Trish & Chris's "Epic After-Ceremony Wedding Walk" in Italy Complete!!!

Trish & Chris had an awesome plan.

Their plan was to get married in Italy.

Their plan was to get married and then walk all around Florence with their entire wedding party and shoot photos at so many amazing places!

When we heard their plan, we said:
“Wahaha! We Are So There!!!” :D

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So two hours of shooting later, along with 10 cups of gelato consumed, 1 carousel, 10 flights of crazy gravity-defying stairs, 1 river, 4 piazzas, & 1 ridiculous sunset, we totally smashed their plan & it came true!!
Go team go! Yay!!! :D
(This walk also happens to include the time when I stood in the middle of the road above the Arno river between many passing vespas, tourists, and cars to get the shot lol! Good times XD.

Trish & Chris, you guys are so awesome. In so many ways I can’t even fully say.

So many congratulations again and so much love,
~ e xo

Ciao Bella :D, Back in Italia! (Plus, scouting beside Pacman & Ryan Reynolds lol!)

Ciao Firenze! Didja miss us :D?? Boy, we sure did miss you LOL!

We are back in Italy again - Yay!! And we simply cannot wait to shoot Trish & Chris’s wedding on Thursday :).
(And also eat so, so much gelato XD)

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After arriving in Florence we dedicated the rest of the day to scouting wedding shooting locations and searching for all the photographic awesomeness that we could find for our couple and their wedding party!

Ciao, Duomo! Ya, I think mayyybe we can find a good place to shoot here lol!! :)

Ciao, Duomo! Ya, I think mayyybe we can find a good place to shoot here lol!! :)

Wahaha Pacman, why don’t you abide by the traffic rules LOL?!

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Well, I guess that’s okay ~ everybody has to eat after all hehe…

Then suddenly while we were walking back from the ceremony space, we heard gunshots and screeching cars in the distance!! Super crazy! We were like, dude what could possibly be going down??

After heading back towards the river we found out the reason:


Michael Bay & Ryan Reynolds were totally shooting “Six Underground” around the corner LOL!


They had so many of these green cars all lined up on the street since they kept smashing them lol.


A much more peaceful view at the villa where the bride & groom will be getting ready!


Whattt? A window? Just for Wine? Italy, I like the way you think! :D

You have my heart!! <3

You have my heart!! <3

Jump in the night!  aka Where did my arm go Lol?

Jump in the night!
aka Where did my arm go Lol?

To conclude for the day - We love you, Firenze, and it’s so good to be back : ).

Big hugs,
~ e

"Go Porg Pilot Go!!" :D

Fiancé <3 got to pick the vehicles - but I got to pick the drivers LOL ya!!
(I was also very happy to find that Sam's helmet fit on the Porg's head X).


I'm not sure if we are in space or in the Grid LOL, but either way love the fact that his is the face of a serious pilot.

LOL! So serious ~

LOL! So serious ~

Shinji has gotten me back into Legos needless to say hehe.

Taken outside of one of our favorite taco places La Paz Mexican Restaurant in El Segundo! Best Shredded Beef Crispy Tacos omg. Special shoutout to them :). 

Have an awesome day everybody, and May the Force Be With You -
~ e

The Mirror & Ms. Kelly Both Agree ;)

Thao - killin' it on her wedding day morning :). 
Love me some window light & an old wooden crate bookshelf hehe ~ Warhol is also watching out for us too from the looks of it Lol!


Me: "Mirror, mirror on the wall!"
Mirror: "Thao is the fairest of them all!"
Me: :D!


You agree, dontcha Grace? 


Hehe I think so X).
Have a fabulous day everybody & stay awesome!
~ e

Why Nicole & Donnie are Awesome :D

I have been meaning to share this for such a long time because I just got the biggest kick out of it when I saw it XD.

And also because I so sincerely love this couple:

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You guys are sensational. 
So much peace & luv :) , 
~ e

A Very Happy Dad's Day <3

Happy Dad's Day to my Dad <3 & all the super amazing fathers out there :).  


Special shoutout to one of my favorite families to work with: Rodney, Jenn, & 'ohana! I have shot their engagement, wedding, maternity, family portrait + second maternity sessions, and I just can't believe how time has flown by! Such an honor to be a part of your journey. So much Aloha, and I can't wait for your vow renewal on Kaua'i in 2010!! :D We are so there.


Ya, I pretty much get it from my Dad LOL

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Lots of Love :),
~ e

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

We would like to say a Huge traditional Erin Shimazu Photography 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!!!


It means so much to us! 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 most memorable days :). 

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

And no blog would be complete without mention of: "The All Important After-Wedding Ramen Rule at Erin Shimazu Photography!"

This rule states that 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!)

We have our favorite spots, but always are down to try new places! Do hit us up if you have a favorite ramen joint that you think we should try :D! 

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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"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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Scouting w. Sunshine & Ken :D

Scouting w. Sunshine & Ken :D

No matter what, I always make a trip to scout out every one of my couples' wedding venues before their big day - just to become super familiar with the lay of the land and also the light during the time when we will be shooting. This way, we are super prepared ahead of time for the wedding day and have that much more time for more awesomeness :) ! I also always invite my couples to join me if they wish, so we can walk the venue together and talk about what is important to them and what they like!

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

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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.


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 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 - Temporary vegetable tatoos = awesome LOL. Although I did forget the next day I had the carrot one on (basically bc it wasn't the one one my face lol), & was very confused when the teller at the bank and the person at the gym complimented me on my interesting "ink" XD....


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. " 


Also Ft. "Envy" the doggie :) . 

Love you Denise & Dale!! Your wedding was way too fun & you guys are too cool for school.
~ 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!

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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!)


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