What Time Is It :D?

What time is it :D??
Me: Silly, it’s Always frozen custard time! Yay!

Special shoutout to @jackiemakeup11 for such amazing makeup & hair :D

Special shoutout to @jackiemakeup11 for such amazing makeup & hair :D

Omg so many congrats again to Ava & Danny on their engagement!! Super excited for them, they are such an awesome, fun couple! And what a great way to celebrate hehe :).

I really loved the look of the building at night, and knew that everything would really pop with their outfits & give them the fun, colorful vibe they were looking for :) !

I really loved the look of the building at night, and knew that everything would really pop with their outfits & give them the fun, colorful vibe they were looking for :) !

Seriously though, this led to my very first ever frozen custard experience - and let me tell you I am now a super fan XD. And the one from this place with the bananas inside is clutch.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer’s day, and see you later Pier Burger :D!
(haha no really the hubby and I are totally going there tonight!!)
~ e

By Our Shakas Combined.....!

Hi guys!!
As of “May the 4th (Be With You!)” 2019, we are now officially married!! Yay! :D

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We just wanted to say “Wow! Thank you so much!!!” for all the congrats and warm wishes ~ we are so happy and you are too sweet! It truly means the world to us :).

To all of our family & friends ~ you are awesome and we love you more than you will ever know <3. One of the most important things about the wedding (other than getting married of course LOL XD!) was that it reminded me again just how lucky we are to have such wonderful people in our lives. My heart was so happy that we got to spend the day with you ~ never before have we had all of our special people all in one place :). We will cherish this always.

And yes :D! The little photo bomber was most definitely also at our wedding hehe.
He and his other Porg friends worked hard to make sure everyone was taken care of at our bar:

Just for the record: I am definitely a whiskey girl myself - but opted for a Hemingway to give a little more variety (since I also really love them, and love anything citrus :). But hubby represented with our Old Fashioned, so don’t judge me too harshly, whiskey gods LOL!! You are still my favorite XD. (Our caterers,    Spotted Hen Catering   , were so ridiculously AMAZING and actually let us use our own recipe that we make at home :D) To get an awesome Hemingway though, go to    Westside Tavern    - we Love this restaurant and have many fond memories here too (also it’s the place where both of our families met each other for the first time :).

Just for the record: I am definitely a whiskey girl myself - but opted for a Hemingway to give a little more variety (since I also really love them, and love anything citrus :). But hubby represented with our Old Fashioned, so don’t judge me too harshly, whiskey gods LOL!! You are still my favorite XD. (Our caterers, Spotted Hen Catering, were so ridiculously AMAZING and actually let us use our own recipe that we make at home :D) To get an awesome Hemingway though, go to Westside Tavern - we Love this restaurant and have many fond memories here too (also it’s the place where both of our families met each other for the first time :).

Photo cred: My cousin Mary Tamura! Big Thank You to Shinji’s sister Ayumi for drawing our signs :D!

Photo cred: My cousin Mary Tamura! Big Thank You to Shinji’s sister Ayumi for drawing our signs :D!

They also went to the trouble of dressing up a bit - just bc a wedding is a little dressier than a non-hatted Porg. XD

More photos to come later :D!
Big Mahalos to Adam for shooting our wedding - I would never have wanted it any other way :).

And now I can definitely say from personal experience to all of my amazing couples: Omg you will totally have a Blast on your wedding day :D! Enjoy every minute <3.

So much love from me (and the Hubby),
~ Mrs. e :)

"Bragh!" :D

Traditionally I send the annual “Bragh!” text to friends & family on St. Patrick’s, but this year I have this nifty shirt!
So in honor of this:

“Bragh! :D A very, very Happy St. Patty’s Day to you all!”

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I actually do have two Irish names, Erin Courtney, and then a very Japanese last name XD (Courtney being my middle name, although I did read today that it could also be of French origin as well!).

Fiancé <3 and I also found this card last night while on a RiteAid ice cream trip:

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Maybe next year I will try this variation but I’m not sure it will be quite as fun LOL.

”Sláinte!”
~ e :D

We love underpasses :D!

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I love downtown because it has so many different personalities - on some days, even an underpass can look almost heavenly :).

I love downtown because it has so many different personalities - on some days, even an underpass can look almost heavenly :).

Reading that again, it’s kind of a random thing to like, huh - Lol! But truly, they are pretty darn cool - super urban, Super light!

This was the first spot that Kevin, Stephanie, and I hit up to shoot on our adventure/walk through Downtown :).

Cannot wait for their wedding later this year! Yay!
Thank you guys so much for being so awesome and chasing the light with me.

Have a great day everybody, and safe travels to wherever it takes you!
~ e :)

"Happy Hobbit-Days!" From our family to yours ~ aka Gingerbread House #2!

“But what about second gingerbread house?” :D

Merry &amp; Pippin, our Hobbit bouncers, are making sure only the best of partiers come inside!

Merry & Pippin, our Hobbit bouncers, are making sure only the best of partiers come inside!

The holidays are here.
And so, the time for making the annual gingerbread madness house is upon us! Wahaha!

Last year (our inaugural year) the Millenium Falcon was the product of much graham cracker carnage LOL:

Not sure what structural issue was on the righthand side Lol, but nothing a little bit of water and chocolate frosting won’t fix, that’s what I say XD!

Not sure what structural issue was on the righthand side Lol, but nothing a little bit of water and chocolate frosting won’t fix, that’s what I say XD!

This year after some deliberation, Mary & I decided what better and a more homey home to make than a hobbit hole :D?

Exhibit B: even more gingerbread messes LOL

So much green food coloring was used, but it was pretty fun to make edible grass LOL! Many green fingers also resulted.

So much green food coloring was used, but it was pretty fun to make edible grass LOL! Many green fingers also resulted.

I would love to grow fruit snacks in my own garden.

I would love to grow fruit snacks in my own garden.

And so from our family to yours, so much warmth, happiness, and peace :).
(And also plenty of delicious ale & maybe some wizard magic too hehe!)


Merriest of Holidays, e <3

Green Dragon -   Hobbiton  , New Zealand

Green Dragon - Hobbiton, New Zealand

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:

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

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

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

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

You have my heart!! &lt;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).

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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.

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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!

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

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You agree, dontcha Grace? 

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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 :).  

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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 2020!! :D We are so there.

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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!!!

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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!!
xoxo,
~ 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 &amp; 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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