By ASHLEY BERKERY
With just one click of her camera, she captures memories that last a lifetime. Whether walking a rose petal-lined aisle or a ruby red carpet, Arden Ward’s brides and clients shine like stars in their photographs.
Her celebrity portfolio includes the likes of Southern Queen, Paula Deen, Dancing with the Stars contestant and NFL football player Hines Ward, President Barack Obama, New York Giants player Justin Tuck, former President George P. Bush, Taylor Hicks and Nicole Ritchie.
A Homewood resident, Arden began her career shooting images with her prized Leica camera at her mother’s ballet studio, capturing graceful movements of the dancers. It was there at an early age that she learned to anticipate the shot and pay attention to lines and details.
When she was only 14 years old, Arden was told if she helped clean out her grandmother’s attic she could have anything she found. What she found was a 1938 Leica Rangefinder camera and her dream of becoming a photographer. Little did she know back then that her dreams would become reality –taking her all over the world and bringing her face-to-face with engaged couples and famous celebrities.
High school art classes led her to study photography at New Mexico State, where she worked hand-in-hand with top landscape photographers. “The light in the west will absolutely take your breath away,” Arden said. It was there in the open outdoors that she fell upon some of her greatest wedding moments.
Although Arden’s commercial photography business was booming at the time, leading her internationally to shoot in more than 12 countries such as France, England and Switzerland, her emotional connections to weddings were essential in growing her business. “What woman doesn’t love a wedding?” she said.
Arden Photography was officially formed in 2004 with a photojournalist style that captures intimate details and tells the wedding story of a couple from beginning to end. Her images show pure bliss and pristine elegance, making every bride feel like a princess on her wedding day. Just walk in wedding stores such as Bella Bridesmaid or Weddings Etc. to see Arden’s photography gracing the walls.
Just recently, Arden visited France with one of her past brides, Lauren Tuck, the wife of NFL Giants football player Justin Tuck. “When shooting a wedding it is essential to relate to the couple in their own unique style,” Arden said. “Shooting Lauren and Justin’s wedding opened doors for a new and beautiful friendship.”
Arden works from Hallman Hill in Homewood by appointment. For more information on Arden and her photography business or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.ardenphotography.com.