Erin Shimazu Photography

Southern CA, SF, Worldwide/Destination

About this Vendor

Erin Shimazu Photography

I care very much about the well being and happiness of my couples & clients. This is why I believe it's so important for me to take the time to understand their needs and personalities, not only so I will know how to best create photos that speak uniquely to them and to their story, but also help make them feel as relaxed and as at home as I possibly can.  I absolutely love shooting with them, and it means so much to me that they feel the same way about their photographic experience! Because really, it should be fun :) ! We also offer Multi-Day Wedding Event Coverage, Engagement Sessions, & Trash the Dress. Erin has been shooting professionally for 9 years, is a published wedding photographer, & also offers Destination/International Wedding Packages. Please visit our site for more info!


Photo + Video Styles

Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Dramatic, Lifestyle, Modern

Photo Shoot Types

Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement, Trash The Dress

Starting Price Range


Wedding Activities

Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding

Wedding Categories

Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Film Photography, Photo, Printed Enlargements, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Wedding Albums

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Contact Info

Southern CA, Culver City, CA Southern CA, SF, Worldwide/Destination (310) 795-8812

Reviewed on 1/17/2017 Nicole P

There aren't enough words to explain how amazing Erin is! Not just as a photographer but as a person, it was an amazing experience working with her from the first consultation meeting to our engagement session to the wedding day itself! We really wanted to find someone who could... Read More capture us as a couple, and not just the same generic wedding photos and poses you see these days, and Erin completely blew us away. Everyone who has seen our wedding photos has commented on how she captured our personalities. Going through the photos now, they take me right back to the day and I get butterflies all over again, that’s how perfectly she captured each moment. I can’t say enough about how lovely Erin is as well—she has such a sweet, warm, funny demeanor and made us feel completely at ease in front of the camera (which is really saying something because my husband and I are so awkward). I can’t get over how great this experience was, how breathtaking the photos are, and how wonderful it was to have someone as lovely as Erin with us on our big day!

Best Photographer Ever!

Reviewed on 2/21/2015

Erin Shimazu Photography's is simply the best!!! : ) Erin is so good at what she does, because she is patient, caring, sweet, easy-going, fun, open-minded and talented. There is truly not enough words to describe her. She made our "Save the Date" shoot so much fun, the end... Read More results were so fantastic that we forgot how nervous we were that day. She did not care to get down and dirty, as long as we were happy and comfortable around her. On the day of our wedding, she was not only on time, but full of energy and enthusiasm. Erin and her assistant helped us captured every important detail that day. If you decide to go with Erin, she will not only sell you a service... She gets to know you as a person, what you like, exchange ideas and gets personal so when the big day comes, she knows exactly what is important to you and your partner. We started to plan our wedding a year ahead so that when our day would come, it would be perfect, but the day came and the celebration just seem like it flew by. But thanks to Erin's work, we were able to relive our special day! Thru the photographs we can relive that day over and over and for many years to come. I know probably every couple says their wedding was the best, but ours was truly amazing because every moment was captured thanks to Erin. We could not recommend any other photographer, but Erin. We really hope to use her services in the future! Thank you Erin, we truly loved your work and I swear, we never looked better in any other pictures.

Amazing all around!

Reviewed on 2/09/2015 Janani K

I can't say enough great things about Erin. I found her somewhat at the last minute, after our initial photographer fell through two months before the big day. I was searching desperately for photographers and found Erin's work linked on the site of my makeup artist. I couldn't... Read More stop looking through her photos. All were ethereal - you can see the influence of her time as a Hawaiian hula dancer and photographer in every photo she takes! She was so friendly, down-to-earth, and has a true passion for her work. She is a total professional, prioritizing the memories that you value, working to capture those moments in an effortless way. Weddings transpire in just an instant for the bride and groom - we got to relive all the details through her magnificent photos. I can't emphasize how beautiful the photos turned out - she went above and beyond her call of duty, at a very reasonable price for the number of hours she spent on the shoot! I felt so lucky to have her as a photographer on our special day. I give her my wholehearted, highest recommendation for any bride or groom wanting an excellent photographer to capture memories with heart and soul!

