Sherman Chu Photographer
Sherman was great to work with and he takes beautiful photos. He is a master at capturing great lighting and he works very efficiently. He works in the photo-journalistic style and does a great job of capturing the emotion of the moment and whomever he is photographing. We had our wedding on a Sunday in February and he gave us a great price for the quality of photos we received. Based on the body of work on his website, we expected to pay significantly more. He explained to us that he does his pricing like hotels, there’s a busy season and an off-season. We were trying to stay on a reasonable budget (hence the Sunday in February) so this worked out really well for us. He is like a photo ninja. He works alone but seems to be everywhere at once when looking at the photos. When looking at our photos in chronological order we can’t figure out he was able to capture all of the angles by while working alone. I believe he can bring an assistant when requested, but I don’t think it’s necessary. Our wedding had about 110 people and we got hundreds of great shots from him. Even better, while he’s running around getting different angles, he’s very inconspicuous. During our ceremony and reception I don’t even remember seeing him. He has a great sense of humor and that makes him enjoyable to work with. We did our engagement photos with him as well and were very pleased with the results. For the posed pictures with family members at the wedding, he was very good at getting people in and out so we didn’t have to spend an hour taking photos. While his style is more photojournalistic, he still did a great job of arranging us for the posed pictures.
He was incredibly quick in getting us the photos. In both instances, it was under a week. He gives you all of the original photos and there is no extra fee for that. I would definitely recommend him to a friend.
Sherman photographed our wedding this past weekend and we couldn't have been happier! We were never sure how vendors would react being asked to provide services for a same-sex wedding, but it was never an issue with Sherman, and he even brought photos from another same-sex wedding he had shot to our first meeting. From that first day to the day of our wedding, Sherman was responsive and professional, and made us feel comfortable. As many other reviewers have said, he is most definitely a wedding ninja; I don't remember seeing him anywhere, but the photos show that he was everywhere. It only took him 4 days to get all of the photos online, and they look fantastic. And this was all for an extremely affordable price. Thank you, Sherman!
Photos are stunning!! Sherman truly captured our special day and all the moments in it. He is flexible and worked with us to figure out our best game plan. Of course all of the posed pictures are amazing, but especially the candid photos of everyone interacting – the kisses, the looks, the laughs. The backdrops, angles, lighting... all of it is first class. At the end of our wedding day, we were getting a lot of compliments on our photographer. How that happens, I am not sure since no one had seen the photos.. but I am sure it has everything to do with Sherman doing his job so well. Honestly, in the beginning, the idea of only one photographer scared me a little, natural bride fears of will all the events and moments be able to be captured by one person? Needless to say, Sherman has obviously figured out the secret to being in a million places at one time, and if I could do everything all over again, I would do it exactly the same.
Love Sherman! I was a junior bridesmaid in a wedding 15 years ago and when I saw the pictures from that wedding I said when I get married I want him to photograph it, and lo and behold, 15 years later, Sherman was the photographer at my dream wedding! His pictures still amaze me as he is able to capture the moment like no one can. His pictures are timeless and pricess and I am so glad we choose Sherman to capture the most special day in our lives. Thank you Sherman!
Sherman is amazing! He really is the ninja that others mentioned. I really don't know how he got some of his pictured from one angle one moment, then the opposite angle less than a second later...he's amazing! Not to mention, he has a wonderful, fun, energetic, and comforting personality. Everyone at our wedding raved about him! And he was never up close blocking anyone's view, you didn't even know he was there most of the time. I would recommend him without resercvation!!!
Oh what can we say....the 'Ninja Photographer' is the best!........He can sleuth around and almost never be seen.........He captured the personalities of the bride and groom and the feeling of the whole party. The problem is he is so much fun you want him to party with you! Thanks to Sherman, I relived the party in photos and now I know why I had so much fun. Sherman, thank you!
Words cannot express how awesome Sherman Chu is, not just with the quality of work that he provides but also his personality. During the planning stages of my wedding, I came across his webpage and the moment I looked at his work I knew he was the one to take our wedding photos. His work is amazing! The pictures that he takes not only captures the moment but it tells the story of what happened during the event. Sherman is also so easy to work with. He has a great sense of humor and made the process, from beginning to end, such a wonderful experience.
You want to see for yourself? Check out a short slide show of our wedding on his website -- www.shermanchu.com, then go to his Blog (Latest Work and News). Our slide show is titled "Carolyn and Jerry's Slide Show (Regency Building)".
