June 25th, 2011

Kristina & Desiree

I met Kristina during high school at a nerdy JSA convention. We were definitely nerds, but we were creative ones, and those being a shortage at student debates, we spotted each other pretty easily and hit it off. We fell out of touch in college but recently discovered that we still have a lot in common including a passion for food, music and charming girls like Desiree. They are such a wonderful couple, and I’m thrilled to be shooting their wedding in August.

April 28th, 2011

The Wizard of Odd Returns

Since it’s off the newsstands now, I can share a bit of this interview with Lorne Lanning which appeared in the March issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly. Lorne has a great energy about him and was wonderful to photograph. Writer Tom Russo was also a lot of fun, and a photo I took of him was later turned into a piece of art involving a Nordic sweater and a cat wearing a Santa hat.

March 18th, 2011

A Couple of Curves

I had the opportunity to shoot some lovely plus-size models (Tyra would call them “fiercely real,” of course) for local magazine BAY Fashion’s March Plus-Size Story. Check the article out here.

February 19th, 2011

A ferry tale romance!

It’s been raining all week in the Bay Area, but we caught last little bit of San Francisco sun for Mary and Luigi’s engagement shoot last weekend. We strolled along the Embarcadero then went for some delectable treats in the Ferry Building. Nothing says love like Miette cupcakes and a meat cone from Boccalone!

February 14th, 2011

Cupid draw back your bow…

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Here’s a preview from this weekend’s engagement shoot with Mary and Luigi, who have been struck by cupid in a big way. Rest of the engagement set to follow soon!

February 12th, 2011

Annabelly becomes Annabelle

Stacey and Jan asked me to photograph family portraits, both while Annabelle was in the belly and soon after making her way into the world! We had a lot of fun–I love working with people with a sense of humor and Annabelle is already taking after her parents.

January 22nd, 2011

Thanks for dropping by!

This is the new blog for Lydia Chen Photography, built with the help of my friend Tony,  who jumped in when I was looking for a better template for sharing photos. Hope you’ll enjoy your visit, and pardon the old material as I populate this page with some wonderful memories from the last year.

September 18th, 2010

Denise & Matt

When I met with Denise and her wonderful wedding planner/bridesmaid Michaela to talk about Denise and Matt’s upcoming wedding, they told me that the focus would be on family. I met Matt and Denise’s sons Ryan and Colin during the engagement shoot, as well as Denise’s mom–they all proved to be as charming as the bride and groom themselves. September 18, 2010 was an exciting day at the Sausalito Women’s Club with their family and friends, who were so warm and welcoming, and truly a joy to photograph!

August 17th, 2010

Walking on Sunshine

I am really looking forward to photographing Denise and Matt’s wedding next month. My assistant/second shooter Cheryll and I met the beautiful couple and their adorable boys at Matt’s favorite park, which had a stunning view of San Francisco and plenty of room for the little ones to run around!

Denise’s mom came by to pick up the boys, at which point Cheryll and I remarked on the great genes that obviously run in this family! We were left with Matt and Denise, and it was time for romantic, kissy shots…

except that it was the beginning of Shark Week, so we had to snap this. Ok guys, for reals this time!

August 3rd, 2010

Reiko & Nat

Heartfelt congratulations to two of my friends from kyudo (Japanese archery) who got married last month at the Dance Palace in Marin. It was an honor to photograph their wedding, bows and arrows included! I wish Nat and Reiko the very best as they take off across the country to start a new life together.