Reviewed on 3/12/2018 Emmeline K

We found Erin to be a most delightful and talented wedding photographer. From the get-go, we were taken by Erin’s artistry, attention to detail, and enthusiasm. In line with our outdoor wedding theme, she helped select the Santa Monica Mountains as a backdrop for our engagement... Read More photos — and highlighted her ability to capture us in the context of the natural surroundings. In the very busy ensuing months up to our wedding, Erin’s ability to help us plan ahead was instrumental; she proactively coordinated with us on visiting the venue and developing a photo shoot list and timeline. For the wedding day, Erin and her assistant, Adam, showed prowess in keeping schedule and cheerfully organizing the various group shots, as well as in unobtrusively taking casual photos. The photographs, which Erin had ready for us in a compilation only a little over 3 months after the wedding, were superb. They expertly captured the wedding party, guests, botanic garden ambience, and all of our little artistic details. We would eagerly use Erin again!

Reviewed on 2/02/2018 Talia M

Erin really went above and beyond for our engagement portraits and party. She called me ahead of time to ask what sort of photos we would like to have taken, then met with me at the location to scout out shots the day before. When it turned out that I had misjudged the amount of... Read More time I needed covered, she rearranged her plans to stay an extra hour for us at the last minute! Erin was really great at working with our boisterous and somewhat disorganized group of people, and of course her photos looked fabulous. I love the way she got the lighting to look so bright and cheerful, which can be difficult for our multi-skintoned group. All of our family was impressed with the photos she took, which is a feat unto itself!

Reviewed on 1/24/2018 Christiana R

One of the best decisions I made while planning my wedding was hiring Erin Shimazu. She didn’t just take pictures during my wedding, she also helped to direct the day and provided a calming presence when things went wrong - for example, while I was getting ready, my dress got... Read More dragged across a dusty floor and got dirty. My mom, sister, future MIL, and bridesmaids scrambled to try and fix the problem, but in the midst of the panic, Erin kept her cool and was able to help us find a solution, get the dress clean, and keep us on schedule to meet my future husband for our first look. She had the same poise after the ceremony when we were taking family photos. My husband has a LARGE family, but she was able to corral dozens of people and made sure that every photo that was important to us was captured; it was almost like the more chaotic things got, the calmer and kinder Erin became. She also took the time to scout out our venue a few days before our wedding, and found a beautiful spot nearby to take first look and bridal party photos so that we would have a couple of different backgrounds in our photos instead of just the same place. And, perhaps most importantly, the photos she gave us after the wedding were spectacular! Erin has a gift for capturing incredible candid photos during the preparation, ceremony, and the reception, and she also had creative ideas for interesting poses/shots of my husband and I, our bridal party, and our families, even after we had run out of ideas. She has an eye for beautiful natural lighting and takes excellent beach photos. The photos were ready exactly when she said they would be, and she provided us with an online library of ALL the photos she took (over 1800). She has also reached out several times since then to make sure we liked the photos and to see if there was any editing she could do. Her images are beautiful and my husband and I couldn’t be happier with the memories she helped us capture. Thank you so much for everything, Erin!

Reviewed on 11/19/2017 Tina V

We hired Erin Shimazu Photography for our pre-wedding festivities and our wedding day! Erin and Adam were a dream to work with. They are talented, professional and nice too :) We are very happy with our wedding photos and cherish the memories captured! Erin is simply the best!... Read More Wishing you all the best for the future! Thank you for everything! Kunal & Tina

Reviewed on 10/09/2017 Meini C

We absolutely loved having Erin as our wedding photographer. From our very first meeting with her, she was so friendly, warm, bubbly, and enthusiastic. We knew we wanted her to be our photographer because of her passion and love for photographing weddings, but also because of... Read More her genuine and kind personality. Throughout the whole wedding planning process, Erin was very thoughtful and thorough, always checking in with us and making sure to take care of all our photography wishes. She even made sure to coordinate timing with our wedding coordinator so that we could get beautiful golden hour photos during our wedding. On the actual wedding day, Erin ensured that everything went smoothly from a photography standpoint. She made us feel very comfortable and happy in front of the camera. She was also wonderful during all of our family photos, group shots, and so on. We felt that we could completely trust her to capture all our wedding moments. After getting our wedding photos, we were so happy--the lighting, the framing, the style, the moments she captured--we loved everything about our photos. We highly, highly recommend Erin. We can't imagine a sweeter, better photographer!

