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Christmas Family Portraits Los Angeles 2011

20 Dec

Last year I photographed Judy’s family for their Christmas portraits.  This year, I was invited back to capture the family once again during the holiday festivities.  It was utterly amazing to witness how fast kids grow!

Help-Portrait LA 2011

12 Dec

On Dec. 10, 2011, I participated in one of the most meaningful and rewarding events I have been a part of – Help-Portrait!  All over the world, photographers, makeup artist, hairstylists and volunteers get together to donate their time, talent, equipment and expertise to shoot portraits for those who are less fortunate.  In Los Angeles alone, there were photographers serving at 5 different locations.  I was part of the Eagle Rock/Glassell Park location.

The photographers, hairstylists, makeup artists and volunteers at Help-Portrait LA 2011 Eagle Rock!

From 10 am – 5 pm, families arrived at the Del Principe de Paz Church, got a makeover and portraits taken by professional photographers.  Each person/family received 8×10 and 4×6 prints to take home, most everyone with a big smile on the face.

Stacks of portraits taken during the day

It was amazing to see so many talented people who have taken the time to give back to the community.  As photographer Eric Politzer said, “As soon as all the photographers arrived, we all left our egos at the door, because it’s not about us today, it’s about giving back.”

Family Portrait at the Huntington Library

31 May

Meredith was one of the first Groupon customers who contacted me after she purchased a Groupon for Marie Chao Photography.  Since she has an annual pass to the beautiful Huntington Library, she suggested that as the location for her family portrait session.  It was a perfect spring day: light breeze in the air, puffy clouds in the sky, flowers blooming… I was surprised how many people were waiting in line to get in when we arrived at 10:30 am!

Since the Groupon deal is for a 30-minute portrait session, Meredith already had a location planned – the Lily Pond.  We found a quiet corner by the pond, and off we went.  Doesn’t it look like an image from a fairytale story with his fiery red hair?!

Charlotte is a three-week old (!) beautiful baby girl.  She was super cooperative and I captured some tender moments between her and her family.

I wished that I could’ve stayed at the Huntington Library to walk around… but I had another shoot to run to!  A lady’s 90th birthday party!

Family Equality Council annual gala – Event Photography

1 Feb

House of Blues Marquee

Last weekend I photographed the Family Equality Council annual gala at the Hollywood House of Blues.  For those of you who hasn’t been there, it’s this shack-looking building on Sunset Blvd. with funky lights and really cool mural-liking paintings on the walls.  The event honors those who have fought for social justice and marriage equality, including the plaintiffs of Prop. 8.  The special guests included actress Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester in the popular TV series GLEE, and Dustin Lance Black, who wrote and won an Academy Award for MILK.

Executive Director of Family Equality Council Jennifer Chrisler with actress Jane Lynch

Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (R)

I know this is silly, but the entire time I was photographing Jane (with a throne of people who were in line to either shaker her hand or take a photo with her), I kept expecting someone to break into song and dance… and I almost expected her to show up in her famous track suit.  She actually looked marvelous in a jacket and pants, and was very nice and professional!

The entertainment of the evening was the Gay Men’s Choir, whose members not only all look gorgeous, but also can really sing!  I got goose pumps when they all started clapping and stomping during the finale.

The Gay Men's Choir takes center stage

Overlooking the main floor at the House of Blues

John Perez, Speaker of California Assembly, chats with screenwriter Dustin Lance Black at the event

Groupon Deal – $50 Portrait Session in Los Angeles!

18 Dec

I’m launching my first ever Groupon Deal!

Many friends have mentioned Groupon to me for the past few months, and I decided to check it out myself yesterday.  Turns out that they have all kinds of cool deals: Segway ride, Food Tour, Pole Dancing class?! Pretty awesome.  So I decide to start my own Groupon store and launch a deal too!  It’s a mini portrait session (30 minutes) for up to 3 guests (so you and your friends can all chip in for the $50 price- totally affordable!), redeemable for up to 6 months after purchase.  I think this will be a great way to meet new people in the LA area!

Here’s the link to the Groupon deal: http://www.groupon.com/merchants/marie-chao-photography/deals/50-for-200-worth-of-portrait-session-at-marie-chao-photography

Looking forward to meeting you!

Engagement photos for Shirley and Jeremy at El Matador Beach

4 Oct

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It was the hottest weekend of the summer in Southern California.  Record-breaking heat prompted everyone to head to the beach, which is also where we are shooting.  Luckily, most of the crowd were heading to Santa Monica, and once we passed Malibu, there were hardly anybody there.

El Matador Beach, just a few miles pass Pepperdine University, is beautifully secluded, with dramatic cliffs and rocks.  The mist in the air created a soft halo which accentuated the gorgeous sunset.  Apparently it’s a popular wedding photography location – there were two other couples shooting there that day.  But Shirley and Jeremy were the only couple that were actually IN the water!  Another photographer’s assistant even came up to us and told us how fun our shoot looked!  And it was! Shirley and Jeremy were playful and daring, and brought along with them lots of cute props for the shoot.  I think their energy totally shows in the photos!

Hello Summer!

22 Aug

Looks like summer has finally hit Southern California!

I’m on assignment covering the annual Sunset Junction Street Fair in Silverlake for a newspaper.  It never ceases to amaze me the diversity of people in Los Angeles.  At one corner there was a long line of dashing, fit gay men wearing nothing but red-engine leather speedos waiting to get in a bar.  Across the street there were Silverlake hipsters flashing me.  As I kept walking there were a bunch of hippies swaying to the beat of reggae.  And by the flying saucer rides a family is loading up water balloons to play Water Wars.  Ah Los Angeles.

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