“The luckiest discovery my husband and I found during our wedding planning was Erin. From the very first meeting she was beyond professional; she is passionate about her work, and it was abundantly clear that wants to give the bride and groom the best experience possible. I was blown away by her portfolio and we hired her without even meeting any other photographers. During our consultations she was always so lovely and helpful. I was completely confident that our photographs were going to be wonderful and I could relax about that – which is very important to a stressed-out bride! On our wedding day, she arrived early and made our family members and wedding party completely comfortable with her delightful personality and warmth.
We had the majority of our pictures taken after the ceremony. I can honestly say it was one of the most joyous parts of our wedding. Erin thoroughly worked her way through our multiple shot requests, but she was always relaxed. Then my husband and I had a private photo shoot on the beach during the sunset, and Erin really had a chance to show off her photographer’s chops. She made us feel like movie stars and it was so much fun.
When I first saw the photographs, I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe the beauty and the artistry of them. But besides the visual beauty, Erin had managed to so completely capture every moment of our wedding; the joy, the emotion, the laughter, the anticipation and everything in between. She took over six hundred photographs and I wish I could use them all in our album. Maybe I will.
We will always be indebted to Erin for turning our special day into a visual timepiece that we will cherish always. No doubt about it – she is the BEST! We are so lucky to have found you for our wedding – you are a treasure.”
~ Beth Seriff
“Not only does she capture the image, but she captures the emotion as well.”
~ Beth’s Mom
"There are few things that are as stressful as planning a wedding and arguably one of the hardest things to choose is the photographer - the person who is in charge of capturing all the sights, the feelings, and all the memories that you and your family will look back upon for years to come. But fear not! Your search is over! My new husband and I cannot speak more highly about Erin Shimazu and her work and we were blown away by how much we loved all of our photos. Not only were the pictures beautiful but she was able to capture the unique aspects of my husband's and my personality that make us laugh and remember just how magical our wedding day was! We were married in my parents' home and she was able to take simple decorations and transform them into real works of art, while still capturing the homey-ness that I was looking for.
Not only were the results fantastic, but Erin as a person is genuinely one of the sweetest, most calm, and organized people I've ever met - the exact type of person you want to capture your wedding. She made the whole process so easy, from the initial meeting to planning our shot list and getting everyone together on the day of, and I never once had to worry about anything photography-related. We absolutely loved working with Erin and her partner Adam and would love to work with them again in the future!! Maybe a maternity session someday? ;) Thanks a million Erin!! <3"
~ Ariel Mizumoto-Gil
"There is nothing so impressive as seeing a wedding photographer who is actually an artist. That's Erin."
~ John Bryant
"There aren't enough words to explain how amazing Erin is! Not just as a photographer but as a person, it was an amazing experience working with her from the first consultation meeting, to our engagement, to the wedding itself!
We really wanted to find someone who could capture us as a couple, and not just the same generic wedding photos and poses you see these days, and Erin completely blew us away. Everyone who has seen our wedding photos has commented on how she captured our personalities. Going through the photos now, they take me right back to the day and I get butterflies all over again, that's how perfectly she captured each moment.
I can't say enough about how lovely Erin is as well - she has such a sweet, warm, funny demeanor and made us feel completely at ease in front of the camera (which is really saying something because my husband and I are so awkward). I can't get over how great this experience was, how breathtaking the photos are, and how wonderful it was to have someone as lovely as Erin with us on our big day!"
~ Nicole Pirshafiey
"Erin is a wonderfully talented photographer and a genuinely friendly and kind person. We had to plan the majority of our wedding in LA from across the country, but Erin made the entire process super easy and stress-free. When we were finally in town and was able to meet her, she was just as warm and bubbly as her emails. She was great at really understanding what we wanted in our wedding photos (even when we weren't sure how to articulate what we wanted), and she made excellent suggestions!
On the day of the wedding, Erin was awesome. I don't usually feel comfortable around a camera, but she made us feel so at ease and made the whole experience so much fun. She was also great at keeping us on schedule, even when we repeatedly stopped to take impromptu photos. We just got our wedding photos, and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out. I feel like Erin captured us so well, and am really impressed with all the candid shots from the reception.
