*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
When Chi-Ling Wang Photography dropped me an email about becoming a sponsor, my first reaction was, “Ohh, pretty pictures! Long time reader! Photographer building her business, how perfect.” And then I asked her where she was located, and Chi-Ling said Los Angeles…. and then I felt my heart start to pitter patter in my chest. Other than New York City and San Francisco, there are more APWers in LA than in any other city. But yet…. it has been like pulling teeth to find sane, awesome wedding elves and photographers in the LA area. Pulling. Teeth. And LA is so creative, it’s so confusing to me. But, as of today, we’re adding Chi-Ling to our team in LA. So Southern California ladies, this is your lucky day.
Chi-Ling has been reading APW for a long time, so hilariously, when I asked her why she wanted to work with APW couples, her response was a very boggled, “Whaaaaa? Who wouldn’t want to work with APW couples, why are you even asking me that?” Or to quote her directly, “When Meg posed the question of why I want to photograph APW weddings, I thought it strange. The answer seems so obvious. Anyone who has read APW knows that the wedding grads, and the undergrads (I especially enjoy these since I am happily unengaged and unmarried to an awesome significant other), and the postgrads are thoughtful, intelligent, level-headed people. I tend to have lots in common with these kinds of people, and really enjoy their company. Although I have yet to check the market research, I am pretty sure having clients I thoroughly enjoy makes for a good business model.” Ha. Indeed. And having a wedding photographer that you thoroughly enjoy is also a pretty good wedding plan.
Chi-Ling Wang Photography is in the beginning of building what’s sure to be a red-hot wedding business, judging by her portfolio, which is full of really clean, modern, gorgeously set up images. And her use of light is so lovely. But since she’s still growing her business, her wedding coverage starts at $1120. In LA. I knooooowwwww. Affordable LA wedding photography is pretty rare, and I can tell with a glance at her portfolio that these rates are not going to last forever, so you should be running not walking to check her out.
Before we get to the giveaway (Yes! There is a giveaway coming!) I wanted to share a little bit with you about why Chi-Ling Wang does what she does. She told me,
“Wedding photography is the convergence of many of my interests. I have always been fascinated by love. I like reading about it. I like observing it. I like seeing how love is always different, and yet somehow always the same. Having the opportunity to witness and capture the union of two people is awesome. I have been photographing since I was a teenager. High school journalism is where I started. During the summer after my freshmen year of college, I was lucky enough to take a B&W film photography class. I loved it, and I thought it loved me back enough to where I considered not majoring in something as practical as business economics. As it turned out, my well-intentioned first generation Chinese immigrant parents did not understand my need to be more creative. Coincidentally, I actually really enjoyed supply and demand curves, and the whole debits and credits dance. So yes, I don’t think this is said much, but I also enjoy the business half of wedding photography. I am, after all, a nerd, one with a strong affinity for love stories.”
But best of all, Chi-Ling is offering a free engagement/portrait session to an APW couple. Her requirements are that you be madly in love with each other (because that’s kind of her thing) and that you leave a comment with your love story (pragmatic love stories included, says the girl who has one). The shoot will take place in the LA area, in December or January, so get ready to have your pictures taken NOW.
So go check out Chi-Ling Wang Photography, and leave a comment, LA ladies (and gents). You’ve got an engagement session to win.