciated! We still managed to get the photos we wanted and all turned out perfectly!

Next, is the quality of work. Ariel's overall creativity and attention to detail is AMAZING. She is an artist that clearly loves what she does. All of her ideas are completely original and incorporate details and creative spins that I would never think to include. We have so many beautiful (and original!) photos as a result and are beyond happy with that. She was running around all over at our wedding to capture everything and we received numerous compliments from our guests about her work ethic (and friendliness!).

I can't recommend Ariel enough. We are SO happy we had the opportunity to work with her and have some beautiful photos to cherish for a lifetime.Ariel, thank you so much for everything! We cannot wait for our next excuse for photos so we can work with you again! -Stephanie Mroz

Beyond thrilled with my photos! Ariel made it incredibly hard to pick my favorites, which in my book, only signifies how talented she is. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone! Thanks again, Ariel!  -Necole Rotthoff

Beyond thrilled with my photos! Ariel made it incredibly hard to pick my favorites, which in my book, only signifies how talented she is. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone! Thanks again, Ariel! -Necole Rotthoff

Ariel did our family photos (family of 6) in May 2015, and she did a fantastic job. She managed to capture the “spirit” of our family-curious, silly, loving, active! We did a 7 am slot with her out doors and she captured it all—tree climbing, nature investigating, walks in the long grass, throwing rocks in the water, breastfeeding, baby wearing, the sweet real moments between parent and child and between siblings. When we were communicating before and after the shoot, she was prompt and clear, quick to give suggestions when asked and available by phone, email and text. The day of the shoot she arrived early and was there waiting when we pulled in. She worked to make the kids feel at ease. She had her work cut out for her tracking, corralling, and shooting beautiful moments with 4 kids under 10 and she made it look effortless with a smile on her face.  She had the photos edited and available online even sooner than the time frame she had quoted. Once we chose our most favorites and ordered them, they arrived quickly and are beautiful! I would absolutely recommend her to a friend! - Bethany Ambrose

Ariel did our family photos (family of 6) in May 2015, and she did a fantastic job. She managed to capture the “spirit” of our family-curious, silly, loving, active! We did a 7 am slot with her out doors and she captured it all—tree climbing, nature investigating, walks in the long grass, throwing rocks in the water, breastfeeding, baby wearing, the sweet real moments between parent and child and between siblings. When we were communicating before and after the shoot, she was prompt and clear, quick to give suggestions when asked and available by phone, email and text. The day of the shoot she arrived early and was there waiting when we pulled in. She worked to make the kids feel at ease. She had her work cut out for her tracking, corralling, and shooting beautiful moments with 4 kids under 10 and she made it look effortless with a smile on her face.
She had the photos edited and available online even sooner than the time frame she had quoted. Once we chose our most favorites and ordered them, they arrived quickly and are beautiful! I would absolutely recommend her to a friend! -Bethany Ambrose

I loved working with Ariel! Leading up to our session she always kept in contact with me and offered any help that I needed. We had a little problem the day of our original photo shoot but she was so understanding and worked with me to reschedule. The day of our session, I was a little nervous because having small children they often have plans of their own. She was so patient and my girls just took to her. She was not pushy and offered suggestions but let the girls do what they wanted and took amazing photos in the process. The photos of my girls are so beautiful and everyone I share them with agrees! I recommend her to everyone. Her work speaks for itself! Thanks Ariel!  -Kayla Odland   Ariel did such a fantastic job with our family photos! She was so personable and extremely patient with our two young ones. The pictures came out amazing! I recommend her to anyone.  - Shawn Odland

I loved working with Ariel! Leading up to our session she always kept in contact with me and offered any help that I needed. We had a little problem the day of our original photo shoot but she was so understanding and worked with me to reschedule. The day of our session, I was a little nervous because having small children they often have plans of their own. She was so patient and my girls just took to her. She was not pushy and offered suggestions but let the girls do what they wanted and took amazing photos in the process. The photos of my girls are so beautiful and everyone I share them with agrees! I recommend her to everyone. Her work speaks for itself! Thanks Ariel! -Kayla Odland

Ariel did such a fantastic job with our family photos! She was so personable and extremely patient with our two young ones. The pictures came out amazing! I recommend her to anyone. - Shawn Odland

