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Welcome to my Blog!

I'm a simple person who loves photographing people and spending time with my husband and two little girls, Ellie (4) and Emmeline (1). My girls are my world and every day I wonder how I became so blessed to be their Mama.

When I'm not behind the camera I love to knit and sew cute things for my girls and bake cookies. My husband likes to say I'm a granny at heart, but I like to say I'm a woman of many talents. ;)

I also enjoy snowboarding, traveling and immersing myself in books. One day I will conquer Cornice and get down without snowplowing my way. I dream of traveling to Greece, Italy and Paris one day, but I have yet to convince the husband that traveling abroad with two little ones would be aweome. I'd also love to go camping and show my girls the joys of a perfectly toasted marshmallow and walking barefoot through an icy cold creek bed. And although I said it would never happen, I now read most of my books on my iPhone or iPad instead of a book. Have kids and you'll soon realize the gift of a built in light and always having your book with you.

I'm based in Orange County, California and ocassionally travel for shoots.

Lauren’s First Birthday

I feel so blessed to have been asked to document Lauren’s very first birthday celebration. It seems like only yesterday when Katherine was pregnant and wishing for a sweet baby girl with lots of rolls and soft, squishy cheeks to kiss. And then Lauren came along and completed Katherine and Stephen’s beautiful family.

For the families who hire me to photograph their baby’s first birthday I like to do a short and sweet mini family session the day of the event. I love how relaxed and happy they all look and I hope they all will cherish these photos of their beautiful little family for years and years to come.

Lauren’s first birthday was designed and coordinated by Grand Soirees who always does an amazing job on every event they take on. I loved the feminine details, the hand crafted floral paper backdrop and the laser cut name! I also really loved photographing Lauren’s Mum and grandparents helping her get changed into her hanbok (korean dress). It was such a sweet, intimate glimpse of all the love Lauren receives from her family. Happy Birthday baby girl!

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Design & Production: Grand Soirees
Dessert Backdrop: Grand Soirees
Florals: French Buckets
Rentals: ChiavariChairRentals.com
Cake & Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Catering: Tutto Fresco & Salad Republic
Linens: GBS Linens
Balloon Artist: Face Formers

March 6, 2014 - 10:28 pm Katherine - Sarah, thank you for these AMAZING photos. You captured so many special and priceless moments of our little baby girl. Cannot thank you enough for what you've given our family. You really have a God-given talent in what you do and we've been so blessed by it. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Love you!

Craigslist Ad

It’s come to my attention this week that someone on Craigslist is using my name and business identity to try and scam people. The ad which I believe appeared in the Phoeniz, Arizona area Craigslist has been flagged and is no longer online, but I just wanted to make it clear that the post was NOT made by me. I also do not have or use a hotmail.com email address. If you need to reach me, please do so by using the contact form on my website.

I strongly ask that you help me (and yourself!) by reporting any and all information you have on this person. You can file your complaint at the Internet Crime Complaint Center and also to your local authorities.

Thank you!

Jennifer & Mike’s Engagement

These two have known each other for so long and have this ease and warmth about them that is enviable. I loved photographing the two of them and the love that they share in their parents’ homes while there were in town for our engagement session. It was a gorgeous, warm California day and so we ended their session at a nearby beach as the sun set over the calm waters. It was quite simple, the perfect day with a perfect couple! Jennifer and Mike, I am so looking forward to photographing your wedding this summer!

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January 21, 2014 - 7:44 am Jenn & Mike - Sarah, you're truly magical!!! We absolutely love these pictures--despite our usual plain and homely looks, you totally made us glow :) Can't wait for May!

January 21, 2014 - 8:35 am Simon Huang - Absolutely elegant and beautiful !!!

January 21, 2014 - 12:36 pm Kina - These are really lovely Sarah!

Lauren & Josh’s : Maternity Session

Lauren and Josh are going to make one beautiful baby boy. I had the pleasure of photographing these two parents to be before they officially become a family of three. Lauren makes pregnancy look so easy and glamorous. She glows and just looks so amazing. I also loved seeing how John dotes and loves his wife and soon to be Mother of his child. He would take out his cell phone to photograph her during our session and I found that to be so incredibly sweet and loving. Their baby boy is so blessed to have these two for his parents. They have so much love for each other and I know that love will grow and be shared with their baby. Congratulations you two and thank you for having me document this time in your lives!

