Archive for 2010

The Plaza New York and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

“If this goes through, Lawrence, I guess they’ll have to shave a few hours from afternoon tea,” giggled Grace.

The air was filled with romance drawn from scenes of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and other Greats walking through the same opulent lobby. The Plaza Hotel is the quintessence of elegance, which was the perfect pairing for Wedding Style Magazine’s New York party on October 15, 2010.

Ed Libby tweeted, “The who’s who of what’s what in NYC are here!!” I couldn’t agree more – I did a lot of gawking, stalking, and paparazzi-style shooting. Overall, I am humbled and honored that I had the opportunity to partake on this memorable event at such a landmark location.

“I have never seen the Palm Court look so sexy,” was Grace’s opening line. And it was welcomed with unanimous laughter.

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

This beautiful table set was put together by Ed Libby (recently worked on Lala’s wedding) and Roberta Karsch!

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

The following table was produced by Golf from Tantawan Bloom.

the plaza hotel wedding

This wonderful centerpiece was also by Ed Libby.

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

“Say Yes to the Dress” Star Randy Fenoli and publisher Grace Ormonde!

the plaza hotel wedding

Pablo from Nuage Designs, Roberta Karsh and Ed Libby!

the plaza hotel wedding

Here is one of my paparazzi shots of Sylvia Weinstock – the queen of cakes!

the plaza hotel wedding

Mike Colon and Yanni Tzoumas were chatting it up with the Wedding Style Magazine team.

the plaza hotel wedding

Others who attended included Colin Cowie, Reem Acra, Ines Di Santo… I was a little star-struck to say the least. Unfortunately, I did not get photos of everyone. It was probably because I was eating…yummy!

The evening proceeded with lots of wine and wonderful conversations. The next morning, I decided to do a little pigeon feeding and HDR fun. Since the Apple store was not too far from The Plaza, I couldn’t resist.

the plaza hotel wedding

Afterward, Yanni, Grace, Tracy, Mike and I went to a few fashion shows for Bridal Market. That was fun!

Yours truly,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. I have been to New York over a dozen times now and I keep FORGETTING to eat a street vendor hot dog!! Until next time…

Boston Mandarin Oriental and Wedding Style Magazine

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

I just flew in to Providence, Rhode Island the night before, so my inner clock is still not synced.

It was raining. I stole a glance at my watch and realized that it was time to go. I travel so much, I decided to get a nice wrist watch that had dual times. My girlfriend bought it for me as part of her retail therapy. I didn’t complain. She thought of me!

It takes quite a while to drive from Providence to Boston. Factoring in rain and potential accidents, incalculable. I was getting anxious.

“Grace [Ormonde]! Yanni! Let’s go!” I yelled. Paula, Wedding Style Magazine’s finance manager, was with me.

“Let’s go first,” Paula said. She’s quite talented. She put on makeup while making preparations for the Wedding Style Magazine party hosted at the gorgeous Boston Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Boston Mandarin Oriental Hotel
776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 0219

Okay set! The address was in the GPS.

I was responsible for the marketing and launch of the book parties. This was part of the grass-root campaign for Grace Ormonde’s new book. For this event, I was going to photograph a bit and record video the rest of the time.

boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

Wow! On the right was Grace. On the left was the wedding designer for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding!

boston mandarin oriental wedding

The evening ended with a random photo shoot and posh burgers for dinner…

Ciao for now,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Shooting video in the rain was wicked!

Taryne and Nishan – A Wedding Like Royalty

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Let me preface with this fusion movie – watch in full screen and in HD!

I remember Taryne’s first email to me. It started with, “From one Chipotle fan to another…” I had a gut feeling it would be a good match.

We first met in Rhode Island. I was working at Grace Ormonde’s office and Taryne and Nishan were kind enough to meet me there. We chatted for about two hours and looked through a number of weddings. Still having my Europe pictures in storage, I decided to share those too.

That’s when I got a bit embarrassed…then we all did.

The Europe folder contained lots and lots of pictures of food…probably half the folder. They were of delicious European appetizers, cuisines, pastas, desserts…oh the desserts, beverages and more. I tried with all my might to stifle a low growl from my stomach, but the sound ripped through the chatter like a hot blade through butter.

Seriously, what do you do in those situations?

Tee hee was my response. Maybe they were trying to console me, so they let their stomachs growl too. Laughter ensued and…the wedding day.

