There is something genuine and beautiful about people when they are in love. I love the anticipation and excitement for the bride and groom to see each other for the first time on their wedding day, and it is my privilege to be in the special position as a wedding photographer to tell the story in beautiful images. Love also extends to friends and family on the wedding day, and it's amazing to be able to capture their pride and happiness through photographs.
My approach for weddings is to tell the story of the wedding day like a fly on the wall. I tend to let the events unfold naturally as I capture the real reactions through the day, while ensuring that I capture all the intricate details, happiness and fun. When the timing is right, I also mix in a bit of traditional approach to direct my brides and grooms under the best light and angles for beautiful yet natural portraits. I think it is important to be able to be flexible and balance the right amount of photojournalism, spontaneity, and traditional wedding photography for different brides and grooms with unique personalities. The day passes by so fast, and in the years after the wedding, I want my brides and grooms to be able to reflect back on the day and remember all the little details through my photos.
It would be my honor to tell your story. Call or email today and let’s talk about your wedding.
Welcome to Joanne Leung Photography
Los Angeles Wedding Photographer
Wedding days are special. The union of two people, two lives, two families. But weddings can also be hectic. You need a wedding photographer who has the experience to handle whatever the day will throw your way, as well as someone who meets your artistic taste. A wedding photographer who not only relentlessly looks for the most beautiful and authentic way to curate your wedding story, but also someone who can anticipate what you need, and respond calmly to any difficult situation.
I'd love the honor of documenting your special day. To help you write the first chapter of your lives together as a married couple.
Wedding Photography Portfolio
Please click below to preview my wedding photography portfolios
This portfolio features my most favorite wedding photos, featuring wedding photography in Los Angeles, Orange County, Malibu, Palos Verdes, Long Beach and Boston.
You have planned so much for your wedding, right down to the tiniest detail. I make sure I capture everything you painstakingly planned.
Engagement photography is fun! It is a casual and relaxed environment to have your photos taken. Engagement photography can be a lot more artistic because the full focus is on photography. And Los Angeles offers a lot of picturesque backdrops.
This portfolio features work of my associate wedding photographers. They have been hand picked and trained to represent my wedding photography style.
When looking for a wedding photographer, I believe it is important to see examples of the wedding photographers real life weddings. Here are some samples of real weddings that I have shot in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Malibu, Paso Robles and June Lake near Mammoth Mountains. Feel free to contact me if you would like to see more.
Amanda and Leland's wedding at the Maya Hotel in Long Beach, was a wedding photographers delight. A wonderful couple with warm and welcoming guests. The wedding venue was right on the water and the reflections of light in the water made for amazing wedding photos.
Christine and Carl's wedding at the Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles was a stunning event. An unexpected rain storm pushed the wedding ceremony indoors, but after the rain had cleared, it left behind an amazing sky. Wedding photography gold.
Marie-Louise and Robert's wedding at Cypres Sea Cove in Malibu was an almost flawless wedding. Perfect weather combined with a touching wedding ceremony along with breathtaking views on a private beach made for a wedding photographers dream come true.
Sean and Mark's wedding at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles was sleek and modern, just like the couple. The couple's love of fashion really showed in the wardrobe of the wedding party and made for some good wedding detail photography.
Thea and Matt's wedding at June Lake, just down the street from Mammoth Lakes was breathtaking. The views at Double Eagle Lodge were stunning and made for some great opportunities as a wedding photographer. Nature even stopped by to say "Hi!" when their ceremony was interrupted by a mother duck and her ducklings.
Nicole and Luke's wedding at Huron SubStations in Los Angeles was a carefree celebration of love. The location offered some really unique photo opportunities because it used to be an old train station. Wedding photographers like myself just lap up these opportunities.
Britney and Dane's wedding at the Smog Shoppe was an intimate function. This young couple were fun to photograph. And the rustic decorations at this popular wedding venue made for some great wedding photos. And a succulent gardent that is second to none.