Ariel is an absolutely phenomenal photographer and her work is beyond beautiful! I would suggest her to anyone. She's such an awesome person and so fun to work with! She takes capturing a special moment to a whole different level and makes it that much more special. Thank you Ariel for such a fun and awesome day yesterday doing my maternity pictures!  - Ashley Wilkenson

Ariel is an absolutely phenomenal photographer and her work is beyond beautiful! I would suggest her to anyone. She's such an awesome person and so fun to work with! She takes capturing a special moment to a whole different level and makes it that much more special. Thank you Ariel for such a fun and awesome day yesterday doing my maternity pictures! - Ashley Wilkenson

What an amazing experience my family and I had with Ariel! We have 5 kids ranging from the ages 10 to newborn and Ariel captured each of their little personalities beautifully. Our photos couldn't have turned out any better!   Ariel made us feel at home the moment we stepped into her beautiful studio. The kids had so much fun and were HAPPY throughout the whole photoshoot. I never felt rushed or felt any type of anxiety because the kids weren't doing what they were "supossed" to be doing.   You can definitely tell Ariel loves what she does because it shows in her work. Not only was she very professional, she also made me feel like we have been friends forever.   I would highly recommend Ariel Hawkins Photography to anyone and everyone! Thanks so much Ariel, we love you and your work!!!!  -Katie Harding   We just had our family of seven photographed by Ariel and they came out amazing. You can see her passion for life in her work. She made are family of seven seem like we were at home during the photo shoot at her studio. We just reviewed the photo's today and she did a awesome job capturing are kids and all there unique personalities. Thanks again !! -Justin Harding

What an amazing experience my family and I had with Ariel! We have 5 kids ranging from the ages 10 to newborn and Ariel captured each of their little personalities beautifully. Our photos couldn't have turned out any better!

Ariel made us feel at home the moment we stepped into her beautiful studio. The kids had so much fun and were HAPPY throughout the whole photoshoot. I never felt rushed or felt any type of anxiety because the kids weren't doing what they were "supossed" to be doing.

You can definitely tell Ariel loves what she does because it shows in her work. Not only was she very professional, she also made me feel like we have been friends forever.

I would highly recommend Ariel Hawkins Photography to anyone and everyone! Thanks so much Ariel, we love you and your work!!!! -Katie Harding

We just had our family of seven photographed by Ariel and they came out amazing. You can see her passion for life in her work. She made are family of seven seem like we were at home during the photo shoot at her studio. We just reviewed the photo's today and she did a awesome job capturing are kids and all there unique personalities. Thanks again !! -Justin Harding

Ariel is amazing! After meeting with her, I knew we were going to have a great time with our engagement and wedding photos. My fiancé and I recently had our engagement photos with her and she was wonderful! She made us feel so comfortable and we had a great time! She had such great ideas that we were excited with. We just got our engagement pictures back and we were blown away. She was able to capture such great moments. I am looking forward to working with her on our big day! -Nikki Alberti 

After seeing Ariel's work, and meeting with her we knew she would be perfect for our wedding. We just finished our engagement photo shoot, and she was amazing. She was fun and relax and made us feel very comfortable through out the photoshoot. And after seeing how the photos turned out we have no doubt that we made the right decision. We're so excited to have her photograph our wedding next summer! -Eric Moeller

 

 

Ariel was amazing to work with, she was very professional and personable. My pregnancy photos turned out so beautiful!!!! I've already booked an photo session with her for my little one, whenever she decides to present herself to the world. Thanks again Ariel.  -Antoinette Mcneil

Ariel was amazing to work with, she was very professional and personable. My pregnancy photos turned out so beautiful!!!! I've already booked an photo session with her for my little one, whenever she decides to present herself to the world. Thanks again Ariel. -Antoinette Mcneil

Ariel is an awesome photographer and does an amazing job. She did my senior photos and I was really happy with them and I loved them. I definitely recommend you going to her for any pictures you need done and you will be very pleased with her work and the time she takes to find out exactly what it is you want. -  Danielle Hottum

Ariel is an awesome photographer and does an amazing job. She did my senior photos and I was really happy with them and I loved them. I definitely recommend you going to her for any pictures you need done and you will be very pleased with her work and the time she takes to find out exactly what it is you want. - Danielle Hottum