I rarely write online reviews, but I could go on and on about how Erin is the best!"
~ Julianne Stratman
"I can’t say enough great things about Erin. I found her somewhat at the last minute, after our initial photographer fell through two months before the big day. I was searching desperately for photographers and found Erin’s work linked on the site of my makeup artist. I couldn’t stop looking through her photos. All were ethereal – you can see the influence of her time as a Hawaiian hula dancer and photographer in every photo she takes! She was so friendly, down-to-earth, and has a true passion for her work. She is a total professional, prioritizing the memories that you value, working to capture those moments in an effortless way. Weddings transpire in just an instant for the bride and groom – we got to relive all the details through her magnificent photos.
I can’t emphasize how beautiful the photos turned out – she went above and beyond her call of duty, at a very reasonable price for the number of hours she spent on the shoot! I felt so lucky to have her as a photographer on our special day. I give her my wholehearted, highest recommendation for any bride or groom wanting an excellent photographer to capture memories with heart and soul!”
~ Janani Krishnaswami
“I cannot even begin to explain how incredible Erin is, but I'll give it my best shot. From the moment we first met her, we knew that she was perfect not only by her sheer talent but her fun-natured personality and professionalism. Everything from the get-go just felt so natural and comfortable. Everyone who has looked at our engagement photos and our wedding photos rave about how incredible they are and we have Erin to think for these perfect, forever-lasting memories. We loved our engagement photos so much we even had Erin make an autograph book for us out of all of them so all of our wedding guests could see them on our special day! On the day of our wedding, Erin was amazing. She made sure we got all of the pictures we wanted, with whom we wanted, which you would think would be near impossible with soooo much going on with sooo many people. Our wedding album that she made for us was of the utmost quality and she surely turns your imagination into reality.
She was a ball to work with her, working with her will be the thing we miss most post wedding. We <3 you Erin!
Highly recommend her to everyone! You will not be disappointed and she will exceed your expectations in every way!"
~ Aida & Jason
"It was a pleasure working with Erin from the moment we met her. She’s such a warm person and so easy to work with. Erin took the time to really get to know us as a couple, understand the style of photography that we like, and go through our itinerary to ensure every moment was captured. We’re not the most creative when it comes to coming up with poses for pictures, but Erin did a great job of guiding us and our wedding party which resulted in great candid shots of our wedding party. She’s truly talented and an expert in the photojournalistic style. Every picture she took was phenomenal and I have to say there really wasn’t a wasted a shot. And if all of that wasn’t amazing enough, Erin went the extra mile to ensure that we had pictures on the helipad of our hotel with fireworks exploding in the background since our wedding was on July 4th. We didn’t even ask for her to do this. As soon as she heard the hotel had a helipad, she researched when the fireworks would start and got help from the security guard to let us up there to take pictures during our reception. She timed it perfectly!
Overall we absolutely love our pictures and we loved working with Erin. She’s gifted, creative, and her love for her work shows through in every picture. Every bride and groom should be so lucky to have Erin as their photographer.”
~ Eswari Panchal
"One of the best decisions I made while planning my wedding was hiring Erin Shimazu. She just didn't take pictures during my wedding, she also helped direct the day and provided a calming presence when things went wrong - for example, while I was getting ready my dress got dragged across a dusty floor and got dirty. My mom, sister, future MIL, and bridesmaids scrambled to try and fix the problem, but in the midst of the panic, Erin kept her cool and was able to help us find a solution, get the dress clean, and keep us on schedule to meet my future husband for our first look. She had the same poise after the ceremony when we were taking family photos. My husband has a LARGE family, but she was able to corral dozens of people and made sure that ever photo that was important to us was captured; it was almost like the more chaotic things got, the calmer and kinder Erin became.
She even took the time to scout out our venue a few days before our wedding, and found a beautiful spot nearby to take first look and bridal party photos so that we would have a couple different backgrounds in our photos instead of just the same place. And, perhaps most importantly, the photos she gave us after the wedding were spectacular! Erin has a gift for capturing incredible candid photos during the preparation, ceremony, and the reception, and she had creative ideas for interesting poses/shots of my husband and I, our bridal party, and our families, even after we had run out of ideas. She has an eye for beautiful natural lighting and takes excellent beach photos as well. She also reached out several times since then to make sure we liked the photos and to see if there was any editing she could do. Her images are beautiful and my husband and I couldn't be happier with the memories she helped us capture. Thank you so much for everything, Erin!"
