About Erich Chen Photography
I’ve been photographing weddings since I’ve been in college which is when I fell in love with taking people’s portraits. Ever since then my love for photography has grown more each day, and since that was about a decade ago I’m completely passionate about what I do. I love the feeling of making people feel comfortable and bringing their personalities out and capturing beautiful candid photojournalistic images. After years and years of shooting weddings I keep thinking to myself that I’ve seen it all in weddings that there isn’t anything I haven’t seen yet. But time and time again there’s always something different which it keeps it fresh and fun for me as a photographer. Sometimes that could be a mother and son well choreographed danced, and sometimes it could be shooting a wedding in hut in Bora Bora.
When it comes to taking portraits I love using natural light because I think natural light is the most beautiful since it’s versatile and ubiquitous. Once I find the right light that I want to use I give my couples specific directions on what I envision to so they exactly what I want without making it look static, posed, or awkward. But it’s also the way I interact with my couples and how I give them direction that make them feel so comfortable and easy. It brings me a lot of joy when I hear my couples say “Oh wow! That was really fun,” or “that was a lot more fun that I expected it be.”
I really make an effort to make my work different than other work by being more creative with composition and direction. I would describe my work as unique, spontaneous, light-hearted, and photojournalistic.
About the wedding
When I first heard from the coordinator that Jin and Ricky wanted to shoot at a total of 27 different locations I shut down. Even though that was 27 locations spread between three different sessions I didn’t think it was possible. We crossed off a few before the shoots and what was left still seemed like a big mountain to go over but it was a challenge that I wanted to do. It turned out to be quite the adventure! We didn’t end up shooting nearly as much as they originally anticipated but that was okay. They were really happy with all the images and so was I. We all got to go places that we’ve never been to before and we all enjoyed the whole experience.
When Ricky prepared for his big day he and his numerous groomsmen got ready at an old school barbershop where they hand trim your hair on classic red cushioned swivel chairs while you sip on whiskey. Well the last one is optional, but it is that type of barbershop.
Their setting for their big day was at the Fig House in Los Angeles which was filled with bold color in it’s mid century modern backdrop. To say that Jin and Ricky have good taste would easily be an understatement. They have amazing sense of style and a fun personality to go with it! But looking past all the stylish details, delicious food, and thirst-quenching libations it was not difficult to feel all the love that was at the wedding. There was so much joyous warmth and emotion it made for excellent photojournalism.
My favorite moment from this wedding may have been their first touch moment. Ricky came down the hall while Jin waited around the corner out of Ricky’s sight, and when Ricky was close enough they both reached around the corner to hold hands. I never know quite what to expect in moments like these but Jin ended up bursting into tears. My eyes may have gotten a little damp from watching that happen.
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