Aaron Meyers

Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. Though trained as an electrical engineer at the University of Michigan, Aaron is never happier than when in possession of a good camera and a great view. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast - but it was in Vancouver, British Columbia that (with the help of a pod of orcas and his dad's old Canon AE-1) he first learned to combine his love of nature with a talent for snapping pictures ... He's been hooked ever since.

Though it was the enticing beauty of the natural world that first drew Aaron into photography, he has come to appreciate some of life's other treasures as well, and has since widened his aperture to include a passion for photographing events and weddings. No longer content to merely capture the beauty of a breaking wave or piercing sky, he strives also to capture the moment when lives are joined and joys bestowed; moments that can be cherished and remembered in their fullest and most perfect light. As a photographer of reunions, wedding rehearsals, ceremonies, and receptions, Aaron has earned the high esteem of his clients and is always eager for his next assignment.

Thanks again for visiting the site! Aaron hopes you enjoy his photos and encourages you to visit again soon to catch the shots from his latest travels. If you see a photo you particularly love, please know that all photos posted on this site are available for sale. Also, Aaron always takes many more pictures than are actually posted here, so if you're looking for something in particular please feel free to ask. You can also find him on Facebook, and Flickr.
  • 2022-05-23T09:52:54Z

    Chorus
    Sunset over Sunflowers. Silicon Valley, California

    There’s something about these sunflower fields that make me imagine they’re all about to speak to us. I don’t quite know what they’d say, but it really looks like there’s faces on here, ready to sing their hearts out. Or maybe their seeds out? Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8: 14mm, f/11, 1/3 sec, ISO 500

    Available for purchase at Aaron M Photography

  • 2022-05-23T09:06:52Z

    Warming
    Lightbeams and Redwoods in fog. Redwood National Park, CA

    Forests are a great place to photograph because there’s so many different ways to interpret the same scene. Before the sun creeps in you can photograph the peaceful forest at rest, with all the trees and leaves in their slumbering glory. In the spring, flowers bloom adding new elements to the scene. By summer they’re gone and you have just the leaves and the trees. In winter, the leaves are gone and snow can add a different element. Wait for the sun to creep in and light rays can transform the scene. Along the coast, fog can hide parts of the forest and focus on particular elements.

    We knew this area of the forest might get light rays so we kept close. Or maybe I’m making this up and we just happened to be in the area when the sun set low enough to start creating beams. We photographed several different views of the beams while the fog and the setting sun kept them in the forest.

    Although we started out much wider, trying to capture “gods rays” as we call them, beaming out in all directions around a tree, I was also transfixed by the way some of the side beams were lighting up the redwood trees and warming them up. I could imagine being one of these trees, loving the warmth of the sun shining in. As a peaceful observer it was hard not to feel warmer just looking at these.

    Nikon D850 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8:
    86mm, f/11, 1/5 sec, ISO 200

    Available for purchase at Aaron M Photography

  • 2022-05-23T09:07:53Z

    Lucky Flower
    Sorrel and Ferns in Redwood Forest. Redwood National Park, CA

    Willie, David, Miles and I spent a long weekend exploring the Redwood National and State Parks while trying to avoid getting COVID. We weren’t sure if the trip would happen but it turned out things were looking better and we were able to escape our homes and safely play in nature (we took as many precautions as we could. Thankfully none of us contracted COVID during the trip).

    There’s one particular grove that photographers flock to due to the rhododendron blooms that happen in the forest. Willie and I scouted it in the afternoon and we returned a few times. On one particular morning I saw Willie searching for his typical abstract photo of ferns overlapping each other. So of course I had to copy him and look for something similar.

    I spotted this patch of sorrel (not 4-leaf clover) and liked how the ferns were popping out of them. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized there was a teeny flower that was making its way out of the sorrel. I just loved how it adds a splash of color to the scene.

    Nikon D850 w/Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8:
    29mm, f/16, 1.3 sec, ISO 200

    Available for purchase at Aaron M Photography

  • 2022-03-25T02:36:05Z

    Minty Snowcone Surprise
    Aurora over mountains and frozen ice. Lofoten Islands, NorwayAurora over mountains and frozen ice. Lofoten Islands, Norway

    Part of the reason for visiting the Lofoten Islands in Norway was to see the northern lights again. So when we saw the lights finally start to come out at the end of our trip, while eating dinner, we finished quickly and hopped in the car. Throughout the night we ended up nearly an hour and a half away, back near the town of Leknes. We were supposed to have our first day of backcountry skiing the next morning so we wanted to get some sleep and made our way back to the lodge.

