Hello Everyone!

My name is Aaron Van Dike, I am a 22 year old from the Akron, Ohio area. I work mostly with off camera lighting, using mainly Alienbee lighting gear.

I must apologize in advance if I come off rude, I just don't come off very kind sometimes :(. Also, I am sorry if I don't comment you back, I get a bunch of traffic and it's hard to keep up with it sometimes.

Anything you want to know, email me!

I have a Canon 5D Mark II and an Alienbee Lighting setup

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    [Revivalist Photography] says:

    "Aaron is a real character. If you ever get the chance to meet him in person you should cause he'll probably make you laugh, and then maybe make you cry a little on the inside (but that's just his personality). I've been following his work since before I was on flickr and I have to say he has progressed immensely and it's awesome to see every new accomplishment this guy makes. He's got a lot of talent and really good vision before he even sets up a single light. It's great to watch him in action cause he really knows what he's doing and you can learn a lot from his experience. Bottom line, great dude, great artist, great photographer."

    February 15th, 2010

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    deeleted says:

    "When i first got Flickr, it was Aaron's work that blew me away. He was my favourite photographer, infact he is such an incredible photographer. He's like king of lighting, the lighting he uses is freaking amazing. I'm so jealous of all his AB's aswell. If you ever get a chance to shoot with him, i say TAKE IT because i'm so sure you wouldn't be let down. Never stop doing what you do best Aaron."

    August 11th, 2009

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    ivanll says:

    "I've been following aaron's work for a while and it is great to see the progression in his work. his subjects always look at ease and the lighting is always spot on. ps., make more vids, they're a riot :)"

    June 25th, 2009

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    brittniwillie.com says:

    "His work is so cool and creative, I always enjoy looking at his new photos!"

    July 5th, 2009

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    Sherwin Law says:

    "I'm a really big fan of this guy! Aaron's work is amazing as it is inspirational!"

    February 18th, 2009

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    Ozzie Sandoval says:

    "Aaron knows no fear, I once saw him shooting a perfect sunset on top of a mountain when out of nowhere a bear snuck up behind him. Aaron then round house kicked the bear off the mountain, and threw up the blood gang sign, and proceeded to take his noble prize winning photo, which sold for 1 billion dollars, and a couple of womens hearts, and some gay guys hearts as well."

    October 10th, 2008

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    Ryan Patrick Winnen says:

    "Aaron Van Dike, it is what it is, look at the other photographer's in ohio, trying to pull off similar strobist styles, Nope. AVD ftw."

    October 11th, 2008

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    sunshine doll says:

    "Aaron is an incredible photographer who does crazy things with lighting that you could never even imagine. He's skilled and goofy and sometimes crazy, but every photo leaves you speechless.

    He knows what he's doing."

    October 14th, 2008

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    Starry Eyed Ali says:

    "These pics are really awesome--photoshopped or not, there is a REAL talent hiding over there in Akron--you should move to NYC and become famous!!! (wouldnt be hard with the pics you take...)"

    September 25th, 2008

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    Caddy_Boy says:

    "Aaron has only been a contact of mine for a few weeks, but im BLOWN AWAY with the quality of his work. His processing is awesome and despite his tender years, he has a mature photographic mind and im sure he will go from strength to strength!!
    I look forward to seeing more of his work!!

    keep it up bro!!"

    September 16th, 2008

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    CharlieBaker says:

    "Seeing Aaron's photos get posted is something I always look forward to when I see the "New items from friends" e-mail I get daily. His work is always fun and very well executed. I love his three and four light setups that really pop. There are always great colors and dynamic subjects and he's really inspiring to a lot of people (like me). Not only that, he seems like a really cool guy who'd be fun to shoot with or be shot by.

    I look forward to seeing more great work from you and wish you all the best. Keep it up!"

    September 14th, 2008

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    .craig says:

    "I have to say, it's been a long time I have seen such a talent, with what most people would say is little experience. If this is the quality of the work now, the future is going to be bright my friend."

