Ian Chin Photography
Areas of service:San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Vallejo, San Mateo, Concord, Daly City, Berkeley, Redwood City, San Leandro, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, Richmond, Alameda, San Rafael, Union City, South San Francisco, San Pablo, Castro Valley, Novato, Danville, Martinez, San Ramon, Newark, Burlingame, San Bruno, Menlo Park, Pacifica, Pleasant Hill, Dublin, Mill Valley, San Carlos, San Lorenzo, Benicia, Belmont, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Lafayette, El Cerrito, Hercules and Millbrae.
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About Ian Chin Photography
Ian Chin Photography offers photography services for all your needs:
I fell in love with photography 13 years ago, and started shooting professionally in January of 2010.
I'm based in San Francisco, but travel all over the Bay Area for gigs.
I can provide a studio setting for indoor shoots (babies, headshots, boudoir, etc.).
I also have portable studio equipment if you would like the personal touch of shooting at your home.
What separates myself from others is my ego and pride to provide the best service and product to my customers.
I don't settle for simply doing the job, I strive to go beyond expectations as well.
I've been told that my greatest strength is getting along with the crowd. I don't appear to be someone they just hired to do a job.
Photography is absolutely a true passion of mine. Every chance I get to do it is a dream come true.
Questions and answers
- How did you get started?
My dad had a fascination with photography himself. He has collected camera equipment through the years.
One day, he noticed my interest in it and gave me one of his cameras - a Pentax Honeywell.
Ever since I first wound the camera to advance the film, I was hooked!
- How many projects do you average in a year?
In terms of separate gigs, I average about 12 gigs a month. So, let's say 144 a year.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
Online gallery, prints and albums can be made.
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
My dad passed away in 2005 before I shot professionally. So, it's more meaningful for me to succeed and do well to make him proud.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
- Can I see your work?
- What are your rates for my specific need?
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
Digital photography makes everyone think they're professional photographers.
Just because you have expensive gear, doesn't mean you're a pro or are good at shooting.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
Admittedly, every boudoir shoot I complete makes me proud.
Out of all other types of photography I shoot, I feel the most satisfaction after my clients view their boudoir photos.
To be appreciated for my work is truly a grand feeling.
- What types of jobs are the most common?
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
Budget, questions you have for them, and specific details for your photography need.
Clear communication is the best way to get what you want.
- What brands or products do you work with?
- Canon L-Series lenses
- Travelite strobe
- Several modifiers and props for my shoots
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
Try to provide some equipment to lessen the load for the photographer. Whether it's as simple as a blanket for your newborn or a meal during the wedding, it can help.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
I specialize in boudoir, weddings, couples and engagement photos.