Reviewed on 10/08/2017

Erin Shimazu was one of the first photographers who’s work my wife and I viewed – and there were many. For almost 3 months straight, we scanned the internet, chasing recommendations and searching for that perfect artist. No matter how many prospects we surveyed, each of us... Read More kept coming back to Erin as our favorite. In communicating with Erin prior to our special day, another thing my wife and I agreed on with respect to feedback was Erin’s pleasant disposition. On the surface, one may not find this important since you figure the camera is the primary tool for completing a photography job. Our thought process was a bit different in that we believed the subjects (people, in our case) would be the primary medium and an ability to interact and actually feel these subjects could only enhance the power to capture moments. My wife and I were nervous about many things as our wedding day approached. Erin’s ability to work her magic was not one of them. May 21, 2017 came, and we were not disappointed. Erin and her crew arrived timely and immediately blended in. With exception to those shots we clearly asked for, Erin and her crew were careful not to make their presence known. When the work was all done and we viewed our 2000+ photos, my wife and I marveled not just at how many pictures were taken, but to our pleasant surprise - how many special moments were snapped without interfering in our special day. Thank you, Erin, for capturing memories that are as beautiful as the day they were made!! Darius & Karen Gray

Reviewed on 8/28/2017 Rochelle W

Erin was our photographer for our wedding and she was absolutely amazing. I contacted her around 6 months before our wedding and she kept in constant contact with me to ensure we were on track for the wedding. She even drove to a different city to scope out the venue with me to... Read More make sure we had all the shots planed in advanced since we weren't doing first looks and time between the ceremony and reception was going to be limited. Outside of outstanding service, Erin has to be the nicest person I have ever met! She's so polite and sweet! After 2 hours of shooting, I was so done taking photos but she motivated me to continue shooting which I really appreciated. I would 10000% recommend her to anyone. You can't go wrong with Erin!

Reviewed on 7/23/2017 Tony S

Erin was a delight to work with! We had a low key City Hall wedding and small lunch afterwards. With the chaos of getting family, friends, and everything else involved in getting married squared away, we really didn't know what we wanted or needed as far as pictures. Thankfully,... Read More Erin just handled everything on that end. We just put our trust in her and she captured all of the important moments. There were so many glimpses of our day we missed even being a part of it and she was so creative in getting amazing photos of everything from the dresses and jewelry to the food at our family lunch. After the ceremony she wrangled everyone for beautiful family photos and striking bride and groom photos around the building. Everything came out better than we imagined. She was really great at capturing photos that matched our personality and giving us a dreamy record of our special day.

Reviewed on 7/19/2017 Nosheen B

OMG the experience was amazing! They put in so much of effort and made us feel so comfortable. They were flexible with schedules , very accommodating and helpful by all means. They did alot of extra favors for us and went an extra mile to give us the best experience. They are... Read More not only professionals in their work but amazing people to be around with , which by the way is most important on a day most memorable for us , they made sure it was a dream coming to reality.

Reviewed on 7/02/2017 Peggy O

STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS!!!! Took maternity photos with Erin on the beach. I knew she had a special creative connection with the beach but I had no idea she could create the kind of magic she did for our pictures! They turned out better than I would have ever thought! She was easy... Read More to work with and accomodated our schedule. She made us feel comfortable during our session even though we were surrounded by dozens of people at the beach. The perfect pier shot was obstructed by a couple young girls and their hammocks. We really wanted that shot. So Erin kindly explained our situation and asked if they could move their hammock. They happily agreed and even hugged! We booked her for our newborn shot and a family portrait. So excited to see both sometime soon! Thank you Erin! Couldn't have asked for better maternity pictures!

