In 1998, Papa presented me with one of his spare cameras to play with. Eventually, I learned that photography was much more than simply pointing and clicking. Starting out with a Pentax Honeywell film camera, I learned what proper exposure and composition were through many many discarded photos. Even as I inevitably created garbage, Papa would always encourage me by picking up my photos at the store or buying me better equipment.
Fast forward to present day, I still have that same wild enthusiasm whenever I have my camera. Coupled with my perfectionist personality, photography is not only a passion of mine, but also serves as a connection and reminder to the years with my dad.
So when I shoot, regardless of gig, I strive for the best - this way I know everyone, even above, is proud.
A San Francisco native willing to travel for gigs, I specialize in Event and Boudoir Photography, but have experience in many others types...so feel free to inquire for any and all photographic needs
"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."
- Gina G. Date: 3/9/13 | Specialty: Event Photography - Birthday
"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."
- Nate H Date: 8/1/12 | Specialty: Event Photography
"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!!"
- Jojo F. Date: 1/3/12 | Specialty: Engagement Photos
"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!"
- Sara A. Date: 9/9/11 | Specialty: Engagement Photos
"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."
- Miss Amy P. Date: 9/4/12 | Specialty: Wedding Photography
"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.
- Tami S. Date: 2/2/12 | Specialty: Wedding Photog
Once you click "Confirm Booking", your request will be sent to the photographer. Your photographer will review the booking and give you a call. During your photographer consultation, the two of you will discuss all details of the event.
For each hour you book, 1 hour of post production is also included. You're getting 2 hours for the price of 1!
The photographer will deliver a minimum of 15 post-produced photos per hour booked for event shoots, and 5 post-produced photos for all other shoots. If more photos are required, please discuss with your photographer.