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  • Welcome to the website of wedding photographer Saavedra Photography (formerly known as Shang Chen Photography) Enjoy your stay, I'm glad to have you visit! I photograph couples who love life, each other, and express it through genuine, energetic personalities.

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Chef Fed Headshots

When I first met Chef Fed at a party, I remember him being super rock and roll as I learned about his Aphrodisiac Cooking Classes called Sex on the Table. This guy was pretty unique and I’m so glad he contacted me for headshots. Professionally trained from his homeland of Switzerland (I traveled there for my honeymoon!), Chef Fed packs a talented history including a Michelin star. I’m so excited for his new restaurant in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens, called SX, which is where we took these shots. Whether you’re looking for something special to do on Valentine’s Day or you’d like to attend a preview of his restaurant, Chef Fed has got a table for you. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s very easy on the eyes.

I would say that this headshot session is definitely on the more creative side. I do headshots for people of all stripes – from conservative to creative, it’s all about tailoring it to your needs. Learn more about my headshots here - I do most of my headshots on early weekday mornings before work. Perfect for the working professional where time is of the essence

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Based in NYC | photographer of celebrations of love and life

Chasing the sun flare

My favorite time to photograph is towards sunset, but I like sun flares. They’re magical, romantic, and beautiful. This is an unusual post in that I wanted to show a little bit of the process I have in chasing a sun flare when I’m in a completely new environment. Getting the perfect light when shooting as an on-location photographer requires awareness of the location of the sun, the textures and the ability to bounce light off of the surfaces around me, and the mood I wanted to achieve.

My husband introduced me for the first time to the Getty Center at Los Angeles. Not only is it a fantastic art collection, it is also a beautifully designed museum that is perfect for sunset panoramic views over the city. We went on a super crowded day, but I was able to spring ahead up to the museum to see the sunset

I loved seeing the sun being filtered through the willow leaves

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As I approached the building, I loved how the light bounced off the floor

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I also often like to use parts of a building to block the sun flare a little so you can see its rays. Also, notice the guy with the shade – the rim light on his head is really great, which reminded me that I needed a darker background to get the look I wanted with the sun flare

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Husband arrived and I had two photos taken of us, but I didn’t fully like how too-bright it was, and this was mainly because the buildings / background was too bright itself, and I wasn’t too much of a fan of the color of our skin, but I didn’t have a reflector with me

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I liked this light-filled photograph of my husband

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We walked around to a different area of the museum. I noticed that I was able to achieve a darker background here because of the trees at the horizon. Okay, nice rim light photo, check!

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While we were photographing around, I noticed the way the sun flare shone through these leaves and immediately got the idea for the perfect photo

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I put the camera on the ledge and tucked my husband into position. I set my settings to the smallest aperture, f/22. The settings I had for this photo were 50mm, f/22, ISO 1250, 1/640 s. I set it to a 10 second auto timer, and crossed my fingers.

And voila, the perfect photo to commemorate our wonderful trip. Just one shot. But it took a bit of trial and error to get there =)

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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

Published: an in(SP)iration session in Maxim!

I’m so excited to report that a session of mine has been featured in the online portion of Maxim magazine under The Hot 10. Last year, I photographed the amazing Laura as part of an in(SP)iration session – where we had a lot of fun with fashion and lifestyle while walking around her favorite areas in Brooklyn. You can check out the original session here

Don’t forget I’m running a couple of specials!

Click here to sign up to be the first to know about my mini sessions in 2015

Annd…. for those of you on the fence for booking, you might like some of the early bird specials I have here!

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she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

Awesome eats: Pine & Crane in Los Angeles

I first heard that a fellow Harvard alumna had opened a restaurant earlier this year when I saw some of my friends visit her. I was extremely intrigued – most people don’t go to Harvard to go into the restaurant business, and very curious! It was with luck that while my husband were visiting family in LA, we saw the Los Angeles magazine lying on a table, and lo and behold, Vivian Ku’s Pine & Crane was named as one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2014. That was enough for me to convince my husband to drive us there for lunch this past weekend on our way to visit the Getty Center.