Courtney and Gabriel's wedding at Los Verdes Golf Club was an emotional union. Their families played a big role in making this wedding unique, because they fiiled the whole day with love and care. As long as I have been a wedding photographer, I have never been so moved by a speech as was given by Gabriels father.
Brenda and Mike's wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu was whimsical. The venue boasts some really cool vintage carnival rides over a well manicured lot with amazing backdrops. This lovely couple were married under a hundred year old oak tree with cascading lights. This was a wonderful wedding for a wedding photographer.
I started out being a Scientist before I transitioned into a photographer.
It might be an odd path, but the right pieces fell into my lap at the right time and life takes interesting turns.
I worked very hard to get a Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA, but I discovered that Arts is what makes my feelings explode in ways that Science can't quite do. I started using photography as an escape while I was in grad school, as experiments could get me frustrated by being difficult to find conclusive answers, and you could spend years on answering one small question and you are not guaranteed to find it at the end. I still love science, but at this time, I derive more fulfillment by expressing myself through photos.
If you'd like to learn more about me, this might be a good start:
I've been told by numerous people that I look like Lucy Liu.
My dissertation was in the field of Tissue Engineering in Urology.
I'm an immigrant. I moved from Hong Kong solo and have spent almost my entire adult life living in the US. I still count in Chinese, but dream in English.
My parents grew up in poverty. They made sure I always check my privilege, and taught me to be grateful for every opportunity that I have.
I'm still being referred to as "the bottomless pit" by my friends' parents, because I consume obscene amounts of yummy food.... consistently.
My favorite hobby is snowboarding in deep, fresh powder.
I have published a paper with a Nobel laureate in stem cell research.
The primary function of Instagram is for looking at funny animal clips.
I'm introverted. I need time alone to recuperate after being social.
I'm fairly quiet. But when I speak, I try to make each connection meaningful.
I'm calm under stress. A lot of wedding clients told me that my presence is soothing.
I am genuinely interested in my clients' lives and became friends with many of them.
When I photograph, this quote by Ansel Adam resonates with me:
"You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved."
Each of my photograph is the culmination of all my experiences in the most heartfelt way.
I hope I can get to photograph you, and get to know you more.
Los Angeles Wedding Photographer
Joanne Leung is a Los Angeles Wedding Photographer who shoots mainly in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Orange County, Ventura, San Francisco and Santa Barbara area. She also caters to national clients in New York, Texas and Boston, and shoots wedding photography internationally. She also is an avid snowboarder and shoots destination weddings and engagements in snowy locations like Mammoth Lakes and Big Bear.
"Southern California offers so many opportunities and locations for amazing wedding photography. Sandy beaches in Santa Monica, Malibu and El Matador to the urban scape downtown Los Angeles, lush green trees in state parks to snow capped mountains like Big Bear. As a wedding photographer, the abundance of amazing backdrops does not escape me. I feel truly lucky to have this all in my back yard. But more importantly, the people that I photograph, couples in love about to embark on a life of love together is where I find happiness. Capturing raw emotions, a twinkle in the eye. Moments of true love. This is why I love wedding photography, and love being a wedding photographer"
Wedding Photography Style
My style is mostly photojournalistic, as I believe the best photos usually the ones that are not posed, but instead, those that show raw emotions.
Joanne's clients include celebrities such as Robin DiMaggio (Musical Director and Drummer for Arsenio Hall/Musical Director for the United Nations), Bryan Tyler (Composer for Iron Man 3, The Expendables 2, Hawaii Five-O), Holland Roden (Teen Wolf) Jens Kidman (Meshuggah), Shane Gibson (Guitarist for KoRn, StOrk), Jay Gore (Guitarist for Mindi Abair, Hillary Duff, Scott Grimes), Sam Shearon aka Mister Sam (Dark Graphic Artist for Rammstein, Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden) and many more.
She has had her work published in local and international publications, such as Cosmopolitan Magazine (France), I Am Entertainment, LA Magazine, and others.