Hello, welcome to ATLPhotography. We are Alex & Samantha Chiu and we are creative minds who want to create awesome photographs of you. So we are a Chinese (Hong Kong Cantonese) Native New Yorker (Upper East Side Manhattan), and a Southern (Cajun) Redhead from Atlanta couple. We've been in a lot of places in the world and we settled down in Atlanta, Georgia (home of Coca Cola!!!) recently. Life is funny. We met while dancing Lindy Hop Swing in New York City and then as we travelled, danced, and hung out, we fell in love. Next thing we know, we are going around the world to photograph places, teach Lindy Hop Swing, consume wonderful food, and discovering life together. No, we're not hippies or artists per se. We're just a creative couple that lives a wonderful life together. Even better, we just had a beautiful baby boy in October of 2012. So why are photos so important to us? It helps us remember those great times we've had. It makes our lives more complete because we can see, feel, touch, hear, and taste those moments every time we glance at one of our photos. It preserves everything special about us for years to come. That's what we hope to bring to your lives. That's why we craft the story of you.
Hello. I'm Alex. I live an extraordinary life. I love my baby boy. I'm a full-time photographer, marketer, financial wiz, and computer expert. I've been a lot of places over the years. I've been on every continent except for Antartica, I've traveled to over 60 countries, I speak several languages, and I want to experience more. I take a lot of photographs. At first it was mostly snapshots but then I started taking photos because I wanted to capture important things in my life. I started delving into multiple types of photography and I also specialize in underwater photography. When I'm photographing people, I enjoy capturing emotions, their personality, and whatever makes them special. When I'm not photographing, I'm always involved in technology, trying to help people with their websites, with their phones, and with their lives. It's amazing watching people really getting a kick out of seeing you explain and fix their tech problems. I think that's also why I'm a marketer. I hate hard selling things because I was on Wall Street for a while doing just that. My clients love me for what I do for them. It's not because I'm the best, it's because I care about what they care about. I know them. That's also why I'm categorized as a wedding photographer. I make the impossible possible. While I take more technical photos than my wife, I'm also the one that thinks about what my clients want and how to get those shots. As a traveler, I've learned that preparation is necessary to success but there are times when no amount of preparation will prepare you for what will happen. In those situations, my technical side of me kicks in and I am able to take phenomenal photographs no matter when and where I am.
Favorite Activities: Travel to the ends of the earth, eat excellent foods, dance like I just don't care, and capture raw emotions with my cameras.
Favorite Foods: Anything that's got it's back facing the sky, chirashi zushi, very rare dry-aged Kansas city strips.
Favorite Drinks: Nespresso espresso - simplicity and caffeinated, Lagavulin 16 - the drink of resistance.
Favorite places for photos: underwater, in the dark, and inside waterfalls.
Hello, I'm Sammy. I'm the creative one. I see what other people don't see. I lived in the south, went to SCAD, then moved to NYC to find adventure. Now I'm back in Atlanta and living a new adventure with my husband and new baby boy. I'm a full time mommy, a photographer, an creative mind, a designer, and a great eye for what's excellent. I've traveled with my hubby to several places internationally and I take a lot of photos. I like to take photos of details, of people when they aren't looking, and those moments when people least expect a camera. I am the big picture person and that's why I like design. Design is one of those central things about life that you don't expect to be so important. A good design can make everything in life work well together. That's why I design the concepts for our company and make sure that we do things within that design. My photos are more artistic than my husband's. He always feels that his photos don't evoke the word "art". My photos on the other hand are specifically designed to be more artistic and give greater depth to a moment. That's why we work well together. I'm a creator and designer. That's what makes my photography so interesting.
Favorite Activities: Reading novels of travels around the world, experiencing flavors of different cultures, traveling with Alex, poking my dog, and taking photos of the things that people often miss.
Favorite Foods: SUSHI!! A great dry-aged steak, macadamia nut chocolates, and red velvet cheesecake.
Favorite Drinks: I'll have what he's having....or just give me a cold Coke!
Favorite places for photos: Out on the reception dance floor, outdoors with interesting scenes, and other natural light places. Things always look best more natural.
When it comes to your wedding, we’re very serious about what we do. It takes a lifetime of passion, of honing skills, of imagination to photograph your wedding. If you’re looking for your standard photographer to take just any crummy photographs, ATLPhotography is probably not the right photographers for you. We make timeless and awesome photographs in photojournalist, fine art, and epic styles. We make images that will matter to you in the present and thirty years down the road. We don’t care about getting rest, watching the clock, or complicated arrangements. We like to keep things simple. You like the photographs on our website which is why you’re reading this now. We will tell you right now, the only way to create those photographs are if we have a connection. We want to connect with you.
Why are we wedding photographers?