~ Christiana Robbins
“Erin Shimazu was one of the first photographers who's work my wife and I viewed - and there were many. For almost 3 months straight, we scanned the internet, chasing recommendations and searching for that perfect artist. No matter how many prospects we surveyed, each of us kept coming back to Erin as our favorite. In communicating with Erin prior to our special day, another thing my wife and I agreed on with respect to feedback was Erin's pleasant disposition. On the surface, one may not find this important since you figure the camera is the primary tool for completing a photography job. Our thought process was a bit different in that we believed the subjects (people, in our case) would be the primary medium and an ability to interact and actually feel these subjects could only enhance the power to capture moments. My wife and I were nervous about many things as our wedding day approached. Erin's ability to work her magic was not one of them.
May 21st, 2017 came, and we were not disappointed. Erin and her crew arrived timely and immediately blended in. With exception to those shots we clearly asked for, Erin and her crew were careful to not make their presence known. When the work was all done and we viewed our 2000+ photos, my wife and I marveled not just at how many pictures were taken, but to our pleasant surprise - how many special moments were snapped without interfering in our special day. Thank you, Erin, for capturing memories that are as beautiful as the day they were made!!"
~ Darius & Karen Gray
“Erin is so good at what she does, because she is patient, caring, sweet, easy-going, fun, open-minded and talented. There is truly not enough words to describe her. She made our “Save the Date” shoot so much fun, the end results were so fantastic that we forgot how nervous we were that day. She did not care if she got down and dirty, as long as we were happy and comfortable around her.
On the day of our wedding, she was not only on time, but full of energy and enthusiasm. Erin and her assistant helped us captured every important detail that day. If you decide to go with Erin, she will not only sell you a service…
She gets to know you as a person, what you like, exchange ideas and gets personal so when the big day comes, she knows exactly what is important to you and your partner.
We started to plan our wedding a year ahead so that when our day would come, it would be perfect, but the day came and the celebration just seem like it flew by. But thanks to Erin’s work, we were able to relive our special day! Thru the photographs we can relive that day over and over and for many years to come.
I know probably every couple says their wedding was the best, but ours was truly amazing because every moment was captured thanks to Erin. We could not recommend any other photographer, but Erin. We really hope to use her services in the future! Thank you Erin, we truly loved your work and I swear, we never looked better in any other pictures.”
~ Omar Aguirre
"We absolutely loved having Erin as our wedding photographer. From our very first meeting with her, she was so friendly, warm, bubbly, and enthusiastic. We knew we wanted her to be our photographer because of her passion and love for photographing weddings, but also because of her genuine and kind personality. Throughout the whole planning process Erin was very thoughtful and thorough, always checking in with us and making sure to take care of all our photography wishes. She even made sure to coordinate timing with our wedding coordinator so that we could get beautiful golden hour photos during our wedding.
On the actual wedding day Erin ensured that everything went smoothly from a photography standpoint. She made us feel very happy and comfortable in front of the camera. She was also wonderful during all of our family photos, group shots, and so on. We felt that we could completely trust her to capture all our wedding moments. After getting our wedding photos, we were so happy - the lighting, the framing, the style, the moments she captured - we loved everything about our photos. We highly, highly recommend Erin. We can't imagine a sweeter, better photographer!"
~ Meini & Kevin Lu
"We were so lucky to find Erin and so happy we chose her to be our photographer. She truly embodies the Aloha spirit both in her work and as a person. Besides the fact that her work is both stunning & beautiful, she is also a wonderful human being. She has worked with us over the years, first doing our engagement pictures, then became our wedding photographer and most recently shot our Maternity pictures! We look forward to having the honor of her shooting our family pictures as well! She is truly a rare find and we would recommend her to anyone who is looking for that “special” photographer.”
~ Rodney & Jennifer Fodran
“OMG the experience was amazing!
