Now that I’ve successfully teased all of you with our e-pics, I guess it’s only fitting that I reveal the goods!

Back in February, I got an email from my wedding hair and make-up artist, Susie Chhuor, about participating in an engagement shoot with Herman Au, an amazingly talented Los Angeles photographer. She introduced us and even offered to do my hair and make-up for the shoot. Thanks, Susie!

Last weekend, Mr. G and I strolled around the streets of Pasadena, California with Herman Au of Herman Au Photography, and his assistant, Joyce.

We started in a back alley walking amongst trash bins.

Then we walked around Old Town Pasadena and found a plethora of backdrops.

We changed clothes, and drove to a nearby bridge in a picturesque tree-lined neighborhood.

And finally, our favorite shot of the day…

So what do you think? Herman’s style is cutting edge and modern. I did my best to keep up. I tend to smile big and toothy. I don’t have ANY serious photos of myself. At first, I kept giggling like a little school girl. But ultimately it was fun Zoolander-ing it all day.

Herman was a gem to work with. Kind, professional, comfortable, helpful, and fun! If we didn’t already have a wedding photographer reserved, I would have booked Herman in a second! Please contact him for prices and availability. My advice about engagement shoots…Be bold. Have fun with it. Move around a lot. Any nervousness will just melt away.

In case you’re wondering, my yellow and black dress is from Anthropologie. It was a gift from Mr. G!

Did you have an engagement shoot? If so, did you go with traditional poses or did you go for edgy?



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    April 6, 2009

    Beautiful photos!!!
    Love your hair accessory for the first outfit. You two did great. 🙂

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    April 6, 2009

    Oooh these turned out great–my favorite is the bridge shot!

    We were going for fun and natural, but we really had no clue what we were doing at first! It took awhile before we became more comfortable.

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    My Dream Ring

    April 6, 2009

    YOU Look HOTTTTT 🙂 So Beautiful! You two are a gorgeous couple and the pictures are beyong AMAZING! CONGRATS:)

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    Newport Nuptials

    April 6, 2009

    They came out so great! I especially love the secodn to last shot. I lvoe the varying settings, it makes it more interesting.

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    April 6, 2009

    GREAT Photos! You both look so in love 🙂

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    April 6, 2009

    GREAT Photos! You both look so in love 🙂

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    April 6, 2009

    Great locations! You got a lot of diffrent types of landscape.

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    April 6, 2009

    Your engagement pictures turned out fabulous!!!!

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    April 6, 2009

    Thanks, everyone! We had fun doing the shoot. I’d recommend everyone do one, if you can!

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    April 6, 2009

    Hello, Blue Steel!

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    Jennifer {Bridal Inquirer}

    April 7, 2009

    WoW! These are amazing! I love that every background is so different! Hard to pick a favorite 🙂

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    Once A Bride

    April 7, 2009

    love. them.

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    April 7, 2009

    I love your e-pics! Your locations were amazing and it looks like you two had so much fun!!

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    K @ Blog Goggles

    April 7, 2009

    These are absolutely gorgeous – congrats – and I love your hairpiece!

    P.S. Herman? What a funny name 🙂

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    Southern Bride To Be

    April 7, 2009

    Gorgeous shots! 🙂

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    April 8, 2009

    Lovely lovely photos. I especially love your hairpiece since I’ve been wanting to wear one for my engagement shoot but didn’t know what to wear it with.

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    April 10, 2009

    I love your pictures!!!

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    April 12, 2009

    your e-pics turned out great!!

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    The Professional Bridesmaid

    April 17, 2009

    love, love your hair piece.