Hands down the perfect guy for our wedding. The story he tells through the images and moments that he captures alone were enough...meeting him in person cemented the deal. He's the best and he knows it. And if you have 30 minutes, he'll tell you what photojournalism is all about. Not because he's trying to sell you...but because he wants to make sure you know what you want out of a wedding photographer. Christine and I loved his style. And the fact that he loves taco trucks. I'm not afraid to admit it...I have a man crush on Sherman. The dude ROCKS!
Thanks Sherman! Can't wait to see the pics!
Dewey & Christine
Sherman was a professional from the start. We met several months before the wedding and, unlike other vendors we were working with, he didn't make a single unnecessary peep leading up to the big, scary day. On that day, Sherman was truly a photo-ninja; he moved so quickly and inconspicuously as he worked that we never even saw him (well, I did, when I tried to offer him champagne---what a pro, he said no way).
Our resulting photos were in a word, spectacular. Sherman works alone--no intern/assistants taking pointless closeup shots of napkins or champagne glasses--all our images were of genuine moments otherwise missed in the hurry of the day. Sherman was the perfect person to trust to capture our event---do not hesitate to work with him!
2+ months post-wedding, I'm still amazed every time I look through Sherman's photos. My husband and I just took a trip back east and had a chance to share the photo CD with some of our relatives that were unable to attend the wedding. Not only were our relatives able to fully experience the colors and design of our wedding, Sherman's ability to capture the emotion of the day gave them a play by play of each and every treasured memory. Sherman immediately learned the names and faces of everyone in the wedding party, which allowed him to focus in on the key folks during the father of the bride and best man speeches. I think one of my favorite photos is of my sister wiping a tear as my dad addressed her during his speech - Sherman picked her out of the crowd of 200 - she wasn't even at the head table.
Sherman obviously has skill with the camera, but he also has a wonderful personality that puts everyone at ease. My husband and I even took a break during our endless table rounds to chat with Sherman about cycling, of all things - a passion my husband and I share and discovered Sherman does as well.
Bottom line, you can't go wrong w/ Sherman.
I can't say enough about Sherman Chu! My husband and I got married in August in Carmel and we haven't stopped hearing rave reviews about Sherman ever since. He was the ultimate professional who somehow got every shot without even being noticed. Not only did he get every shot, but his work was so authentic and real. When we received our pictures back, there were so many moments that Sherman captured that I didn't even know were happening. What I loved the most was how great he was with all of our guests and how much he seemed to be enjoying capturing our special day! It is great to see someone enjoy what they do so much! Thanks Sherman!
All I have to say about Sherman is that he is AWESOME. He's all about getting the shots that you would never expect, real moments that never get captured on film, and the crazy ariel shots of the ceremony and reception area that you wonder, how did he do that? He is all about telling the story and he did exactly that of our wedding day. And not to mention his albums! His coffee table albums are so chic, modern, and readable, we're leaving it on our living room table for everybody to see (and we love it THAT much). We'll miss working with you Sherman!
Sherman was great! He was the perfect photographer, you never noticed him, but he got great photos. My wedding venue was VERY challenging and Sherman managed to capture all the best moments, while running around like crazy (not that I noticed that)! He was easy to work with, took direction well and is very creative. His style of photography is ideal for weddings since he likes to capture the essence of the wedding rather than wasting everyone's time with posed photos. My wedding album that he created for me still gives me goosebumps whenever I look at it. You can't go wrong with Sherman!
Sherman is very professional and talented. He arrived at our location with no problem; on time and all needed equipment in hand. But as soon as Sherman came in and said hello to our family, he was off to work. Throughout the entire evening, I felt as if I rarely saw Sherman. Yet within a very short time after the wedding, my new husband and I had almost 1000 proofs to view and select for our album. It was amazing, Sherman documented everything, every action, every emotion, and every event that took place throughout our special day without interfering with the flow of the event once. I have always loved his work and now have an even greater respect for the talent he possesses.
Sherman is amazing! He is expensive but SO worth it! I have know Sherman for 10 years. When he was first starting out he photographed my sister's wedding and it was an honor to have him photograph mine. Sherman is very artistic with his photos so it is important to give him a list of any "posed" pictures you may want.
Many of my guests joked that he was like the Ninja photographer...he was rarely seen but you always saw little flashes all around the room. A friend joked that she saw him sommersalting across the dancefloor while snaping away! This "ninja like photography" is probably why I was given thousands (literally thousands)of amazing pictures to choose from!
I would recommend Sherman to anyone and everyone. Your photos are the one thing you know you will have forever and with Sherman you can guarantee that you will have too many incredibly pictures to choose from. That is why a year later I am still, "narrowing down" my photo album pictures.
