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Ian Chin Photography

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Autumn Henderson

22 August 2019

Out of all the vendors I had for my wedding day, having a great wedding photographer was the most important and I’m so glad I chose Ian Chin Photography for my big day :)He is so easy to work with, and a little amusing too as I saw him crawling on his back or standing on chairs for some photos. All the guests loved him, and his communication and professionalism throughout the process from emailing in the beginning to delivering the photos afterwards, made it so easy to work with. And of course the photos were amazing! He combined the traditional posed shots with the creative shots that I hired him for. Thanks again Ian! More...

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Rebecca Smith

20 August 2019

I hired Ian Chin photography for my San Francisco City Hall wedding and he was amazing! He was very easy-going, punctual, professional, and able to easily guide and direct my big group of family and friends, especially for the group photo of about 35 people. This was the most important photo for me and he took his time directing and making sure everyone's face was visible. And of course the photo came out gorgeous! He said he had photographed at San Francisco City Hall over 150 times and it definitely showed as he navigated through the building with his ease. This was very helpful since we had a larger group than normal and a lot of confused guests wondering where to go! I planned on having a larger a wedding reception in the future and I am for sure calling Ian back to photograph the reception! Thanks again for being such a wonderful photographer, and an even better person to work with on a very important day! More...

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Edgar C.

25 July 2019

I reviewed over 20+ photographers for my wedding, evaluating their style for traditional shots, candid shots and artsy shots.  I wanted the traditional and artsy shots for framed photos and candid shots to capture the moments of the day.  When I came across Ian's galley, I knew I had finally found my photographer.  His photos were beyond my expectations and he did all three styles amazing well.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ian to any of my friends or family More...

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Sally P.

27 June 2019

We worked with Ian to take pictures of our elopement at SF City Hall. We didn't know what to expect since neither of us had much experience posing for photos. Our time with Ian turned out to be amazing and so much fun! He was professional, creative, and very obviously knowledgeable of the venue's sweet spots to take awesome shots. On top of that, he was friendly, patient, and extremely considerate. We were beyond happy with how the pictures turned out and we highly recommend Ian for your wedding photography needs. More...

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Aravinda J

26 May 2019

Highly recommended! At first I didn't think we needed a photographer, thought we had some gifted friends who could take care of it, but I'm so glad we decided to get one and that our photographer was Ian! A really nice guy, with a good eye - we did a standard wedding package, which was equal to or cheaper than other photographers we were checking out, and it came with an engagement shoot, where we got some lovely shots of us looking so happy together. At the wedding, Ian also managed to capture some great shots of friends and family, as well as us. He also covered our reception, and we have lovely group shots from that event. Thanks again so much for your excellent work, Ian! More...

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Mary Jane Johnson

26 May 2019

We hired Ian for our casual wedding of about 60 people, wanting someone who was down to Earth, and was able to go with the flow and capture some great photos without a super strict time outline or program. He took a ton of candid photos of our friends and family and everyone raved about how personable and professional he was. He created some awesome memories for us!Thanks Ian! More...

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Morisha Ogunkoya

25 May 2019

Ian was super easy to communicate with. Great to work with and most importantly our pictures turned out great. Thank you Ian!

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Steve C

28 March 2019

Visiting from Toronto, I wanted to surprise my then girlfriend with a marriage proposal first (which I did in Muir Woods the day before working with Ian) while visiting San Francisco. Looking on for the best engagement and wedding photographers in San Francisco yielded a bunch of results, but Ian's work stood out the second I clicked on his website.His creativity, use of angles and light, and capturing the moment all made it an easy choice to pick him for our engagement shoot in San Francisco. He suggested Lands End based on my preference for an outdoor and nature friendly location near the ocean and it was perfect!I highly recommend hiring Ian Chin Photography for your engagement shoot in San Francisco - you won't regret it! :DThank you for making our trip so special! More...

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May May

28 March 2019

Ian is the best! I got my wedding photo shoot pictures today and I love them!!!! I first found him through Yelp, then went on his website and already loved the pictures I could see there. Ian was very friendly in his emails and made a lot of recommendations (I wasn't exactly sure where we wanted to take the pictures), and was very patient in answering all my questions.When we met him in person to take the pictures, Ian was really nice and he knows how to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera. It was my first photoshoot (actually, my second, I took some professional pictures as a baby, but I can't remember it, so let's say this is the first photo shoot I remember), and it was really fun! I will definitely come back to Ian for my future pictures needs. His rates are affordable, he's a really nice guy, and very skilled. What more can you ask for?Thank you so much Ian! :) (and I'd give you a million stars on Yelp if I could! haha) More...

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Liz f.

17 October 2018

Highly recommend Ian for event photography!He joined us for our rehearsal dinner with ~80 guests and we ended up with great photos of the evening. He was professional, reliable, unobtrusive, and talented. We will enjoy his photos for years to come! More...

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Samantha Johnson

14 October 2018

My wedding photos turned out absolutely AMAZING! Ian was early and very flexible in terms of getting all the different shots we wanted plus providing great input! He really knows how to capture everyone at the perfect moment as well as make the posed photos refreshing and unique. I will cherish my wedding day through these photos forever. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND, you won't regret it! More...

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Ian Cox

29 September 2018

Ian did a great job. We had a tricky photo shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts involving models and lots of costume changes. Ian was super to work with and the photo's were amazing. We will definately be using Ian for all of our Photo needs. Simply the best! More...

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Hans H.

26 September 2018

Ian did a great job with the photographs and captured the images to our preference. Listened to what we wanted and worked with us. Price was great for what you get and we had a blast! Thanks for capturing a precious moment in our lives including my ripped pants. More...

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Nisha S.

20 September 2018

Ian did an absolutely phenomenal job at our my company's corporate event that I put together.  He was recommended through a friend and was on time, very flexible, and professional.  The event was about 250 people on a yacht in the SF Bay so getting to to all the decks and getting the lighting right for some of the pictures was hard. But Ian did it, and got the photos back to us in less that a week.  He really captured the important elements of the event and got some excellent candid and posed photos. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone.  He is professional, timely, and very easy to work with. Thank you Ian! More...

