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A few days ago, we held a training for our associate photographers & 2nd photographers. Consistent training is a great way to serve our clients’ needs and make our photographers even stronger than they already are.   I am truly fortunate to work with some of the best photographers out there. In addition to being super talented and extremely trustworthy, they are just genuinely good human beings to be around! I love my team!  If you didn’t know, my studio now offers associate photographers. They are hand picked individuals who have had a successful history of working for my studio. Associate photographers are a great alternative to those clients that are on a more strict budget to be allocated for wedding photography. Our clients will still get an awesome photographer to document their big day, but at a more affordable rate.  Although no two photographers will shoot alike, they are selected for their similarity in style as myself.  The associate photographers will be the one shooting on your wedding day, and my studio will still do all the ‘behind the scenes’ editing, client communication, product fulfillment, etc..

We spent about two hours together in Pasadena and had a great time. I want to give a special thanks to Yuri & Pat for being our great models. Don’t they look great?? Yuri is also a hair/makeup artist and she does awesome work! And since every blog post looks better with pictures, here are the portraits I took for Yuri & Pat during our training session. Thanks again!!

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Another beautiful wedding by our associate photographer Monica!  And a huge congratulations to Tim & Renee! You might remember them from their colorful engagement session from Venice Canal a few months ago, and these two are just crazy in love with each other. Their wedding ceremony and reception at Hyatt Regency in Newport , CA, was a classic summer California wedding with beautiful floral arrangement by Blushing Garden, and coordinated by the awesome Simply Sera Events! Tim & Renee even bought each one of their bridesmaids a little something from Tiffany! Who doesn’t like a little blue box, huh? Congratulations again to Tim & Renee, I hope you guys are partying it up in Europe right now!

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Wedding Venue | Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Photographer | Monica for Jeremy Chou Photography
2nd Photographer | Kristen Burtch
Wedding Coordinator | Simply Sera Events
Florist | Blushing Garden
DJ | Extreme DJ
Hair & Makeup | E2Beauty
Videographer | Vnext Media
Rentals | Mikasa Fine Linens

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I love it when I get a chance to document my previous client’s life milestones! Trudy & Jay got married almost two years ago and we’ve kept in touch since the wedding. It was nice to be able to shoot their maternity session in Pasadena, CA just a few days ago. They are expecting a baby girl (shhhh, name is a secret!) and I couldn’t be more happy for them! For their maternity session, we shot it at a trail in Pasadena and once again, we were lucky to have the awesome California golden hour sunset. We caught up on life, and Jay has a booming distribution business that he just started last year. It was great to chat with him about taking a risk, and really going after what you want out of life.  Congratulations again to Trudy & Jay, and I can’t wait to see pictures of your new princess!

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  • July 5, 2014 - 12:03 am

    Mieke - Love the light! Beautiful all around!ReplyCancel

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I don’t think it’s a big secret that I am a HUGE fan of Kirk Mastin’s work. If you don’t know who he is, he’s a an awesome hybrid film/digital shooter out of Seattle area. His work is so amazing that my wife and I hired him to shoot our own 10 year vow renewal.  earlier this year at the beautiful San Ysidro Ranch.  On top of being an awesome photographer, he’s just overall a great guy. I’m honored to call him a friend.  So in addition to being a great photographer, he also created a brand new Lightroom and ACR preset that had revolutionized my studio’s work. I’ve always been a big fan of film photography and my work has always been heavily influenced by some of the top film photographers in the world. And I do plan on starting to offer film photography services next year in 2015.  But until I do, I’ve always struggled to get that ‘filmy’ look just right. My work has come pretty close to it through out the years, but it’s not until I started using Mastin Studio’s preset that I believe I’ve gotten as close to film as possible with my Canon 5D Mark 3. Kirk has come up with a brand new set of film emulation presets that have proven to be game changer for my studio.  There is simply no other preset that even comes remotely close to what I can get from Mastin Lab’s film presets. Kirk released Portra 400 preset earlier this year, and you can read my full review here.  Although it’s a great preset & look, I have found myself falling completely in love with the new Fuji400H preset.  I was one of the lucky ones that got to beta test this preset before it became available to the general public. And I absolutely love the pastel/light & airy look I can achieve with this preset.  According to Mastin Lab’s website “Fuji 160NS is a versatile film with medium contrast, and beautiful blue and green rendering. Fuji 400H has an airy pastel look: great for for wedding photography and fashion.” And I have to say I completely agree.

Also, Mastin Lab’s preset is the ONLY preset I can apply upon import to every single image. It literally works in all lighting conditions.  Again, MIND BLOWN.  It has reduced my editing time by about 20% because of the consistent result I can get. In the image above, from left to right, are the progression of editing. And the entire editing literally took less than 2 seconds.  First one on the left is straight out of camera, middle is with Fuji400H base preset applied, then for the final edit. I used “high light soft” to bring back some of the highlight from the flower petal, bumped up exposure by 1/3 of a stop and that was it!  Here are more examples. SOOC is always on the left.

Now obviously getting the images as close to final product in camera is always the best policy. I have found the ‘sweet spot’ of combination between exposure & custom white balance to achieve the look I want. By shooting with consistent lighting & white balance really helps when I start to edit. I am literally blown away by the versatility of this film emulation preset for Lightroom. I can’t thank Kirk enough for giving my images that distinct look!

So now, here comes the best part. Mastin Lab is having a huge sale right now to celebrate the launch of new website and the Fuji 400H Preset.  ALL presets are on sale at $79 (normally $119) until July 15th, 2014.  Get it at a discounted rate while you can!

*****JEREMY CHOU PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN AFFILIATE FOR MASTIN LABS. WE RECEIVE A SMALL REFERRAL FEE FOR PURCHASES MADE THROUGH OUR WEBSITE*****

 

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  • July 4, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Danielle Bacon - Amazing review, Jeremy! Your work blows me away every time. And you totally have me sold on switching to the Fuji presets. Thank you!ReplyCancel