"The second best man at your wedding."

Houston Wedding Photographer, Aric C. Hoek BFA CPP

“A short four weeks after your wedding, I guarantee your wedding day images will be online. Each image colorful and vibrant. Black and white photojournalistic images will be produced as well.”- Aric

Ten years from now, as you sit with your spouse in the comfort of your home on your anniversary, you can enjoy looking at your beautiful hand crafted wedding album together, and not alone on a computer or handheld device. You will be able to hold and enjoy an actual bound book. A book which was carefully and passionately designed by an artist, and assembled by one of the finest book binders in the country. The memories will be so think, you’ll have to brush them away from your face.

My name is Aric, I’m a professional photographer with over 28 years of experience and I can help you not feel so overwhelmed when it comes to the photography at your wedding. It would be my pleasure to take care of everything photography on the day of your wedding.

Aric C. Hoek BFA, CPP
Houston Wedding Photographer
“The second best man at your wedding.”

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Thank you, Aric, for our beautiful and breathtaking wedding photography! We are beyond pleased with the results.

The work you did of our Engagement Session hangs in our home proudly.

Arjay and Rosemary Visaya
Married at The Courtyard on St. James Place 10/15/11

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Wedding consultations are held in my home office by appointment only.

Consultation Times:
Monday – Friday 10a – 7:30pm
Saturday 10am – 3pm

Aric – Solaris Studios
10407 Thornhurn Court
Houston, Tx.  77065


I offer multiple packages as a starting point. Please feel free to inquire about changing any package to better meet your individual needs.

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On Line – On Time
Four Week Guarantee

Imagine your wedding is over. You want your images. Good news! Aric guarantees your wedding images will be online in four weeks or less. If he’s late getting your wedding day images online, he’ll refund you $750.

Seriously, if Aric doesn’t have your wedding day images online within four weeks after your wedding date, he’ll refund you $750. Aric understands the importance of your wedding day images, and you want them fast. (View Aric’s Portfolio)
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Complementary Rehearsal Coverage

Aric truly cares about the quality of your wedding photography. To ensure the finest quality of photography at your wedding, Aric and his assistant offer complimentary wedding rehearsal coverage. This allows Aric and your Minister to meet, and for Aric and his assistant to achieve an understanding of where they need to be located during your service to capture the finest images possible while remaining unobtrusive. (View Aric’s Portfolio)
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Specializing in Black & White Photography

When you look at your finished photographs we want to see your eyes open wide, your jaw hit the floor, and hear your gasp in delight! Aric loves black and white and he is going to take hours selecting and expertly converting the best images from your wedding into black and white. When the artwork is complete the black and white photographs you print will transcend the simple pieces of paper they are printed on. (View Aric’s Portfolio)

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Stunning Bridal Portraiture

Notice how the Bridal Portrait to the left reveals the natural mask of the Bride’s face with light sculpting her beautiful jaw line? Notice how her left arm creates a leading line drawing you back to her face. Notice too how the bride’s face is the brightest object in the finished portrait. Do you think she is happy Aric has featured her engagement ring in the final portrait? Does it look like she is sitting straight up, or has Aric positioned her figure in a particular way to better flatter her figure?

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Highly recommend! posted 10/3/2012
Houston Wedding PhotographyMy husband and I were on a tight budget for our wedding, and we knew that photography was one thing that was mutually important to us. My husband and I stumbled upon Aric’s website after spending hours research photographers and meeting with different ones. While we found several we liked, none of them seemed as passionate about their work as Aric does. He also presented an incredible professional resume and wealth of knowledge and experience.

On our wedding day, Aric was calm and organized amidst the scurry of getting ready, he was completely accommodating to our (large) families and managed to get ALL of the photos we wanted, and most importantly, his work is truly art. We could not be happier with how beautiful our wedding photos are. They make that day come alive every time we look at them!

I would highly recommend Aric and Solaris Studios for any of your photography needs. Worth every penny!

Posted on The Knot by mandpscheff.

