HELLO + WELCOME!

I'm Eileen, so nice to meet you! I am a Los Angeles based photographer, passionate about people and a huge fan of love. I truly believe photography is God's gift to me; through it I am able to share life with some of the most amazing people. What a privilege and joy it has been!

Click on the next page for more on me or take a peek at my own wedding day here.

Thanks so much for dropping by. Blessings!

photo by Shelley Paulson Photography

RANDOM FACTS

I use way too many exclamation marks, but I'm really just that excited!!!! I want to know what moves your heart. I say "that's so funny" quite a bit, but it can mean a number of things. I am a lover of donuts and tea. I floss every night before bed! I love the idea of being spontaneous, but rarely do things unplanned. I am the youngest of four girls, but I'm taller than all my sisters. I would love to open a cafe someday. I am fascinated by the bridegroom God and his ravished heart for all of humanity

photo by Shelley Paulson Photography

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EMAIL ME DIRECTLY, not through my website!

Hello everyone! If you emailed me in the last two weeks through my website (or if you didn’t get a reply from me!) I probably did not receive your email! Please email me directly at:

eileenliu@eileenliuphotography.com

I will let you know when my website is fixed! : ) THANK YOU, and sorry for the inconvenience!

Goodbye Los Angeles, Hello Kansas City!

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Today I am heading out to Kansas City for the next three weeks and I am SO excited to see these silly (and terribly cute!) faces! AND! I will be welcoming my new baby nephew into this world while I’m there, too! Ahh, can’t wait to meet him! : )

Follow my adventures in Kansas City through instagram (@leener104) and/or twitter (@liueileen). See you again in three weeks, LA!

Jen + James MARRIED!

Jen and James are married! : ) I fell in love with these two at their engagement session and couldn’t have been more thrilled to shoot their intimate wedding at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. I used to dream of having a HUGE wedding as a little girl (all my sisters had huge weddings, esp. my oldest sister Emily who had 1,200 guests!), but weddings like Jen and James’ make me appreciate the intimacy of smaller groups. There were eleven guests who witnessed the beautiful coming together of these two and they fit perfectly into the little space Jen had picked out above the waterfall; I love how cozy it felt! : )

Jen’s wedding dress was BEAUTIFUL! It was the same dress her now mother-in-law wore for her own wedding with a few changes made by the talented Fionna (who also did Jen’s hair and make-up!). Love all that lace!
meanwhile james was waiting at the Arboretum for Jen… this little girl was SO cute! Here she’s pointing out that she has the same dress on as Jen! the crowd of witnesses! After the ceremony we went straight into portraits. First pictures of the Mr. and Mrs! : ) The lovely couple stopped by my house last week to drop off a cute little pouch (with a camera on it!) and some green tea Kit Kat bars. As I opened the gifts in front of Jen she laughed out, “It’s GREEN, your favorite!” They are seriously the sweetest! Thank you so much you two and congrats again! : )

Livrada: Making e-book gifting personal

A few weeks back I had the privilege of taking headshots for a new startup company, Livrada! My brother-in-law Leonard (middle), cousin Jeff (left), and family friend Edison (right) teamed up to make e-book gifting more personal. Genius! If you’re wondering what Livrada e-book cards are, here’s a snippet from their website:

A Livrada e-book card is a (physical) gift card, sold at retail, that represents a specific e-book title (e.g., The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ). Each card is beautifully designed with the book cover art and also includes a description, much like a traditional book jacket. The card allows the holder to redeem and download the specific e-book onto their e-reader device. At launch, this includes all Kindle and NOOK devices. The plan is to expand to other e-readers soon.

Find Livrada e-book gift cards on the electronics aisle of Target! So awesome! And win two FREE e-book cards here! You have until August 3rd to enter! : )