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

They had a traditional church ceremony (First Congregational Church of Los Angeles) followed by a Sri Lankan Buddhist Ceremony held at the beautiful Beverly Wilshire (Four Seasons) in Beverly Hills.

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

Right after the ceremonies, we had roughly 10 minutes to take some private portraits. My original plan was to photograph it on the rooftop of Beverly Wilshire, but there wasn’t enough time. So we trekked over to the pool and used a cabana as our backdrop.

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

Since I know Taryne is super cool, I am going to post some cute candid moments :P

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

Awwwwwwwww…

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

Some mouthwatering cocktail and hors d’oeuvres…

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

And the reception was breathtaking! It had black chandeliers, gi-normous black dance floor, wispy drapes, beautiful lights…

I later learned from Taryne that Sri Lankan people liked to dance a lot. My first impression was – dang that is a HUGE dance floor. Conversely, Taryne’s first impression was – oh no, I hope it’s big enough. It barely contained everyone per the end of the video.

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

While everyone was dancing, Julie, Aaron Dieppa and I were in the back frantically editing photos / video and sampling some out-of-the-world-yummy-miniature-donuts-dipped-in-cinnamon. After licking our fingers clean, we put the photos and video onto an iPad for sharing.

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

So delicious…

Special thanks:

Beverly Wilshire
Monica Bewak – Associate Director of Catering

International Event Company
Jonathan Reeves, Ross and Mari

Classic Party Rentals
Kyle Hollars – Director of Lighting

Aaron Dieppa Photography – HUGE THANK YOU because doing video and photos by myself was a little crazy, so glad you were with me :)

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine
Thanks Grace – Taryne found me through the Platinum List!

Sincerely,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Taryne makes these interesting cartoon sounds and we all concluded that she should do cartoon voice overs.

Alaska Landscape Photos

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Last week I went to Vancouver, Canada for Image Explorations as the opening speaker where I discussed a number of business strategies for wedding photographers.

Afterwards, Julie and I hopped onto a Princess Cruise to see the Alaskan glaciers before they all melt. What a sight! I have never seen anything so majestic. After uploading it to facebook, a number of friends asked for a copy as a wallpaper. So here it is!

It’s all set for 1920×1200 resolution (so even for HD monitors) and HDR.

DOWNLOAD ALL WALLPAPERS HERE

Juneau Forest Fog

alaskan glaciers

Ketchikan Boats

alaskan glaciers

Ketchikan Creek Street

alaskan glaciers

Ketchikan Cruise

alaskan glaciers

Margerie Mountains

alaskan glaciers

Margerie Passing

alaskan glaciers

Wilbur and Orville Mountains

alaskan glaciers

Margerie Glaciers

alaskan glaciers

Mendenhall Creek

alaskan glaciers

Mendenhall Glaciers

alaskan glaciers

alaskan glaciers

DOWNLOAD ALL WALLPAPERS HERE

Ciao for now,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Yeah, Alaska was cold, but I still ate ice cream.

Jamaica Vacation at Couples Negril

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Julie and I made a trip to Jamaica for Helen and Matt’s wedding. Prior to the actual wedding date, we took some mini excursions on catamaran and treks to town.

Since I am experimenting with fusion movies (especially recently with Taryne and Nishan’s wedding), I decided to do it with my own vacation videos and photos. Enjoy!

Day 1

Day 2

Like Jamaica? Me too. If you’re getting married in the Caribbean Islands, let me know!

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Bring bug repellant. No joke. Or is this something normal and I was the only silly one who thought not to?

Pasadena Rose Bowl July 4th Fireworks

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

After being incubated in the house for weeks because of work, I decided to go out tonight and take some pictures of the fireworks. I heard that Pasadena’s Rose Bowl was going to display a pyrotechnics’s dream world at 9pm.

I positioned myself in the neighboring hills so that I would have a view of Rose Bowl itself. The following is an HDR image, but it’s really not so HDR by definition.

pasadena rose bowl fireworks

Happy 4th to everyone,

Lawrence

Jamaica Me Crazy!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

It’s been about a week and I already feel the tension building up again. In fact, as I compose this post, I am on Virgin Airlines due for Boston to work with Grace Ormonde. The stress free days of “No problem, mon” seem to be a distant past. And being sandwiched in the coach section with a guy who has absolutely no understanding of personal space and drops food on my lap as he wolfs down sunflower seeds do not help…I might as well have him lay on me. (Early P.S. I seriously hope he doesn’t read this).