The Perfect Mix posted 10/7/2012 (modified 10/9/2012)
Houston Wedding PhotographerWhen I saw Aric’s portfolio I instantly knew he was my photographer. His being a consummate professional and a great person to be around were icing on the cake.

And I should know because I had TWO ceremonies. One was a private destination ceremony the other was a big, local affair.

We have since used Aric for our Executive Portraiture and family portraits.

He has the perfect mix of talent and personality. My wedding photos are AMAZING, the best I have ever seen.

Unique, dramatic, tasteful, artistic. Truly something I’ll be beaming about when I show my grand kids.

Posted on The Knot by Christy2456

Amazing! posted 11/2/2012
Houston Wedding PhotographyAric has been amazing through every piece of our engagement and wedding photos. His commitment to giving you the best is second to none. Not only do you get the most beautiful, completely original photos but you know you have not a thing to worry about when it comes to your big day and we all know how much piece of mind means to a bride! His unbelievable work from his website had us sold but when we were able to see his creativity at work and the end result of our first shoot I knew without a doubt there is no one that could have given us such stunning memories of our engagement and our wedding day. I am so thrilled we made the investment in Solaris Studios!

Posted on The Knot by Jenny331

Houston Wedding PhotographyWhen we saw our wedding pictures we couldn’t have been any happier!

Aric was professional, showed up early to our wedding, and we were completely at ease with him during the day of our wedding. We were very satisfied with his work and service.

Claudia & John Garcia
Married at The Courtyard on St. James Place 5/4/12

Houston Wedding PhotographyDeciding to use Aric from Solaris as my photographer was one of the easiest decisions that I made while planning for my wedding. From the beginning, Aric showed me that he was very interested in capturing every aspect of my big day.

He takes so much pride in his work and you can tell that pride comes from a place of passion for what he does.

Photography is his life and working with him was such a pleasure.

Margaret and Jason Berryman
Married at The Courtyard on St. James Place 4/28/12

Houston Wedding PhotographyThank you, Aric, for our beautiful and breathtaking wedding photography! We are beyond pleased with the results.

The work you did of our Engagement Session in New York hangs in our home proudly.

Arjay and Rosemary Visaya
Married at The Courtyard on St. James Place 10/15/11

Best Photographer Ever! posted 11/26/2012 (modified 12/1/2012)
Houston Wedding PhotographyI just got married two weeks ago and today I was looking over my wedding pictures again. I am so happy with the pictures I have. I knew I wanted to find the right photographer for my big day because I would never have the chance for these pictures again. I have been to so many friend’s weddings where the pictures were just okay. I knew I didn’t want that. I have known Aric Hoek at Solaris Studios for a few years now. I have always known he would be my wedding photographer. Aric is truly and artist, and creates the most beautiful pictures. He has an eye for shots others wouldn’t see, and let me say…they are beautfiul! He is fun and upbeat, and puts your mind at ease, which is hard to do when you are a bride! We had such a hard time picking my bridal portrait and our engagement picture that we had displayed at our wedding because all of the pictures were that good! Go with Aric! I promise you will love what you see and what he does for you. You only get one shot for your wedding pictures- go with someone who has experience, and makes beautiful pictures.

Pick Aric Hoek at Solaris Studios!

Reviewed by: Pastor Cindy Hallam
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Aric was our daughter’s wedding photographer. The thing that caught my attention at our first meeting was Aric’s zeal for his profession. He was not content to do the ordinary. He wanted to find something unique for our daughter.

Not only were we pleased with his photography, but we felt that this job was important to him, not just another job.

When we reviewed the wedding album, I was amazed that out of all the photos Aric chose, we only changed two of them. It was perfect.

Solaris studios has since done graduation photos for our younger daughter and family pictures for Christmas.

I highly recommend Aric!

Pastor Cindy Hallam
Abundant Life Christian Center

Reviewed by: Caroline Walberg
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I have worked with Aric on several occasions. He is the absolute best wedding photographer in Houston. I interviewed several photographers for our wedding and it was an easy choice after I met with Aric. He was so friendly, easy to work with, and talented beyond belief. It was so nice to work with someone who didn’t make you feel like you were hiring them for ‘just another wedding.’