Reviewed on 6/15/2017 Adrienne H

If you are looking for an amazing wedding photographer, look no further. Erin is simply the best. She's SUPER nice, adaptable, responsive, professional, and beaming with positivity!! But, most importantly, she's got a creative vision like no other. She spends a ton of time... Read More familiarizing herself with your dreams for your wedding and makes them happen, and THEN fills in the gaps with beautiful touches that you would never have been creative enough to think about. My husband and I could not have been more pleased with our photos, and we can't imagine anyone else who could do a better job of documenting all of the big events in our lives. I would give Erin a thousand stars if I could!!!!

Reviewed on 6/14/2017 Aida S

I cannot even begin to explain how incredible Erin is, but I'll give it my best shot. From the moment we first met her, we knew that she was perfect not only by her sheer talent but her fun natured personality and professionalism. Everything from the get-go just felt so natural... Read More and comfortable. Everyone who has looked at our Engagement photos and or our wedding photos rave about how incredible they are and we have Erin to thank for these perfect forever lasting memories. We loved our Engagement photos so much we even had Erin make an autograph book for us out of them so all of our wedding guests can see them on our special day! On the day of our wedding, Erin was amazing. She made sure we got all the pictures we wanted, with whom we wanted which you would think would be near impossible with soooo much going on with sooo many people. Our wedding album that she made for us was of the upmost quality and she surely turns your imaginations into a reality. She was a ball to work so working with her will be the thing we miss most post wedding. We ❤ you Erin! Highly recommend her to everyone! You will not be disappointed and she will exceed your expectations in every way!

Reviewed on 6/12/2017 Elise L

We had Erin do our engagement photo shoot, as well as the pictures for our wedding. She was extremely professional and her pictures turned out BEAUTIFUL! About half way through our engagement shoot, it became super windy and Erin offered to reschedule the rest of the shoot for a... Read More few weeks later, at no charge! She was a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her!

Reviewed on 3/16/2017 Bob F

Erin was the photographer for our wedding... to say she exceeded our expectations would be an understatement. Her artistic sensibilities drew her to us, but we were totally impressed by her professionalism and wonderful personality. Erin was a joy to work with from the... Read More initial planning, to our joyous wedding day, and well after with her on-going support. Truly, Erin helped make our day special beyond all expectations. I highly recommend her for all of your special event photography needs!

Reviewed on 2/27/2017 Lisa Z

Erin was referred to me by a friend who’s also a photographer. Her easy going personality made us feel comfortable right away. She was extremely helpful and accommodating to our needs (especially our budget). We decided we only wanted 5 hours of coverage for our wedding day... Read More which I know is very limited time to capture everything. She helped us navigate our timeline to include all the important details we wanted and made it happen. She even stayed a little past our contracted time to capture the cake cutting (last thing on our list) that was delayed! The photos came out beautiful and we are still getting compliments from family and friends. I later found out that a friend had tried to book her for her wedding a year prior but Erin was already booked for that date. No surprises there! Thank you, Erin!

Reviewed on 12/29/2016 Esther R

Working with Erin was a dream! My husband and I absolutely loved her. Really easy to contact, communicate with, and very kind. We were really impressed at how our engagement and wedding photos came out! She has a really good eye, and was perfectly in our budget.

Reviewed on 12/14/2016 Vanessa F

Erin was a pleasure to work with! We found her through a friend-of-a-friend. From the first in-person meeting over coffee, we hit it off. When we first met, she came prepared with her portfolio of work. I looked through the pages of beautiful shots and was taken by the way her... Read More work captures light and details. Everything had a sweet dream-like quality. Her prices were very reasonable, so I booked her for the engagement shoot and the wedding. We brainstormed ideas for engagement shoot locations. She was very flexible, considering she lives on the Westside and my husband and I live in Pomona. We ended up shooting in Downtown Claremont. My husband and I are camera-shy people by nature, but she brought us out of our shells. At the wedding, she and her second shooter were on-time, professional, and practically disappeared in the background. She did offer up many good ideas for portrait shots and angles. She was lovely to have around all day. Communicating with her has been easy and fairly quick. Our photos turned out fantastic. I was happy with the quantity of really good pictures. My parents and mother-in-law are also happy with the photos. I would definitely recommend Erin Shimazu as your wedding photographer!