They put in so much effort and made us feel so comfortable. They were flexible with schedules, very accommodating, and helpful by all means. They did a lot of extra favors and went the extra mile for us to give us the best experience.
They are not only professionals in their work but amazing people to be around with, which by the way is most important on a day most memorable for us. They made sure it was a dream coming to reality."
~ Nosheen & Raja
“Oh my gosh, we got our photos back and they are GORGEOUS!!! Seriously, I cried all over again. Erin (and her second shooter Adam) did such an incredible job capturing the feel and personality of our wedding.
When I told Erin about a shot from Pride and Prejudice I wanted to do, she had even more ideas for other photos! She was so thoughtful and sweet and she really took the time to think about us as a couple and what we wanted to capture in our photos. We are raving to everyone we know.
Seriously, thank you Erin!!”
~ Kailey Portsmouth
”We had consulted with quite a few photographers before meeting Erin, and once we did it was easy to see how professional, easygoing, and creative she was. We were immediately impressed by her photography style but were blown away at her ability to make us laugh and relax while taking pictures. When we were shooting our engagement photos it felt like just another one of our friends taking the photos.
On the day of our wedding Erin was able to control the crowd and take all the shots we had asked for. Our big day was perfect and Erin was able to capture all the beautiful little moments throughout the way.
Her pictures were absolutely incredible and we couldn’t help but look at them all day long! Without a doubt we would recommend Erin to everyone and we can’t say enough how satisfied we are with her work. We have sent our album to all our family and friends and people continue to rave about the photographer and how great the pictures turned out. She gets every little detail even in a time crunch! We will continue to use Erin for any photography we want in the future and highly recommend her, especially for wedding pictures!”
~ Jordan & Jon Gonzalez
"After a number of attempts to find the perfect photographer, every response seems like a typical, cookie cutter reply. Then there was Erin. It as an amazing journey working with her. From the first meeting to our engagement session to the wedding day itself. We knew we found someone who could capture our story. She has such a sweet, warm personality and it’s reflective in her work.
My wife and I are not made to be in front of the camera, but Erin made us feel completely at ease. On the day of our engagement shoot Erin took her time to research the location and the proper lighting. we fed off of Erin’s energy as she went above and beyond to the point of dodging cars in Downtown LA to capture the perfect shot. On the day of our wedding, she was not only on time but full of energy and enthusiasm. What we love about Erin is that she gets to know you at a personable level. We could not recommend any other photographer but Erin. We really hope to use her services in the future!
Thank you Erin, we truly loved your work and I swear we never looked better in any other pictures.”
~ Ken Rempillo
“We had Erin take our engagement shoot and wedding. To say that hiring Erin was a great decision is such an understatement. As we were planning our wedding everyone kept telling my now wife to make sure we got a good photographer. I didn’t know much about photography and thought pictures are pictures. The first couple of photographers seemed good enough, but then we met Erin, and now I get what people are talking about.
Erin is so down to earth, always on time, and her work was amazing. I really appreciated how she was knowledgable about lighting and just always seemed to take the right shot. Everyone was so impressed with the final product. The one thing that I truly appreciated about Erin is how we felt she truly cared about us and what we wanted. She never imposed her “artistic vision” as I have heard other photographers do, but worked with us to see what we wanted and executed it perfectly.
Also, weddings can be so stressful, but Erin did everything to reduce the stress. I appreciated how well she worked with all our vendors. Also, she was very on point with the schedule and stayed on time (despite our ceremony going around 30 minutes later than scheduled). Every shot that we asked her to take (and we asked for quite a few) she was able to get. In addition, she caught some amazing moments that we did not even think about listing, which we greatly appreciated. She was even able to get difficult shots like getting all the guests to stand in front of the church and on the dance floor for group shots (and we had around 180 people).
If you are considering Erin as your photographer, I would strongly suggest you don’t hesitate and hire her.”
~ Jay Tioleco
"We were constantly impressed with Erin and her ability to capture our personalities, love, and some amazing sunsets! She was kind and detail oriented but not in a pushy way. She was incredibly flexible and helpful in the suggestions she provided for all our photo shoots. Working with her was a relaxing, enjoyable and a worry free experience which is exactly what a wedding photographer should be.
