While Wickenden is currently focusing the bulk of his creative energies on editing, his professional career began via internships in 1999 with world-renowned photographers Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz. These internships were an outgrowth of his studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he also was employed by the Center for Creative Photography in their print viewing program. He still occasionally dabbles in photography and in 2013 his images appeared on the covers of Realscreen and Videography magazines, and were also published in dozens of print outlets including Streetwise, Cineaste, Rolling Stone and The Chicagoan. His commercial clients include Bank of America, Mom+Pop Records, and Epitaph Records. Here is a small collection of images Aaron took for various film projects (Dreamcatcher, Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, etc.) and their corresponding usages.
Wickenden's photography background made him a great fit to edit Finding Vivian Maier and in recent years it has also led him to pursue cinematography. He has found that on small documentary teams it can be helpful that he can play both editing and cinematography rolls. For example, on the documentary Trials of Muhammad Ali, he filmed interviews with Louis Farrakhan, Dr. John Carlos, and Khalilah Camacho Ali. In Finding Vivian Maier, he filmed interviews with Mary Ellen Mark as well as behind the scenes footage of John Maloof developing Vivian's negatives and traveling to the Hamptons in search of early stories about Vivian. In Almost There, Wickenden's Co-Directorial debut, he was the primary cinematographer and shares the screen with footage shot by the film's incredible Environmental Cinematographer, David Schalliol.
Wickenden hopes to continue growing as a cinematographer and photographer on future projects.