Reviewed on 10/22/2016 Chuck D

We were looking for a photographer for our wedding reception and saw Erin’s work online… and just fell in love with it! And she has been a joy from beginning to end. Not only is she super nice and professional, she’s a great photographer/artist AND her crowd control skills are... Read More awesome, which is very important when dealing with large families! All the photographs turned out so well that we always get envious comments from our friends about how great they look. She is now the go-to photographer for all our family and friends for all kinds of events… be it weddings, baby pictures, engagement, or whatever, she’s so accommodating and flexible! And I dare not trust anyone else to do the job that I know she’s the best at! It’s truly amazing how every time I work with her, I’m more impressed with how much hard work she puts in and how perfectly she captures each and every moment!

Reviewed on 10/22/2016 Charlie C

Erin was amazing to work with. She is such a warm and friendly person and everything was very professional and straight forward. She took pictures for our wedding (it was a simple ceremony), and I couldn’t be happier with the results. She actually went, by herself, to the venue... Read More weeks before the actual event to scope it out and to pick out cool spots both there and around the area. On the day of, she arrived early (a HUGE plus for any vendor!) to where we were getting ready and took a bunch of great, artistic pictures before, during, and after the ceremony. My wife and I aren’t the most creative people when it comes to stuff like this, but Erin had many ideas already planned out and she guided us very well through the whole thing. After the ceremony we went to some of the areas that she picked out nearby... knowing that I like unique architecture, she got some very memorable pictures of us at this building with these tall columns… it was perfect! She has a great eye and awesome ideas that all come together so well. Every time I see our photo album, it takes me right back to the happiest day of our lives. I’m so glad we had the best possible person to capture all of it! I can’t say enough for Erin’s dedication and her talent. Thanks Erin!

Reviewed on 10/21/2016 Theresa T

We hired Erin for our ceremony and wedding reception on two separate dates. I know she would never say this but I was a difficult client. Not because I’m picky but because I did not know how I wanted to capture my “special day”. Erin sat down with me a couple of times and threw... Read More out a lot of ideas. Erin was so patient and took the time to explain everything. My husband and I aren’t really romantic so during the photo session she was able to relax us and make us feel more comfortable which made for some great photos! One thing we did want was to take pictures with each family during the reception. We were concerned that we would look crammed in the photos because the venue wasn’t all that big but Erin was able to pull it off and took great shots! I know there are many options for a wedding photographer but I’m truly at awe of Erin and her talent as a photographer!

Reviewed on 9/22/2016 monica o

We are so pleased we chose Erin to photograph our special day. We looked at so many portfolios on-line, received quotes from several photographers and narrowed it down to a few to meet with. Even before speaking with Erin, we fell in love with her photos. They were emotive and... Read More artistic, but not over-the-top; perfectly aligned with our vision for our celebration. She took time out of her schedule to personally meet with us for a consultation, listened to what memories we were hoping to capture on our special day and came up with some terrific ideas as well. She was reliable, on-time and flexible. She was also very sweet and easy to work with yet extremely confident in her abilities. The resulting photos are fantastic and there are so many! We are thrilled.

Reviewed on 9/20/2016 Sherry N

Erin is EXTREMELY talented and has a great eye and vision for photo shoots. I recommend checking out her website and other photos you like so she has idea of what your taste is. My husband and I can't imagine using anyone else!


Meet The Owner


I grew up in LA, studied fine art & photography in collage, & began shooting weddings professionally 9 years ago ~ needless to say I am even more in love with it now than ever :) . I am very passionate about it as my art, & that I use it to help bring joy to my couples & their families. I specialize in weddings, engagements, and portrait photography & find great excitement & happiness in finding the beautiful uniqueness that everyone possesses. In addition to photography, I also love painting & dancing hula - Aloha :D ! For more about us, visit: