2018 Best of the Knot Weddings Win :) ! Huge Thank you to all of our Awesome & Wonderful Couples!!

We want to say a Huuuuuuge traditional Erin Shimazu Photography-Obligatory-After-Wedding-Ramen "Thank you so much Omg!!!! :D!!" to all of our amazing & ridiculously wonderful couples and the Knot for our 2018 The Knot Best of Weddings Win!!!

 Yay!!! 

Yay!!! 

It means so much ~ most importantly though we are just so happy that we were able to be there for you, and capture all the joy & awesomeness that you are on one of your the most memorable days :). 

Thank you so much again, and so much <3<3<3!!
xoxo,
~ e

All Important After-Wedding Ramen Rule at Erin Shimazu Photography:
After each wedding we photograph, it is Always mandatory to enjoy delicious & amazing ramen!
**Amendment: If it is necessary to do so, rain check ramen may be had on a later date, but the number of weddings & the number of ramens must always remain equal!

Purple Sky with Alice & Jimmy :)

Purple Sky with Alice & Jimmy :)

Love, love, love Alice ~ she is such a sweet person, with so much spirit <3. Many, many congratulations to her and her hubby Jimmy! We were all so happy to be able to be blessed with a purple-sky sunset on their wedding day, and really could not think of a better way to end than a couples shoot on the beach :) .

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Scouting w. Sunshine & Ken :D

No matter where my next wedding is, I always make it a point to scout out all of the venues in question before the big day - just to get a lay of the land and to also see the light :) . I always invite my couples to come along with me if they wish as well, just so we can talk about their thoughts & wishes regarding their wedding, and I can get a good idea about what they like too. This way, when the day comes, we have a good gameplan already in place, and can use the extra time for more awesomeness! Yay

Today's scout was with one of my super cool couples, Sunshine & Ken!

 Yay!! Love it when our couples ask to take selfies with us :D!! Popbar deliciousness wahaha!&nbsp;I got coffee which was super tasty, &amp;&nbsp;Ken got black sesame - which I am so gonna try next.

Yay!! Love it when our couples ask to take selfies with us :D!!
Popbar deliciousness wahaha! I got coffee which was super tasty, & Ken got black sesame - which I am so gonna try next.

Firstly, my goodness what is not to like about someone named "Sunshine"??
Seriously XD!
This name makes me so happy lol! And she totally lives up to it :) . 

And just when I thought it couldn't get any more cute, at our first meeting when I told her (again LOL) that her name was really badass, she told me that it was her Grandpa who started calling her Sunshine right after she was born, and it's what everyone has been calling her since :) . Super cool. 

Just wanted to shout out and thank you both for a very awesome afternoon! Cannot wait for your wedding guys!!!

Much <3, & thank you again for the seriously fun scouting trip :) ,
~ e
 

"Cannot Resist the Cute!" Entry 2: Zassou - He has big dreams :D. No matter that he is a weed Lol!

"Cannot Resist the Cute!" Entry 2: Zassou - He has big dreams :D. No matter that he is a weed Lol!

As I have mentioned before, I just cannot resist the cute. 
Things with little faces (especially tiny things) that look happily up at me bring me a very uncommon amount of joy LOL. 

Soooo......Meet Zassou :D!

Story: Zassou is a weed who admires florists and dreams of one day being featured in a bouquet. But because he is a weed it is said that this will probably never happen. However this does not get him down and according to Wikipedia he has "a positive attitude beside an unrelenting spirit for success!"

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Cloud Friend :D

Cloud friend with Jenny & Matthew on a very blustery day :) . It was so windy that it was hard to keep our hats on! Literally Lol. All of a sudden though everything got super quiet and peaceful, and this little guy came out to say "Hello" hehe.

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He stuck around for a little bit then joined his other homies in the sunset.  

I hope everybody has a very wonderful day :) ,
~ e

"Because...?"

Because rain! 

Because Thursday?

Bc Target? Bc I'm easily amused XD Lol? 

Just Because, maybe :) . 

Have a wonderfully rainy day Everyone!
Much luv & stay dry,

~ e

Ps - My good friend gifted me the temporary vegetable tattoos - aren't they pretty awesome? Although I did forget the next day I had them on, & was very confused when the teller at the bank and the person at the gym complimented me on my carrot LOL. 
XD....

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Just Vogue!

"Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire. Ginger Rogers, dance on air -
 They had style, they had grace -
'Denise & Bridesmaids' gave good face! :D
Come on, Vogue ~ " 

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Also Ft. "Envy" the doggie :) . 

Love you Denise & Dale!! Your wedding was way too fun & you guys are too cool for school :D.
Blessings, 
~ e

So honored to be featured on Make-A-Wish's Donor Spotlight! (Aka: My goodness that's my face LOL! I think I'm more used to being behind the lens XD )

Make-A-Wish u r awesome-sauce!! 

For more info on how to volunteer, do check out their site!
http://wish.org/ways-to-help#sm.001fajc8e15jrcopzjq1m4xv7ofdx

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For the past several years or so I have had the honor and privilege of working with the amazing folks at Make-A-Wish - they seriously rock, and work so hard to bring joy to so many kids and their families. It really is such a humbling experience, and mostly I just feel so lucky to even be a small part. 