We can also say that she went WAY above and beyond in her offerings to us. As far as her photography is concerned, Erin's photography was nothing short of spectacular. We aren't just saying this because we were happy with how we looked in the pictures either. She takes the time to ensure each photo, angle, color, etc. is perfect. The detail that goes into each of the pictures was phenomenal.
Without hesitation we would recommend her to ANYONE considering or needing a wedding photographer. She was an absolute joy to work with."
~ Kristen Fox
"I first learned about Erin’s work while searching various websites for photographers in southern California, which is where my wedding was going to take place. I immediately gravitated towards her work as it distinguished itself from that of others in terms of a level of energy, creativity, and quality that clicked with me and husband. When I first contacted her over email, the response I got was much more extended and thoughtful than what I received from over a handful of other photographers. Over the phone, she was personable, sweet, and extremely fun to talk to. These personality traits were evident in person when we first met her to take our engagement photos during a short trip to southern California, since we live in Arizona. The worst part about our visit is that my husband and I arrived an hour late by reaching the wrong destination that our smart phone mapper guided us too. She was very patient and waited for us and never showed any sign of frustration during our photo shoot. The final photos we took that day were gorgeous and we took advantage of a number of areas of a large park that required hiking, getting dirty, and rushing around before the sun eventually set on us. Erin volunteered to meet us at the wedding venue in advance of our wedding and even went another time herself to study the venue to anticipate taking photos at the right angles and times. During the wedding, Erin and her team were very professional, easy to work with, and calmed us down as we took every shot we had discussed in advance in addition to more. The quality of our wedding photos was extremely high and we have only good things to say about Erin. We would not hesitate to call upon her for other future events or to recommend her to others."
~ Atria Sorooshian
"If you want a good photographer, turn to the yellow pages or just Google, but if you want an excellent photographer, you found her. Erin Shimazu has been doing work for me over the past three years, and believe me, I’m picky. Just ask her. She just finished a large canvas photo of my family on the beach, all fourteen of us, which was no easy task. I just love it! She is very professional, meticulous down to the last detail, a jewel to work with and does everything in her power to please you.”
~ Dolores Ivie
“Erin Shimazu thank you for capturing this moment of joy for our kids. You are so wonderful inside and out. I am so happy that you have came across our path in life. Seeing these pictures brings tears of joy. You will always have a special place in my heart. Luv you to pieces.”
~ Linda Zhou
“Erin was our photographer for our wedding and she was absolutely amazing. I contacted her about 6 months before our wedding and she kept in contact with me to ensure we were on track for the wedding. She even drove to a different city to scope out the venue with me to make sure we had all the shots planned in advance since we weren't doing a first look, and time between the ceremony and reception was going to be limited.
Outside of outstanding service, Erin has to be the nicest person I have ever met! She's so polite and sweet! I would 10000% recommend her to anyone. You can't go wrong with Erin!"
~ Rochelle Steele
"If I could give Erin 10 stars, I would! Such great personality and quality work! We had such a great time with her while we took our engagement photos that we hired her again for another event we hosted. I CANNOT RECOMMEND HER ENOUGH! We will definitely hire her again.
Professional, communicative, and easy to work with, and to mention the AMAZING pictures we got! We are still getting compliments on those photos.”
~ Ellie Yogev
“My husband and I met Erin at a local Hawaiian festival and we immediately fell in love with her photography style - breathtakingly beautiful with lots of character. When we met with her to determine if we'd be a good fit for each other, we were again blown away by how kind and accommodating she was, and we were very excited to work with her.
In the short time that we had to plan our wedding, we had so many "hiccups" but she was our steady and constant source of peace. She visited our venue multiple times to ensure that she knew well our location and timing, and she worked with us to help create a schedule for the Big Day to be certain we had all the shots we hoped for - even the goofy ones we requested!
Her partner Adam was just as amazing! Together they "rolled with the punches" and all of the day-of changes... they took tons of photos of our pre-wedding preparations, ceremony, reception, bridal party, family, guests, decor details, and so much more! Plus our guests continue to comment on how nice they were, which is always nice to hear.
