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This is my first time photographing a couple at Santa Monica Pier, but definitely not the first time I’ve hung out with this fun and loving couple. Michelle, Brian, and I go wayyy back.  This is one of my favorite engagement sessions up to date!

I really love this couple because at the church that I used to go to they were one of the very few other Asian-Hispanic couples. Chinese and Mexican to be exact, and I love making up words, so I’m gonna call it Mexicanese or Chinican, take your pick. The other Mexicanese couple at our church that I so dearly love is Bryan and Stacy.

I used to play basketball with Brian, and now I currently rock climb with Michelle. They’re both better than me at those sports, but it’s all good because it’s a lot of fun, and I secretly learn from them.

I’d describe Brian as a sleeping giant when he plays basketball because normally he doesn’t look he could move very fast, but when he needs to hustle, he’s super quick. It’s amazing to see because he never has any facial expression when he plays. It’s probably because it’s rather easy for him. He’s just a blank slate. Whereas when I play, my eyes and mouth are wide open most of the time, because frankly.. I’m out of breath a lot. When Michelle rock climbs I’d describe her as this “poetic ninja.” Yeah I know that makes no sense, but like I said, I love to make up words. She’ll gracefully scale a rock wall with much finesse and ease, and although I can’t see she probably climbs with a smile on her face. Whereas when I climb I sweat and tremble uncontrollably. I probably look like a scared chicken holding on for dear life.

I love you guys, and I can’t wait for your wedding!

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This is me and michelle climbing, i’m on the left and she’s on the right. I hope that was obvious.

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Erich Chen Photography. Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session. Los Angeles Engagement Session. Creative Engagement Session. Fun Engagement Session. If you are interested in having your wedding photographed by me please visit my contact page through my website www.erichchen.com

Normally I’m used to stylized shoots for the occasional fashion shoot, so this shoot with Jeremiah was a nice little surprise! AND super cute. So freakin’ adorable.

Jeremiah had three looks first was like a 50′s or 60′s look with his stunning leather jacket in a diner. The second look a traditional Mexican Guayabera, but I only got a few photos of that because he REFUSED to step in grass. Whenever his toes got even remotely close to the grass his toes clenched into little nubs. So we scratched that idea out after a few minutes. The third look was an omigosh-I-cant-believe-how-cute-it-is sailor outfit.

All the stylizing was done by his mama, whom I think should consider a career in wardrobe stylizing, because she did a wonderful job! Speaking of a good job, Erwin and Betzy did a good job with creating such a good-looking kid!

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In every single engagement session I really try to attempt something new, whether it be a different location, pose, action, expression, angle, etc etc. But in this engagement session I tried something completely new that I’ve never ever done before and will probably never do again.

I …wait for it… busted into improv with Sam, Alice (and Esther, Sam’s sister) in the middle of our shoot, and it was awesome!!! We would start a random scenario and randomly jump into continue the ‘scene.’ Sooo muchh funnn!! I haven’t done anything like that since high school drama class, so I was very rusty but it brought me back to so many memories! I felt so young again! They said they were pretty impressed by my improv, but I was even more impressed by their improv because not everyone can do improv!

Such a great day.

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Erich Chen Photography. Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session. Southern California Engagement Session. Creative Engagement Session. Fun Engagement Session. If you are interested in having your wedding photographed by me please visit my contact page through my website www.erichchen.com

I know I have a good couple when they’re down to shoot in a rain. But I know I have a great couple when I know that they’re down to shoot in the rain in addition to their mega allergies. Meet Jenny and Kevin.

When I first met Jenny, it was such a cool experience. Our consultation was definitely unique. I’d describe it more as a good conversation about life than anything else. It made me excited to photograph her for both her engagement session and wedding day. And then I met Kevin who resides in northern California, and I learned that whenever he comes to do southern California he has major allergies. So when we were carpooling to Pasadena he was pretty much knocked out. He managed to converse a few words, but I was so worried. I thought I was going to have some problems. But as soon as he started to take photos, it was as if he had taken a shot of Five Hour Energy, and he was totally fine. Whew!

By the end of our shoot it was really dark and pouring. If I could use “raining cats and dogs” as a reference I’d say it was raining “St. Bernards and Garfields.” Well not really, but whenever I have a camera in my hand any type of rain seems heavy.

Check out our amazing work we did in the rain!

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Erich Chen Photography. Old Town Pasadena Engagement Session. Southern California Engagement Session. Creative Engagement Session. Fun Engagement Session. If you are interested in having your wedding photographed by me please visit my contact page through my website www.erichchen.com

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