Oh, that's another thing...Sherman offers a couple different album versions. The one that is so interesting is a hard back booklike album (instead of the leather 50lb monster album) that is a perfect coffee table book! You can actually have it sitting out for people to look at more than 1 time a year on your anniversary or when you are cleaning out the bookshelves! :)
Sherman Chu is a fantastic photographer. Since he has a background in news camera work, he was able to get great shots that really told the story of our wedding. Very creative. The thing we also really liked about him is that he wasn't in everyone's face. He was taking photos, but you hardly knew he was there. I highly recommend him! We have since used him to take cool, non-traditional family photos and will continue to use his services.
Sherman Chu was just the photography expert that we were looking for! He was curteous, helpful, professional and quick! Family on both sides loved him. He finished with the family and group photos after the ceremony in 20 minutes! And we had a huge wedding party. We were so happy to get back to the party so quickly.
The photos were absolutely fabulous and we were just thrilled with everything that Sherman did! He really took care of us.
We are so happy with our photos from our wedding. The day went so quickly and it was wonderful. I am able to experience the feeling of the moments again by looking at my wedding photos. The albums that Sherman put together for our parents were so special. What was best about working with Sherman is the ability to trust that he would deliver a great product. He was a true professional and always brings personality and charm along with his talent. Don't even think twice....just hire Sherman and you can't miss.
We're back from Thailand and had an amazing time! We discussed, the entire vacation how excited we were to see the wedding all over again through the pictures! I hope you had a safe trip back home the night of the wedding. We loved having you as our photographer and have alrady been talking you up to other engaged friends! :) you we're amazing (also amazing at putting up with a bride who hates having pictures taken!:) ). Would you remind me, I can't remember where you said the pictures would be posted and what the picture selection process would be for the album? I saw some great one's on your blog and it has me so excited to see the rest! Also, I believe my parents and possibly michael's as well, my chose to order an album. .... I'll keep you posted on that. Thanks again for all of your hard work!! The entire Jones and Kubas families are huge Sherman fans! Morgan
THANK YOU!!! My family gave you so many compliments that I am sure you have already heard over and over!!! " Your photographer was REALLY good!" "Your photographer was great because you saw him taking pictures but you never felt that he was intrusive" "Your photographer seemed to really know his stuff" " it was great that he was so fast"
So, I wanted to pass along all the feedback! I never had a doubt, as you already know, that you are great and so very talented! I am oh so very happy that we were able to have the ceremony outdoors! and even though I know the weather was not really cooperating for you, I am very glad that you did it all with such great strides. I am very excited to see all the pics! Post them on line as soon as you can and let me know so I can look! Have I said THANK YOU??? You are and were so very great!
We showed everyone the book and they LOVEEEEEEE ITTT! They were amazed how clean and modern the book was. And of course, all the awesome shots you got! My mom was like "it was worth every single penny and more!"
We wanted to thank you for doing a wonderful job, and how lucky we were to have an amazing photographer who has an artistic eye and a great sense of humor!
Bear Flag Farm
Sherman is a delight to work with and genuinely talented photographer. He does a brilliant job with my clients and always delivers an exceptional product. And I've never seen anyone move as fast as Sherman. He is everywhere all at once. I highly recommend him! >>> tina reikes/owner
Sherman has a great ability to be everywhere at once. His photos are gorgeous and he really goes out of his way to capture the important details.
Sherm! He's a wonderful, attentive wedding ninja. He captures the most beautiful moments and over the past six years has photgraphed our most beautiful weddings! If we have a client who hires Sherman, we know they're in good hands!
We have worked with Sherman for many years. He is the most professional, brightest best photographer a client could ask for!
The best wedding photographers are gifted storytellers. They allow a couple to get swept away in the event knowing that their greatest moments will be captured in brilliant photographs. Sherman Chu knows this to be true. He has studied with legendary photographers and is well respected and sought out by local trendsetters in wedding design. Quite simply, Sherman Chu knows how to take photographs that leave one spellbound.
Always the gentleman photographer and well tempered artist, Sherman Chu goes to great lengths to style the wedding album with a couple. Prior to the event, he spends a considerable amount of time with each couple to understand what types of shots are truly desired. Following the wedding, he helps select the shots that best reflect the unique event. A trusted professional with a charming, creative sense, he loves to see a couple view their wedding day photographs for the first time-the response is always pure awe and delight at the nuance that was caught through the lens of his camera.