We couldn't be happier with the final outcome, and we would proclaim loudly our gratitude and delight for Erin's services to anyone willing to listen! Because of her, we have photos and memories to cherish of the Best. Day. Ever."
~ Heather Heleloa
"Working with Erin was a great all around experience. She was really friendly, responsive to our requests and ideas, and just a really sweet person. She took our request for a quirky anniversary session and totally rolled with it. During the shoot she makes you feel as comfortable as if you were just taking casual pictures with a friend. The photos she delivered were top quality, even capturing the silly moments between poses. She even went as far as to scout the location beforehand so she’d be familiar with the lighting. Highly recommend!”
~ Lisa Anderson
"Erin was a delight to work with! We had a low key City Hall wedding and small lunch afterwards. With the chaos of getting family, friends, and everything else involved in getting married squared away, we really didn't know what we wanted or needed as far as pictures. Thankfully, Erin just handled everything on that end. We just put our trust in her and she captured all of the important moments.
There were so many glimpses of our day we missed even being a part of it and she was so creative in getting amazing photos of everything from the dresses and jewelry to the food at our family lunch. After the ceremony she wrangled everyone for beautiful family photos and striking bride and groom photos around the building. Everything came out better than we imagined. She was really great at capturing photos that matched our personality and giving us a dreamy record of our special day."
~ Tony Swarthout
"We are so pleased we chose Erin to photograph our special day. We looked at so many portfolios on-line, received quotes from several photographers and narrowed it down to a few to meet with. Even before speaking with Erin, we fell in love with her photos. They were emotive and artistic, but not over-the-top; perfectly aligned with our vision for our celebration. She took time out of her schedule to personally meet with us for a consultation, listened to what memories we were hoping to capture on our special day and came up with some terrific ideas as well.
She was reliable, on-time and flexible. She was also very sweet and easy to work with yet extremely confident in her abilities. The resulting photos are fantastic and there are so many! We are thrilled."
~ Monica & Chuck
"Erin and her second shooter Adam are an absolute joy to work with. They are very kind and their demeanor helped put us at ease when we felt awkward posing. Erin was very fun, friendly, sweet, and detail oriented. My husband and I knew immediately that we wanted to book Erin for our engagement and wedding. She worked with us during the planning stage and made sure she knew the shots and poses we wanted. She offered beyond what we paid for.
She's very accommodating. She takes a lot of time to make sure she knows what you're looking for. She even went to our ceremony venue to scout it out. Erin takes a lot of consideration into the details like the time (for sunsets), angle, and background. She has a natural talent for photography and she is an absolute professional. She has a great eye for capturing beautiful moments into photos. I love the color, the smiles on our faces, and the love between my husband and I that I see through each photo. She fell once taking our wedding photos, but was a good sport about it and kept going. What a professional! Erin really captured the moment on every photo of our engagement/wedding and it brings me back to the magical day.
Words cannot express the beautiful photos she and Adam took. I hope my testimonial will show people how much I love and admire your work."
~ Fion Ho
"Erin photographed our small wedding in Las Vegas and made an already great day even more amazing! Not only were her photographs gorgeous, but she was so patient with us. It was over 115 degrees that afternoon, and Erin never rushed us once.
She also has a great eye for finding the perfect backdrop, and will do anything to get the best shot. At one point, she was lying on the sidewalk in her lovely dress to get the photo that ended up being one of our favorites from the day. The chapel we chose on the Strip included photos in the package we chose, but I'm so happy we still asked Erin to take her own photos, because the difference in quality was astounding. Thank you again, Erin!"
~ Nicki Sato
"We found Erin to be a most delightful and talented wedding photographer. From the get-go, we were taken by Erin's artistry, attention to detail, and enthusiasm. In line with our outdoor wedding theme, she helped select the Santa Monica Mountains as a backdrop for our engagement photos - and highlighted her ability to capture us in the context of the natural surroundings.
In the very busy ensuing months up to our wedding, Erin's ability to help us in plan ahead was instrumental; she proactively coordinated with us on visiting the venue and developing a photo shoot list and timeline. For the wedding day, Erin and her assistant Adam showed prowess in keeping schedule and cheerfully organizing the various group shots, as well as in unobtrusively taking causal photos.
