We recently had Ian shoot our daughter's baptism and we were more that thrilled. We have worked with many photographers in the past and Ian had exceeded our expectations! He was both professional and personable. He caught all the right moments and took BEAUTIFUL pictures that will provide us memories for a lifetime! Thank you Ian- we loved the pics!
Thanks Ian for the wonderful photos you did for our San Francisco Premier! Your ability to capture the moments of cast, crew and audience was fantastic.As a film director i know when it looks right and a job is truly professional, your on the top of my list for photographers in the bay area. Keep up the good work and will be working together soon again I hope, bestjames CottonDirector ' The Confessional"
Thanks Ian for Capturing wonderful memories for our Son's Third Birthday Party.We'll cherish them forever.We really loved the snaps.
Ian did a great job at our wedding: the pictures that he made wonderfully captured the spirit of the event. Ian perceptively highlighted special details that we had barely noticed ourselves at the time. We enjoyed his presence, which was very subtle and non-intrusive. All in all, we feel very lucky to have found him and we can strongly recommend him for any personal event.
Ian did a fantastic job of capturing our companies 5th anniversary celebration. In his photos, Ian manages to capture natural moments which I think is great.I have nothing but praise for his process, his demeanor before, during, and after the shoot, and for his people skills. He works with an incredible heart and elegance that creates natural and beautiful portraits.We are vrey happy with the way you clicked our party pictures. We look forward to working with you again. Thanks Gurome Team
I'm was really satisfied with Ian's photography of our HIV Awareness Event in Oakland. The event was held outside at La Placita in Fruitvale where hundreds of persons attended. The pictures where spectacular dispite the sun and shade. I don't know how he was able to capture the color of the entertainers and people who attended. I was very satisfied with Ian's photography! Ron Chavez, Grupo Fremont VIP
Ian covered the second birthday party of my toddler. He was very professional and did a great job in capturing the right moments. There were many kids in the event and photographing kids can be very challenging. Ian exactly knew how and what to capture. Will definitely recommend him for event photography and will look forward to invite him for next event I arrange.
Ian covered our Son's first birthday party recently and he did a phenomenal job in capturing the different moods of the event.Not only was he very professional, he was also very comfortable with both kids and adults. The pictures came out very well and we will look forward to invite him for all future events.
July we had a photo shoot at Baker Beach with Ian. Ericka and I have been recently engaged and were needing some pictures for the wedding invitations and wedding shower. Ian was very professional but at the same time made us feel very comfortable. It was our first time ever at a photo shoot and Ian did an excellent job of giving us direction and also making it as natural as possible. The pictures came out great! You can tell Ian does what he loves and does a great job as well. Thanks Ian, hope to work with you again.
Ian came and took photos of my kids in my home and at a local park. He did a great job. He was nice to my kids and made everyone feel comfortable. The photos were great and will make a great gift for my mother in law and his charge is very fair especially for the quality of his work. Would happily recommend him to anyone.
Ian is our photographer for a traditional family event recently. Pictures are fabulous. Pricing is the best you can shop around. He is courteous and shoots his pictures as the events unfold without imposing himself or steer the event for pictures :-). If someone asks me I will recommend his name without a second thought.
Truth be told, we are highly discerning when it comes our family photos. And moving forward, Ian is 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.
Ian was a great wedding photographer! We were impressed with his serious, hardworking, but easy-going attitude, his frankness, and above all the moments he captured with his camera. His compositions were clear, honest, and extremely experienced under the guise of simple elegance. Ian is fun to work with, and we would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a fresh pair of eyes!
Ian was incredibly organized, professional (and patient with our two children!) during our recent Christmas card photo shoot. He was very responsive to all our requests and we have a great Christmas card picture to thank him for!
ian is a warm, laid-back and professional kind of guy. he was patient and understanding in the kind of dynamic he wanted to create in his photoshoot. he embraced collaboration with his subject(me)and wanted to ensure this experience was an enjoyable one. =)
Once again Ian did a very progessional job taking all the pictures for our four hour event at Club 21 in Oakland. We had a terrific turnout with city, county, and agecny directors attending our yearly HIV/AIDS prevention event. I was amazed to see all the pictures which included all the highlights of this important yearly event. The event venue was very spread out and the lights were somewhat dim and the lighting constantly changed around the stage area where the speaking and entertainers were featured. All the pictures were excellent and covered the event highlights from beginnig to end.Thank YOU IAN for doing an excellent job once again! We sincerely appreciate your interest in our work and your dedication to prevention of HIV/AIDS. With much gratitude,Ron Chavez and Antonio Osuna
Ian was great! Actually he makes the experience feel like your friend that you have known for many years is having a great time with you while taking pictures. Which makes for very good pictures.