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Jessire

14 September 2018

Ian did a great job with the photographs and captured the images to our preference. Listened to what we wanted and worked with us. Price was great for what you get and we had a blast! Thanks for capturing a precious moment in our lives including the part of the shoot, my ripped pants. More...

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Lareina C.

6 July 2018

I had always wanted to get married in City Hall since it is such a beautiful building. We compromised with my parents and ended up having a ceremony and reception outside of the City. We had made an appointment months prior to get and sign our marriage license and decided last minute to gather my immediate family to come with us and to take pictures since it was the ONE thing I wanted. My wedding photographer was already booked, so to yelp I went. It made sense to search for photographers who specialized in City Hall and boy, i LUCKED OUT. I could not be happier with our pictures. Ian was laid back (so are we) and he knew exactly where to go. Although i love the building itself, i wouldn't be able to tell you where to go to take said exquisite photos. Ian knew EXACTLY where to go, the best lighting and shooting around the crowds... and the pictures were STUNNING. We have goofy candid pics, we have amazing silhouette pics, and we have gorgeous staircase portrait photos. The pictures are so beautiful and no crowds! And all this within a week of booking! He's not overly expensive and he's got a great personality. Our photos were cleaned up and send via a downloadable file in 3 days and we want to print them all. Thanks Ian for making wedding day #1 so much fun and taking the pics to prove it! Highly recommended! More...

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Andrew S.

22 April 2018

Long overdue review! I found Ian on Yelp and asked him to help with my proposal photos at Lands End. My now fiance did not know that we would have a photographer (she wanted one) and Ian hid himself well so that I could make my proposal a surprise! It was a cold and drizzly day for the proposal, but the pictures came out amazing nonetheless and that was due to Ian's ability!Ian was incredibly professional and kind during the event and I would recommend him for any future shoots! Great guy! More...

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Siddharth S.

7 April 2018

I recently hired Ian to shoot my proposal to my girlfriend of 2+ years. My original photographer bailed on me two days before the big day. I was frantically searching on Yelp for photographers and was coming up empty as nobody was available to shoot on such short notice. One of these people I called on eventually referred me to Ian who ultimately came to the rescue and saved the day!I was obviously stressed out over the logistics of the day and Ian was super flexible when communicating. We coordinated over phone and text the day prior and in the hours leading up to the proposal itself.I chose the Cityscape Lounge at the Hilton Union Square. When I realized I had reserved a time before sunset, he was flexible and we pushed our time back an hour or so to try capture the golden hour. My girlfriend ended up being late due to traffic and he was extremely accommodating there as well and even helped coordinate with the hotel staff that was in on it to ensure everything went off seamlessly. Finally, Ian was flexible and attentive during the actual proposal. There were a couple of curveballs (e.g. unexpected tourists getting into the frame, accommodating pics with family members that showed up after it went down, and the fact that we went slightly over the allotted time), but Ian was alert and adapted to a changing setting. The quality of the proposal photos is amazing! And in them, you can see the care and attention Ian put into the composition of each shot. All-in-all, I highly recommend Ian not only because of his skill as a photographer but also for the care he put into making my proposal shoot a truly delightful experience. Thank you again Ian!!!!! More...

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Josh K.

28 December 2017

Ian did an incredible job with our proposal photo shoot. He made sure everything went flawlessly the day of the proposal, and the pictures turned out perfect. Couldn't recommend Ian more.

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Andre Y.

31 October 2017

I needed a photographer to shoot my proposal, and Ian fit the bill! He captured the moment perfectly and took a handful of fun pictures after the hard part was done. I coordinated with him over phone and text in the hours leading up to the proposal itself, and we pulled it off without a hitch. More...

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Richard S.

26 June 2017

My husband and I hired Ian for our wedding in May 2017.  He did an outstanding job!  The pictures were artistic, fun, creative and captured all the most important moments, emotions and people that day.  Throughout the entire process, he was professional and very courteous.  We will be recommending him to all our friends and family. More...

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Wendy H.

24 June 2017

I hired Ian with one week notice to shoot a company event. He was nice enough to rearrange his schedule to accommodate us. Ian showed up on time and documented our event for us with very little direction on our part. The pictures were ready within 2 days and they are absolutely beautiful. He got all the "important people" without us having to point out who was who. We are very happy with the service and product and would definitely consider hiring Ian again! More...

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User2958602

6 June 2017

Ian Chin did such a fantastic job photographing my city hall wedding.

I've never hired a photographer before and wasn't sure what to expect, but Ian made the entire process so easy. He's a professional to work with, listened to what I was looking for and offered great suggestions, and made us feel so comfortable.

I honestly was only hoping for a handful of great photos that documented our wedding day, but Ian provided us with an entire album's worth. Plus he gave us some digital files that very night so we could post them online AND gave us the remaining photos online within a few days. Everyone I've shown our wedding pictures to comment on how great the photos are and how Ian really captured how happy the day was for us.

If you're looking for a professional, skillful, thorough, accommodating, and affordable photographer, than Ian Chin is your man.
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Yerm I.

2 May 2017

Ian is an amazing photographer! Showed up to our event in a suit and acted in a professional manner. Gave us directions on how to pose and was patient with us throughout the entire session! Email communication was a breeze prior and after the event. Photos delivered via email within the week! Would DEF recommend to anyone in need of a photographer! More...

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Suzanne S.

28 March 2017

I hired Ian as the photographer for my brother's evening reception for his wedding. It was held in a trendy bar with string lights as the only light source so I was really worried about getting someone who could photograph in this kind of environment. Needless to say, Ian was AMAZING. Everyone loved him before we even got the photos back - he was kind, professional, and well-dressed (bonus points in my book). The photos were just the icing on the cake. Would recommend him for any kind of event and will definitely book him again! More...

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Erik S.

