Engagement // Jo + Chris

WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
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WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
WEDDING // JO + CHRIS
Not only is this one of my fave engagement sessions ever, it's with one of my fave couples ever! Meet my little sister and brother in law, and I'm extremely lucky to have siblings that are silly and laidback and fun to hang out with. So you can imagine how the morning went. Hint: it involved a lot of laughing and joking. Love you, seester and bro!

Also, I want to quickly say just how much I'm in love with this venue. It's unique. It's inspiring. It's so unconventional. Another dream venue to check off my photography list!



-jin-

Business // Cup of TJ

Business // Cup of TJ
Business // Cup of TJ
Business // Cup of TJ
Business // Cup of TJ
I've known TJ for quite sometime as a fellow Travel Instagrammer, but we haven't actually met until our paths crossed in Vietnam. Who woulda thunk we'd spent 4 blissful days hanging out in Hoi An, laughing it up and hunting down foodie stuff? TJ needed some social media photos for her YouTube empire, thus culminated a collaboration. I do her headshots and she'll cast me and the hubs in one of her videos. It's a win-win situation!

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CUP OF TJ
Solo Female Travel Vlogger and Overall Badass




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Business // Laurel's Leash

FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
I've met Laurel in 2013 and ever since then it's been a beautiful friendship full of doggie adventures. Me and Vince would go to her many fun seasonal parties, and from time to time we would use her dog-sitting services while we travel. One day she approached me to take photos of her and her fur babies, Zeke and Isabella, for her website. And talk about fun times! If you ever need various professional dog services in Austin, Laurel is your gal!

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LAUREL'S LEASH
Austin Dog Boarding and Training




-jin-

High School Senior Portraits // Teresa

high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.

Some additional faves from Teresa's Senior Portrait session awhile back at Macaron by Patisse. I had taken some photos there when they first opened a year ago and instantly fell in love with the natural lighting, white palette, minimalist decor with a touch of River Oaks class and pops of color. The perfect backup spot after getting rained out on on the first choice venue that same morning. Throw in Teresa's conversational ease, laid-back manner and fun-loving persona - def one of the 'funnest' photoshoot sessions I've had as of recent! 

And to show just how small this world really is, Teresa happens to be the niece of one of my long-time best girlfriends, Kat, who is from a family of 13 very close sibs. Which means Teresa is just 1 of nearly 20 nieces and nephews. I can honestly say that when I'm in their tight-knit sibling bonding presence, they make me feel like one of their own. So it's truly an absolute pleasure and honor to do this photoshoot. Kat - you and your sisters did good with this one! Teresa is a very humble, independent young lady!

besos ... jin.

Family Photoshoot // Spann Family

family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.
family photoshoot // spann family.

Nevermind that it's been 2 months since The Spann Family photoshoot, but better late than never, eh? It's amazing how a mini vacation and adopting a new puppy love can suddenly fast forward August into October! Yowzah. But alas, here's my last summer photoshoot of 2013. And may I add, one of my quickest. It took less than an hour to shoot this family! They posed themselves and knew exactly what they wanted! Major score in my books when it's 100+ degrees outside!

Anyways, Ancella and I go way back. Like college some XY number of years way back. Back when we kicked it as fellow Lambda Lil Sis pledge sisters. Nowadays we occasionally kick it at our usual lunching spot, Blue Dahlia Bistro, and I can honestly say Ancella is one of my closest girlfriends from those good ol' UT days. So imagine how honored I was when she asked me to shoot her family portraits for their upcoming Christmas cards! Totally lovin' how Ancella thoughtfully chose black as their photoshoot color theme, 'You like how we're wearing black? Cuz, you know, the dog is black and she's part of the family and we all have to match.'

Right on, girlfriend! Right on! Can't wait to see how those Christmas cards turn out in a couple of months!

besos ... jin.

Family // Nicole's 2nd Birthday

family photoshoot // nicole's august birthday party.
FAMILY // NICOLE'S 2ND BDAY
FAMILY // NICOLE'S 2ND BDAY
FAMILY // NICOLE'S 2ND BDAY
FAMILY // NICOLE'S 2ND BDAY
FAMILY // NICOLE'S 2ND BDAY
family photoshoot // nicole's august birthday party.

It's always a boost of confidence when another photog enthusiast admires your (hopefully) unique camera style and sends emails like

'[...] definitely has one of the best eyes for composition that I have ever seen [...]'

Wow! And talk about a genuine honor when that fellow photog enthusiast asks you to shoot his daughter's birthday party last month! Seriously, from one photog enthusiast to another, it's truly an honor!

"I am a photography enthusiast and had been pretty impressed with Jin's skills since the first time I saw some of her work. We hired her to take pictures at our daughter's 2nd birthday party and we were extremely pleased with the results. Jin has an incredible eye for composition (one of the most important elements of a good picture) and also manages tone balances very well, not to mention that she loves to work with natural light, which produces great warm/intimate pictures. I highly recommend Jin's work, you will not be disappointed!" - Francisco Tamayo

Hey! Look at that! My first official testimonial/recommendation! Eee! Muchas gracias, Francisco + family, for the awesomely kind / kindly awesome support!

besos ... jin.

Engagement // Ai Lin + Marjo

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ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
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ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.

