• Welcome to the website of wedding photographer Saavedra Photography My mission is to empower people through photography to love themselves and confidently see the beauty that I see in them.

Thank you for all your love and congratulations

“You will throw a fabulous wedding!”
“Who’s going to be your wedding photographer?”

I have received so many beautiful notes over the last week congratulating me on my engagement and I am so overwhelmed with love, thank you, thank you, thank you! Now I can finally reveal that a big reason behind why I’d been so adamant about taking a hiatus from full-time photography – it was so that I can build a beautiful life with him. Photographing other people’s weddings was proving to be an obstacle to my own love story, since we were a long distance couple and could only see each other during the weekends. In America all too often the culture is work first, family second. I wanted my life to be family first, work second. I have been profoundly impacted by this article of the regrets of the dying and many others, and decided I would live life to the fullest.

A wise blogger told me, never blog something you wouldn’t want your mother to read.  When I began dating my fiance, he taught me the value of keeping the most precious things in your life private. Now, the photographer that you all see, it’s not a fake persona. It’s a part of me, but it’s not all of me.  I know thousands of people read my blog, as I still every now and then meet someone randomly who’s been a fan for a long time.

I couldn’t bring myself to blog about my proposal. Why? It’s too beautiful. It’s the best engagement proposal I could have wished for, and I only want the people who truly understand us to know what happened. When I have thousands of people following me, I need to separate what I think as a wedding professional from what I personally think as a bride-to-be. I’m not saying that people actually listen to what I say, but I do want to be responsible for my professional presence.

My wedding is about me and him. It is personal. The choices I’ve made in planning were choices made by a couple who want their wedding to be meaningful and special to everyone in attendance, not professional choices made by a wedding photographer. Of course, I will be hiring some pretty awesome photographers I am also lucky enough to call my friends, so don’t you worry about that one ;)

For those who wanted to learn about wedding planning, I really only have two points to make:
1) Don’t get into debt throwing a wedding. This is your first big financial decision together, it will set the tone for how you two approach money in the future
2) Your wedding isn’t a show for others. It’s not something you plan so you can get it into a magazine. Your wedding is about you and your future spouse, so make it personal, because that’s how it is beautiful

I don’t want the world looking to my wedding for some sort of trend or statement. Hence, I won’t be blogging actively about it. Nevertheless, thank you all so much for being so supportive of me, I really appreciate it! In addition, much appreciation and thanks goes out to all my clients who were willing to let their love stories be featured on my blog.

Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

March 25, 2013 - 8:21 am

Annie Bravo Shang!! Very excited that the hiatus will be over sometime soon!! :)

March 25, 2013 - 2:18 pm

István Lőrincz Dear Shang! Congratulation first of all! I always take a look at your new pictures to see what's going on over there. Your pictures are very natural and light.
Who will be the photographer on your engagement session and the wedding? I know, as a photographer it is very difficult to choise the right person for the own sessions. So let us now! :)

March 25, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Linda Congratulations sweets! You deserve all the happiness in the world and I am so excited for you and the fiance! <3

March 25, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Marlana Congrats! :) I am so happy for you both. I am so happy that you have found that happy balance between family life, love, and work! I bet you there will be lots of brides changing their wedding dates for Sunday just to have you!

March 25, 2013 - 11:30 pm

Nicole Anderson Congratulations Shang! So happy for you :) And really respect your candidness re: not choosing a diamond ring and especially your putting family first, work second. Your most recent newsletter was SO helpful, thanks for that! And if you for any reason need a SoCal based second shooter to help out your main photographer, I’d be happy to do it, as a wedding gift from one Harvard wedding photographer to another :) All best, Nicole

March 26, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Ted Nghiem YAY SHANG!

March 28, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Julie Minevich What great news! Congratulations! And, whenever the time comes, I'll be needing a photographer for a Sunday wedding! ;)

April 2, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Andrew So good to read about you making such strong decisions and having the conviction of your belifs – fantastic!

May 7, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Formal Dresses Congratulations!You two look so sweet!

May 25, 2013 - 11:13 am

Regina Budiardjo Congratulation!

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