Archive for Apr 05, 2011

I was in San Diego a couple of weekends ago to shoot a wedding, and Kevin offered to let me stay at his place. He also had ideas to propose to his girlfriend. So Kevin and I discussed ideas, and we had it all planned out. Well sort of. We were actually planning it the night before, while his girlfriend was in the vicinity. When we thought Jen was in the bathroom, we started to map out the plans sort of like secret agents talking about top secret stuff. But then Jen came down the stairs in the middle of nowhere, catching us both off guard so we sat there silently staring at each other. Jen thought it was weird that we were just sitting in a living room, not talking and staring at each other. I tried to play it off by being in deep thought, and luckily she didn’t suspect anything more than an awkward moment.
So Jen thought that I was in town doing a quick fun photo session with her and Kevin. Because Kevin is a photographer as well and is rarely in photos himself, I think Jen thought that made sense. And I think Jen was just pretty excited to get some photos taken. What girl doesn’t, right? So Sunday morning we head out to La Jolla, and we walked around the beach a little bit. Kevin pretended like everything was normal, but I knew deep down inside he was sh***** bricks. I can tell he was nervous because I had never seen him so tense. The key indicator to me before he went down on one knee was “Erich where do I put my hands?” So it didn’t take him very long to ask me that, and I just told him to put his hands in his pockets (where he can reach for the ring) and then bam! His right knee dropped to the floor icon smile Meet Jen and Kevin (Surprise Engagement!)
And this is the part where it gets interesting. I’ve seen this happen a few times when the girl gets proposed to but they’re in a little bit of shock and the only thing they can mutter is “Really? Really?” It was really cute actually. But of course she eventually said “yes” a few minutes later, but it was implied that it was “yes” the whole time because of her dropped jaw and excitement.
And there was a rainbow in the background!!! Couldn’t have been better icon smile Meet Jen and Kevin (Surprise Engagement!) Congratulations you two!!

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The shot below was not something I had posed, Kevin was really nervous moments before the next shot…It was more of a uncontrolled reflex, and it was …cute.

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After photographing this super cute couple I realized something about myself that’s pretty important: I like being with people who laugh at everything. I don’t think I’m a particularly funny person, but when people laugh at my antics, I feel like a funnier person. That’s why Sue and Gan’s engagement session was such a pleasure to photograph. I’ve never met Sue prior to this shoot, but we had e-mailed a lot, and the first thing she did when she saw me was give me a huge hug. It was so heartwarming! I love my job. This session was photographed in downtown Fullerton. It’s such a nice local Orange County spot that I like to frequent sometimes. We were pretty fortunate because I saw this super cool blue Vespa sitting out front of the train station, so I used it in some of the photos. I haven’t told anyone this but… secretly (I guess not so secretly now) I want a Vespa. Given the right helmet, a Vespa + helmet combo can be pretty awesome.
Anyways, Sue’s parents own a Korean fried chicken place. I think I just salivated as I typed that. If you’ve had Korean fried chicken before, you know what I’m talking about. But she told me the restaurant is in Georgia. icon sad Meet Sue and Gan (Engagement) That made me so, so so sad. Congratulations on your engagement, and enjoy the photos!

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Erich Chen Photography. Downtown Fullerton 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