Last week, Julie assisted me in shooting a wedding in Jamaica at Couples Negril Resort! Couples was nothing like conventional resorts with plush white beds and chairs, but they had a lot more color and culture. It was over a year ago when Helen contacted me about photography services. She’s based in Houston and I in Los Angeles, so we just exchanged emails. I knew that she was going to be a fun bride when she admittedly called herself a dork for packing two weeks in advance. To be frank, so did Julie and I mentally.

Matt – Helen’s fiancé and now husband – is a really tall guy. He even towers over me by quite a lot. He served in the Marine Corps and is now a teacher. Helen and Matt met while working together at a hospital. Their union can be called love at first sight if you believe in that…

One day at work, while Matt was on the phone with his best buddy, he told him, “Hey, got to go. My wife just walked through the door.”

Who knew? Three years later, Julie and I were standing at the altar shooting away. I love stories like these.

Anyway, below I have a “fusion” video where photos and video were combined. As many of you might know, I am a photographer and not normally a cinematographer, but I am fond of both mediums. The decision to make video on Helen’s wedding was actually not planned. It was for kicks.

With the Canon 1D MIV and 5D MII, “easy day” as Matt would put it. To be completely honest, it was not so easy if you’re trying to do both. My brain had to switch back and forth and from looking through the lens and at the LCD. I think Julie and I did a pretty swell job.

Watch in Full Screen HD!

I must admit that the day unfolded rather smoothly, which helped with my new video work flow. Helen’s sleight of hand make-up application allowed me to allocate time to cover Matt’s preparation. During the process, I learned something new! All buttons for a Marine Corps’ uniform must be upright and if anything were to have a single scratch it’s discarded. Strict!

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

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jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

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jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

Ocho Rios (Eight Rivers) Dunns River Falls

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

I particularly enjoyed this last section. The morning after the wedding, we thought it’d be cool to jump into the pool. So right before that, I took out my AlienBee800 strobe and took some photos while the sun was at its zenith. The colors are so dark and lovely.

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

The following image is of me working at Ocho Rios (Eight Rivers) – Dunns River Falls – with Helen and Matt. Yeah, I got chops.

ocho rios picture

Helen and Matt – it was such an honor to have had this opportunity to photograph [and video] your wedding. Hope to see you again soon – perhaps in Houston!

Sincerely,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Julie bought a lot of Jamaican spices and we barbecued jerk chicken yesterday. While eating, I had a flash of inspiration and took out two strobes and produced my new profile picture on Twitter.

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Trump National Golf Course

Monday, May 10th, 2010

One Ocean Trails Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Trump National Golf Course – so beautiful. I was recently there for a bridal shower that was hosted for one of my brides. While they were enjoying their tea party and sandwiches, I ventured out to take some HDR images. I normally don’t fancy golf, but the weather was so perfect, I was tempted to leave my camera behind to hit a few holes.

golf course

golf course

golf course

There’s a trail beyond the golf course where I saw lots of people hiking. It snakes down to the ocean bluff, which is very scenic. Pets welcome by the way. This scenery makes it ideal for a wedding. Contact me below if interested!

Sincerely,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. I want a dog so that I could walk it at Trump Golf Course. However, I prefer cats more. Is it unorthodox to walk cats?

Wedding: Michelle and Chriag

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Beachy air, fantastic weather, loud music = good wedding.

So Michelle and Chirag got married at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. By the way, gorgeous wedding venue. Just a side note, they wanted unconventional wedding portraits. Me – no problem. You’ll see below :)

The primary photographer was David Tosti – awesomely chic guy!

casa del mar wedding picture

casa del mar wedding picture

casa del mar wedding picture

casa del mar wedding picture

casa del mar wedding picture

casa del mar wedding picture

casa del mar wedding picture

casa del mar wedding picture

casa del mar wedding picture

casa del mar wedding picture

Love the Heroes pose? I thought that would be fun.

Lawrence Chan

P.S. I did have some “traditional” ones for the parents, so don’t worry.

Wedding: Marilou and Jed

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Marilou and Jed had an unconventional wedding. First, they did not don proper wedding attire – no dress, no tux, no anything.

