Chris and Daphne Engagement Collection


Daphne and Chris shattered my cuteness meter! These two are just such a wonderful mix of silliness, awesomeness and good-looking-ness all swirled together. They met on a missions trip in Hawaii, started dating shortly after and have been together ever since! ^_^  Daphne is absolutely adorable to the max–patient, kind, considerate, and GORGEOUS. And Chris, he has this amazing ability to just make everyone he meets feel at ease around him, he is understandably mr POPULAR and is the master of planning get togethers. I’ve known him since freshman year of high school, we use to swap our collections of sappy love songs and come up with insanely elaborate ideas on how to ask people to prom. =) We went through well the whole roller coaster of high school, together, the drama, the butterflies, the heartbreak, the “My world is ending! Woe is me!” days.  Without him, I don’t know how I would have survived those high school days. haha =)  I’m sooo happy he met Daphne, such an amazing caring sweet girl ^__^

These two love birds were actually one of my guinea pig couples when I first started in photography.  For a fledgling photographer, I really couldn’t have hoped for a more photogenic couple! They made it so easy! Now two years later, they are engaged! And I feel exceptionally honored that of all they picked me to photograph their engagement pictures!

After much brainstorming,  we couldn’t decide on just one concept and ended up with two main concepts we wanted to work with for the shoot!

Concept 1: Vintage Sweet– Daphne’s name in Vietnamese means “Cherry Blossom” she had mentioned how it would mean a lot to her parents if we somehow incorporated that into the shoot. We ended up deciding to theme half of the shoot vintage-sweet, incorporating the cherry blossoms, flower fields, orange groves, and all sorts of sappy sweetness!

Concept 2: Smart and Sexy–Daphne and Chris also love to imitate movie posters! Their hilarious imitations always crack me up, I knew I just had to integrate that into their shoot! For this part of the shoot we centered around a Mr and Mrs Smith-esque theme! I spent days googling poses with guns online. =) The BB gun’s that Chris ended up borrowing from a friend looked so real!  Out of paranoia, we attempted to hide them every time a someone passed by us just in case! haha

Thank you Daphne and Chris for such a fun day, making the drive out over here, and being so easy to work with!! Love you guys so much!

I am very excited to present to you: Chris and Daphne’s Engagement Collection.  Enjoy! ^^



———–Part 1———–

I loved how Daphne’s Vietnamese name means Cherry Blossom =)

Chris has a backbelt in tae kwon do! His jump kick is amazing!!   (idea credit: hoffer photography)

These two give me cavities

This flower field is one of my new favorite locations to shoot in!

Daphne is so just so beautiful!




———–Part 2———–

Going from Sweet to Dangerously Sexy

We were on our way to an abandoned freeway when we came across these neat things and decided to shoot here instead

I don’t own any fancy equipment or crazy lighting. But what I do have is a flash, a tripod, and a pair of legs. haha ^^



Jamie Walton - May 2, 2011 - 7:27 pm

The BB gun shots are AWESOME!!!!!!

Megan McMahon - May 2, 2011 - 7:27 pm

Very cool!

Lisa-Anne - May 2, 2011 - 9:30 pm

as always, you blow me away with your creativity! 🙂 love it!

Amber Javaid - May 2, 2011 - 11:07 pm

Amazing! Above and beyond!!

MiMi Pham - May 2, 2011 - 11:08 pm

These photos are awesome!!! All are my favorites! Really!

Stephanie Luk - May 2, 2011 - 11:10 pm


Jonathan Eng - May 2, 2011 - 11:10 pm

good stuff!

Mia Pham - May 2, 2011 - 11:13 pm


TKWON - May 3, 2011 - 12:25 am

Great photos! You guy’s look amazing!
Chris’s orange cap gun looks pretty deadly haha

Esther Yeh - May 3, 2011 - 12:51 am

OMGasdf#$slj4 I love love love love this collection. Great shoot, Michelle!!! ♥

Mark Lee - May 3, 2011 - 11:27 am

hella good pictures! you guys are great together!

Janet Wang - May 3, 2011 - 11:27 am

Dude. So awesome!

TeaFunnee Bunnie - May 3, 2011 - 11:29 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE these SOOO cute!!! My fave one by far is the one right above Daphne’s solo shots where shes leaning on your arm and you guys are gazing at each other. So sweet, its like we are getting a peek of your guys thoughts :]

Hannah Here - May 5, 2011 - 12:50 am

so cool! loved how you pulled off the Mr. & Mrs. Smith reference! I actually met Chris during my Campus Crusade days… what a small world. Congrats to them both!

Stephanie Lum - May 18, 2011 - 7:11 pm

love the creativity with this one!!! Michelle good job! You 2 look cute!!! Can’t wait!!

Lisa Hu - May 18, 2011 - 7:12 pm

Adorable and Stunning! 🙂

MyOnlineWeddingHelp - August 2, 2011 - 2:11 pm

These are amazing. A lot of innovative ideas here. Love the karate photo.

Sara - August 3, 2011 - 1:01 pm

The Chans ROCKS ! the karate photo is the best indeed..Congrats

Alice - December 21, 2011 - 2:14 pm

Michelle!! I have been a huge fan of your work for quite some time and this really takes the cake! I am a huge James bond buff and a total feen for spy and action movies so this is just mind blowing because i have never seen it done before as engagement photos. IT IS AMAZING!! so perfect in every way! I’m sure the couple will be proud of these photos for the rest of there lives because it is just that awesome and original!! <3 <3 <3

Michelle - January 4, 2012 - 11:02 pm

Thank you so much Alice!! 😀 I really appreciate your kind compliments!! 😀 😀

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