Hi! My name is Arielle, and I am a full-time wedding photographer, part-time personal trainer based outside of Chicago, Illinois. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Exercise Science in 2013, and it was during college that my life-long intrigue toward photography turned into a tangible passion. I have been freelancing full-time since 2015, and I have been very fortunate to travel to make art. While I spend most of my time behind the lens shooting veils and first-kisses, street and documentary photography provides me with a sense of fulfilment that I cannot accurately put into words. I am incredibly humbled to have been brought on board with Photographers Without Borders.
What makes you passionate about helping Fountain Youth?
I am eager to help the Fountain Youth Initiative because I firmly believe that every child deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. Children are a beacon of hope in a world that is too often plagued by divisiveness and evil, and their empowerment is vital for change. I hope to create work that highlights the mission and vision of the organization, and I am looking forward to being immersed into the culture and lifestyle of those around me as I work.
How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
I believe that my photography can make a difference for Fountain Youth Initiative because I have an innate ability to capture raw, organic emotion through portraiture; and I hope to evoke not only empathy, but action. If my images cause an onlooker to think, “What can I do to help?”, I will have done my job.
What message would you like to send to your supporters?
Working as a freelance artist is not easy. I have experienced debilitating stress and self-doubt, and there have been times in which I was not sure whether or not I had made the right decision in pursuing my passion full-time. With that being said, I would not be here today without the encouragement and support of those around me. Thank you for supporting me in this endeavor. I am truly grateful.