2 March 2017

Ian is a great photographer and very easy to work with! I hired Ian to take pictures when I proposed to my girlfriend, now fiancé, and he did an amazing job. We had a few phone calls beforehand so I could explained my plan and he provided great advice in order to get the best pictures. At the time of the proposal, he was well-hidden and got incredible shots. We were very pleased with the photos Ian took and his overall professionalism. I highly recommend Ian for any of your photography needs! More...

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Meghan S.

5 December 2016

Ian Chin was a magician in his former life, I swear.  Heard the saying "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?" Well let me tell ya, Mr. Ian Chin is Minute Maid, himself!  So my boyfriend proposes to me under the Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point Military base (yeah, romantic right?)  Anyways, its cold, its dreary, its rainy.  All this to say, that this gloomy day in San Francisco showed no mercy on my appearance. My hair is frizzy, and no makeup in sight.My now-fiance hired Ian to be a part of our special day, and I knew nothing about it.  I was ashamed and embarrassed at the fact that these pictures would capture every element of my flaws that day, however Ian remained optimistic.  He assured me that I still looked great, and that our pictures we going to turn out amazing.  And he didn't lie.We received the pictures in less than 72 hours, and I was dumbfounded.  How did he make such a monotonous day look so enchanting, so beautiful? Tom and I are more than happy with the stunning proposal pictures that Ian took.  His creativity and professionalism made that special day in our lives much more memorable.  Thanks Ian! More...

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Steven U.

23 October 2016

I had some professional photos done with Ian. Communication and scheduling were easy and effective. When I arrived for the shoot he was prepared and on time. His instructions were clear and easy to follow. When we were done Ian delivered the photos to me quickly. I am quite satisfied with the work. I hope I will be able to work with Ian again. More...

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Alfredo B.

22 August 2016

Ian is an amazing photographer and couldn't be happier with how our pictures turned out! My husband and I did a simple ceremony at San Francisco City Hall on August 5, 2016 and Ian was able to capture the magic, love and amazing structures of City Hall for our special day! Since he was familiar with the venue, it was a breeze to get the best angles that both showoff the space and how handsome we are :)Ian also got our family in order for their shots and listened to our requests. Everyone who has seen our pictures have complimented how awesome they were and we have Ian to thank for that! Look no further for someone who is flexible, knowledgeable, and captures the memories of your special day!Thank you again Ian! More...

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Vanesa Z.

31 July 2016

Ian was hired by my boyfriend (now my fiancé) to shoot our proposal. He was easy to work with and gave Bryan advice in order to get the best photos. There wasn't a place to "hide" during the proposal, but Ian did a great job of staying far enough away to give us our privacy but still get GREAT shots. After the proposal, Ian suggested some areas that would make for nice photos. He directed and staged us, which was so helpful. Ian was kind and chatted with us throughout the entire process. Our proposal was on a Saturday and Ian sent us the link to ur photos on Monday before noon! Such a quick turnaround.These photos will be treasured forever and I am so, so grateful that Bryan's Yelp search turned up Ian. We cannot recommend him enough!Thank you Ian, for priceless photographs and a wonderful session! More...

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Chris North

6 July 2016

We hired Ian for our SF City Hall wedding, 6/19/15. This happened to be the same day as City Hall's 100 year anniversary party and the whole rotunda was roped off, but luckily he knows all the beautiful secluded spots that make for great photos. We hired him for an hour and a half, which I think was just the perfect amount of time for the ceremony, a couple of family shots, and both posed and candid of just the two of us. He made us both feel at ease and brought out our true smiles, which can be hard to do. Thank you Ian for our lovely photos!!!

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Nikki A.

25 February 2016

Ian did our engagement photo shoot this past Sunday (2/21/16) and it was great. We just received our photos today and they are fantastic! He really captured us exactly how we wanted. I especially love the candid photos where we are laughing because it is so us. He did some amazing shots from different angles, distance, etc. He definitely has a great artistic eye and you can tell he loves what he does. We highly recommend him. Thanks Ian! More...

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Angus M.

7 February 2016

Ian did a fantastic job with our wedding photos at City Hall in San Francisco. He advised us on how to schedule the photos to make best use of the space, what to expect at City Hall, and where to take group and individual photos. We had a very large and unwieldy group that he charmed into position with deft and polite instructions. Everyone raved about his amazing ability to quickly position the group and take gorgeous photos in a short period of time. We feel so lucky to have found Ian and worked with him. I don't think we could have found anyone else who could live up to his amazing skill. We also really appreciated that he gave us the negatives for the photos when he was finished. We cannot recommend Ian highly enough. More...

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Brian Hughes

4 October 2015

Thanks you very much Ian for doing such a first class job. The pictures you took for our wedding were excellent. It was very kind of you also to be our witness. You made us feel so relaxed and we had such a really enjoyable time. We would strongly recommend Ian as a wedding photographer he is so warm and friendly yet he can do such a professional job. The photographs speaks for themselves.

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Ben L.

28 September 2015

This review is a little overdue, but I have just come back to visit my wife's family here in SF (we live in Australia). We just showed everyone the DVD of our photos from our wedding in April when I suddenly realized that I forgot to tell the world how awesome Ian's photos are! He managed to capture the emotion of everyone so incredibly well and his unique perspectives for some of his shots were really really cool. The man is a true professional and I cannot recommend him highly enough. More...

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Amy A.

13 August 2015

Ian is the best! I got my wedding photo shoot pictures today and I love them!!!! I first found him through Yelp, then went on his website and already loved the pictures I could see there. Ian was very friendly in his emails and made a lot of recommendations (I wasn't exactly sure where we wanted to take the pictures), and was very patient in answering all my questions.When we met him in person to take the pictures, Ian was really nice and he knows how to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera. It was my first photoshoot (actually, my second, I took some professional pictures as a baby, but I can't remember it, so let's say this is the first photo shoot I remember), and it was really fun! I will definitely come back to Ian for my future pictures needs. His rates are affordable, he's a really nice guy, and very skilled. What more can you ask for?Thank you so much Ian! :) (and I'd give you a million stars on Yelp if I could! haha) More...