The photographs, which Erin had ready for us in a compilation only a little over 3 months after the wedding, were superb. They expertly captured the wedding party, guests, botanic garden ambiance, and all of our little artistic details. We would eagerly use Erin again!"
~ Emi Kiyan
"Erin came highly recommended by my wife's family. From the very beginning she was incredibly responsive and an absolute joy to work with. Currently, my wife and I are in the east coast. We flew home to get married in SoCal. Erin was incredibly flexible, coordinating from across the country. She did a magnificent job capturing our wedding. We are so pleased with our photos. We received a batch of pictures to use for our Thank You cards immediately upon our request and the rest followed quickly. Erin took time to get to know us and made it an incredibly personalized experience. We love our photos and will absolutely be looking to use her again. If you are getting married in the LA area, there is no other choice. Erin is the absolute best."
~ Patrick Vongchan
"We hired Erin for our ceremony and wedding reception on two separate dates. I know she would never say this but I was a difficult client. Not because I'm picky but because I did not know how I wanted to capture my 'special day'. Erin sat down with me a couple times and threw out a lot of ideas. Erin was so patient and took the time to explain everything. My husband and I aren't really romantic so during the photo session she was able to relax us and make us feel more comfortable which made for some great photos!
One thing we did want was to take pictures with each family during the reception. We were concerned that we could look crammed in the photos, because the venue wasn't all that big, but Erin was able to pull it off and took great shots! I know there are many options for a wedding photographer but I'm truly in awe of Erin and her talent as a photographer!"
~ Theresa Chung
"Erin was amazing to work with. She is such a warm and friendly person and everything was very professional and straightforward. She took pictures for our wedding (it was a simple ceremony), and I couldn't be happier with the results. She actually went, by herself, to the venue days before the actual event to scope it out and pick out cool spots both there and around the area.
On the day of she arrived early (a HUGE plus for any vendor!) to where we were getting ready and took a bunch of great, artistic pictures before, during, and after the ceremony. My wife and I aren't the most creative people when it comes to stuff like this, but Erin had many ideas already planned out and she guided us very well through the whole thing. After the ceremony we went to some of the areas she had picked out nearby - knowing that I like unique architecture, she got some very memorable pictures of us at this building with these tall columns - it was perfect! She has a great eye and awesome ideas that all come together so well
Every time I see our photo album, it takes me right back to the happiest day of our lives. I'm so glad we had the best possible person to capture all of it! I can't say enough for Erin's dedication and her talent. Thanks Erin!"
~ Charlie Chung
"Erin is an extremely skilled wedding photographer with a talent for capturing the passion, love, and happiness associated with weddings. Every photograph she has taken has been an opportunity to relive the happiest day of my life. Erin is a complete professional — she arrived early and stayed late for both wedding events. She met with us before hand, worked on a shot list with us, plus she kept in touch via phone and email to ensure we had the best wedding photos possible. In addition, Erin was familiar with the customs and traditions of an Indian Wedding. There were shots she thought of (i.e. the temple, garlands, fire during pooja) that I didn’t even realize would be important to photograph. Not only is Erin a professional and experienced photographer, she is a joy to work with. She is kind, calm, polite, and always pleasant. There were stressful moments during both events and it was quite soothing to be working with Erin and to see her smile. Not only was Erin amazing, but so was her assistant photographer Adam. Erin and Adam make a great team. Anyone who decides to work with Erin Shimazu Photography for their wedding is in for a treat and will not be disappointed.”
~ Archana B.
“Where do I start with Erin Shimazu and her photography? I can say without a doubt that Erin Shimazu exceeded my expectations by capturing beautiful photos and providing top- notch customer service for her clients. And boy does she deliver!
My husband and I were looking for a photographer who could take a few solid couples photos in celebration of our upcoming anniversary. We weren’t looking for a whole album of photos since we already had some wedding photos and didn’t want to spend too much money on more photos. As a photographer, Erin is superb. She knows how to take beautiful, portrait-style photos and focus on the people in the photos well while also capturing gorgeous settings with beautiful lighting. Her photos online are definitely representative of her work and speak for themselves.
