Hi there! I'm Mike of Mike Chan Photography based in Elk Grove and Sacramento, CA, and I'm so excited to be able to share a piece of my work with you wonderful people! Photography has always been a part of me for as long as I can remember. Since elementary school, I've been taking and collecting pictures, but it wasn't until a few years ago when a friend told me to become a photographer that I really thought about becoming a professional. I got my first high quality dslr from my sister as gift and the educational journey began.
Finding a speciality wasn't the easiest at first. I dabbled with architecture, landscapes, and even animals, but what really got to me were people. I knew what I really wanted to do was take pictures of people as I did in the past with my point and shoot. I started out with fashion and "model'y" type of shoots with family and anyone that volunteered. When I realized it wasn't intimate enough for me, I started focusing just solely on family portraits and headshots. As I got more comfortable, I started doing small events and that eventually led me to weddings. It was the action, emotion, and the beauty of celebrations that drove me.
Developing a look and style was and still is the hardest part of my photography. I knew there was a particular look that I liked but it was challenging to achieve while still learning at the same time. But, I'm definitely more drawn to the modern, clean and simple, contrasty, and editorial type images. I'm always learning and growing, but I find myself keeping it the same for the most part, and that's the direction that I've stuck to with my work.
Just about 2 years ago, I was lucky enough to cover Nicole and Jeremy's wedding at Cline Cellars in Sonoma, CA. It was a beautiful wedding set in wine country. The couple was very fashion forward and incorporated a lot of beautiful elements into their wedding. It was also the very first Jewish wedding that I have ever done and the experience was truly amazing! There was great food, friendly people, and very lively music with two separate bands. I also dabbled with my first hora! I'm sharing this wedding because in my early days, I was still looking for an identity for my brand, and this wedding was one of the few that I really think identified my work. If anything, it's what pointed me in the right direction. It had all the elements that I liked, which was a great venue, great entertainment, traditional elements, good people and vendors, and great clients. The good-looking couple was just a bonus!
I love doing wedding photography. Although, I currently do weddings and regular portrait work, weddings have been the driving force to keep going. I love the connection that I get with people, being able to document their special day in an unobtrusive way, and creating images for them so that they can look back at them for years to come. I'm truly grateful for all the people that I've encountered and for the many great clients that I've had the opportunity to work with. Every client and wedding is different, and I'm happy that I can get to experience them all!
COMPANY: Mike Chan Photography