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Amy A

1 August 2015

Ian is the best! I got my wedding photo shoot pictures today and I love them!!!! I first found him through Yelp, then went on his website and already loved the pictures I could see there. Ian was very friendly in his emails and made a lot of recommendations (I wasn't exactly sure where we wanted to take the pictures), and was very patient in answering all my questions.

When we met him in person to take the pictures, Ian was really nice and he knows how to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera. It was my first photoshoot (actually, my second, I took some professional pictures as a baby, but I can't remember it, so let's say this is the first photo shoot I remember), and it was really fun!

I will definitely come back to Ian for my future pictures needs. His rates are affordable, he's a really nice guy, and very skilled. What more can you ask for?

Thank you so much Ian! :) (and I'd give you a million stars on Yelp if I could! haha)
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Lisa K.

29 June 2015

We hired Ian for our SF City Hall wedding, 6/19/15.  This happened to be the same day as City Hall's 100 year anniversary party and the whole rotunda was roped off, but luckily he knows all the beautiful secluded spots that make for great photos.  We hired him for an hour and a half, which I think was just the perfect amount of time for the ceremony, a couple of family shots, and both posed and candid of just the two of us.  He made us both feel at ease and brought out our true smiles, which can be hard to do.  Thank you Ian for our lovely photos!!! More...

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Matthew L.

1 June 2015

Ian shot my surprise marriage proposal on Treasure Island. He was very helpful in working with me to come up with angles and background shots, flash vs. no flash, etc. We did a consultation on T.I. a couple of weeks beforehand so he would know where to shoot from so as not to be noticed, and he told me where I should stand.The morning of, my fiance arrived later than planned, so Ian and I were standing it the cold wind for quite a while. He was very patient for that and we just chatted to calm my nerves--much appreciated!Everything turned out as planned, and the photos look fantastic! His rates are affordable and the quality and service was top notch. Highly recommend for your photography needs! More...

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Cat C.

15 May 2015

A little over due but Ian was one of our engagement photographers!  He isn't afraid to get down and dirty and has a wonderful artistic eye.  We did our e-shoot at Crissy Field/Presidio on a cold August evening.  He was our favorite photographer to work with and I don't think any of his pictures looked the "same."  I feel like a lot of professional photographers go for the same look or angles with their photos.  I've even seen some do what he calls the "Instagram effect" where it looks like a slightly blurry photo.  He isn't available for our wedding, but we're so fortunate to have him do our engagement shoot.  He does it all - weddings, engagement shoots, birthdays, and even boudoir photos.  He took classes from a Playboy photographer, so his images are less whimsical kinda soft lines typical boudior shoot style and makes you feel more like a centerfold.  I highly recommend Ian for all of your professional photographer needs. More...

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Rafael Wong

4 April 2015

Ian is very professional and very easy to work with. He did our San Francisco City Hall Wedding and everyone thought he was great. More importantly, the photos came out wonderfully and they captured the tears coming down my face (yay ugly crying ha) and the many laughs throughout the day. He was great is making us feel comfortable in front of the camera and making us laugh over and over (we are SO awkward in front of the camera but he made us feel at ease)

Can't wait to have you photograph us in Chicago next! ;)
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Kimberly S.

6 March 2015

This review is a bit overdue but better late than never. After spending quite a bit of time researching bourdoir photographers online, I finally settled on Ian, and I am so glad I did. Mostly because of his other Yelp reviews and the professionalism of his website. I wanted to do something special for my boyfriend for Christmas. I met Ian at his place along with the make-up artist, who was referred by Ian and did a great job. I had never done anything like this before and felt fairly awkward in the beginning. But Ian was really great at making me feel comfortable thank goodness! The shoot lasted for 1 hour or so and I never felt like anything was rushed. I would recommend following the directions in the attachment he emails after booking as the advice makes for a better shoot.Ian also assisted me in helping me select outfits for the shoot. I believe we shot 4-5 "scenes". It was all very fun. Letting me bring my own playlist to play during the shoot was really nice and helped me feel relaxed.When I returned to view the photos, we widdled down the selections together. I trust his eye much more than mine and we chose enough to create a photo book. I was SUPER pleased with the results. I saw a friend who did her shoot thru livingsocial and boy do you get what you pay for. Ian- my boyfriend loved his book and when the time comes when we need another professional photographer I will be calling you! Keep up the good work! More...

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Danielle C.

30 December 2014

Ian is AWESOME!! My husband and I had a last minute elopement (with our two daughters) at San Francisco's City Hall, and we needed a photographer to capture the moment. Luckily, Ian was available. About two days before the ceremony, I realized that we needed a witness....which of course, it just being us and our girls, we didn't have. I asked Ian, on short notice, if he could be a witness for our wedding, and he graciously said, "yes, I'd be honored to." He arrived early (before us, in fact), and as we were waiting for our marriage license, he began taking pictures. The moment I met Ian, I felt that we were in good hands. He is extremely professional, patient, creative, and kind! I had no idea what type of style I wanted for our photos, and that was fine, Ian took care of it all. I plan to hire Ian again on our next trip to San Francisco for a second round of family photos. Pick Ian Chin as your photographer, you definitely wont be disappointed!Thank you for all the wonderful memories, Ian!! More...

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Jay S.

18 December 2014

I booked Ian for a surprise proposal photography session. He was extremely helpful in giving me ideas for awesome locations to propose at. My heart was set on Baker Beach and he was quick to respond in how to position my girlfriend to get the best shot possible. Since it was a surprise, Ian was able to stealthily take some of the more intimate moments of the proposal.Once the jig was up, he gave even more ideas on how to create some more memorable moments with the Golden gate Bridge in the background. He even got my now fiance to give me a piggy back ride, one of my favorite pictures of the day! The photos came back very quickly (less than a week!)Ian was an absolute pleasure to work with and also a steal at the price he asked. His photos came out amazing and I would not hesitate to work with this man once more. More...

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Aaron R.

16 December 2014

I hired Ian Chin to capture my proposal at Baker Beach in San Francisco. Ian was very prompt to respond when I contacted him about a week and a half before the big day. On the day of, Ian was sure to stay in great contact to insure things kept to plan. After capturing my proposal, and meeting him for the first time, Ian had several ideas to get wonderful shots of us on the beach. A few short days later, we had roughly 75 quality photos of my fiancé and I at Baker Beach. If you're in need of a photographer, I would highly recommend Ian Chin to do the job. More...

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Adam L.

6 December 2014

We hired Ian as our wedding photographer and we really enjoyed working with him. He replied to my initial email super quickly which is always great for first impressions, and he was easy to correspond with and work out details even though we live 4000 miles apart. On the day he worked his socks off and even stayed late for no extra charge as our schedule was running late. He put everyone at ease and we had a lot of good comments from family and friends about him. If you want a committed and talented photographer, go for Ian! More...

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Ella M C.

7 November 2014

I have always felt awkward in front of cameras and my 4-year-old daughter always shies away from photographers as well, but Ian just has a knack for making me, my husband, and my daughter feel comfortable during our photo shoots. It is extremely difficult to take a decent picture of my daughter since she refuses to smile on cue or look at cameras, but Ian had so many tricks to get her laughing and because of this, he has been unbelievably successful at capturing numerous, endearing photos of her.Ian has been our go-to photographer for 4 years now! And there are several reasons why we keep calling him up, year after year. We trust his artistic eye. We trust his ability to capture social moments. We trust him to make every photo shoot fun and comfortable. He's very professional, yet approachable. Turn around times for photos are short, which is perfect for any family who is anxious to see the finished photos. His work never ceases to impress.The holiday season is upon us and I have already scheduled my holiday photo shoot with him because I wanted to make absolute sure my family and I got on his calendar.All-around great photographer. Highly recommend. More...

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Tracy C.

14 October 2014

Ian was our photographer for our San Francisco City Hall wedding. We hired him for an hour and he was wonderful. He worked so hard to give us a nice variety of shots, taking full advantage of that beautiful building.Ian is super friendly and made our entire family feel very comfortable. The pictures are beautiful and he got them to us so quickly! Highly recommend and would definitely work with him again. I would give him more than 5 stars if I could. :) More...

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Esse Z.

10 October 2014

We had a reservation for a ceremony on October 6 at City Hall.  But we didn't decide to use the reservation until the Friday before.  We found Ian through a Google/yelp search and got so lucky he was available.  He showed up on time and was extremely professional.  He was friendly, engaging, and utterly fantastic.  Ian has a great sense of humor and easy going.  His photos were more than we could have hoped for.  And his hourly rate was extremely reasonable.  We cannot recommend him enough. Thanks Ian for capturing our special day!!! More...

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A G.

3 August 2014

I contacted Ian at the last minute for a birthday party based on the amazingly artiwork displayed on his website. He was exceptionally responsive and professional. While in the end I decided not to get a photographer due to just being overwhelmed with last minute details, had I planned the party more than a few days in advance I definitely would have used Ian as our photographer. Dealing with him was so easy and based on our discussions and his website, I believe he would have done a fantastic job with our event. Should I need a photographer in the future, I will definitely consider Ian first based on the great impression he gave me in our interactions. More...

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Brad S.

16 June 2014

Ian is fantastic, plain and simple.From our initial phone consultation to our photo's being uploaded onto an easily view-able online gallery, Ian did an amazing job.  I'm so happy we were able to get the perfect photographer for the job, to capture my surprise proposal to my now Fiance.  Ian is very good at capturing the most intimate and important moments, and I would not hesitate to hire him for any other important events I needed to capture.  He is very dependable and made me feel very comfortable as to finding the perfect location and time to propose.He was always quick to reply back to any concerns, and also updated our photo's online speedily.  It was less than a 2-day turnaround, and we were so thankful to have him be so accommodating.It is easy to tell that Ian has a passion for photography.  His work is a reflection of his skill and effort he exacts into every job.  Not only were the pictures from his website fantastic, but he was able to capture so many beautiful shots of us, and now we have these perfect photos to look at while we build a lifetime of memories to add to them.Thank you so much Ian. More...

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Chuck G.

5 June 2014

Ian is just awesome! My partner and I used him to capture our San Francisco City Hall wedding moments and were amazed at his photography! Ian proved to us that you don't need to pay big $$ to capture your special moments! With Ian you "don't just get what you pay for"; you get so much more and from such a kind person! He was so professional from our first dealings with him till we received our finished photos (they were wonderful by the way)! We almost skipped on having a wedding photographer, I am so glad we didn't  and thank you Ian! More...

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Kris T.

4 June 2014

This guy pretty much rocked! Ian was awesome at making my fiancé's dream proposal come true! We exchanged countless emails and txts to make things super smooth! The pictures he shot came out just amazing and 10X better then what I would have imagined! He captured the moment and also had some good ideas for poses afterwards. I live in Tx and traveled (for the first time) to San Francisco and popped the big question to my girlfriend. Not knowing anything about locations or weather or lighting, Ian pretty much took care of it all after first asking my thoughts and ideas for how I pictured the moment. Very professional and got me the photos super quick! Our families are thrilled to have this special moment captured on camera! Thank you again Ian for a fantastic job!!! If you are looking for a great photo shoot or event and are in the San Francisco area, choose Ian hands down!! More...

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Niket P.

29 April 2014

I worked with ian  for my proposal.. it was amazing. Im from nyc so i was really hoping ian would be able to coordinate the location and help make it special.. and he absolutely went above and beyond. Hands down, use this guy.. friendly, professional, and amazing photography. More...

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Ara S.

8 November 2013

Highly recommended! At first I didn't think we needed a photographer, thought we had some gifted friends who could take care of it, but I'm so glad we decided to get one and that our photographer was Ian! A really nice guy, with a good eye - we did a standard wedding package, which was equal to or cheaper than other photographers we were checking out, and it came with an engagement shoot, where we got some lovely shots of us looking so happy together. At the wedding, Ian also managed to capture some great shots of friends and family, as well as us. He also covered our reception, and we have lovely group shots from that event. Thanks again so much for your excellent work, Ian! More...

