As a Cleveland native (born and bred), I can attest to the fact that Cleveland is the city where either you hustle or your hopeless. To quote one of my favorite Ohioans, LeBron James, "In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have."
Having been drawn to photography for as long as I can remember. I purchased my first DSLR camera back in college and decided to start taking classes that only fueled my passion for this form of art. What started as a hobby, transformed into a full-blown career.
I received my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Notre Dame College in 2013 with minors in Philosophy and Art with an emphasis on Photography and have since been utilizing my experience, skills, and education in the field of creative management to provide exceptional product and brand representation and ensuring client satisfaction.
After graduation, I began working for a portrait photography studio for 6 years, where I prided myself on the ability to capture the essence and spirit of the individual on the other end of the lens. To me, there is no greater gift to give another, then being able to bring out the light that I see inside of them, elevating one's inner self to the outside world.
My background in the event industry as an Event Planner and Designer for the team formerly known as HEDGE Event Planning puts my team above the competition. You can be assured that when it comes to capturing your memories EP takes it to the next level--helping you determine the logistics while offering creative perspectives on the moments you want to be captured!
I have been practicing professional photography and marketing for over 10 years and graphic design for the past 5. Specializing in portrait photography, commercial photography, and event photography with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods and services industry, and would say my top skills are Natural and Studio Lighting, Event Planning, Customer Service, and Adobe Creative Studios.
Whether I am photographing a person, a product, or an event, my goal is always the same. To portray a vision that is intersubjective.
Besides being a photographer, I am a huge art enthusiast and chase murals, exhibits, and installations in my spare time regardless of what city it is in. I am also a full-time plant and cat mom and practice yoga and meditation on a daily basis. I probably have an unhealthy addiction to smoothies and coffee and I have a personal goal to support a local business at least once a month. Whether it's fueling my foodie addiction, supporting a local artist, or purchasing handmade goods, I try to pay it forward every chance I get--I am a firm believer in community over competition.
Born and raised in Cleveland into a family of artists and photographers, I grew up working art shows and training under established photographers and artists in the area at a young age.
My photography journey started long before the digital era, I grew up working in dark rooms and studying film photography for four years in high school, primarily I am a black and white film specialist. Photography has always been a passion of mine, whether it was capturing wildlife, landscape, architecture, live music, or band photos, I will still and always be infatuated with the art of shooting. My second passion would be utilizing the graphic design skills that I have learned over the years for projects like creating band flyers, promos and utilizing unique fonts that I invent.
In my professional journey as a photographer, I have extensive training and knowledge when it comes to professional portraiture, family portraits, candids, wedding and engagement photography, live concerts, and event coverage. Working as a wedding vendor for over ten years has given me extensive insight into the scene. I have worked as a DJ, Caterer, Photographer, and Planner while also being an ordained minister with the Church of Life. I often refer to myself as a "Jack of All Trades", you name it and I've probably done it, and if I haven't I'm a real quick study.
Apart from being a professional photographer and graphic designer, I am also a musician. I play guitar, bass and work as a producer in my current band. I'm an avid vinyl and art collector, sticker enthusiast, gear head, cat dad, and bad golfer. When I'm not running around pursuing all of my hobbies, I'm fueling my soul through my foodie addiction and supporting local businesses.
Overall, I consider myself a socialite and for obvious reasons, you could say I'm a pretty cool dude.
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"They are the best ever, they are the only ones I will hire to capture special moments in my life, they have captured my 30th bday, wedding, and maternity pictures beautifully. Very professional, great communication, and able to execute your idea flawlessly!"
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"Aire is one of the easiest people to work with, a constant professional and very creative. She covered a large family event for me and captured both fantastic candid images and beautiful group shots. She also redid headshots for me recently and it was a fantastic experience. Very attentive to my comfort, and receptive to my ideas while giving me creative direction."
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"Aireonna was professional, reliable and punctual. She was fun to work with and had great ideas on ways to better showcase my work. She has a great eye. I was so happy with the experience and end product. I highly recommend her. "
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"Aire is a phenomenal photographer. She is absolutely wonderful with children. She will get down to their level, and make a photo shoot a fun experience. She can make anyone feel beautiful and confident. As a photographer myself, I am blown away by her ability to capture a moment. She is able to easily adapt to any situation or circumstance. She will make you feel like you've always known her, and it shows in the photos!"
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"Once you find a photographer you love, your life is made easier! As a client whose now working on my soon to be 3rd shoot with Extraordinaire Photos, the professionalism, patience, and the vision to make my creative dreams come through are always at the forefront. She always goes the extra mile to make sure our shoots are smooth sailing. Thank you for helping 2BE Consulting Group capture great content for our reveal! Can’t wait to book again!"
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"Aireonna is my favorite photographer. As someone who has worked with many different photographers throughout my career. I find that she provides something different. She captures the true emotion of my performances in her work. Not only the work that I am doing on stage, but the reactions and the emotions of my audience and everyone involved in the experience. When I look at the years of photographs she has taken of me, I feel that she truly SEES me."
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"Aireonna provides such a quality service. She shot my graduation photos and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. She is an exceptional photographer and her expansive knowledge of posing is so helpful for us who aren’t “models.” She is kind, understanding, professional, hilarious, and just so much fun. I highly recommend her and cannot wait to shoot with her again."
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"Aireonna is so professional & never disappoints. Our pictures turn out perfect every single time. I refuse to use another photographer!"
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"Aireonna swooped in and made my dreams come true! I’ve never been more comfortable and comforted having my photo taken. All nerves melted away as soon as she picked up the camera. She explained what to do and reassured me ... even when I felt a hot mess! I highly recommend her amazing work and will continue using her services in the future. My photos are beautiful and it’s all thanks to her professionalism, knowledge, and amazing abilities to find that diamond in the rough!"
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"Aireonna at Extraordinaire Photos created an amazing atmosphere for our daughter’s senior photos. Aireonna made us feel comfortable through out the whole process. She captured our senior’s portraits beyond our expectations."
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"Aireonna's talent is effortless! I met her when I modeled for a local clothing company and was quickly put to ease by her calm spirit. What sold me on her as a photographer was when she would say after two clicks, "I got it." That blew my mind! I would ask if she was sure I didn't need to redo the pose and she assured me she got the shot. And she did! As began to prepare for my yoga retreat, I knew I wanted her to photograph the experience. As a Black Woman in business, I wanted to support other Black Women"
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"Aireonna provides unmatched service and awesome photography work. I have contracted with her on more than one occasion as her skills bring my work to life. Her photo shoots are well thought out and relaxed. I have found her to be professional in every aspect from scheduling to delivery. Everything is on time and on budget. I have recommended her to friends and will use her services in the future."
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