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Vancity Vendor: Elsa Fan Photography

November 30th, 2012 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Elsa Fan Photography

Elsa Fan has been a software engineer for a long time, but as the years went by, she realized there was something missing in her life… a creative outlet. One day she was re-introduced to the art of photography, which she once loved during her childhood. Something clicked and before she knew it, friends were asking her to take photos at their weddings. It was only a matter of time before she took on paid clientele! Elsa had found her true calling and has been working her dream job for the past 3 years.

Elsa Fan Photography specializes in wedding photography but also provides services for maternity, newborn, and family portraits. Wedding packages start at $1,000 and includes 6 hours coverage, full resolution digital images on disc, and a complimentary engagement session, which by the way is included in all her wedding packages!

If you like Elsa’s work, have a chat with her sometime over coffee and get to know each other. To stay updated with her work or even catch wind of future promotions, be sure to follow her on Twitter and be a fan on Facebook.

A Few Words With Elsa…

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“At $1000 I am one of the most budget-conscious photography options in Vancouver. As mentioned earlier, that price includes a complementary engagement session, so the couple has one less thing to worry about and the engagement session gives my client a chance to know me better and vice versa.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“The number one thing is our price. Compared to others in the field, I believe my price-to-quality ratio cannot be matched. I am a wedding photographer because it is my passion, not a means to get rich. The price of a wedding photographer should not rival that of a down payment for the couple’s first home together. That’s insane! At $1000, I offer fantastic photos well below most other photographers in Vancouver.”

How would you describe your shooting and photo editing style?
“I shoot in a photo-journalistic style. I prefer capturing real, candid moments instead of staged shots. In reality though, there is usually a place for both. When editing photos, I try to maintain a natural look. I avoid heavy filters and effects, and consider it a job well done if the client cannot tell that the photo ever entered Photoshop. Photoshop can always give the photos some dramatic effects but the photo style will not last forever so for wedding photos I always prefer to maintain the natural look and style.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“Everything! Seriously! I really love this job; it is a dream come true. I love meeting the couple for the first time. I love preparing for the big day. I love the excitement when the wedding day finally arrives. I love the late nights hovering over my computer fussing over every last detail to make sure the final product is exactly what they are hoping for!”

What was the most creative shot you took and how did you come up with it?
“After the banquet, I asked the couple to go outside so I can take a few more night shots with them. Then I noticed the circular pattern in the parking garage. The couple was very co-operative and were willing to sit inside the circular pattern.I like to put a flash behind my subject to provide a glow around the subject and I were pretty impressed by how the photo turned out. The flash lit up the concrete wall behind and created a very sexy silhouette shot.”

Which part of the wedding is your most favourite to shoot and why?
“I like every moment of the wedding day because each moment is very unique. I particularly like the couple shooting time when the couple gets a chance to be away from their families and friends to spend some time together while I can capture all the romantic moments filled with love.”

Where is your favourite place/part of the city to take pictures for a shoot?
“Olympic village. It has many different settings in a very small area – the seawall, an urban city look, beach and some green areas. I particularly like taking sunset shots in there.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Enjoy every moment on your special day! Time goes by so fast on that day without the couple realizing it.”

To contact Elsa, visit her website.
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  • January 5th, 2013 at 9:25 pm
    M says:

    Beautiful shots! One of my favourite photographers in the city! Can believe she does this and computer programming. What in interesting story.


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