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Karay M.

3 November 2013

Ian Chin Photography:  I contacted Ian a few months before our surprise wedding which guests thought was to be a simple engagement party.  Ian was prompt, professional, discreet, personable, and his photographs were really lovely.  His images captured the moment and the essence of the day.  I'm not a fan of "staged or posed" photographs and he kept this in mind and it's really great to see photos of our family and friends as they were on that day - relaxed and really having fun.  His images are clear and sharp bursting with vibrancy.    Thank you, Ian. More...

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Jem M.

1 September 2013

Ian was our wedding photographer at City Hall in San Francisco on the 16th of August 2013 and I have to say, this guy is incredible.  Because he was so familiar with the venue, and such a professional in his craft, we were blessed with the gift of his work: totally amazing, wonderful photos that we will cherish for a lifetime!! Thanks Ian!! More...

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T H.

8 July 2013

Simply put, Ian is professional, timely and talented. He shot our wedding at City Hall in SF.  An hour of his time is worth a good deal more than he charged.  We were more than pleased with all of the photos he delivered.Smart, personable and funny.  Need a Photographer, Ian is your man.Thanks!t More...

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Gina G.

9 March 2013

Where to begin...I called Ian on a Tuesday for a party being held that Friday. I mean, what nerve! The idea to hire a photographer just happened to pop into my head that Tuesday morning and Ian was the first person I called. I knew right away upon speaking with him I had made the right decision to call; Ian couldn't have been more accommodating, professional and quite frankly, down for the task. Without hesitation and even with such short notice, he agreed to the job.This is the first time I hired a photographer for a private event and now, Ian will forever be my GO TO PERSON. He is professional, talented, fun and offers reasonable rates. Ian felt like a good friend attending my party who just happened to be taking photos; everyone in attendance loved him. In addition, Ian is also incredibly patient, as it took me well over a year to decide what photos I actually wanted retouched. (Oops!) Having the opportunity to work with Ian has been fantastic. I look forward to continuing to work with him. To say that I feel lucky to have randomly stumbled upon his contact info would be an understatement. Hire this man! You wouldn't regret it. More...

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Ciara M.

24 January 2013

Ian is amazing! Not only is he talented and has a wonderful eye... he is professional, fun and extremely artistic. I felt comfortable with Ian before we even met - he portrays himself and his ideas well through his emails, and we had a lot of fun passing ideas back and forth for our shoot.Once I arrived at the studio, we were almost constantly engaged in conversation. Because we're close in age, we had a lot of fun talking about old memories and flashbacks from songs on the radio... he made me feel welcome and comfortable the entire time.... and the shoot was SO MUCH FUN!!! We both had come up with some fun/new/artistic outside-the-box ideas... so it was great to have a few hours to test them out and freestyle pose for other/new ideas as we went. He gives great directions/suggestions!Ian works hard and does amazing work. I highly recommend him to everyone! More...

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Monica L.

21 December 2012

I'm writing this review in part because Ian was excellent & deserves the props, but mostly because I rely on Yelp reviews a lot when choosing a business, especially when it's a higher commitment/sight unseen undertaking like photography.  Eat at a lousy restaurant?  You're usually over it in a couple hours, maybe a couple days if that harrowing discount sushi gets the last word edgewise.  For something as emotionally fraught (& expensive) as boudoir photos, the stakes are higher.  So I'll go through and try to address all the concerns I had prior to the shoot, in rough chronological order.SCHEDULING: I bought my boudoir package Dec 2011 as a Living Social deal, and it moldered in my inbox till this past October, when I realized it was due to expire in 2 months and emailed Ian about getting things squared away.  Given that (a) he shoots in daylight hours only for the natural light, (b) I could only do the shoot on a weekend, (c) he was deluged by other LivingSocial procrastinators, & (d) he [presumably] had to sweet-talk a hair & makeup artist into beautifying me at a discounted price, it took a few weeks before we could all set a date.  This was fine by me, as I had no deadline other than getting it in while the deal was still redeemable.  Had I required a stricter deadline, Ian would have tried to accomodate me, but it's definitely smart to have your conversation about the timeline sooner rather than later.PRE-SHOOT CORRESPONDENCE: When the date was set, I called Ian and he gave me a run-down on what to expect day of.  He also sent an useful & comprehensive checklist on what to bring, practice suggestions, & logistics.  He requested that I send images that I liked (either from his gallery or from the web) for inspiration.  During the shoot, he had the pictures I'd sent on his laptop for reference, which I was really impressed by.DEMEANOR: The most important thing to me is whether the photographer makes you feel comfortable.  And Ian absolutely nailed this.  He was relaxed without being inappropriately familiar.  Despite having a really packed schedule, his pacing was unrushed - he took multiple shots with slight variation in pose to ensure he gets some good ones.  He went beyond the limits in the deal offering (took longer than the hour allotted, more than two outfits).  Also, he was great at directing, which is super helpful if you've never done any sort of posing before, as was the case for me.  He was careful to ask what areas you'd like to highlight and what you'd like to camouflage, and absolutely respects your comfort level.Part of the being comfortable in this shoot comes from knowing that the photographer is sufficiently patient & detail-oriented enough to have you fix something that doesn't look quite right.  It's not easy to tell someone in a delicate & professional manner that their underwear is bunching weirdly, but Ian somehow managed it.  A less adept or conscientious photographer might let it be rather than risk making you uncomfortable, and as an end product you'll have a bunch of shots with wonky underwear.  Not Ian!  Your undies & garters are gonna be as picture perfect as you could possibly hope for!PHOTOS:  Ian put the pictures up one week after the shoot, and I couldn't be happier!  The lighting, the clarity, and the variety are all excellent.  We shot in his apartment, which is a fairly small space, and it's incredible what he can do with the various backgrounds and tight space.  And I think I look beautiful, which is really the end goal, isn't it? =)HAIR/MAKE-UP:  Ian hires various hair/makeup artists freelance to do this piece.  That all went very smoothly - the girl he brought in was really friendly and knowledgeable.  I haven't ever sat in a formal photo-shoot, [other than school yearbook photos, of which the less said is better], so I my immediate impression after looking in the mirror was, "Woah, that's a lot of makeup".  For the most part, I think it worked out, but there are pictures where I feel my face looked a little overly sculpted/unnatural, and I don't think she did the best job applying the false eyelashes.  Though I'm glad I got my make-up done, I wish I'd gone to a beauty counter at Macy's or Sephora or something for a consultation beforehand, so I'd have a better sense of how I'd like it to look.  Also recommend bringing more than one of eyelashes, with varying thicknesses.PRIVACY:  Ian uploads his galleries to a photo site, & each boudoir gallery is password protected.  To be honest, I am not crazy about this system - I'd prefer it if my gallery had a private link, and I also think he should use a password generator to create safer passwords.  He changed my password upon request though.  If this is a concern to you, I'd talk with him about it during the shoot - he was accommodating in every other respect, I trust he'd be in this one as well. More...

