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About The Photographer Jay Hsiang is a destination wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. He has been on the field for more than 14 years, photographs engagement, pre-wedding, and wedding day photography. As a professional wedding photographer, Jay is passionate about his craft, he captures and creates the emotion images that show the joy of love and the heart-stirring moments. He has many different ways of approaches to wedding photography. With his unique, artistic, and sensibilities skills, he can capture the beauty of the wedding couples and the moments between them in an extraordinary way. Jay also pays close attention to each and every details and storytelling elements of every wedding couple, being in the right place and time to the wedding day, always captures the genuine and timeless memories of each couple.

Jay's work has published on many wedding magazine, website and wedding blogs including Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Destination Wedding & Honeymoons, Ceremony, Your Wedding Day, Bride & Bloom magazine, beyond | beyond wedding blog, whimsical wonderland wedding, etc. He won more than 30 AOE in award WPPI, The 2nd place in bridal category ISPWP and a gold award from SWPP UK. Jay has recently named Master of WPPI in 2016.


Jay Hsiang Wedding Photographer


Los Angeles | Orange County Engagement Photography

Congratulation on your engagement, I believe you have begun the journey of planning your dream wedding, and start looking for the venue and all the vendors. As for photography, we should get you started by planning an engagement photography session. An engagement session is an excellent time for your fiancé and yourself to have fun and explore with the wedding photographer. Of course, the photo shoot should be done to amplify your personality in the pictures. I always enjoy having a good time with all my client couples. Since my style reflects fashion, fun, and sense of emotion, I will try to find the intimate side of each couple. And this will result in making the photos unique to the engaged couple. A successful engagement photography session also permits the photographer and the couples to establish a relationship, which leads to better wedding photography session during the actual wedding day. Personally, i preferred to spend more time during the engagement photography session. I love the great lighting and interesting background/color settings.

Ideal Locations

here are some favorite locations that I have explored and experienced with my clients: Pasadena city hall, Viceroy Hotel (Santa Monica), Disney Concert Hall, Union Station, Descanso Garden, Downtown LA Arboretum Park, UCLA, USC, Santa Monica Pier, Laguna Beach, Victoria Beach, Disneyland, etc.

I need every couple to be comfortable with my style and choice of location, this way I can help create a unique engagement session for you. For more information, you can visit my wedding photography blog
with the right attitude and approach, even couples that hate cameras or are camera shy can still result in having gorgeous images. Not only that you too can sense the real moment in your photos. in the end, with those beautiful engagement photos, but we can also help you put your lovely memories into an engagement album, fine art print or a guess book to showcase on your wedding day. Now that you know what engagement photography are all about, here are some tips to get both of you prepare for the engagement shoot session.

Personalize your engagement session and communication

Engagement photos are a story about you! So let that be told. Consider bringing any significant items, emotional elements, (i.e. a unique book, a particular sports team banner, school mascot stuff animal, etc.) from your relationship to use as props in the shoot. It will add a personal touch and customizes the shoot to represent who you two are. Consider creating a theme or storyline for the shoot. Check out magazines for ideas on outfits and style. Perhaps you want to stay within your comfort zone, or you may want to explore with a more attractive style that is appropriate to your theme (if you have one). GQ magazine and Vogue are great resources for modern lifestyle fashion. For wedding gowns and formal attire, check out Grace Ormonde wedding style magazine. That should get you started with plenty of ideas. Be sure to communicate all your ideas with our photographer, so we can create a better shoot for you.

Finding Location and Scheduling

Before the shoot, plan your schedule with your photographer accordingly. Allow enough time for you to get from one location to the next. Be sure to calculate in possible traffic delays and give yourself enough leeway for possible changes. Visit each site at least once, so you know exactly how to get there. Check with the venue center to make sure professional photography is allowed, their fees (if applicable), and any additional necessary licenses to shoot on the premise. We don't want you to pick your ideal location and find out you're not allowed to photograph there. If the time of day is a consideration for specific shots or crowded areas, check your schedule of the day for conflicts.

When to Book Your Photographer

Book your engagement photographer at least 3-6 months in advance to the wedding, it will ensure that you get the photos in time to share with your families and friends on your wedding day! Save the day card; wedding slide shows etc.

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