our photographer

January 27th, 2010

This has been the big IT question everyone who knows me has been asking since day 1 of our engagement (which was 1 year and 1 day ago to be exact). I must say it was not an easy decision. We would love to have Duy shoot our wedding, but then again we want him to have a great time without the stress of shooting the best darn wedding he could for his partner.

From my very early days starting out as a wedding photographer, I’ve admired the work of a husband/wife team of evoke photography. I was so excited to be engaged and perhaps finally have the opportunity of them shooting my wedding that I contacted them the very next day after the engagement to obtain a rate sheet. We met with them and thought they offered everything we loved but for a hefty price. I had to go home and really think it thru: I could very well design my own album and have it printed at a much lower cost; but I love their work so much so do I really want to hire them for that much? They didn’t offer a package without an album.

We also met with another photographer just to get a feel for what’s out there; she was Caroline Tran. I had seen her work before from friends of friends weddings and thought very highly of it. Since we were now looking for a photographer to provide digital files only, albums were not a concern at all. Her prices were still a little high and out of our range so we had to keep looking.

Our third meeting was with Kim Le Photography. At this very moment I can’t remember exactly how I landed on her page, but it was thru some sort of page from another page while wedding surfing the net. We felt as if we hit it off with her pretty well. She’s around our own age, also Vietnamese so she understands the culture, the language, and nuances that go on during a very Vietnamese-y wedding. She has also shot at our ceremony and reception venues before so familiarity was a huge plus. Given that she always has a 2nd shooter, provides all high-res images on disc, does excellent work, and compromised with my not needing an album or engagement session–it worked out well.

Here she is at her birthday shoot last summer. Photos courtesy of Brian Khang. Just from the images alone you can see that she’s fun, cute, and has a great sense of humor. We’re excited to have her shoot our wedding this summer.

2 Responses to “our photographer”

  1. Melanie Vo on January 27, 2010 9:02 am

    Thao, your going to love her work. She did my girlfriend’s wedding and engagement and it was beautiful. You made a great choice… I can’t wait to see the outcome. Your so pretty anyways, it would be hard to not capture your beauty and grace.

  2. quang on February 5, 2010 8:23 am

    has she met our wonderful friend duy yet? =)

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