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Jessica Q.

16 December 2012

Ian has a friendly but reserved demeanor, and an open manner that spells trust and professionalism. He was incredibly patient (despite my extreme tardiness) and communicative during the shoot, and brings a warmth that puts his clients, regardless of their level of experience with boudoir photography, at ease. Highly recommended - hope to have a chance to work with him again! More...

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Maggie A.

7 December 2012

My whole experience with Ian was incredible. From the initial contact (he responded quickly) to planning our session, to the actual session, and finally... the pictures!I went with my college roommate and we both got pictures done. It was seriously one of the most fun afternoons of my life. We were both very nervous ahead of time, but felt right at ease once we got to Ian's studio (the champagne helped too). Ian was profressional, yet young and fun. His sets were amazing and his help with poses and everything was great. In the beginning I had no idea what I was doing, and only a few minutes in I felt super comfortable and confident. Ian also did an incredible job on the photos themselves. He gave us each about 5 "teasers" to tide us over, and then an online album. He didn't watermark the photos, so you have unlimited access to as well. My husband was VERY impressed with the final results, and I'm considering making this a yearly thing, haha. If you're even thinking about doing this, you HAVE to. I suggest bring a friend and some champagne as well, but any way you do it, it will be amazing! More...

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Alexis G.

25 October 2012

From start to finish Ian was amazing. His sets were fabulous. Most importantly he was an amazing director and made me feel completely comfortable. The end product couldn't look better. I can't wait to give it to my fiancé. More...

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Jess M.

21 October 2012

Ian is such a great guy! Im a hairstylist and Makeup artist that works with him regularly. He is a total professional, and super easy to work with. All f his photos turn out really great, and is great at putting his cklients at ease. He's totally not creepy at all, and super laid back. I always jumo at the opportunity to collaborate with him whenever I get the chance. If you're debating or looking into a cool, reasonably priced photographer, Ian is your guy, ladies! He definitely knows what he's doing. More...

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Miss Amy p.

14 September 2012

Ian Chin did such a fantastic job photographing my city hall wedding. I've never hired a photographer before and wasn't sure what to expect, but Ian made the entire process so easy.  He's a professional to work with, listened to what I was looking for and offered great suggestions, and made us feel so comfortable.  I honestly was only hoping for a handful of great photos that documented our wedding day, but Ian provided us with an entire album's worth.  Plus he gave us some digital files that very night so we could post them online AND gave us the remaining photos online within a few days.  Everyone I've shown our wedding pictures to comment on how great the photos are and how Ian really captured how happy the day was for us.If you're looking for a professional, skillful, thorough, accommodating, and affordable photographer, than Ian Chin is your man. More...

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Poppy M.

24 August 2012

I have seen his work online!  I usually do not give 5 star ratings but for businesses that support community organizations like SEACHAMPA gets my blessings.  I can't wait to see more of his work!  Have you seen his websites?  He has great work!  It's nice to know that there are good generous individuals that support the communities! More...

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Cheddarj E.

18 August 2012

Ian is a great community minded person. He just donated a one hour session to support Asian American Studies at SFSU and SEACHAMPA in our fundraiser. Thank you. We will be sending Ian as much work as we can. Thanks! More...

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Nate H.

1 August 2012

Ian is fantastic!  Professional, thorough, and really made an effort to clarify what I was looking for.  Captured just the right shots from my birthday party, touched them up really well, and gave me perfectly sized digitals.  Very happy customer!Very reasonably priced considering the quality you get.  HIGHLY recommend. More...

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M J.

7 June 2012

I highly recommend Ian all the way!  I first encountered Ian when I was seeking a maternity  boudoir photograher to shoot a Demi Moore-like cover photo during my pregnancy.  I bought his intro package deal that included his photography skills, a make artist and photographs in the deal.  Boy!  Have we [my husband and I] been satisfied.  Ian made me feel very comfortable doing the semi- nude shots w/ my husband present and was even flexible enough to spend the extra time left over to shoot my newborn baby during her 1st 2 weeks after the hospital discharge.  Thanks to him, we were able to capture a gorgeous continuum of my prenatal to postpartum evolution, along w/ guidance of our family style preferences in our home!  The photos were all a collaboration of what we wanted and his expertise of how to make the look come true!  Plus- the photos were a perfect addition for our baby's scrapebook to show others. He has now done our 1st famly official photo to remember our new baby by:)  Ian really helps you feel comfortable in your skin.  I trust his work and would highly recommend him for your special event, too. More...

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Jessica L.

20 May 2012

Ian is a fantastic photographer!!  Professional and easy to work with, he makes a real effort to understand what style you're after.  He is also great at coordinating the right hair and make-up stylist for you too! :)I had a maternity boudoir shoot done, and having had no modelling experience, I felt surprisingly comfortable during the entire shoot.  Ian has a great eye for composure, lighting and angles, and I ended up with some AMAZING photos - classy, yet fun and sexy - exactly what I wanted.Ian is a great photographer to work with, his prices are very reasonable, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone! More...

