Monday, July 14, 2008

2008-7-12 Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait for Carla @ downtown San Francisco

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.
Nontraditional Urban bridal portrait downtown san francisco


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…"

5 comments:

ndrew 2.0 said...

A beautiful, elegant, gorgeous bride + A talented photogrpher = A lucky groom + lots of perfect shots

Great work man!

Carla said...

Chung, you are AMAZING to work with and a very talented artist. Thank you for making me feel so special. I can't wait to work with you again.

The Flirty Girl said...

Awwww Chung... Beautiful bride, beautiful city, Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL shots. I'm sure her mom will be thrilled! Great job.

Anonymous said...

I saw the slideshow from Chung's laptop and WOW! Gorgeous Bride to be, w/ my Favorite Chung Li.

You rock! - Beverly Yip

Winne Fong said...

You'r very creative in the shots!



睇完呢輯相, 好有衝動搵你同我影返輯 bridal portrait~ :D

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