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Langham Hotel Wedding : Jessica and Harry

There was so much beauty to behold at Jessica and Harry’s wedding, it reminded me of why I love what I do so much. I’m not just talking about just physical beauty (though there was plenty of that!), but the beauty behind the all the little moments that day. Laughing and crying, while reading letters from each other as they got readied in their rooms. The giddy excitement as the bridesmaids popped champagne and sparkling pink lemonade in their hotel suite. How hard the guys practiced their choreographed dance routine, making sure they had it down just right. The tearful embraces from parents letting their children go to begin their new lives as husband and wife. The heartfelt toasts from Dad’s to daughters, from best friends to the bride and groom and from siblings wishing the happy couple a blissful life together.

I really loved every moment of Jessica and Harry’s wedding. Thank you guys for having me capture your day!

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Photographer: Sarah K Chen
Second Shooter & Assistant: Luis Arturo & Nelly Chung
Venue: Langham Huntington Hotel
Dress: Reem Acra from The White Dress
Event Coordinator: Serenity Events
Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang
Florals: Flower Allie
Videographer: Sam Lim Studios
Photobooth: Rockstar Photobooth
Desserts: Auntie Em’s Kitchen
Invitations: I Do Concepts
Linens & Rentals: Glow Concepts

The McElroy Family

This is my sister in law’s beautiful little family. I still remember the day Crystal called to say they had a surprise. I yelled, “You’re pregnant!” into the phone, so excited for her and her husband Connor. There was a nervous laugh and a dramatic pause before she replied, “Well, that’s not all….we’re having twins!” I’m sure it was scary and overwhelming at the time, but my sister and brother in law have become great parents to their little girls. Colbie and Cassidy are so much fun my girls adore them to no end. They’ll moving to Orange County soon and we are all so excited to have our girls grow up together!

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The Oh Family

You know what amazed me about the Oh’s family session? Even with three young children, every frame I shot of this family was a keeper. I shot one roll of 220 film and all 32 frames made it into their gallery. It probably helps when Dad is also a photographer and Mom is one of the sweetest people I know. Their lives are truly blessed and enviable! I love how Youkeun’s sense of humor makes Helen and the children laugh and I love how Helen’s quiet strength and sensibility keep the family closely knit and grounded. And they make having three children look so effortless and beautiful. I absolutely loved photographing them all so so so much.

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The Ly-Pang Family

Loved photographing my friend Linda and her beautiful family again, but now as a family of four. She’s an amazing event designer and such an fun Mom to her two little girls. From fun dress up days, crafting, and baking they pretty much do it all. Linda and her family went for an equestrian Ralph Lauren look for their session. I just wish we had a little pony we could have borrowed for their shoot.

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The Phatiphong Family

Jenn and I followed each other on Instagram and knew of each other through mutual friends for years before we finally met in person. We met at a park in Pasadena and while I was kid free that day, Charlie was with Jenn and after spending some time playing and chatting with them I remember going home that afternoon thinking Jenn is such a good Mom. That and Charlie has the sweetest face and voice in the world. There’s so much about Jenn that I admire. She’s so strong and full of grace. I met Pramin for the first time at our shoot and he’s such a wonderful father to Charlie and such a loving and supportive husband to Jenn. They make such a beautiful family (seriously, aren’t they all ridiculously good looking?)  and I’m honored to have been able to photograph another photographer’s family!

And just a random tidbit. Charlotte/Charlie was on our top 3 list for Emmeline. We were actually pretty set on Charlotte until she was born and we both agreed that Emmeline was a better fit. It was months before Ellie stopped asking us what happened to baby Charlotte. We told many times her that we decided on a different name for her, but she was still adamant about the whereabouts of her baby sister named Charlotte.

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The Andrew Family

The Andrew Family is another long time client of mine! I was there when they said their I Do’s, when the became parents for the first time with little Sydney, holiday portraits when they were still a family of three,  I photographed Luke when he was teeny tiny newborn, and now this year’s holiday portraits as a family of four. It seems to go by so fast these days! I love walking through their home and seeing so many memories framed and on their walls. Thanks you guys for having me photograph your family again and again! I have loved watching you all grow!

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