Vivian Chen Photography


Oakland, CA · Prices from $3000 to $5000

Why do you want to work with APW Couples?

I want to work with people who are just like me: straight forward with a sense of humor. I believe that weddings are whatever you make of them, that they should be a reflection of who you are as a couple and not what everyone else says you’re supposed to be. Celebrations come in all forms and I love every single one. APW couples know that when all is said it done, all that matters is that they are starting their lives together, forever.

Describe your artistic approach to weddings?

Comfort and light. Those are the two most important things to me when I shoot. I want my photographs to be clean, natural and genuine. Real moments, real smiles, real laughter. Instilling a sense of ease helps my couples feel comfortable in front of the lens. A comfortable subject is a happy subject which leads to beautiful photos. Your wedding day is a day of celebration, so let’s have some fun!

What are your non-work-related hobbies?

When I’m not shooting, I enjoy balancing my life by being a gluttonous foodie (I like to pick travel destinations based on my stomach!) and an aspiring yogi (four years and counting!).

What’s your favorite book?

I’m a pretty big book worm so it’s hard to pin down just one favorite. Here are just a few authors I’ve collected throughout the years: Anthony Bourdain, Douglas Coupland, Octavia Butler, Philip K. Dick, Richard Price, David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell and my childhood favorite, Roald Dahl.

What’s your favorite movie?

I’m a sucker for film noir but my all time favorite movie that I watch over and over again is “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” (The version from the 1970s with the fabulous Gene Wilder.)

If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?

“PYT” by Michael Jackson. No contest. (Though anything Motown makes me happy too!)

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