What was cool was that it was super relaxed. Our portraits took place at Disney Concert Hall followed by some graffiti stomping grounds prior to the wedding reception. I loved their reception introduction – James Bond theme song electric violin! I want that for my own wedding in the future.

The reception was full of drinks, white decorations, white furniture, fancy neon lights, and FIRE DANCERS! Fire Groove is probably the best that I know of! They were recently on “Man vs. Food” cable television show! Check out the pictures!

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

disney concert hall wedding picture

Hot hot stuff,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Fire, lights, drinks, music = awesome party!

Wedding: Kiyoko And Chris

Friday, February 19th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I think Kiyoko looks like an actress. She is gorgeous! And Chris is equally dapper with his ensemble. They shared their gorgeous wedding at Malibu’s Adamson House.

What was amazing was that the portrait session took place on the beach where lots of surfers were trying to catch waves. I was not the only photographer with a long lens there. In fact, the surf photographers had 300mm+ lenses, which made mine look like a speck.

Primary photographer – Hoffman

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

adamson house wedding pictures

Cheers,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. I tried surfing once in Atlantic City, NJ. Didn’t quite catch a wave, but it was super fun. One day, I will try it in Hawaii. Who’s having a wedding there? :)

Wedding: Dru and George

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Gavin and I photographed a beautiful vineyard wedding in Napa Valley, CA. Dru and George rocked it!

Rock it,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Wouldn’t it be great to own a vineyard? Wine 24/7. Life would be good.

Wedding: Colleen and Hector

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, out in the middle of the ocean. Check it out!

Ciao,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Maybe it’s me, but fish tacos in Cabo San Lucas tastes better than ones in America.

What Gear Do You Use? It Doesn’t Really Matter.

Monday, January 18th, 2010

I love this commercial.

As funny as this clip is, it holds much truth. If I presented you with a photo that captured an emotional moment, the speed of my shutter or gear that I used to capture it do not really matter.

Hope that lent a good chuckle,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. For those who do care, I currently use all Canon prime lenses with a 1DMIV and 5D MII.

Nokia Center (LA Live)

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

la live nokia center

Is it LA Live or Nokia Center? Weirdness. It’s known as both. Having never been there, I decided to take my girlfriend and perused the place. As grand as it looked, it did not take too long to complete…say one circle. One cool perk of the center is the enormous Starbucks!

If you are wondering whether I’m going to post any weddings, the answer is yes. Just not yet. I’ve been so busy.

Be well,

Lawrence Chan

Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Fellow Los Angelenos, you probably feel my pain. Traffic on the 10 freeway (or any other freeway for that matter) is a parking lot. Driving on local streets would probably utilize the same amount of time, but I opted for that route so that I could at least occupy my mind with red lights and stop signs.

Midway home from The Grove, I decided to pull over in Downtown LA. It’s rare that locals get to see these sky scrapers from afar due to the thick smog. Today was different. Maybe it was the holidays, so there were significantly less vehicles. Or maybe because we’re in the middle of winter and the winds blow our nasty emissions to some other poor city. Either way, Downtown LA glowed nicely on my way home.

I fed the meter a few quarters and took a 10 minute break setting up my tripod. Snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, I was done.

Ciao bella,

Lawrence Chan

New Year, New Blog

Friday, January 1st, 2010

My girlfriend and I visit Las Vegas quite frequently because it isn’t that far from Los Angeles. Las Vegas provides a nice retreat from mundaneness. While in Vegas, we always enjoy cruising down Las Vegas Blvd. revering the megawatt light show. Most recently, there was a bald spot near New York New York. That part of The Strip was dark and lifeless (lightless). Interesting.

So nearly not being able to sleep with curiosity, we fired up our laptop and started researching. So it’s going to be called “City Center.” It’s divided into various sections and the grand opening of the Aria Hotel is on December 16, 2009. Then it’s settled. We will check it out!

What was supposed to be a planned getaway, Julie and I buried ourselves in the hotel room working away. On the bright side, check out our amazing view! The following is an HDR – where I used three images and combined it into one.

las vegas aria hotel

Las Vegas is such a gorgeous city! Next time I come back, I want to shoot a wedding at one of the snazzy hotels – Wynn, Venetian, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Palazzo, Paris, MGM – to name a few of my faves!

Happy new year,

Lawrence Chan