They make a 4 hour summer session look like a spring day, don't they? Another hour and I would've heard their whole life story! That's how laid-back and talkative this couple was! Thanks for the fun Sunday morning, Ai Lin + Marjo! Too bad the Texas heat got us in the end. You know it's getting a little too hot when talks about sangrias and mimosas and margaritas starts creeping into the photoshoot convos. At 10am! Hah! But, hey, glad to see their fun-lovin' personality still translated through in the pics despite the summer heat. Congrats again, happy couple! June 2014 will be here before y'all know it!

besos ... jin.

Engagement Part 2 // Lisa + Eric

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lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.
lisa + eric. part two.

Lisa had expressed that their style is more on the leather-lace-whiskey kinda vibe. Which is awesome. Totally love! And different. Double love! The whole traditional nature-y bit is probably more Lisa, and because Lisa is a long-time friend, I pushed for a 2nd photoshoot to showcase more of Eric's style and personality. So here we are, at Reserve 101, a whiskey bar in EaDo Houston. Drinking whiskey and mixed cocktails at 3pm like the fine foofy foofs we are. No biggie. Little Miss Nattie wanted to come so badly and in efforts to help her out, I told her that she could borrow my ID if she ever gets carded, cuz ya know, we look alike and all. (Didn't quite fly with Lisa ... not gonna win 'World's Best Mama' with that one, eh, Lisa? LOL!) Oh well, kid, better luck in 14 years!

So this 2nd time around was so much more leisurely and, dare I say, comfortable, although these two certainly make posing in the great Texas outdoors with all it's June heat and humidity look easy! (You guys are troopers, btw!) In the comforts of a well air-conditioned room, we all talked and joked and drank and took breaks in between shooting and before we knew it - a whole hour flew by! Thanks again, Lisa + Eric, for another fun session! You guys rock!

besos ... jin.

Engagement Part 1 // Lisa + Eric

lisa + eric.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.
lisa + eric engagement photoshoot.

That's Lisa. (Lisa Lisa, Bo Beesa, Leeeesa!) We used to work together at this crazy fun place called Space Center Houston as teenagers, way back when moonlighting as astronauts and working with your sibs was uber cool. Feels like a lifetime ago! Fast forward 13 years later and she's one of my biggest photography supporters since day one! The first photoshoot I've done for Lisa was a family session with her and her then 4 year old Nattie a few years ago. At that time, Lisa wanted pics to be sent out as Christmas cards and gave me full creative control, which I undoubtedly ran away with. I put reindeer ears on Little Miss Nattie, had her decorate gingerbread houses, dressed her up in a frou-frou pink ballerina dress, posed her with bff Pablo the Min Pin. Yah, you name it. So imagine how honored I was when Lisa asked me again to do another photoshoot for her ... this time her engagement! Muchas gracias Lisa, Little Lisa and Mr. Lisa (It is what it is - right, Lisa? Hah!) Y'all are the bestest!

By the way, I like this Eric dude. He's a whiskey connoisseur, foodie enthusiast, bow tie wearin', boot scootin' kind of guy. Anybody that quirky for a lawyer is a keeper! Can NOT wait til February 2015 - lovin' the personal wedding touches these two have in mind. Customized whiskey bar?? I'm so there!!

besos ... jin.

Engagement // Liz + Lance

More re-edits from past photoshoots! This time from early 2011. For some reason the vintage touch didn't quite work with these batch of engagement visuals, so I, instead, just toned things down from the previous editing done 2 years ago. Less contrast. Less brightness. Less vibrance. Less is more?? It certainly has made my life easier! Here's what I got:

engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.

besos ... jin.

Engagement // Anthonette + Joe

Lately I've been on a vintage editing high and just out of curiosity wanted to re-edit old work with the same vintage touch, so I dug up old engagement photos from 2010 of Anthonette + Joe and started messing around with them. These were shot with old gear, before getting my hands on the awesome 5dmII and I must say, once you go full-frame, you'll never go back!

engagement photoshoot 2010 // anthonette + joe.
engagement photoshoot 2010 // anthonette + joe.
engagement photoshoot 2010 // anthonette + joe.
engagement photoshoot 2010 // anthonette + joe.
engagement photoshoot 2010 // anthonette + joe.
engagement photoshoot 2010 // anthonette + joe.

Then there are the vivid edits that I just quite couldn't get away from. A lot of my earlier work were similar to these, but brighter, more colorful and all the way vivid, vivid, vivid! I was all about the pop and wow factor back in the day! Nowadays the edits are a bit more subdued. Must be growing up. Lol!

engagement photoshoot 2010 // anthonette + joe.
engagement photoshoot 2010 // anthonette + joe.
engagement photoshoot 2010 // anthonette + joe.
engagement photoshoot 2010 // anthonette + joe.

I like all kinds of edits and it's been really hard to stick with one signature edit when shooting for clients. I mean, I really do like it all! Oi. Can't the pix just edit themselves??

besos ... jin.

Family Photoshoot // Mia + Emma

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 Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.

Had a mini photoshoot with Beth and Nick's little girls a while back.  Full of bubbles and bubbly girls and more bubbles. Oh how I've missed you, bubbles! 2 of my 3 bubble machines got jacked during my wedding a year ago, which put a number of bubble-inspired photoshoots on hold. Until now. Recently acquired a brand new bubble guzzler and I'm glad to say that I'm back in bubble photoshootin' business! Yeehaw! This particular shoot was a speedy one. Made a quick 30 minute stop while on my way to Austin to shoot the kiddos. It was a bit too windy for the bubbles but we made it work. Bubbly shoot part deux with M&EM already in the works. Hopefully next time it'll be less windy! 

besos ... jin.