I recently scheduled a fall family photo shoot with Ariel. I really didn't know what I wanted - I just wanted to have beautiful pictures when we finished. With no direction, Ariel talked with me a little, made a suggestion for a shoot location, and took it from there. Our experience was fantastic; we felt like we were hanging out with a friend. We walked through the park chatting and stopping at the perfect spots, with Ariel's guidance, for photos. She hit it off with my 3 year old and was so patient when my little was being stingy with the smiles. I would definitely recommend Ariel Hawkins Photography to my friends and family.  -Christy Hein

I recently scheduled a fall family photo shoot with Ariel. I really didn't know what I wanted - I just wanted to have beautiful pictures when we finished. With no direction, Ariel talked with me a little, made a suggestion for a shoot location, and took it from there. Our experience was fantastic; we felt like we were hanging out with a friend. We walked through the park chatting and stopping at the perfect spots, with Ariel's guidance, for photos. She hit it off with my 3 year old and was so patient when my little was being stingy with the smiles. I would definitely recommend Ariel Hawkins Photography to my friends and family. -Christy Hein

We are very excited to have Ariel photographing our wedding. Our engagement session was a blast and the photos came out amazing and truly touched everyone we have shown. Ariel made the most of each scene and easily made us comfortable in front of her lens. -  Michelle Spampata

We are very excited to have Ariel photographing our wedding. Our engagement session was a blast and the photos came out amazing and truly touched everyone we have shown. Ariel made the most of each scene and easily made us comfortable in front of her lens. - Michelle Spampata

Craig and I are so happy we chose Ariel to be our photographer!! She was so helpful and friendly along the way. We loved that she even came to our rehearsal to check out the location and meet some of our family and friends. She is great to work with!! Not to mention was the most reasonable cost-wise that we came across. The sneak peaks we've seen thus far are fabulous and we can't wait to see the rest!! Thanks Ariel! Love, Kerri and Craig Jagiello

Craig and I are so happy we chose Ariel to be our photographer!! She was so helpful and friendly along the way. We loved that she even came to our rehearsal to check out the location and meet some of our family and friends. She is great to work with!! Not to mention was the most reasonable cost-wise that we came across. The sneak peaks we've seen thus far are fabulous and we can't wait to see the rest!! Thanks Ariel! Love, Kerri and Craig Jagiello


If you're looking for a super chill photographer who is still super fun and finds a way to make each session with you special, then look no further, Ariel is your girl. Each session I have done with Ariel was full of laughter, fun, and most importantly, beautiful pictures that I will cherish forever. She is able to capture life as it happens, rather than posing you to make it look that way, and still manages to capture the personality of each person. My favorite (and least favorite!) part is choosing pictures (because it is really hard to choose!) and not hating the way I look in all of them!

I recently did a shoot as a gift, and the album arrived on the day it was needed. Ariel went above and beyond to make sure I could present my gift on the intended day, and I can't thank her enough.

I can always count on Ariel to exceed my expectations, and I look forward to all of my sessions to come! Your search ends here! - Necole Rotthoff


We just did our engagement photo session with Ariel yesterday, and we can't say enough good things! First, getting ahold of her and scheduling the session was so easy because she was so flexible and responsive with her emails almost immediately! As a bride, that makes everything easier when you hear back that fast. She answered all our questions and came so prepared. I sent Ariel a bunch of photos I wanted to try and she made sure we did every single one. Personality wise, she is just so fun and easy to work with...we honestly had the best time laughing with her and just enjoying the shoot. It didn't feel forced or uncomfortable at all, it just felt like we were taking pictures with a friend. She has a real eye for what spots would look good, and is super helpful with her encouragement to just be natural. You can absolutely tell Ariel loves what she does. We only saw a sneak peak but are sooo excited to see the rest and work with her on our wedding day next summer!! We would already recommend Ariel to anyone! PS- she also traveled 45 minutes to come shoot us, just another thing we appreciate about her! -Becky 

I can't say enough about Ariel! She has a terrific ability to capture the perfect moment. She is so personable and easy to work with. She is one of those great people that "gets" kids and knows how to capture their personality. We checked photographers more local to us in NC (even highly recommended photographers), but didn't go with them because we just couldn't find anyone whose work could compare to Ariel's. I would highly recommend a photo session with Ariel Hawkins Photography.  -Michelle Johnson

