I AM LKC - Lynn-Kai Chao Photography

San Francisco , CA


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You know what inspires and excites me in photography? You: people and their unique stories are what matters in weddings and life.

It's your story after all and I want to know... Read more
You know what inspires and excites me in photography? You: people and their unique stories are what matters in weddings and life.

It's your story after all and I want to know what makes you, you. So show me your unique and beautiful story. It will be fun, exciting and even sometimes funky and quirky. But most importantly it will be your story captured in photographs.





What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
is that even hip and trendy to do nowadays? i dont.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Any lighting situation and i will work with whatever is available
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital all the way
How many photographers do you work with?
1 extra almost always, but depends on the size of the wedding. More shooters (or fewer) can be requested too.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes, and I have network of photographer friends that I can contact in emergencies when i cant.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
2 weddings in a day? thats crazzzzzyyy talk. I never book more than one wedding or event in a day so I can give my utmost attention to the client. I seldom (if ever) book more than one event in a weekend.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes I have network of photographer friends that I can contact in emergencies.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I am a Canon shooter and will bring the necessary camera bodies, flashes, lighting systems, lenses on the day of.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I want to be there to experience the entire day so I currently do full day coverages for my clients from getting ready to ceremony to the end of the reception.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
extra hours? psshhhttt. i offer full day sessions. what wedding is only 8hrs long?
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
No breaks because I personally don't want to miss any exciting moment! But maybe I will I stretch my legs out from time to time from standing too long. food is required if you want me to be in tip top shape
Do you charge for travel?
None for a ~80mi radius of San Francisco. Anything above that we can work something out.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
usually 1 week. that is highly dependent on various factors
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
digital, online
How long can the client keep the proofs?
forever...as long as i remember to pay my hosting bills
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes I do and clients have usage rights to their photos too
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yup, digital files are all yours. digital negatives provide upon request
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes and this done through zenfolio.com. downloadable and password protected!
What kind of albums do you offer?
i am constantly simplifying my business and offerings/products so its best just to contact me about this
When will the client get the final album?
Anywhere from 3 to 6+ months depending on how many times the album needs to revised


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Where do I begin? It has been an amazing experience working with Lynn. My husband and I have enjoyed getting to know him professionally and personally, and as a result, we have awesome engagement and wedding photos that we couldn’t be happier with. It’s fascinating seeing him work, as he puts on his “thinking face” to come up with interesting frames and angles. On the surface, we have beautiful pictures, but there’s always so much more to each photo...they’re multi-layered, dynamic, and so accurately capture us and the moment, I feel like I’m reliving my wedding day.

We had a Disney wedding, and flew Lynn down to Anaheim for our engagement pictures. It was a ridiculously crowded day and the sun was being weird, but Lynn made it work. I wanted a natural style engagement shoot that wasn’t too cheesy considering the location, and that’s exactly what we got - pictures that were distinctly US with just enough Disney flavor. We had a great time that day, and enjoyed showing Lynn around one of our favorite places considering he hadn’t been there in years! We loved how vibrant and fun the pictures came out, true to the spirit of Disneyland!

For the wedding, we flew Lynn down to Anaheim once again, and he brought along a friend who lived locally to be the 2nd shooter. They were a great team, and we, and the entire wedding party, enjoyed working with them both immensely. They were there from the beginning, through the reception, and even beyond. We couldn’t have been blessed with two harder working or talented photographers. I was so sad to see the day end.

After the wedding, Lynn also photographed our banquet back in the Bay Area. It was a distinctly different vibe (hello big fat Chinese wedding), but Lynn still worked it like a pro. With the delivery of each product - photos, slideshow, album, canvas prints - we were more and more thrilled. Our wedding story was captured and told just as we would have wanted it.

Lynn’s impressively expert eye is only exceeded by his humble nature. He’s incredibly passionate about his work and really takes care of his clients. And, deservedly so, we clients love him in return. We’ve had friends and family rave about our photos, not just because they know the subjects, but in a way that implies they see something extra special in the images themselves. Lynn was an absolute WIN! :D
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2+ years ago
Lynn-Kai exceeds my expectations and limits of creativity every time I've encountered his work. He is extremely patient and has the very best skills in the bay area (in my humble opinion). For the cost that he charges, it is a small price to pay considering the phenomenal work he does to provide the quality of your special day photos. I highly highly recommend this guy, because he has the connections, is very reasonable in price. Sets his and your expectations in a very consistent manner and has a very low-key personality. It makes for your plans true colors to shine (so as to avoid the nuisance of a photographer that steals the light).
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2+ years ago
Lynn-Kai does a really good job of capturing seemingly dull backgrounds into really beautiful, artistic shots. His prices are very good compared to other wedding photographers with his modern style.