One of the biggest regrets for every couple after their wedding is not having great photos of the momentous day. It's the only durable thing that remains after your wedding has ended. When we got married, we had a great destination wedding on the largest cruise ship in the world and a stunning beach ceremony. Back then, we weren't wedding photographers. Naturally we paid a boatload for some pretty crummy photos and a bloated prints package which we keep in a drawer. It sucks that we didn't have the foresight that we have now. If we had been wedding photographers at that time, we would have booked a photographer that is pretty much like who we are now with a downpayment of close to a third of the wedding budget. Why? Because it's worth it. All of those memories that you share with family and friends are worth it. All of those memories of the ceremony and the reception are priceless. We are wedding photographers now because we understand this and we are fully committed to taking the best photographs during your wedding. We don't want you to have any regrets and we want you to have peace-of-mind during your wedding because it's your special day.
The Best Photographs for Your Wedding
We want to capture all of those important moments during your wedding. What makes a great photograph? It’s those photos of the story of you. We are about crafting the story of you during your wedding and getting those important photos of your friends and family. Those are the photos that are going to mean the most to you now and in the future. Sharing your future with your loved ones is what we photograph.
Sure, we can sell you lots of "stuff" but what matters most are the photographs that we create for you. We can only photograph so many weddings throughout the year. We will work with your budget, especially if you have interesting ideas for your wedding and we connect. You get full day coverage with 2 photographers, an online password-protected gallery of all of your photos with the ability to order “stuff” with your photos, a thumb drive or hard drive of all of your edited high resolution photos without watermarks, and a lifetime guarantee on your photos. It’s everything you need for coverage and peace-of-mind.
In order for us to be a part of the most intimate moment of your lives, we want to know you and form a bond of trust. With that trust, we’ll be able to craft the story of your wedding seamlessly. If you love our photographs and need us to be your photographers, let’s set up a time to chat. If we connect, it’ll give you one less thing to worry about on your wedding day. We live and die by having a good connection with our clients. Contact us so we can Craft the Story Of You.
It's the moment that you never forget as you move forward with your relationship. Whether you want to surprise your loved one with an "at the moment" session or if you're doing a "fell in love" portrait session, you are definitely going to want great photos to commemorate the occasion.
What makes your engagement unique and special?
We want to know more about your relationship and what makes it so special. Everyone has their own style and we want to make sure that we capture those moments as intensely as you remember them. If you love our photographs and need us to be your photographers, let's set up a time to chat. Engagement shoots are also a great way to see what we can do for you for your upcoming wedding.
One of the biggest moments in your life is when you decide to be a family. You're going to want photos and while just ok photos are fine, having awesome photos of your maternity and of your newborn is priceless. The truth is that children really grow quickly and you'll lose those moments in the beginning if you blink. The funny thing is, you'll probably get very sleep during the entire process. Capturing those first moments is going to be one of the last things you'll be thinking of while you're nesting. That's why we shoot maternity and newborn photography. It's for all of those moments you don't want to miss.
Maternity and Newborn
Maternity time is a time of preparation. You only go through it once per child and it's a great memory to share with your child as they grow up. When it comes time for your baby to be born, we can be with you in the hospital or at home. Normally the first 3 days are quite hectic but we can even shoot a portrait session afterwards in the comfort of your home.
If you love our photos and you need us to photograph your maternity and newborn, let's set up a time to chat. You'll be happy that you were able to schedule in a shoot to capture those memories.
We love people. You can tell by the way we photograph each person. Everyone is special and have their own distinctive personalities, interests, and style. We take those qualities and we pronounce them even more in our portraits. We don't just take a photo of you, we capture the best version of you.
Do you love our photographs and need us to be your photographers? Contact us and let us know who you are and what you love in life.
We photograph many events over the year and we are always looking for more. We currently support the arts, culinary, businesses, and various charities. If you're running a fundraiser, we would love to help with photography. We also photograph private events and parties. We use a photojournalistic style of photography for most events but we also provide photobooths, portrait sessions, and so much more.
If you love our photographs and need us to be your photographers, let's set up a time to chat.
It's tough to get great photos of you and your loved ones during vacations. If you're taking the photos, it's rare for you to actually BE in the photos. The other problem with taking photos yourself during vacation is that you are focused on taking those great shots while you should be enjoying your vacation with your loved ones. So for all of those moments that you lose during your vacation, ATLPhotography is there to capture your vacation as you live it.
Capturing the Memories of your Vacation Vividly
We are very well traveled photographers and we photograph around the world. We can take beautifully lit portraits at the drop of a hat, photojournalist style photos to capture those special moments, and sweeping landscape photos so you can enjoy and remember where you were. If you love our photographs and need us to be your photographers, let's set up a time to chat. Enjoy your vacation and leave the photography and memories to us.