You can tell that Aric truly loves what he does and his passion for his work and pleasing his customers is evident in everything he does. He takes the time to find out exactly what it is your looking for, what style, special requests, etc. you are looking for.

My wedding album could not have turned out more incredible. Everyone that looks through it says the same thing, that it is truly a work of art.

I worked with Aric again recently on having my portrait made. I had a specific image in mind and had some samples that I sent to Aric before the shoot. Aric had taken the time to study the pictures and had them up in the studio while he was taking my pictures. He made every effort to make sure that the pictures were taken exactly the way that I wanted them to look while studying the samples that I had given him. The pictures turned out more incredible than I ever could have imagined.

Living in Houston, we are so very fortunate to have Aric and Solaris Studios here in our backyard. It’s truly refreshing to work with someone who is passionate and dedicated to his work, while also values customer satisfaction at the same time.

Reviewed by: Leigh Ann Hood
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My husband and I could not have asked for a better photographer! Aric was GREAT from start to finish. The engagement session was wonderful, and our pictures were so good we wanted them all! My bridal session was great as well and again the pictures were phenomenal. Aric went above and beyond what a photographer has to at our wedding. Again the pictures were great, and shots that we would have never thought of, he took and we were thrilled. I would HIGHLY recommend Aric and his staff for your wedding or any event.

One day when I become pregnant we will go back to Aric and have him take pictures of me during my pregnancy and our family afterwards.

Thanks again Aric! The best photographer in Houston!

Update 10/29/07
I just had to write another review in regards to our Album! All I can say is BEAUTIFUL!! I was not expecting to get it for several more weeks, and I was so happy to get it only a few weeks after it was ordered. The pictures are great, and the way it was put together was beautiful. My husband and I love it so much.

Thanks again Aric

Reviewed by: Allen and Ali
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First, I would like to start with our engagement session that was included with our package and let everyone know how much fun it was! We didn’t know what to expect, but Aric and Beth were so nice, and Aric really directs you and lets you know what to do and tells you, oh, good, and is just so positive, which really puts you at ease, and above that, gets you so excited for your wedding day with him!

After we got our absolutely amazing photos back, we ordered some and when we showed them to friends and family, everyone was blown away, saying how lucky we were to have such a good photographer (and, yes, we passed on his name, of course!).

The wedding day was gorgeous, and Aric was there the whole time and we were just so comfortable with him because of our studio session, and you would hear his camera clicking the whole time and we were able to grab him throughout the night and ask him, hey, can you take a picture of this or that, and he would with no problem!

He was awesome!

Thanks again Aric

Reviewed by: Courtney Mulcahey
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My husband, Jason and I were married on July 7, 2007 and when it came to picking our wedding photographer we wanted the absolute best.

Aric was personally recommended to us through our wedding coordinator at Courtyard on St. James Place.

We signed on with him at the Bridal Extravaganza in July 2006 and couldn’t have been more pleased.

The night of our wedding was the most memorable time of our lives and he was able to capture that in all of his photos. He was non-intrusive and his personality blended very well with our wedding party. We would highly recommend him to anyone for any occasion, and plan to use his services in the future.

Thanks for the wonderful memories!!

Sincerely, Jason & Courtney Mulcahe

Reviewed by: Judi Mendelovitz
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The Award of 2007 Photographer of The Year could not go to a more deserving and talented individual!

I certainly knew from viewing your previous work that you had a gift for capturing the inner beauty of people, but I must say that until Roger and I were fortunate enough to have you share your talents with us I could not fully appreciate the depths of it.

Thank you for helping us capture this special time in our lives with such truly beutiful pieces of art.


Reviewed by: Lori Tillery
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Aric is an incredible photographer who truly captures those special moments you can look back on and remember for a life time. Jeff and I wanted so much more than just a bunch of photos of our wedding day and Aric delivered just that.

Aric ceased those precious moments and created a beautiful wedding album he worked with us to design from beginning to end that vividly tells our wedding day story.

