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I'm Aaron...a Cincinnati wedding photographer who relocated to the Midwest from Phoenix. I love hoops, traveling, and hanging out with my people. If there is a tasty treat involved, all the better.


One Shot: Kelly and Rakesh’s Tempe Engagement

May 2, 2016

My latest One Shot comes from an engagement session with Kelly and Rakesh at the Tempe Center for the Arts. This was taken on the walking bridge that crosses over Tempe Town Lake. I’ve always loved this bridge and it’s structure. However, lighting has never been ideal there as it most often comes from the sides. However, I finally found a way to just use it instead of cursing it’s limitations.

Knowing Kelly and Rakesh would have a strong highlight to their right, I exposed for that so I could save the detail on that side of their faces and bodies. Then I brought up the shadows during editing so we could see the detail in them. Not only did this make for a nice image in the end, but the side light from the sun actually created this magical shadow that falls on the ground and her legs. The shadow on the ground leads right to them and really draws your eyes in just like the suspension lines of the bridge. To top it off, I managed to luck out with a plane crossing a few of the shots we got there. All the things add up to making this my favorite image from their session. Full blog post from the session will be up soon.

Shot with my Canon 5D Mk III and a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens at ISO 320, f2.5, and 1/6400 sec.  Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. 


Aaron Kes (me!) is a Phoenix wedding photographer who also shoots weddings in Scottsdale, Tempe, the United States of America, and Earth. Seriously, I love to travel to shoot and do so often. Let’s have some fun!

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