Herman Au Photography

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Welcome to my blog! I'm a professional wedding photographer based in Los Angeles California. Follow my footsteps in turning my life long hobby into a career I love, and check out my latest work, newest products, teasers, and photography tutorials. I shoot in an unobtrusive photojournalistic style with an emphasis on natural and genuine emotions. You can find my portfolio on my website - http://www.hermanau.com.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Thank you very much for your past support! I have decided to move on to WordPress and all future blog posts will be written in the new site on http://www.hermanau.com

Hope to see you guys there, and have a wonderful day!


Friday, December 04, 2009

On the Move!

We're on the way moving the entire blog over to a new server and migrating over to WordPress. My website http://www.hermanau.com is also being moved over along with a brand new design, new pictures, along with new music from the very talented Mark Barnwell! Hang in there tight! ;-)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wedding: Kelly & Johnny, 9/26 – 9/27/2009

Yep, you read that right… 2 consecutive days of wedding!

I really don’t know how I managed to have enough energy to hang with K & J that weekend… I had to take about 3 days off afterwards to recover from the 2 very long and eventful days from Los Angeles to La Jolla to San Diego, and back to Los Angeles on day two! 

There were lots of laughter, and there were lots tears of joy.  And there’s one thing for sure, Kelly and Johnny definitely had no trouble convincing everybody that they perfect for each other.  Congrats again you two!  We’ve gotta do sushi some time! 

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Gotta love Susie’s work, and her presence along with her team sure made it a fun day too!  “Are you surprised..?” (inside joke)

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Huge thanks to Ray and Joyce for tolerating me running in front and around them over and over for 2 days… =)  It’s a pleasure meting with you guys and quite an eye opener to see how you guys work the 5D mk-2 cameras! 


Herman Au is a Wedding Photographer located in Los Angeles, California
Service area includes LA, Orange County, and San Francisco Bay Area
Will also travel worldwide for destination weddings

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wedding: Jenny & Mike – 9/7/2009

When I first met with Jenny early this year I was a little overwhelmed 'cause they told me she and her 3 friends are all getting married within a year apart! All of them were having different plans but it's definitely a challenge to be sure all their pictures would have different characters and not feel the same. Time went by very quickly this year especially during this wedding season, and after Ling's wedding it is Jenny's turn!

It was definitely a very long, but a very pleasant and enjoyable day. I've never seen anyone laughing so hard during their wedding ceremony in a church... I was paying attention to shooting and didn't hear clearly what was said, but I'm sure it was hilarious as you can see them really cracking up in the pictures.

The evening reception was quite an experience too, with a whole paparazzi gang with about 6 other DSLRs around! AND a photo booth there too! I'm sure Jenny is still busy looking through all the pictures by now! Congrats again Jenny and Mike!

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Herman Au is a Wedding Photographer located in Los Angeles, California
Service area includes LA, Orange County, and San Francisco Bay Area
Will also travel worldwide for destination weddings

What I've been up to?

Ok folks, I'm back!  Here's what I've been up to lately:

  • I went to Hong Kong for a couple of weeks, had 1 engagement session, 1 wedding session, and 1 family portrait session, and some quality time catching up with family which hasn't happened for many good years. It's really been long due. =)
  • My cat, CC, has been diagnosed with cancer about 4 months ago. Her conditions deteriorated rapidly while I was away from home, but she hung in there like a warrior and waited for me to come home. We spent the final moments together as family, and words cannot express the pain I've gone through. Life never means so much to me, and I'm beginning to discover new meanings to photographs I treasure.
  • Work is piled up, and I'm doing my absolute best to get things done. I managed to lock myself in front of my computer and came up with about 70 album layouts that will help speed up the album design process hereafter.
  • I'm preparing for an entirely new website for the year 2010. I know, the last major changes haven't even been 2 months and I'm already working on the new.
  • New Blog! Yep, I finally decided to move this blog in the first quarter of 2010 to WordPress. I migrated from my PC to my iMac 6 months ago and I simply hate using my PC... sorry folks, "I was a PC"! WordPress will make the blogging less painful to do especially the picture posting part which I had trouble with over the past few months. Moving large number of pictures back and forth the Mac and PC isn't the most enjoyable part of my job!
  • I attended a Joe McNally's Location Lighting Technique Workshop early November, and it's really an eye opener to see the Master of Nikon CLS work his magic. It's absolutely inspiring and it is opening new doors to how I shoot with my Nikon SB Speedlights. It's also inspired me to go back to my experimental phase again with small objects and multiple flash units to get creative with lighting; eventually this all will contribute to new ways of how I shoot. Photography has always been exciting and fascinating for me, and it always seem to find new ways to keep me going forward!
  • Must be that time of the year... I've been on a spending spree lately with photography related items. One of the new toys (haven't used this term for my camera stuff for a long while!) is the PC-Nikkor 35mm F/2.8 shift lens seen below, and I have a tilt adapter coming in to help me explore new boundaries of the land of tilt-shift. =) Stay tuned, you'll see me using them on the field in no time...
  • I hope my new Panasonic DMC-TS1 is truly waterproof, 'cause I'll be testing it in Maui after X'mas. Can't wait!

This is it folks, time to post some pictures to share!!!


Goodbye CC, you’ll forever be missed

Herman Au is a Wedding Photographer located in Los Angeles, California
Service area includes LA, Orange County, and San Francisco Bay Area
Will also travel worldwide for destination weddings

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Out of Office - Hong Kong

I'll be out of office for 2 weeks traveling to Hong Kong. Although I really never liked long flights 'cause I just never sleep well especially on the plane sitting next to strangers, it's about time I pay a visit to my families and spend some quality time with them! I'll be covering a wedding, an engagement session, and also one family portrait session during my stay. Be back soon! ;-)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wedding: Becky & Ben @ Doubletree Hotel, Monrovia

wedding at Doubletree Hotel, Monrovia 

I still freshly remember when Becky, Ben, Shirley, and I met up at Solvang for breakfast the day we were doing their engagement session.   There were Danish pastries, tall wild grass so thick that we could hardly walk in there, stopping by a winery with Becky all dressed up with a bouquet and everybody’s pondering what’s going on, and of course that fat kitty at Alma Rosa Winery who scared Becky a few times. 

It was a hot and very sunny day in September, but luckily we stayed mostly indoors in the hotel except the ceremony was held at the pool side, beautifully decorated by Nhu and Linda from Lumiani Events.  Below is a few pictures taken during the day.  Enjoy.  =)

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Becky’s pretty Stuart Weitzman heels.  I know she really <3 them. =)

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The very cute couple taking a break before the reception, and the super pretty branch arrangements… I want one for my home… *hint* *hint* =)

Their beautiful first dance along Jason Mraz’s Lucky.  Great choice… Shirley and I both love the lyrics. =)

The friend’s having tons of fun at their table

Becky really enjoying herself at the dance floor… haha

They were playing a Michael Jackson song and suddenly it turned into a dance off!

Yea… the little kid was that good, look at how everybody was shocked!

One last picture of the venue before I go. =)


Sorry I haven’t been updating the blog as often as I wanted, again…  this summer wedding season has really taken a toll on me and I’ve actually been sick the past few days and also trying to catch up with all the work before I head off to Hong Kong next week!  More weddings, engagements, travel pictures to come soon!  Stay tuned!

Herman Au is a Wedding Photographer located in Los Angeles, California
Service area includes LA, Orange County, and San Francisco Bay Area
Will also travel worldwide for destination weddings