He's a good corresponder via email, and the engagement shoot never felt awkward (as we feared it could be, being romantic with a virtual stranger inches from your face!).

The bridal party started getting ready at 6am in Woodland, so I told him I'd understand if he didn't capture any "getting ready" shots. But he woke up early and made the drive!

The turn-around time is awesome, too.

I'd highly recommend Lynn and Derek!
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There's not a doubt in my mind when recommending Lynn-Kai. We booked Lynn a year and a half prior to our wedding, and every meeting we had with him was great. Every question we had was answered, and he made the trek all the way out to Oklahoma to capture all of our memories. I was worried that a lot of the memories wouldn't be captured because we didn't have a second shooter (we substituted this option in our wedding package), but when Lynn gave us the pics from the wedding, not a moment seemed to be missing! He was great from the beginning, and even more so NOW after the wedding. The quality of work Lynn provides is amazing and he's an awesome photographer to follow you around and make sure to catch everything!
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Lynn and Derek were really awesome to work with. I pretty much worked with them at the start of their portfolio building project. They were fun to work with, especially since i was able to get them free as Engagement photographers. :)

Much has changed since then and their quality of photos have definitely gone up so I would not hesitate to recommend them! Although for my wedding ceremony we are using another photographer, that is only because of the travel costs and extra costs needed to hire them from up north! Everyone that i've heard that have used them are happy. They respond promptly and will give you their best on everything they do! So, yees, I highly recommend them! They are young but they know what they are doing!
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Lynn-Kai provided my husband and I with exceptional service. I gave him 5 stars in all categories. In my opinion he's worth more than 5 stars. First of all, we were thoroughly impressed with his previous wedding pictures on his website. So, when we decided to contact him, Lynn-Kai responded in a very timely manner. And he continued to maintain quick responses to our subsequent emails. Lynn-Kai not only captured the key components of our wedding but also added creative action shots, which we loved. Lynn-Kai exceeded our expectations. Our wedding pictures are nothing but ordinary. I've received numerous comments on our wedding photos and I'm proud to show them off. My husband and I were also on a tight budget but his prices were very affordable. Honestly, I think we got the best deal for the quality and quantity of photos he provided. Also, not only was he was easy to work with, we also had fun and enjoyed every moment! Lynn-Kai has our utmost recommendation as a wedding photographer.
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The entire package is consist of:
- Engagement shoot.
- Full coverage of the wedding day (getting ready, ceremony and reception shots).
- Leather Wedding Album 10x10in with 20 sides (10 pages).
- Slideshow viewable online.
- Delivery of all source images and 100 edited images all on disc.
- A second photographer.

All professionally done. Lynn-Kai pays close attention to all detail. Easy to communicate and work with. Provide plenty of feedback and follows up throughout the entire process from making appointments to receiving the Wedding Album. Diligent and always on time. Goes the extra mile to make sure we were satisfied with all the outcomes. Highly recommended.
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Plainsight Photography (Derek and Lynn) took our engagement photos. The photos were taken outdoors on Mt. Diablo. The results of their work speak for themselves. The photos are well composed, stunning, interesting, and captured our mood and expression. Lynn even climbed up into a cave with us to take our photos.

For the wedding, Derek was one of our two photographers (Lynn was unavailable as he was working at another wedding that same day). Derek kept us in a relaxed mood, maintaining a professional, positive attitude as he worked tirelessly to capture our entire wedding day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. He recorded all of our special events that included the morning preparation time, wedding ceremony, group photos, reception, outdoor photography session, an evening tea ceremony, dinner banquet, dancing and program!

Derek was very flexible with his time when we got behind schedule and had to change the venue of our afternoon photography session at the last moment.

As a hobbyist photographer myself (the groom), I can appreciate the passion and skill that Derek brings to his work. He's creative in coming up with interesting camera angles for his shots.
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Plainsight Photography provides an amazing and personal photography experience. Lynn is very easy to work with. My wife and I are constantly amazed by his shot ideas and how they turn out. We have only gotten positive comments about the work from Plainsight and are extremely pleased with Lynn's work. We can't wait for the next time Lynn captures us on his camera. He's done band promotion photos for us, our engagement photos, and our wedding! Check out his work! Plainsight is well worth it!
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We had a great experience working with Lynn-Kai and can't say enough about the photos that he took for us. He's got a sharp eye and artistic sensibility and captured so many great moments during our wedding. He put together a wonderful slideshow for us afterwards with select shots and it's a great way to remember the day.

Lynn brings with him a clear enthusiasm for photography that makes it more enjoyable to work with. He was able to put us at ease in front of the camera.

Many thanks again for all the hard work and we look forward to another occasion that we can have photographed!
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