So much luv to Kara, my go-to person at Make-A-Wish OCIE!! She is always there if I ever need anything and really is da Best :) !!!

So much luv to everyone, & have a most awesome day!
~ e <3

Golden Light & Genmaicha

A little under the weather today (bleh!!) so I'm drinking my favorite tea (genmaicha hehe so good) out of my Baymax mug & thinking about beaches & golden light XD. 

 Taken at Manhattan Beach ~ Michelle &amp; her lovely hat :)&nbsp;

Taken at Manhattan Beach ~ Michelle & her lovely hat :) 

I'm a very bad & impatient sick person lol and cannot wait until I'm well!! My god then the day better watch out for me that's for sure LOL :).

Stay well guys & happy sunset,
~ e

"Tree Rings" for Emi & David :)

"Tree Rings" for Emi & David :)

When I saw the star in the middle of this tree stump, I just couldn't pass it up :) . Being a botanist, Emi loves everything about the world of plants :D! This is why I wanted to be sure to incorporate her theme into her ring shots.

I have a great love of trees too, and the feeling and poetry around the whole idea of them, so it really was too much fun to run around the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden with her and her hubby!

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We Jump for You! :D

We totally want to jump so high to say "Thank you sooo much!!" to all of our wonderful, awesome couples!! So although this is not technically a "Jumping Awkwardly in Front of Impressive Objects" addition, we are so grateful and humbled that we had the opportunity to work with all of you <3, so are totally sticking to tradition :) . 
(And I'm wearing my Porg shirt too bc it's a special occassion XD!)

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Thank you so much again guys, wishing you all the happiness :D!
xoxo,
~ e

Yay Natalie! We are "Miss November"! :D

So stoked for Natalie to have been chosen for one of the months of the Make-A-Wish America's 2017 Calendar!! She's the beautiful star ballerina in the middle :) , who totally rocked her wish btw - which was being able to perform live on a stage in front of all her family and friends!

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She is totally awesome and amazing, and it was an honor to be a small part and get to meet her and watch her dance. I have always admired ballet - for a little while our halau (or hula school) shared a studio with ballerinas, and the discipline shown and the beauty of the dance made it so cool to watch. I often sneaked a peak at their practice while I was running upstairs to mine XD. 

Plus it was really neat I thought to have toe-shoes & tutus and bare-feet & lei all under the same roof :) . 

Kara (my go-to person at Make-A-Wish), you so rock too omg. Thank you so much for allowing me to photograph this special day!!!
And as I say on all of my Make-A-Wish posts, it is so humbling, and always a true joy & honor. 

Blessings,
~ e

 

Aw! Meini & Kevin, Luv You Guys Too!!

Things like this really make my day :).

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Thank you so much Meini & Kevin for the Before-the-Wedding Thank you Card :D! You guys are too sweet omg.
I'm so grateful for all of my amazing couples, who continue to make me totally excited about shooting & honored to be a part of their happiness :).
<3
~ e

Thunderbolt & Lightning! Very, very frightening!!! (Actually mostly just awesome Lol)

So a couple days ago there was a lightning storm over the ocean :O!! 
Caught purely by chance, it was my first time ever trying to shoot lightning wahaha!! It's so unpredictable & crazy fast that I wasn't sure if I would even be able to catch anything in the frame LOL. Luckily, I have the most amazing boyfriend ever <3 so at 12am he drove me to the pier & waited with me in the dark while I propped up my camera on both of our jackets on the railing to shoot :) . 

 Manhattan Beach Pier is a great tripod XD

Manhattan Beach Pier is a great tripod XD

 Wahaha it went through 2 clouds!!

Wahaha it went through 2 clouds!!

 Multi-bolts :)&nbsp;

Multi-bolts :) 

There were also people having bonfires down on the beach, & it was so funny to hear them cheering and yelling "Wow!!!" for the lightning too hehe - it was the best show in town that night, I really gotta say! Mother Nature, u r pretty badass.

\m/,
~ e

"Bals on the Side"

I've never had this option before at an eatery LOL - 

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But I guess if I had the choice that's what I would pick XD. 
Without question.

(PS - the salad was actually amazing: Chicken Curry Salad at The Devil's Teeth in San Francisco. My boyfriend & my bestie's husband had the Special Breakfast sandwich on a biscuit. They do it up right.)

\m/,
e
 

Make-a-Wish* Shoot: Walk for Wishes Fundraising Event :) !

Make-a-Wish* Shoot: Walk for Wishes Fundraising Event :) !

Even the other side of the Force was with us today LOL!! 'Tis the power of wishes :D!

I was so happy and honored to be asked to be one of the volunteer photographers at this year's Walk for Wishes at the Orange County Great Park!
I've been shooting the walks for several years now, and I swear I always receive so much more than I ever can imagine I could ever give when working with these amazing Wish Kids, their families, & Wish Granters :) .  

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