Archive for May 2011

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

May 1, 2011 Meet Kaysha!

Meet Kaysha. She’s a good friend of mine and an excellent photographer! I asked her to take some photos of me, and in return I’d take some of photos of her, if she wanted to. It turned out to be quite an awesome experience. I learned what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera, and I’ll admit it’s not easy. I’m behind the camera 99.9% of the time and the .1% of the time that I was in front, I felt so vulnerable! Luckily I’m good friends with Kaysha and felt pretty comfortable having my photo taken by her, but it was still a challenging experience. It’s hard to smile ‘naturally’ all the time, which is something I tell my clients to do all the time. Now that I understand how hard that is, I’ll probably stop making other people do it icon smile Meet Kaysha!

So here are some of the images that I took of her, and be sure to check out her work, it’s awesome!

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Erich Chen Photography. Fullerton Portrait Session. Creative Portrait Session. Modern Portrait Session. If you are interested in having your portrait or headshot photographed by me please visit my contact page through my website www.erichchen.com