In addition to her awesomeness as a photographer, Erin is simply a wonderful person. She is humble, courteous, gracious, punctual, dependable, diligent, patient, responsive, and open-minded. She responds very quickly to e-mails and phone calls, and she has an ear for listening to what her clients desire instead of making the mistake many photographers do by imposing their preferences onto their clients. I was very particular about what kind of photos I wanted, and Erin was nothing but accommodating. She was super prepared the day of our photo session even carried a bag with towels and tissues just for her clients’ comfort!
Erin is also very flexible and professional. My husband and I were traveling from out of town to LA and planned what was supposed to be an hour-long session to capture a few select photos. I didn’t realize it until the photo session was over, but Erin never stopped us off at the 1 hour mark and instead I think we ended up spending closer to 2 hours from start to finish. It’s not that Erin was slow or anything; it was that she went so out of her way to take us to different spots at the site so that she could capture the best views of the scenery and sunset. Also, the day of our session, it turned out that the winds were quite strong. I was a bit concerned that our photos wouldn’t turn out well because the winds blew our hair and outfits in all different directions, but I didn’t verbalize this. However, with her huge sense of empathy and without any solicitation, Erin stepped way above and beyond. At the end of our session, she offered to meet us the next day by traveling an hour to where we were staying to try to get photos with less wind and also accommodate a second outfit change. And just as with the end of our first session, I didn’t notice until the end that we had spent nearly another 2 hours at the second session. We ended up with much more than just the few photos we were initially hoping for, and now we’re having a hard time deciding which photos to choose to enlarge since many of them turned out wonderfully. To top it all off, Erin’s rates are very reasonable compared to other SoCal photographers, and her customer service is second-to-none. Needless to say, if I’m ever back in SoCal and need professional photography, I will be calling Erin. She’s absolutely professional and personable, and I’ve already recommended her to our family in SoCal. Erin is truly a gem!”
“We would like to thank you for our recent photography session. It was a great conclusion to our Valentine’s Day weekend! We were both so happy the whole time. We were literally two kids in a candy store, running on the beach, and just simply having the best day ever with you. We had so much fun! Ymmar and I both agreed that we didn’t feel pressure to pose for the camera. You let us enjoy ourselves and in doing so you captured the joy we were experiencing during the photo session.
The entire photo session was an experience we will never forget. Overall, the work that you did for us was amazing. You have a good eye for photography and it shows in how you were able to capture our natural feelings of joy in each photographed moment. You exceeded our expectations. You were very professional and warm hearted. We were relaxed knowing we were in good hands having you as our photographer.
Our family and friends love the photos and we can’t stop flipping through the proofs on our cell phones. Ymmar says he just loves to sit and look at the pictures : ) .”
~ Nina Johnson
“Erin gave us exactly what we were looking for, and much more. It is difficult to find a photographer who understands the look and feel of what you are hoping to capture in your photos, but with minimal explanation, we were on the same page, and she is so flexible that within days, we were already shooting!
Erin is extremely accommodating, professional, so sweet, and such a pleasure to work with! She makes you feel comfortable and calm in front of the camera. I also loved how she didn’t care about getting dirty in the sand or ocean for the sake of the ‘perfect shot.’ In my book, that is the true test of how much she is willing to do for her clients, and she does so with a smile! Will definitely be working with her again in the future!”
~ Robyn Tofukuji Tsik
“Erin is a very talented photographer who is very fun to work with! I’ve worked with her three times, in groups of 2, 10, & 25, and each time I had a very positive experience. In the planning stages, she was very accommodating and flexible with our schedules. She also encouraged us to let her know ahead of time what our vision was for the photoshoot so that she would be able to fulfill it. She made us feel very comfortable when taking pictures and was very encouraging throughout the entire process. She definitely helps you feel more relaxed if you’re nervous about being in front of the camera! Afterwards, the pictures turned out beautifully and were of very high quality. The colors and details she was able to capture were stunning. I would highly recommend her services, and I know I will definitely be hiring her again!”
~ Michelle Quan