    September 9th, 2008

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    oybay© says:

    "From the land of Devo and rubber tires comes one Aaron Van Dike. He may be young, but his pictures literally draw circles around the others. Just check out where he has been published already. Whether it's glamour, unique improvisation or just goofing around with a clicker, this is a photographer to watch in the future. Remember the name."

    September 9th, 2008

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    LotteHjorth says:

    "Someone called Aaron from Akron made me a contact... I looked at his profile "I haven't been shooting for very long..." and after a while on Flickr you naturally expect a certain amount of blurred shots from High School parties, and a few shaken videos of drunk cheerleaders, you know what I mean...

    How surprised I was to find such a talent!
    My immediate thought was to be honored, he'd marked me as a contact!

    The guy has more talent than I've seen for a long time, and an obvious eye for what a photo can become. Surprising sense of composition - and sense of surprise!
    I can't wait to see where photography will take him either, but continue this way, Aaron, and you'll go far!
    Thank you!"

    September 9th, 2008

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    Radison says:

    "Aaron Van Dike: I don't know who you are, anything about you, but you inspire me... I look at all of your shots and I just die to be able to do this, you put so much effort it seems like, to make one tiny shot, and here I am not shooting for a very long time...

    Just saying, thanks for the motivation..."

    September 9th, 2008

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    era145 says:

    "Aaron is bomb.com :)
    Great work."

    September 8th, 2008

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    Keaton Andrew says:

    "I like Aaron. I don't know if he likes me. I know he's jealous of me and my 5D. I wouldn't be surprised to see myself waking up one day, bound hand and foot while I watched a maniacal Aaron running away with all of my gear.

    I would hope that he would drop his 17-40L so that I could use it on a film body while I built up my gear again. Hopefully I would be able to find people willing to work with someone who would be practically gear-less.

    In the end, Aaron would have great photos before and after stealing my equipment. I would like the ones from before more, but I would still have respect for those captured after the incident.

    In the end, he is a fine fellow, a good flickr contact, a good photographer, a good assistant, and a horrible thief."

    August 28th, 2008

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    Jeremy R. Isaacson says:

    "Aaron is nothing but amazing!"

    August 26th, 2008

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    Gino LoCascio says:

    "if yo ever get a chance to do a shoot with aaron.... DO IT"

    August 21st, 2008

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    Jake Burgess says:

    "Aaron Van Dike? More like Aaron Van Awesome-northeast-ohio-photographer!"

    August 19th, 2008

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    nickbrewervisual says:

    "aaron van dike is pregnant with my baby. and he takes amazing pictures. he'll make a great dad."

    August 7th, 2008

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    Rachel Ramos. says:

    "Can I just say your photo's are flawless
    every single one of them!

    thank you for what you do!"

    July 4th, 2008

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    elizabeth.wesst says:

    "I just went through about fifty of your photos and I didn't see ONE that wasn't amazing. You know how to make a shot so appealing to my eyes. :D"

    June 1st, 2008

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    pure rage graffiti says:

    "Aaron is without a doubt my favorite photographer by far!..His work is simply amazing.Everytime i log on i can't wait to see what new he has in store for us on flickr.Before i believed in editing his work is what got me into it!..Although i hardly edit i'm not against it one bit!"

    May 13th, 2008

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    smellslikeb a b s says:

    "Pretty much every picture he takes is flawless.

    May 1st, 2008

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    Jessey Kameo says:

    "aaron owns my world.
    his photography is like whoaaaaaaaa.
    i get all excited when he has new stuff up.

    keep doing awesome stuff, aaron!!!"

    April 3rd, 2008

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    sirSNEAK says:

    "Aaron Van Dike is a fun photographer."

    March 6th, 2008

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    courtney jade says:

    "aaron pretty much rocks!


    February 19th, 2008

Aaron Van Dike
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