I highly recommend Aric as a photographer and feel honored to have worked with him.

Reviewed by: Janice Gunnin
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You’re a great photographer with an eye! Love working with you.

Janice Gunnin
Butler’s Courtyard

Reviewed by: Valerie Lawhorn
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Solaris Studios has customers for life in my husband and I. We were delighted by the unique and personalized approach Aric infused in photographing our engagement pictures. We were a little camera shy, but his personality, this combination of creative energy and flexibility, helped put us at ease. We were so happy with the results, we signed the studio to take our wedding photos. His assistant was wonderful and supported Aric’s approach to photography. She captured the tone of the that day. To me that is a photographer. Anyone can take a picture, but she was able to capture us day. The book Aric made for us is a gorgeous reminder that we will treasure forever.

Reviewed by: John Brandt
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Aric brings all the creative vision and passion that a customer would want in a photographer. The process is a fun journey that culminates in a beautiful final product that is extremely high quality and unique.

I would recommend the services of Solaris studios to anyone seeking uniquely creative, fun, and professional photography service.

He had our images online in less than two weeks. the entire process was very professional.

Thank you again for everything Aric!

Reviewed by: Barbara Hager
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Ben and I met with many photographers, but after meeting with Aric, we knew we wanted to work with him.

Our first impression was ‘This is a man who loves his job.’ He loves to talk about his photos, and more so to show his work. You know he puts all his energy in photography.

I did my bridal portraits at Rice with Aric. He made me very comfortable during the entire shoot, discussing ideas for locations, and just keeping everyone’s energy up when the sun started to come out. When the pictures were ready (a few days later!) we went over every shot to choose the best one for main portrait. Every picture was beautiful. A friend described it as ‘It’s you, but perfect.’

At the wedding, Aric stayed out of the way, never invasive or obstructive, yet managed to capture some great photos. My parents did not want us to hire a professional photographer for the wedding, but after seeing how the pictures came out, they agree we made the right decision.

The only negative thing was that it took a while for our album to be completed. I didn’t care much since we had our wedding pictures online a few days after the wedding, but my husband was annoyed.

In the end, the album was gorgeous and worth the wait.
If we had to do it again, we would choose Aric again.

Reviewed by: Ginal Dockal
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Aric was, from the beginning, very personable and friendly. I could tell he really enjoys what he does for a living and that is what made me take a look a Solaris Studios.

For my wedding day, I wanted a photographer who was going to be a ‘master’ at his job, which is to capture the precious moments that many other cameras could not/would not find. I had many family members and friends that my husband and I posed with to take pictures, and while these were important to me, I knew that later, the ones that would make me smile, laugh, and cry the most would be those of the most intricate moments that define who you are and the relationships you have with your friends and family.

We could not be happier to have chosen Solaris Studios. As we begin our new life together, my husband and I look forward to future occasions in which Aric and the Solaris team can help capture even more precious moments.

Reviewed by: Joni Hoffman
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Aric recently photographed our son’s Bar Mitzvah (12/2/06) and we were so impressed with the results. His creative talent and passion for photography is genuine, and it shows in the images he delivered to us.

With our older son we went with a low budget photographer. This was our last Bar Mitzvah and we felt we really wanted special photos of our family and of Matt.

The outcome speaks for itself. Thank you Aric!

Please tell anyone to contact us for a referral. 713.668.4157

Joni Hoffman
The Buzz Magazines
Hoffman Marketing

Paul and I have gone through the wedding images 2-3 times now…very carefully…and we have loved every second of it! I just wanted to tell you again what a fantastic job you did, and how impressed we are with your artwork and professionalism. We will highly recommend you in the future, and will certainly be in touch when it’s time for family portraits!

We’re still going through images deciding what should go in our album, so we may need your help a little there. :)

Thanks again…we couldn’t be happier with your work!

Michelle and Paul Scheffler

Author: Aric Hoek
“The second best man at your wedding.”
Solaris Studios, Inc.
10407 Thornhurn Court
Houston, Tx. 77065

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