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Elaine H.

14 May 2012

Ian is a very talented photographer.  I chose him after looking at his gallery on his website.  I don't know exactly how I knew, but I knew right away that I would choose him.  Something about his pictures - the unique qualities he brings out and just his particular style.  I can't put my finger on it but you know when you just know he is the right person for the job.He was very responsive by email and answered all of my questions in a timely fashion.  Very approachable and personable personality, which really makes for a more comfortable shoot, especially if you are nervous or not used to photo shoots.  He is very good at directing your poses.  He even will spend a few minutes beforehand to familiarize you with his terminology so that when he directs you, you will know what he wants you to do with your body or face.Reasonable prices, pretty good turnaround time.  I could not recommend him more! More...

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Nazeeha B.

27 February 2012

Ian is a super nice guy and an AMAZING photographer. He's also very reasonably priced and extremely accommodating. We couldn't have found a more perfect person to shoot out engagement party!

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Maria B.

10 February 2012

My boyfriend recently bought me a session of boudoir photos to be taken with Ian for a Christmas gift.  Admittedly at first I was little nervous, but then excited because there was part of me that wanted to take nice quality pictures of myself and my body the way I am now, so that I could reflect on them later.  Well it turned out I had absolutely no reason to be nervous because Ian was super professional and it was so much fun!!  Also the pictures came out amazingly well, even better than I could have imagined. So if your looking for a great gift idea for a special girl in your life, or any ladies out there that want to take pictures that make you feel beautiful, Ian is the right photographer for the job!!  I've also had a chance to see some of Ian's work on his website and he does amazing job for weddings, family portraits, and any special event you need, he really has a very fun and unique style to his work. More...

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Tami S.

2 February 2012

We had Ian take photos of our wedding in SF and I was so pleased with the time he took to make our photos extra special I really was happy with the shots he took and now thanks to him I have wonderful memories of our day to look back on forever. He really takes the time with his clients to make sure you get what you want and I really appreciated that. Ian thank you so much for working with us and making our day so much more memorable ;) I would recommend you to anyone! More...

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Jojo F.

3 January 2012

I am SO GLAD I found Ian to take our engagement photo's!He is very personable, affordable!!! & his photography skills are AWESOME!I will be referring you to friends / family. i LOVE our pics! :)Thank you, Thank you Ian!! More...

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Jessica K.

12 September 2011

Ian is fantastic! I hired him for a boudoir shoot & he's the best I've ever used. He's a normal person that's got talent behind the camera. He's easy to be around & talk to, very personable & polite but funny. Makes the environment very comfortable & fun which makes for great photos. The lighting & mood of his photos really pull you in & make you feel like you know whose in them. They are very inviting & beautiful. Can't wait to work with him again!... (However his taste in music is terrible... JK) ;-) More...

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Sara A.

9 September 2011

Ian is a truly gifted photographer! In search for our wedding photographer, I interacted with a number of cocky photographers that insisted their style was the best. Ian is the complete opposite. He listens to his clients, makes you feel comfortable and best of all he's totally down to earth. Ian shot our engagement session at Golden Gate Park and Baker Beach. He is committed to finding that magical shot without being overly directive. When our pictures came in, we were thoroughly impressed in the creativity and quality of our photos.  I also booked Ian for my boudoir shoot to give my fiancee a nice engagement gift. I have never done a boudoir shoot before and he was able to make me feel super comfortable. Once again, Ian exuded professionalism and photographic talent! We are so excited that Ian will be able to shoot our wedding in a few months! I am completely confident Ian will capture all the moments of our special day. Run, don't walk, to hire Ian Chin for all your photographic needs! More...

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new s.

4 June 2011

Ian was amazing to work with. First he scheduled a photo shoot on very short notice. We had 2 infants in tow, and he was extremely patient. We were running late, had to take diaper, feeding and general fussing breaks and he was awesome through it all. Then he extended our session by 15 or so mins for no additional cost. And like that wasn't enough he personally delivered our CD, because my family was flying out that day and he wanted to make sure they got to see the pictures before they left. Can the service get any better? And oh I almost forgot, the pictures were awesome! More...

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James T.

24 January 2011

Ian Chin is professional, efficient & has great prices!  He showed up on time and kept me informed about the process as we went along.  I saw his ad on craigslist.  I hired him to make a mini-portfolio for me for an upcoming audition.  He made it easy and I had my photo cd the following day.  Excellent service and prices! More...

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S M.

6 November 2010

Truth be told, we are exceedingly selective when it comes our family photos. And moving forward, Ian will be our #1 choice for any photos. Wish we knew Ian years ago to shoot our wedding pictures.Ian is professional, quick, has a peaceful-demeanor, and an experienced eye for capturing beautiful moments. And here's a first...after our session, both of my children whispered in his ear that they loved him taking our family photos.Thank you, Ian! I want to book you for all our family events. Sheesh... hope you'll be available. More...

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Mercedes K.

4 September 2010

I used a photographer when my son was 2 years old to take photos of our family.  The photographer did a great job.  However, the price-tag was quite steep.  So now I have two kids and I wanted to have them photographed but didn't want the crazy price tag.  I looked up Ian Chin on Craigslist and I can't believe what a great experience I had for an incredibly reasonable price.  I felt like I wanted to write a review so that others can see what I mean.  He was nice to my kids, showed up when he said he would and the pictures are fabulous!  He was very accomodating and flexible.  I will use him for future family photos and would happily recommend him to anyone. More...

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Geneva

6 September 2009

I did a boudoir shoot with Ian and I enjoyed every minute of it! He made me feel comfortable and confident while providing lots of direction when needed and letting me explore poses for myself. His prices are more than reasonable and the resulting photos were worth every penny. I'm considering doing a second shoot!!! More...

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