50 Reasons not to Date a Photographer

I came across this post today and laughed SO HARD!! Yes, most of these are true…

They rather hold their bulky camera, than hold hands with you.
On a romantic date, you’ll watch the sun go down and think “Wow this is gorgeous” and they’ll go “mirror lock, tripod, and stop down f/8 at 1/125.”
You’ll never be able to enjoy tv, movies, or magazines because they’ll point out all the visual flaws.
They like to sit in obscure coffee shop and voyeuristically watch people for great lengths of time.
If you’re taking a walk outside and you come across some “interesting light” they will make you sit/stand/pose in public so that they can take a photo.
You’ll never get to enjoy freshly cooked meals because they’ll spend 15 minutes taking 20 variations of the same dish with their iPhone.
They get angry when your friends go up to them and say “I am interested in photography, can you recommend a good camera for me?  Nothing professional I just want to take pretty pictures.”
You’ll wait longer for them to finish analyzing art in a museum than you’ll wait at the dmv
Same goes with old used bookstores.
When you think they’re giving you their undivided attention, they’re really wondering how they could fix you with a little Clone Tool and Patch Tool.
Or they are actually using you to not look so creepy as they people watch everything going on around you.
They rather drop $1,000+ on new glass than a purse for you.
You can’t take a photo with them without taking at least five more.
If you ask them if you look fat, they’ll say “don’t worry I can photoshop you later.”
They’ll never photoshop something simple for you if the content is not up to their “standards.”
That photo they randomly took of you yesterday?  Good luck getting them to send it to you.
They can’t have a normal conversation with throwing acronyms and random numbers.
They still use film cameras.
They spend a lot of time with people cooler than you i.e. models, actors, musicians, successful rich people.
They’ll be fussy over the position of a common household object, like a coffee cup.
They won’t return your calls or text messages, but you can bet they’re still posting pics on Instagram.
They like watching old films that you’ve never heard or will ever understand.
They like looking at weird things in general.
If there’s a natural disaster in a far away land, they’re already on a plane going over there.
Everything is watermarked.
They think everyone else’s photos suck.
They want to color correct a lot of scenes from Twilight and Jersey Shore.
They hate rainbows, especially ones spinning in a circle.
Whenever you’re in a group talking and the conversation goes deep, they’re taking notes in some form of Moleskin.
They use over priced Moleskin notebooks.
They like trespassing into old abandoned buildings filled with health hazards.
They always want to show a new photo they took, but don’t really care if you like it or not.
They hate your n00bie friend’s new artsy profile picture.
Bright, sunny days make them sad, but cloudy, overcast days are apparently great!
They’ll take you into places that have “culture” as well a high chance of getting mugged.
Your birthday present will be a portrait that they’ve taken of you.
You can’t go anywhere new without them stopping to take a photo of everything and anything.
They will always bug you to be a test subject.
Nothing can ever be naturally pretty, everything must be fixed in Photoshop.
Bringing their camera means, bringing 50lbs of equipment.
If you break any of their things on accident, you’ll owe them thousands of dollars.
You can’t get them a birthday/Christmas present without spending at least $500
They are natural hoarders, collecting and keeping piles of old newspapers, packaging, magazines, and other things that “inspire” them.
They are weird and geeky.
They have hard drives of photos, but probably have printed 10 images.
They are always secretly judging your creativity.
If you’re ever in auto mode, they laugh at you.

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FUN FRIDAY: Daddy + Peanuts!

My dad LOVES peanuts. Any kind, every kind.  Growing up we always had a plate of peanuts as a side dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He takes some with him on walks, short or long drives, and even into the movie theaters (we were always kind of embarrassed when he did that!)! Some of the church members found out about his love for peanuts and now we get quite a variety right around his birthday and every year for Christmas. I think with so much peanuts around the house I’ve grown to love peanuts over the years, too and can’t eat certain meals without that extra crunch to go with whatever we’re having. Oh Daddy, look what you’ve done! : )

The other day my mom was talking to my 3-yr old niece Angelina on our family room couch. Lina was bouncing up and down, telling my mom that her daddy promised to take her out to Mimi’s Cafe when he gets back from his business trip. My mom laughed and commented on how it’s always so much fun when Daddys go away (but not, since we miss them so!), because it always means that there’s a treat when they return. My mom looked at me and asked if I remember how my dad used to save his bags of peanuts from his plane ride to bring home for us. Her question triggered memories that I would otherwise have had a hard time recalling.

Why yes, I do remember (I also remember preferring the honey-glazed ones over the salted peanuts). But for the first time those peanuts meant so much more than just a fun snack we got when Daddy came home from out of town. I mean I always knew that my dad loved peanuts, but as a little girl I never thought about how him bringing peanuts home for us meant him not eating his portion on that long flight home and saving them for me and my sisters. Wow. I know this seems like such a small thing and even kind of silly, but I want to cry just thinking about what might have crossed his mind at those moments.

Yes my dad loves peanuts, but he loves his girls at home even more.