Wedding Album and Design

Print is still my favorite way to enjoy photography. This is a copy of the 15″ x 10″ silk wedding album that I offer with 10 or more spreads designed by you and me.

After completing and delivering my edits from your wedding, we’ll work together to select images for telling your story. I’ll go through up to two revisions to make any changes, additions, or removals to optimize the flow of the layouts. We’ll also pick a material and design elements (e.g. colors, font, title) for the album exterior. The final draft goes to the album makers, who print the large spreads and craft the book by hand (in the good ol’ USA, to boot). Finally, the album is delivered to you, ready to be enjoyed by you and your loved ones. Feel free to order and save on additional copies for your parents and in-laws!

15" x 10" silk wedding album

15" x 10" silk wedding album

15" x 10" silk wedding album

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

Sunsets are great. As is cool architecture. Crowds, on the other hand, are not my favorite thing. We waded through the sea of people to emerge through the surface of the very popular Griffith Observatory. For a crowded space where you do want to include the environment, put some space between the subjects and the background. In the case of this engagement session, take a walk to achieve the composition for the wide shot.

That one photo with a black border? Kodak Portra 400 on my Mamiya 6. The way it renders color at sunset is quite spectacular with those orange and purple hues.

Tidbit: I met Kawhi Leonard a few months ago, but this tall gentleman claims to have been dunked on by him, which is a way cooler story to tell.

Sunset Portrait at the Griffith Park Observatory - Stephen Tang Photo
Sunset Portrait at the Griffith Park Observatory - Stephen Tang Photo
Sunset Portrait at the Griffith Park Observatory - Stephen Tang Photo
Sunset Portrait at the Griffith Park Observatory - Stephen Tang Photo
Sunset Portrait at the Griffith Park Observatory - Stephen Tang Photo

Film Cameras: Olympus mju II aka Stylus Epic

Classic camera Olympus mju II
I picked up this Olympus mju II (µ II) used in 2014, way before the prices skyrocketed (don’t blame me). My battle-worn Olympus has seen plenty of miles and the finish is blemished but the motor and other functions still show no signs of failure. The paint looks like a champagne gold finish, way more fun than standard black or silver. This camera is dear to me because it is a fine travel companion. It fits into my shirt pocket, has a fill flash, works in the rain, and focuses pretty damn close to your subject.

For the most part, this is a dummy camera with auto everything. There are two key features though that give you some manual control. One is the spot meter, which helps you focus and expose for the center of the frame. The other is the flash disable. Unfortunately, you have to dial in these settings every time you turn the camera on by sliding the front door.

Classic camera Olympus mju II

There’s also a data back that imprints the date or time onto your 35mm photos. It comes out in red, which is pretty cool and reminiscent of the 90’s.

Classic camera Olympus mju II

If you want to overexpose your color negatives or underexpose and push some black and white, you’ll need to take a blade and scratch away the DX code on your film canisters prior to loading. Alternately, if you need to cover up for other codes, you can use some nail polish or tape to prevent electrical contact between the exposed metal on the canister and the sensors inside your camera.

Below are some photos from the last two years. I’m going to break tradition with my blog only covering weddings and engagements. I do a lot more than just wedding photography and I draw from all of my experiences (nine years counting) when I’m on assignment.

HP5 400 on the olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Nephews on HP5 400
Kodak Ektar 100 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Me on Ektar 100
Kodak Ektar 100 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Somewhere along the Sierra on Ektar 100
Kodak Gold 400 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Pacific Northwest on Kodak Gold 400
Kodak Gold 400 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Pacific Northwest on Kodak Gold 400
Provia 100 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Tanabata Matsuri on Provia 100
Provia 100 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Odie on Provia 100