Bridal Portrait

What a great tradition for Sophie and Lucas, a wedding anniversary portrait session for this beautiful couple flew all the way from Canada to here in San Francisco to have me photograph them. Sophie and Lucas currently reside in Canada, they got married last year in 2 different locations : France and Canada, as Sophie is French and Lucas is Canadian. They are planning to put on their wedding gown and tux to do a photoshoot every year in their wedding anniversary, how romantic !

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Lets have some fun picture before we wrap up this portrait session

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Alright, this is the first time I post my sister’s (AMY LI) pictures here :) The reason you rarely see me post pictures of me and my sister is because we live really far away from each other … How far ??? I live in California, and she lives in UK, yes, that far !

We planned to meet up in the beginning of this year and want to have a fun trip together, WE MADE IT, we just finished our wonderful trip together in Maui, Hawaii , together with Andrew and Florence you saw in the previous post.

I like to photograph my sister, she is a good subject to me, she always follow what I said without complaining :) I specifically selected this red-orange SaRong for her in Maui, I know it is going to pop in the picture, the blue one was also bought in Maui, to match with her white tank top .

Chung LI + Amy LI = Fun Time

on the Road to Hana (near black sand beach)
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at the hotel (Sheraton), they have some pretty cool tropical plants there
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at the beach near Lahaina
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in a cave (form by lava) near black sand beach
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at the beach in front of the Sheraton Hotel
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What an awesome day shooting in Sacramento, here are some sneak peek of the images of Angelina, a stunning Russian sweetie, more images to come !

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The most rewarding thing being a wedding photographer, for me, is the client’s compliment and see my client’s appreciation and smiling face. I just did a bridal portrait for Carla last saturday. Since she really needed the picture quick in order to send to her mom and surprise her before the wedding, I have all pictures ready and made a slide show for her already 2 days after the shoot. Broke my own record !

The pictures/slideshow quickly spread to her whole bridal party and got a lot of WOW. Carla was so sweet to gather all the compliment and response from her friends and made me this “gift card” with one of the images I took and wrote me a thank you email. I just love this stunning bride-to-be !!! She told me unfortunately she has already hired another photographer to serve her wedding in south carolina already before she hired me for her bridal portrait, but when her younger sister is getting marry, she is going to hire me as a photographer for her sister’s wedding as a gift to her sister . Yeah,, I’m so looking forward to it.

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Here is what she wrote in the email and my “gift card”-

Chung,

I could sing your praises for the whole world to hear of your incredible talent and gift for capturing raw beauty in all you see. Not only are you a very gifted artist, but you are also a pleasure to work with. I had the most amazing day with you and your assistant. You were so much fun and you made me feel so special – something every bride should feel! I will remember this day in my special memories of my wedding and related events.

As the bride and subject of this photo some may be inclined to find my rave reviews biased, but the overwhelming response from my friends and family prove otherwise. In addition to my personal endorsement, here is what they had to say…

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Every Bride Deserves Her Own Portrait Session .

It was such a fun fun fun afternoon with Carla for a nontraditional / urban bridal portrait shooting in downtown San Francisco.

Carla contacted me like 3 weeks ago and asked if she could book me in such a short notice and be able to ship the prints for her mom in South Carolina before the wedding date which is on 1 August. Sure , I love shooting engagement , but love bridal shoot even more, as I can have total control to bring out the best part of the bride’s beauty. Carla told me in the beginning already, she really wants something nontraditional , a little bit on the edge and wants to shoot in San Francisco. Eventually , I came up with the downtown contemporary magazine style theme for this stunning bride.

After she have her hair done and make up done at Saks Fifth Avenue, she is all ready and waiting me at her hotel lobby at Hilton San Francisco 4:00pm on time. She was just so stunning walking in downtown san francisco with her gold gown which made her even more unique, fits her perfectly. Honestly, photoshooting Carla in downtown SF was a little challenge for me, because she is just so gorgeous and attracted too much attention from people walking by….with millions of greetings and jealous eyes.

It is really hard to believe Carla is not a model and had no photoshoot experience, she has total trust on me and followed all my instructions on posing and great smile all the time. Our photoshoot last for 3 hrs. Thanks for my assistant’s help on capturing some of the “behind the scene” shots and also Tamantha’s help being a driver and assisting on our photoshoot.

The photos turn out amazing and I’m sure will surprise her fiance when he comes back from his bachelor party in mexico!! Congratulation again to Carla and all the best for the wedding at Hilton Head, South Carolina. !!

I love this tungsten light background.
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Carla listening to my instructions, the outcome was beautiful , the mono tone makes this picture feel even more comfortable
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

In Downtown San francisco, people keep walking by…
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

This colorful background was near union square
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

This one is one of my favourite, her smile was so beautiful, shot with natural light.
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

This walking in the Downtown SF candid shots turned out to be one of Carla ‘s favourite.
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

My Canon 5D with the 70-200mm 2.8/IS
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

The golden dress and the door background matched well.
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

It was so funny Carla found this “Carla — LifeTime Guarantee” in a jewelery store :) Her fiance would be the happiest man !
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

When we were shooting this picture outside Tiffany, people asked me if we were shooting the catalogue for Tiffany :)
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

Carla always have great smile.
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

Walking with Carla in downtown SF is not easy :P :P ,,, as she caught too much attention , everyone walked by was like,, “she is so beautiful…. “
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

These 2 are also my favourite, totally having fun and elegant and sexy.
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

Carla gave me this pose right I put her on that spot, i said she is a model in her blood!
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

This is a shot I always wanted to take everytime I drove pass crissy field, I finally did it !!
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

The wind just came at the right timing ! optimum speed at 13 mph :) :)
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

Demonstrating Carla how to pose in this long hallway shot.
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

Love the shadow and the curve in this picture
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

We were inside a hotel near downtown, the setup was perfect to produce this super classy shot.
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

I was shooting Carla at about 20-30 yards away, instructing was difficult, but she posed very naturally already.
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

Street shot with SF building as background, a shot couldn’t miss for a SF downtown shooting, very luckily we got a parking spot just right next to our shooting location, perfect !
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

This is is also one of my favourite (top 3), the atmosphere is so so so comfortable
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco

Here is the slide show of all shots

http://www.chungliphotography.com/p/carla/

This is what Carla just emailed me….
“Chung,

I could sing your praises for the whole world to hear of your incredible talent and gift for capturing raw beauty in all you see. Not only are you a very gifted artist, but you are also a pleasure to work with. I had the most amazing day with you and your assistant. You were so much fun and you made me feel so special – something every bride should feel! I will remember this day in my special memories of my wedding and related events.

As the bride and subject of this photo some may be inclined to find my rave reviews biased, but the overwhelming response from my friends and family prove otherwise. In addition to my personal endorsement, here is what they had to say…”

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