Ku, who interned at Alice Waters’s famous Chez Panisse restaurant in Norcal, the birthplace of farm to table cuisine, decided to open an exciting concept pairing popular Taiwanese home style dishes with a farm to table sourcing approach. The food is extremely fresh, authentic, and will not sit heavy on you

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The restaurant fits in with the hipster vibe of the nearby Silver Lake neighborhood, with beautiful wood finishes on the wall, communal seating, and whimsical light fixtures

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The line was super busy as we entered. As you wait for your food, you can enjoy either some beer, wine, or tea

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Ku’s restaurant is steeped in family history. A large image on one wall shows her grandfather pulling noodles at the original Pine & Crane, a noodle factory he opened in Kaohsiung. The American Pine & Crane sources from Ku’s family farm in Bakersfield, and you can even buy fresh produce by the pound

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We grabbed some waters with these gorgeous aluminum tumblers. We were really happy to see many non-pork options on the menu, both in the traditional cold appetizers and throughout the small plates, noodles, soups, and rice dishes. We cooled ourselves with a jasmine green tea with boba

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Pine & Crane’s menu is tapas style, and I recommend 2 – 3 dishes for 2 people, though our portions were far more generous than I anticipated. We started with the beef roll. Slices of beef, cucumber, topped with hoisin sauce and wrapped in a freshly fried scallion pancake left us licking our fingers

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We then proceeded with Dan Dan noodles. The noodles were perfectly al dente and the sauce was evenly coated, with another fresh heaping of thinly sliced cucumber. The noodles pleasantly stuck to the roof of our mouths as we chowed down

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The highlight of our meal was the Three Cup Jidori Chicken. The chicken was cooked on the bone and extremely tender, and adequately flavored with a great combination of spices. We took this one home with us

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Congratulations to Vivian for being so inspiring and opening such a great restaurant! We hope to come back next year!

Pine & Crane
1521 Griffith Park Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

Cheers to 2014! and… 2015 early bird specials

2014 was quite a different year! As I began observing the Jewish Shabbat from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, this meant a rehaul of my original, much grander visions for Saavedra Photography. When I was Shang Chen Photography, I could easily photograph over 20 weddings a year, and my business thrived. Once I decided not to work on Saturdays, weddings on a regular basis were no longer a reality.

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After making the Shabbat decision, I re-branded to a new Facebook page (losing literally thousands of original ‘likes’) – when I should have just changed the name of my old one (huge lesson learned… I’m stubborn!). Nevertheless, I went through with the rebranding. I wanted “Saavedra Photography” to represent a newer focus – one that paid a lot of attention to the people and personalities, and being truly authentic in the process. Therefore, with every client I had, I spent even more time truly understanding them.

So, in 2014, I did not expect to have the privilege and honor of photographing so many of you. I wasn’t expecting to do anything to be honest! Therefore, I’m very, very happy to get to know those who are new, and reconnect with many of you that I’ve photographed before.

In 2014, I did several headshots, lifestyle and family sessions, one beautiful wedding… I continued to do several engagement and anniversary sessions all around NYC, a baby or two, and one new thing I’ve added was the ability to photograph marriage proposals as they happened. This has become one source of great joy and a great creative outlet for me. I enjoyed being your ‘ninja’ and getting into the detail of planning a once in a lifetime event for two people who are very much in love – and giving me the privilege to document that occurrence with authenticity.

In 2015, I would still love to fulfill my goal of photographing at least one wedding in the New York City / Tri-State area, so if you know of friends getting married on Sunday in this area, please do not hesitate to send them my way! In addition, I’d also love to do some more street-style fashion photography – perhaps in the form of in(SP)iration sessions, as it plays to my strengths in photographing in an urban environment and my love for fashion. As always, anyone who refers clients over gets referral goodies!

I’m so very thankful to all of you guys for being a pivotal part of Saavedra Photography’s beginnings. As always, I appreciate your continued support for being a part of this entrepreneurial journey. I don’t know where things will go, but I’m really proud of what 2014 has been. Happy tidings to all and best wishes for 2015! I am running an early bird special for 2015 photo sessions, check them out

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