    The aurora came out and went away throughout our hunting attempts. For a while it completely disappeared and we were content to go home and get some sleep. But at one point on the drive it came back out and I saw this mountain peak and screamed for Andy to find a spot to pull over. Once in a safe spot, he and Rebecca took a nap while I walked out to the shoreline and took some pictures.

    I was rather fortunate in that this was an unplanned, unspotted spot that turned out a nice surprise: frozen ice. There was a little rocky beach that gave me a place for unobstructed views and when I got out there, I saw the water had frozen into tons of cracked patterns. In the rush to capture the lights before they went away again, and to get back to bed, I forgot to take a photo focused on the foreground ice, so it ended up a bit blurry. It’ll have to suffice but I loved the little scene. The tall peak here is called “Svarttinden” and a beautiful long bridge connects it to the next set of islands.

    Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
    24mm, f/2.8, 6 sec, ISO 1600

    Available for purchase at Aaron M Photography

  • 2022-03-05T23:25:48Z

    Aurora Touring
    Aurora over mountains. Lofoton Islands, NorwayAurora over mountains. Lofoten Islands, Norway

    Prior to 2017, I had visited Iceland 3 times: once in the summer and twice in the winter. I wanted to go back again to explore more ice-caves and see more aurora but Rebecca convinced me that I should do Norway instead. We compromised: a stopover in Iceland on our way to Norway. We invited Andy along, partially because I wanted his help actually planning the trip, but also because we thought he’d enjoy the views and the photography. Turned out he had another, even better idea: skiing. Our 7 day Norway photography trip became a 5 day one, with 2 days of backcountry skiing tacked on.

    He found a ski lodge in the eastern part of the Lofotens. A beautiful lodge provided a home base while trained alpine guides took you out to mountains. We had never done backcountry skiing (also known as “ski touring”) before so it was a great way to get our feet “wet”. They had gear to rent to us, so we didn’t have to significantly increase our packed luggage.

    The ski lodge was in a quaint fishing village off the main road. As we turned off to arrive we came across this beautiful scene of mountain peaks (from left-to-right: Vågakallen, Kallebordet, Glomtinden (main peak), Nordfjellet, Nattmålskaret, Lyngværfjellet, Høgtinden). The fjord crossed this little bridge and would reflect the mountain peaks. So when the aurora started going off while we ate dinner, we raced back to this spot to capture the lights over the peaks. This was one of my favorite spots to sit and watch the aurora dance.

    Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
    20mm, f/2.8, 6 sec, ISO 3200

    Available for purchase at Aaron M Photography

  • 2022-02-24T16:49:05Z

    Standing Tall Against the Incoming Monson
    Hoodoos at Sunset. Escalante National Monument, UT

    When Willie and I were preparing to visit Escalante National Monument in Utah we came across a photo of this scene by our friend Phil Monson. It was a beautiful picture and it inspired us to find and visit this spot. Inspiration is one of the things I love about photography. Some folks might call it “copying”, “composition stomping” or lack of creativity, but the optimist in me sees it as flattery. Someone liked what you made so much they wanted to see it with their own eyes.

    While I won’t take credit for the originality of this photo (thanks Phil!), it was beautiful to hang around here for an evening.

    Willie and I both loved the way that the setting sun reflected off the hoodoos and picked up that glow. A bit of clouds caught some color just after sunset for a final treat.

    Nikon D850 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8:
    26mm, f/11, 1.6 sec, ISO 100

    Available for purchase at Aaron M Photography

  • 2022-02-24T15:38:11Z

    A Few in 6,800
    NEOWISE Comet over FogSilicon Valley, CANEOWISE Comet over Fog Silicon Valley, CA

    It’s said that witnessing comet NEOWISE is a once in 6,800 year event, however, what does it mean if you can see it multiple times over the course of a month? Is it still “once in a…”???? Willie and I went out on multiple occasions to photograph the comet, both when it was visible at sunrise and when it was visible at sunset.