I had him shoot my Birthday party, everyone loved him! Professional, on-time and accommodating. He will do whatever he can to make you happy.
Thank you for making my special day so memorable.
See you in the future!
Ian is very professional and very wonderful to work with. He recently did our wedding and my family thought he was great. He is great when it comes to kids and knowing how hyper and grumpy they can be lol. My son gave him a hard time. Sorry Ian!! I loved working with him and I know he will make you happy to!!!
Thank you so much Ian for helping make our little wedding special!!
Hawaii is next!!! See you soon!
-Michael and Crystal Galindo
Ian has been my friend for over 10 years and when I asked him to take the pictures of my wedding, I couldn't have chosen someone better. Very professional, patient, pays attention to details, just great! Thank you, Ian for helping us keep our memories of that special day alive!!
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 pictures.
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!
Ian was great! He really takes the time with his clients to get the perfect shots he has great ideas and knows what works! We were both really pleased with the photos he took of our wedding on the pier in SF he really takes the time and listens to his clients. He is very talented. We wish you all the best to come Ian Thank you again for making our day so special! Cheers!!
Mr. & Mrs Ruiz
You did a most wonderful work of art capturing our wedding, Ian! Thank you so very much for your expertise and your eye for detail and for providing us with memories we'll cherish forever. Your talent, professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile set you far apart from other photographers! Bless you! I highly recommend you and your work/service to all!!
I was very pleased with Ian work, I am not photogenic but I got very good pictures from him, his price was very reasonable, working with him was great, I was very happy overall.
Let us say right up front: planning for a wedding can be pretty nerve wracking. We had no particular recommendations for a wedding photographer, so we searched around and hoped for the best. No exaggeration: we hit the jackpot! Having Ian shoot our wedding was one of the best and most fortunate decisions we made!
We first had a meet and greet session at our home with Ian, and immediately had a very comfortable, yet professional rapport with him. Ian was a good listener, clearly knowledgeable, and had insightful advice on how to optimize the photography angle of our wedding. The package we chose included an engagement session which took place a few weeks before the wedding. We are so glad we included the engagement session! We got to see Ian work from behind the lens, and although we were a bit nervous, he made us feel comfortable in our shoes, and we actually had fun. When we got the photos of the engagement session back, we immediately knew that we picked the right guy as our wedding photographer. The professional quality of the shots....the way Ian captured us at that session....we knew we had a great photographer for our wedding!
Ian was phenomemal at the wedding itself. There were a number of instances when groups of people weren't together for certain shots, and sequences of shots had to be changed at the last minute. Ian just went with it beautifully....he calmly improvised based on the changes, and he still got all the shots! Ian was a pro all the way, and the final results proved it: we absolutely LOVE our wedding photos. Ian knew how to make the right suggestions for the posed shots, and caught all of the important moments, at the right angles, during the ceremony.
Of course, we ultimately wished for professional photos that would capture our wedding day as we remember it, and cherish them always. Ian did all of this beautifully......we feel SO fortunate to have chosen Ian to do our wedding!
Ian was hired for my mother's 50th masquerade ball and let me tell you he was awesome! Punctuality and dress code is always what I look for and it is always a risk when you find someone via interenet, but Ian was everything you would want in a photographer. He was very professional yet fit in like he was a family member hired to capture our most dearest moments. My mother was nearly in tears looking at the photos and plans to hire Ian again. We strongly recommend Ian and would like to note you'd be missing out without him!
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 he is so warm and friendly yet he can do such a professional job. The photographs speaks for themselves.
Brian and Niamh
Tom and I are so glad we found you Ian! We were so nervous about our wedding and you just made it special! The moments you captured were priceless and your kind heart shines through in your work! We have already received so many compliments on your photos! We can never thank you enough!
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!!
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.
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.
Ian was so wonderful to work for our engagement photos. He was very flexible in meeting within two weeks after we made contact. He's photos brought years to our eyes. He also such a quick turn around with the photos!! We would definitely work with Ian again!
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!
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.
Thank you for the lovely pictures, Ian. Ian did a great job capturing our one year old's funny expressions and our family interactions. He is pretty patient and has a laid-back style that allow us to relax during the photo section. I also very appreciate him being very flexible to accommodate our needs.
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.
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!