Aaron Delesie is the dream wedding photographer

With a camera always in his hands for the past 21 years, Aaron Delesie is one of the most renowned and published wedding photographers in the world.

With a camera always in his hands for the past 21 years, Aaron Delesie is one of the most renowned and published wedding photographers in the world.

With a camera always in his hands for the past 21 years, Aaron Delesie is one of the most renowned and published wedding photographers in the world. Aaron photographs weddings in any part of the globe and his work has been published in more than 30 countries in such iconic publications as Rolling Stone, Oprah, Time, People, Martha Stewart, Vanity Fair, GQ, Fast Company, Premiere, Movieline, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Wedding Style Guide, The Bride And Bloom, Instyle, Inside Weddings, Angeleno, Los Angeles Weddings, Orange Coast Weddings, OK Magazine, Grace Ormonde and Bride's… to name only a few examples. In spite of all this success, he’s a very modest and super friendly person, as well as a great example of professional. Our Wedding In Portugal interviewed Aaron and he replied with his wonderful good nature!

Where is your home?

I currently live in Southern California U.S.A. but only spend about half of the year there. The other half of the year is spent traveling the globe for weddings. I like to think I live in a lot of different places, a lot of them I would consider home.

How long have you been a photographer?

I have been a photographer for 20 years. It is the only job I have ever had. I absolutely LOVE what I do and have had such an amazing journey. I started out in still life and over the course of 20 years have worked in almost every aspect of the profession from cars to cosmetics to editorial. I was very lucky to work with some amazing photographers in New York City when I was young and they taught me a lot. 

Did you go to school to study photography?

Yes, I spent 4 years at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, studying photography.

It was really intense and all consuming but laid an amazing technical foundation for me.

How long have you been a wedding photographer?

 I have been a wedding photographer for almost 8 years now. The previous 13 were spent in advertising and editorial

How would you describe your style?

 I think it’s just a combination of a lot of different things. I would not pigeon hole it into one category or description. I am drawing on all the years I spent shooting before weddings and it creates a body of work that is incredibly consistent yet diverse at the same time.

What or who got you started in wedding photography?

I started shooting second camera work for a friend of mine at his events and realized that weddings were a lot of fun. I was taught that weddings were where photographers went to die. That wedding photography was void of creativity and was very formulaic. I found it to be the opposite. I found it incredibly creative and fun, a lot more fun than advertising!

How many weddings do you average per year?

 About twenty

What gives you ideas and inspires you with your work?

 Motion pictures inspire me quite a bit, especially the classics. Wedding photography is all about narrative so it really makes a lot of sense. I also look at a lot of editorial work. I rarely if ever look at other wedding photography to find inspiration.

What has been your most memorable assignment and why?

 There have been so many it’s hard to describe just one. Recently it would have to be the wedding I shot in England this past year. Everything just came together to create an unbelievably fun atmosphere to work in.  I always enjoy shooting but those days in the countryside, they were days that I did not want to end.

Where would your dream destination wedding be?

 I so want to go to the Himalyas..  I got a call for a wedding there but I was already booked on the date.  Since then I have been so excited at the idea.  we are working on getting it together in the next 12 to 18 months.  I also would love to shoot in Ireland (how  have I not been there yet??) and South Africa. 

How do you make the bride and groom feel relaxed in front of your camera?

 It’s really simple when you take the focus off of photography and just have a conversation while you shoot. I have the benefit of 21 years of experience so I don’t really have to focus on the technical details of what I am doing.   It comes naturally to me.  I also keep people moving and we don’t spend a lot of time in one spot which really keeps peoples minds off of the fact that they are having their picture taken.

 What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photographing weddings?

 I think that there are little challenges here and there but nothing significant.  For the most part I am working with great planners and have amazing clients so it is pretty smooth sailing

Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph?

I would love to photograph anything in the Himalayas. I have not shot there yet and really want to !

Is there anything you would have done differently during your photographic career?

I probably wouldn’t change a thing.  I have done so many different types of photography and have met so many interesting people that I wouldn’t want to take away from the journey.

If someone said ‘how can I be the next Aaron Delesie?’ What would you say?

I would say that is a mistake.  You should find your own style.  You never want to look like a bad clone.  I would say that you need to eat, breath, and sleep photography. It has to be a passion. There is no room for people who are just sort of interested.

How can a bride request your services, and how long before the wedding?

It is easy, just visit the contact page on my site.  I would say to call a year before your wedding although it never hurts to check even if it is a month away.   I had a couple plan a destination wedding in two months.  I was open and so was their dream planner.  So you never know.

And the last question, if you had one wish… 

I will noarrow down the question to one wish within the wedding industry:I honestly wish that my industry would get better at what it does. Too many vendors inthis business spend all their time marketing and not enough time focusing on being goodat what they do.

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