I can't say enough about Ariel! She has a terrific ability to capture the perfect moment. She is so personable and easy to work with. She is one of those great people that "gets" kids and knows how to capture their personality. We checked photographers more local to us in NC (even highly recommended photographers), but didn't go with them because we just couldn't find anyone whose work could compare to Ariel's. I would highly recommend a photo session with Ariel Hawkins Photography. -Michelle Johnson

I have taken to my children to other photography studios before (big box store ones), and I will never go back. My experience working with Ariel was so enjoyable. I have a 9 month old, 2 ½ year old and 3 ½ year old, 3 very active children and she was so patient with them, worked with them to make it fun and also get some great photos! Another wonderful perk was she did just give me 15 minutes of her time and rush me out, something I have experienced before at other places. I can’t wait to book my next photo shoot! -  Jessica Higgins

I have taken to my children to other photography studios before (big box store ones), and I will never go back. My experience working with Ariel was so enjoyable. I have a 9 month old, 2 ½ year old and 3 ½ year old, 3 very active children and she was so patient with them, worked with them to make it fun and also get some great photos! Another wonderful perk was she did just give me 15 minutes of her time and rush me out, something I have experienced before at other places. I can’t wait to book my next photo shoot! - Jessica Higgins


Ariel was warm, and made me and my family feel extremely comfortable in what is a very personal time for us. She seems extremely knowledgable in her practice, and her pictures are beautiful! I can't wait to see all of the results of our shoot together, and will definitely work with her and refer her to others in the future. Btw, her assistant, Rachel, is wonderful, too! - Christen Mueller

Ariel is wonderful! She was so patient with our newborn twins. She is definitely one of the most creative and talented people I know! - Nicole Kuss

I received a photo session as a wedding gift from my sister and I couldn't have asked for a better gift. I haven't seen the pictures (besides sneak peeks) and I can already say she is awesome. I am looking forward to requesting her services in the near future! - Jennifer Mcintosh

Ariel did an amazing job capturing all the moments big and small during our daughters birthday/ baby naming. we will definitely be using her again in the near future. - Josh Smith

Very professional and her work is absolutely beautiful. - Damaris Goosby

Ariel truly loves the art of photography and it shows 110% in her work! She has a keen eye for the perfect setting and such a beautiful way of capturing the perfect smile from everyone she works with. I truly had a tear in my eye when I saw my photos because she captured my children in the way I think of them when I am away from them. Ariel is a true professional! Thank you for capturing beautiful memories I will cherish all of my life! - Ashley Kingston

Working with Ariel has been a blast! After seeing the quality of her work my wife and I decided to capture special moments every month from our daughter's first year. Our daughter adores her and has so much fun at every shoot. If you want much more than a photographer then Ariel should be at the top of your list! Highly recommended! - Mark Matesich

I was just amazed to see our wedding pictures. Ariel was able to capture the best moment of the celebration and the pictures were just astonishing. Thank you so much again, Chris and I will be forever thankful. - Serge Brillon

We had a wonderful experience with Ariel. She was kind and very personable and our session was very relaxed! She listened very closely to what we wanted and made adjustments to the session to meet our needs. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a professional photography session. I'm very pleased with our pictures which were very quickly uploaded to her online gallery. Excellent photographer! - Carla Wegrzyn

The family photo session with Ariel far exceeded my expectations! It was not a traditional photo session which I really enjoyed. We take our kids to Delaware Park to the baseball diamond and basketball courts all the time, so we spent the afternoon at the park with Ariel. I hardly noticed that we were getting our picture taken and she captured some amazing moments. Thank you Ariel- we can’t wait to work with you again. 

I had a family photo session last week with Ariel and it was a great experience! She made us feel super comfortable and allowed us to be ourselves and not like a camera was in our faces.
I would definitely recommend her for any type of event from a family photo session to a wedding!

- Jamie & Clayton Perry

We have just finished going through the hundreds of photographs that were taken at our wedding. To say that we were blown away, is a complete understatement! Ariel and Iggy (her assistant for the day) captured all of the special moments, the raw emotion, the candid shots at the reception as well as the fine details that the common observer would have missed. Her blog of our wedding has only been up for a few hours and we have been getting calls and texts left and right about how amazing our pictures are! We will recommend, without reservation, Ariel and her company to any and everyone that we know! Our day was special, but Ariel has made it that much more memorable! We can't thank her (and Iggy) enough! -Amy & Justin Loeber