Ryu Photography » Southern California Wedding Photographer


Where are you located? Do you travel?
I am located in LA and Orange County area, but love to travel! Contact me about travel fees if you are interested.

What is your photographic style?
I consider my style to be a mix between modern, artistic, and photojournalism. I love capturing the candid moments that unfold naturally throughout the day – but I also have a blast posing you against artistic backdrops and stunning scenery.

What are your rates?
I offer wedding collections beginning at $995 and have most couples spending between $1500 and $3500 on their wedding collections. If you would like specific information on what I offer, please click “Contact” from the options above to send me an email. I’d be happy to help you find the perfect wedding photography collection. (*Prices are subject to change at any time.)

Are your wedding packages adjustable?
Yes. I offer pre-made collections based on what most of my couples have booked in the past and what I recommend from experience. These collections group services together and give you a significant discount than if you were to add pieces on ‘ala carte’ – I do, however, allow couples to start with a collection and add additional options at an Ala Carte Price.

How do I reserve you to photograph my wedding?
Once I receive a signed copy of your wedding contract and a non-refundable deposit – the date is saved!

Do I have permission to print the photos? Can I use them on Facebook or Twitter?
With each of my weddings, I give a copyright release for personal use of the images to the clients after final payment. This allows you to print the images at any photo lab of your choice for friends & family and use the images online. You may not however – sell, edit, or advertise the images in any way. This includes submitting images to wedding blogs or publications – I love publishing my couples, but I ask that you contact me first before submitting to ensure that I have not already submitted the images for publication! I also ask that if you post your images online (such as on Facebook) – that you state clearly, “These photos were taken by Ryu Photography” below or beside the image.

How long does it take to receive my photos?
On average, weddings take 2-4 weeks for full completion. During the busiest parts of the wedding season, editing may take little longer. I do my best to blog a few of my personal favorites from the session within a week. This gives you a sneak peek to hold you over until the entire gallery is ready!

What will my online gallery look like? Where can I find my gallery?
Once your photos are uploaded the gallery, you’ll be able to access all of your images HERE. Most of my galleries are locked for client privacy, but there are a few unlocked that you are welcome to look through.

Should we consider adding a second shooter? What are the benefits to having another photographer?
I highly recommend hiring a second shooter. Having second photographer gives you another artistic eye to capture your special day. I can never be in two places at once, but when there is another photographer – it gives me the ability to do just that. A second shooter gives you more photos and a fun new perspective – it’s a win-win.

What equipment do you use? Do you have a back-up camera & lenses?
I shoot with a Nikon D700 and D3 as my primary cameras. My lens collection includes:  14-24mm f/2.8, 17-35mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, 105mm f/2.8 Macro,  Also 4 x SB-900 and  2x SB-28, SU-800

How much time should we set aside on our wedding day for the bride & groom pictures?
I recommend anywhere from 30-45 minutes of time to take pictures of the two of you. This does not include the time needed for formal portraits. If your wedding schedule is tight, which it generally is, consider booking a day after session to get all of the pictures together that you want. The more time I have with the two of you, the more creative I can be! If you can give me more than 45 minutes, I will love you forever and ever… plus you’ll love me even more when you see how many gorgeous pictures you have together.

What do you recommend we do for the family formals? How can we make this process go quickly and smoothly?
Family formals are a very important part of your wedding day because they are the heirlooms that you can hold on to forever. The biggest problem that I’ve come across with formal portraits are when couples give me a list of 30 or 40 formals that they want taken in the short 20-30 minutes following the ceremony. Once you say “I do” and walk down the aisle your family is going to exit the church immediately afterwards. The difficult part occurs when grandma needs to use the restroom and your cousins accidentally left early for the reception. Other guests are talking to one another and congratulating your parents – while I’m trying hopelessly to complete your large formal list. I recommend sticking to the basic photos that you know you want and alerting those individuals ahead of time that they will need to hang around patiently after the wedding for a few pictures. If your maid of honor or another family friend can help me with names & faces – this makes the process fly by!

Another important thing to remember is that the more time we spend on formal portraits, the less time we have to take photos of the two of you separately. It’s a delicate balance that can absolutely be perfected. It just takes planning & limiting the number of formals.

Engagement Sessions – what are they? Why should we schedule one?
E-Sessions are my favorite. They give me a chance, as the photographer, to capture your love story in a more natural environment. Engagement sessions are the perfect way to get comfortable in front of the camera & to show off your smile. You get to see me in action, ask any questions that come to mind, & create an album full of new memories. Some couples bring props or fun elements that reflect who they are. There are endless possibilities.

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