Archive for May 10, 2011

Picture this: a parent smiles because his/her child is all dressed up, prepared, and excited to go to school in the morning. That’s kind of what it was like when I photographed Lynn and Brendon. When I saw them waiting for me at the front of Union Station all dressed up and ready to go, I smiled. Knowing that a couple got all dressed up and are eager to shoot because I’m going to take their picture instills a really profound happiness in me.

Lynn and Brendon were so easy to photograph, so easy going, and so excited to shoot! Their excitement got me all excited! During our shoot we got to see a Mexican wedding take place at the Union Station. It was kind of cool for me to be able to spy on other wedding photographers to see what they do.  I don’t think they knew I was a wedding photographer too because when I photograph engagement sessions I dress pretty casually. I also couldn’t help but notice there were like a million photographers there shooting the same wedding. It was kind of fun to try and figure out which one was the main shooter (the boss) and which ones were the second shooters (minions). We eventually left the main area because I got distracted by the bridal party and their photographers, but we got some super amazing shots!

Thank you for being awesome!

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Erich Chen Photography. Union Station Engagement Session. Los Angeles Session. Creative Engagement Session. Fun Engagement Session. If you are interested in having your engagement session photographed by me please visit my contact page through my website www.erichchen.com

I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of botanical gardens. I think it’s maybe because the only one I’ve ever been to wasn’t all that impressive. But when I got to Hartley Botanica where Sherri and Santos got married, I was actually very pleasantly surprised! It was very beautiful! Their venue had a small bush maze (I call them bush mazes), a rusty old red truck, a wide array of plants (of course), a fountain, lamp posts, and talking parrots! The last one was my favorite! I got to the venue early and there was no one there to talk to except a parrot, so I spent a good solid five minutes talking to it. It would wobble his head side to side and call me “david.” Rumor has it that the parrot once said to a bride before she walked down the aisle “don’t do it!”

Yeah so… I cry at weddings sometimes. I wanted to say that, but not at the beginning of a post. But it’s true, I do. You’ll probably never see me crying at a wedding because I’ll have a camera in front of my face. That’s exactly why I have my camera: it’s not to take pictures, it’s to shield my watery eyes from the public. I got really emotional during the reception during the toasts. It all started off with the toast from the twin sister of the bride. Her toast was warm and so sweet. And then it transitioned on to the father of the bride who gave a long tear-jerking toast. I was still okay at this point, but then the son of the bride took the stage and put everyone to tears, and he’s only eleven (or something.) The last time I cried because of an eleven year-old was when I was eleven, and that was from a fight. I looked around (through my lens and behind my camera of course) and everyone was in tears, it was amazing.

Anyways, this was such a beautiful wedding, Sherri and Santos looked stunning! Sherri had a surprise song that she sang and recorded for Santos for the first dance song which caught Santos totally off guard. It was awesome to witness. But of course I knew the surprise was coming, and every time I know there’s a surprise coming at a wedding I get all excited. I almost get so excited that I want to tell my friends that aren’t even at the wedding. Oh! And then they had some flamenco dancing as entertainment that was performed by the mother of the groom and another woman. It was so invigorating!  The beats and the movement were really powerful and amazing to watch!

The salad they served had spinach, strawberries, and avocado. Thank you! That was awesome!

Thanks Kaysha for second shooting with me always!

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Erich Chen Photography. Hartley Botanica Wedding. Somis Wedding. Creative and Modern Wedding Photographer. If you are interested in having your wedding photographed by me please visit my contact page through my website www.erichchen.com