    The comet NEOWISE was first discovered on March 27, 2020 by the WISE space telescope. It consists of 2 tails, one of which is blue and made of of gas and ions (called the “ion tail”) and the second, which is made up of dust (the “dust tail”). Apparently a third tail was observed, which is a sodium tail. The first 2 tails (ion and dust) are visible here.

    We made a few sunset attempts to see the comet but we were flustered by smoky skies from a fire a few hours south. A few friends had taken some amazing photos from Marin and we decided we would shlep up there one evening…. but I had an idea that we might be able to see it from Windy Hill Open Space Preserve in Portola Valley, so the night before our Marin outing, we set off to see if we could skip driving 2 hours north. Sure enough we were in for a treat. At sunset the fog came in and created a beautiful foreground for witnessing the comet descend. The fog also blanketed the Bay Area, reducing some of the light pollution that would have washed out the comet. Instead we got a beautiful view of the sky. I strapped on a new 105mm f/1.4 lens so I could get the most amount of light in, and we were treated to this stunner.

    This is a combination of an ~85mm foreground photo with the 105mm sky photo. Yes, this is a composite (I’m not a lier or a hider of the truth).

    Nikon D850 w/Sigma 105mm f/1.4 and Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8:
    Foreground: 80mm, f/8, 30 sec, ISO 400
    Sky: 105mm, f/1.6, 3.0 sec, ISO 3200

    Available for purchase at Aaron M Photography.com

  • 2022-02-11T13:57:17Z

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  • 2022-01-31T23:25:29Z

    Lupine federal bank
    Lupine Field at Sunset, Silicon Valley, CaliforniaLupine Field at Sunset, Silicon Valley, California

    It’s been a pretty nice winter and spring for photography but I’ve either been too busy with work, too lazy, or stuck indoors due to shelter-in-place to take advantage like some of my friends have been doing. Escaype was predicting a nice sunset and I was itching to get outside and with some encouraging words from Willie, I decided it was time to dust off the camera and hunt for some flowers.

    In case you’re reading this years from now, this photo was taken during the Coronavirus Apocalypse of 2020. One nice thing about shelter-in-place was that there was hardly any traffic on the road. What would have been a 2 hour drive in rush-hour traffic took only 40 minutes.

    When I arrived, it turned out Willie had changed plans and decided to meet me. We kept 6+ feet away and hunted for the flowers. We found this patch of white lupines on a small hill facing sunset but the field we really wanted to find was too far away from where we parked, with not enough time to get back in the car. As the sun dropped below the hills, I Loved how it cast the entire field (and hills) in golden light. The last bit of light over the hills lit up the flowers in warm, beautiful tones. The wind blew the flowers in all different directions, so I bumped up my settings and fired away, hoping a few of them would capture the flowers as if they were calm and still.

    Nikon D850 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
    19mm, f/10, 1/200 sec, ISO 800

    Available for purchase at Aaron M Photography

  • 2022-01-21T15:21:23Z

    Do YOU see it?
    Salt ponds from above. California

    There’s a few tricks that Willie and I use when we get inspiration for our photography but the 2 more popular tools are: 1) being inspired by photos other people have taken and 2) exploring Google Earth. Sometimes another photographer will have taken a similar photo that inspires us to want to explore that area and sometimes we find things on our own with the aid of satellite pictures provided by Google. When we go to a place, we’ll pull up Google Earth and scroll around to see if there’s anything interesting. For drone photography, this is a particular useful tip as you can get a sense of what the place will look like before going.

    We saw this particular “U” shaped bend in the river from Google Earth and knew we wanted to photograph it. Doing a little further research showed that at least one other photographer had photographed this before — that was enough inspiration to convince us we should go check it out. We just loved how the shape of the bend here helped guide the eye through the photo, especially with the little fingers.

    The first time we visited here was on a foggy morning. The flat light allowed us to take photos and explore the area for quite a long time. But it also meant that the light was flat and not that interesting. We returned a few more times under better conditions and that’s when the scene began to glow, as you can see the ground is picking up the golden sunset light. We also loved that the river was filled with yellow algae. I came back a few weeks later and the stream was completely clear, as different algae now lived in it due to the salinity of the water changing.

    DJI Mavic Pro 2 w/Hasselblad L1D-20c:
    10.26mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 100

    Available for purchase from Aaron M Photography

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